The Devlin – Funky hotel packed full of art and entertainment just outside the city center.
The Devlin burst onto the Dublin hotel scene ready to disrupt. Its forty purposefully small rooms, packed with cool stuff, play second fiddle to the ridiculously impressive bar and restaurant which have both become successful destinations in their own right. Add to that a cool coffee bar, lots of original Irish contemporary art (so much that there’s even a guide to it), and a movie theater, and you’ve got a hotel that breaks the mold. It’s not one of the most central hotels – based in the village-like neighborhood of Ranelagh – but it’s just a short walk or tram ride to the city’s heart in St Stephen’s Green, from where you can walk to most of the major attractions. The big bonus of staying in Ranelagh is the neighborhood’s surprisingly superb dining scene – you will not need to venture more than a couple of minutes to eat or drink very well.
The Devlin – Location
- Address: 117-119 Ranelagh Road, Dublin.
- Nearest Metro/Subway: Ranelagh Luas station is a 6-minute walk (0.3 mile) away.
- Area: In recent years, Ranelagh (pronounced ran-eh-lah) has become a destination with its burgeoning high street of cool restaurants and bars. It is still relatively central – St Stephen’s Green is a 20-minute walk (1 mile) or 14-minute tram ride – but just far enough away to avoid weekday congestion and the weekend ruckus.
- How to Get There: From the airport, catch the 757 Airlink to St Stephen’s Green and change onto the Green Luas line heading south to Ranelagh. From Heuston Station, take the 145 bus to St Stephen’s Green then the Luas tram. From Connolly Station or Busáras (coach station), walk to the Marlborough Green Luas tram stop and head straight to Ranelagh.
- Handy to: Ranelagh restaurants and bars, St Stephen’s Green.
The Devlin – The Basics
- Ages: The hotel welcomes all ages.
- View: The rooftop terrace restaurant has views over Dublin and beyond to the mountains.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Laundry: The hotel offers a laundry service (extra charge).
- Parking: The hotel has no dedicated parking facility. There is on-street metered parking or garages in Rathmines or St Stephen’s Green.
- Extras: This hotel is packed with extras and cool brands: Dyson hairdryers and GHD hair straighteners, Nespresso machines, Netflix, Marshall amp speakers, curated Irish art on display (with a guide), cinema, guitars, hot water bottles, complimentary bicycles.
- When to Book: The hotel is very new but already very popular, especially on weekends.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +353 1 406 6550
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: thedevlin.ie
The Devlin – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: The hotel has 2 rooms with wheelchair access.
- For Families: Layla’s restaurant has kids’ options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No interconnecting rooms. Complimentary bikes for guests and there’s a movie theater in the basement.
- Activities: Stella movie theater, bikes to borrow, DJs in the bar on weekends, Ladies’ Night Out package.
The Devlin – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Layla’s on the rooftop has great food with gorgeous views right to the mountains. Open 7am-10pm weekdays, or 8am-11pm weekends. $-$$.
- Lounge/Bar: Out on the street, Dime Coffee does hot drinks and pastries to go from early morning until 3pm. For those with more time on their hands, the Americana Bar does award-winning cocktails and has DJs at weekends. Bar food is sharing plates and cheeses. It’s open noon-late and food is served until 10pm.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary. Served at Layla’s on the top floor – a fun menu that sports some very healthy (mangoes and berries, granola crunch, yogurt sorbet) and very unhealthy-but-delicious options (buttermilk pancakes, toasted pecans, mascarpone, and salted caramel sauce) ranging from €5-€15 per dish.
- Room Service: Food and drinks can be ordered from the bar to the room (surcharge).
The Devlin – Rooms
- Room Types: Double ● Super Double ● Bunk ● Family
- Smoking Rooms: The Devlin is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: For one or two people, the Super Double is the room of choice just because it’s more spacious than other rooms. It has the same features all rooms share: Marshall Amp, Munchies Box, Smeg mini-fridge with bottled cocktails, Samsung Smart TV with Netflix, Nespresso Machine, Grafton Barber toiletries, access to Dyson Hairdryer and GHD Straighteners, and magazines.
- Family Rooms: The cute Family rooms sleep 3-4 and feature a double bed and 2 single beds each.
The Devlin – Local Transport
- Walking: You can walk to St Stephen’s Green in 20 minutes (1 mile). From the Green, you can walk to most tourist attractions within 15 minutes.
- Tram/Bus: The Luas tram’s green line station is a 6-minute walk (0.3 mile) from the hotel along an interesting shop-lined street. Within 10 minutes, it will bring you to St Stephen’s Green, Trinity College, or O’Connell Street, where you can switch to the red line for both Heuston and Connolly mainline train stations.
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Irish law doesn’t allow Uber/Lyft to operate. Most locals use the Free Now or Lynk apps to connect them with local licensed drivers. You can hail a cab in the street if it has got its light on or find one at one of the many taxi stands around the city.
The Devlin – What’s Nearby?
You can walk to almost anywhere in the city center within 30 minutes. Public transport usually does not cut travel time significantly.
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Viking Splash Tours – This blast of a tour on a bus-boat means you’ll see the major attractions from land as well as water. Sets off from the north side of St Stephen’s Green. 15 minutes (1 mile) via public transport.
- 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour – To get to grips with modern Ireland’s complexities, you must learn about the 1916 Easter Rising against the British government and this is one of the most vivid ways to do it. Meeting point: International Bar. 15-20 minutes (1.5 miles) via public transport.
- Lazy Bike Tours – A great way to get to know the western parts of the city as this tour on electric bicycles takes you as far as Kilmainham. Meeting point: Temple Bar. 25-30 minutes (2 miles) via public transport.
- Dublin Bay Cruises – See Dublin from the sea. Boat trips with onboard commentary to the traditional fishing village of Howth in the north – famous for its seals and dolphins – and the vibrant suburb of Dun Laoghaire in the south. March-October only. Departure point at the Convention Centre on the Liffey. 35 minutes (2 miles) via public transport.
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Nightmarket – Authentic Thai food focusing on big flavors by an Irish-Thai couple. $. 1-minute walk (25m).
- Bunsen – The menu fits on a business card (literally): 4 types of burgers, 3 types of fries, soda, or milkshake to drink. Not for vegetarians. $. 1-minute walk (50m).
- La Bodega – Great tapas joint, authentic flavors, and live music every Sunday. Open daily for dinner and lunch also Fri-Sun. $$. 1-minute walk (75m).
- Cinnamon – There’s something for everyone in this delightful cafe, which clearly puts thought into not only its dishes but the presentation too. $$. 1-minute walk (100m).
- Butcher Grill – Outstanding steak joint serving the best cuts from around the world, with a focus on Irish beef. Its weekend roasts are spectacular. $$$–$$$$. 2-minute walk (100m).
- TriBeCa – Heavily inspired by the Big Apple and renowned for its Buffalo wings. Lots more delicious options on the menu. $-$$. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Zaytoon – Mini-chain of excellent modern Persian food with fantastic kebabs. Great for vegetarians, too. $. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Mario’s – Beloved local Italian restaurant. Warm, friendly, and tasty. $–$$. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Dillinger’s – The place to come for a broad selection of dishes from the USA, from loaded nachos to surf and turf and chicken and waffles. Reservations recommended. $$. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Kinara Kitchen – If you’re not familiar with the differences between Indian and Pakistani food, this is a great place to educate yourself. Wonderful biryanis, curries, flatbreads, and more. Great cocktail bar upstairs. $$–$$$. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Host – The menu may be slimline and the plates small, but the meat, fish, and pasta on offer at this minimalist dining room are unquestionably some of the best in the city. $-$$. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Rita’s – A tiny menu but who needs anything more when it’s nothing less than perfect pizza on offer? $. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Birchalls – Traditional local pub that does a mean toastie – a Dublin classic pub snack. 1-minute walk (50m).
- Humphrey’s – Classic boozer with a great beer garden and window seats that allow for people-watching in this affluent suburb. 1-minute walk (100m).
- Smyths – Next door to Humphrey’s, this place can get packed when a game is on, or when there’s live music on Sundays. 1-minute walk (100m).
- Taphouse – One of the area’s hippest watering holes, the Taphouse often has live music and there’s a pleasant terrace. But people really come for the excellent selection of craft beers on tap. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Upstairs Bar at Kinara Kitchen – Inventive and award-winning cocktails. Try the Berlusconi, which the menu describes as “bitter and twisted…a bit like the man!”. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- The Exchequer – Bright and pleasant wine bar with great cocktails too. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
Best Nearby Cafés
The hotel has its very own coffee shop but in case you want to try other places, Ranelagh has many great cafes.
- Er Buchetto – Great deli serving panini and wraps to order as well as good coffee and snacks. 2-minute walk (150m).
- Nick’s Coffee – Rain or shine, there are always people outside Nick’s window for some of the best coffee in these parts. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Project Black – Sister coffee shop of the excellent Two Fifty Square café and roastery in Rathmines (the neighborhood bordering Ranelagh to the west). 6-minute walk (0.3 mile). 18-minute walk (1 mile) to Two Fifty Square cafe in Rathmines.
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Bazaar Bargain Antiques – Treasure trove of wonders. Rummage around for wallet-friendly finds from all over the world. 2-minute walk (100m).
- The Company of Books – Excellent independent bookshop with an eclectic collection of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books as well as stationery. 2-minute walk (100m).
- St Stephen’s Green – Central Dublin’s largest square (22 acres) contains much more of interest than meets the eye. It’s well worth going into the park, not only for the pretty planting and ornamental Victorian features, but also to absorb city history via the many statues and monuments. Look out for bullet holes on the Fusiliers’ Arch at the northwest entrance to the park that date back to the 1916 uprising, when rebels took the square in an attempt to wrestle control from the British government. 20-minute walk (1 mile)/15 minutes by public transport.
- Little Museum of Dublin – On the northern side of St Stephen’s Green is the quirky Little Museum of Dublin. Not only is it a great opportunity to get inside a Georgian townhouse, it’s also a fabulous way to get to know more about Dublin via the many artifacts related to famous people and events and accompanying stories told by the guides. 16 minutes (1.5 miles) by public transport.
- Trinity College – A must on anyone’s Dublin itinerary is Dublin’s premier university. Its major attraction is the show-stopping Long Room library and its greatest treasure, the Book of Kells, a beautifully-decorated version of the New Testament from around 800AD. 18 minutes (1.5 miles) by public transport.
- Merrion Square & Around – This graceful square, laid out in the 1760s, is one of the best places to see the Georgian townhouses that Dublin is so famous for, many of which have been home to some of the city’s most famous denizens, including Oscar Wilde (check out his highly unusual statue in the northwestern corner of the square) and WB Yeats. Throughout the year, various events are held in the square and every Thursday, street food stalls pop up for lunch. You’ll also find a huge concentration of the city’s biggest sights in and around the square. These include the National Gallery (see below) and the archaeological and natural history sections of the National Museum of Ireland, as well as the seat of government, Leinster House, and the Taoiseach’s office, housed in the palatial Government Buildings. 26-minute walk/21 minutes (1.5 miles) by public transport.
- National Gallery of Ireland – An art lovers’ dream, Ireland’s most important art gallery has over 13,000 paintings and sculptures, including works by Caravaggio, Goya, Turner, Monet, Vermeer, Rembrant, and Picasso. As you’d imagine, it has the most comprehensive collection of Irish art in the world, including the archives of Jack B. Yeats (brother of WB Yeats), whose painting “The Liffey Swim” is a must-see. 21 minutes (1.5 miles) by public transport.
- St Patrick’s Cathedral – The national cathedral of the Church of Ireland, St Patrick’s is worth a visit for it’s decorative tiled floor and interesting links to history. Notably, the author of “Gulliver’s Travels”, Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), was the dean and visitors can see his grave and self-penned epitaph. It was also the site of the first-ever performance of Handel’s Messiah. If you have time, step into the perfectly preserved Marsh’s Library, which dates back to 1707, next door to the cathedral. 22 minutes (1.5 miles) by public transport.
- National Museum of Ireland – Four separate state-run museums, three of which are in Dublin, come together under the banner of the National Museum of Ireland and showcase many of the nation’s most precious treasures. Two of them are just off Merrion Square in central Dublin (1.5 miles, 25 minutes by public transport). The Archaeology Museum has some of the best surviving Celtic and medieval artifacts in the world, including the Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch. It stands almost back-to-back with the Natural History Museum, which is always a hit with kids as it is packed to the rafters with stuffed animals in cabinets that have not changed since its inauguration in 1857. Arguably the most impressive of the national museums is the Decorative Arts and History section at Collins Barracks (3 miles, 40 minutes via public transport). Wonderfully varied, it features displays about everything from war and immigration to fashion and interiors.
- Ha’penny Bridge – Dublin’s most picturesque bridge was also its first pedestrian-only Liffey crossing, built in 1816. The Liffey Bridge, as it’s officially called, is much more commonly known by its nickname, which refers to the half-penny fee people used to pay to cross in order to compensate the ferryman whom the bridge made redundant. 24 minutes (2 miles) by public transport.
- Irish Rock N’ Roll Museum Experience – The focus in this fun museum is on the many Irish musicians who have shaped popular music. There are anecdotes and memorabilia from Thin Lizzy, Van Morrison, U2, Sinead O’Connor, Enya, and Hozier (to name a few), as well as artifacts and memorabilia from international acts like The Beatles and David Bowie. The ‘experience’ element gives you the chance to dress up, rock out, and record your own track. You’ll also get to see working recording studios that have been used by Rihanna, Kanye, and Will.I.AM and go backstage/onstage at the Button Factory, one of Dublin’s coolest gig venues. 25 minutes (2 miles) by public transport.
- Dublin Castle – The patchwork Dublin Castle was not only the center of British rule in Ireland from 1204-1922, but it also has Viking foundations. On the tour of the building, you’ll see the Royal Chapel and grand State Apartments that everyone from Benjamin Franklin to Pope Francis has visited over the years. 25 minutes (2 miles) by public transport.
- Chester Beatty Library – On the same site as the Castle stands the jaw-droppingly amazing Chester Beatty Library. Its eponymous founder, an American mining engineer who made Ireland his home, collected rare manuscripts his whole life and left them to his adopted city. Almost everything on display is stunning, from Ancient Egyptian scrolls dating from 1550–1070 BC to papyrus codices – some of the earliest surviving Christian artifacts. There are texts, wood cuttings, and scrolls from most of the world’s major religions and civilizations, as well as a pleasant cafe and a little rooftop garden. It’s a must-visit. 25 minutes (2 miles) by public transport.
- EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum & Around – There are a ton of sights on the north bank of the Liffey, but perhaps the coolest is EPIC, a lively and interactive museum about the Irish diaspora and how the Emerald Isle has influenced the world. There’s even an Irish Family History Centre, as part of the museum, to discover whether there’s Irish ancestry you can claim. It’s housed in the magnificent CHQ Building – a vast riverside warehouse dating back to 1820. Almost on the doorstep are a few other interesting sights, including the authentic replica of the Jeanie Johnston, a ship that made 16 transatlantic voyages with people fleeing the Great Famine of the 1840s, as well as the haunting Famine Memorial, the harp-shaped Samuel Beckett Bridge, and the grand Customs House building. 30 minutes (2 miles) by public transport.
- The Hugh Lane – A wonderful public art gallery named after visionary Hugh Lane, who spotted the need for and collected works to create a space for modern art in Dublin at the turn of the 20th century. In 1933, Lane’s collection was given a permanent home in a stunning 1762 townhouse on Parnell Square. Permanent works include stained glass by Harry Clarke, some of Sean Scully’s formidable abstract paintings, and Francis Bacon’s London studio, which was donated to The Hugh Lane and rebuilt in its entirety in one of its galleries in 2001. 30 minutes (2.5 miles) by public transport.
- Phoenix Park & National War Memorial Gardens – One of the largest inner-city parks in the world, Phoenix Park is the place to head to if you have a spare day and need to stretch your legs in – what feels like – glorious countryside (there are even wild deer). There’s loads of stuff to see and do, including an 18th-century Magazine Fort, various monuments, a prehistoric burial chamber, a castle, and Victorian ornamental and walled gardens. There’s also the grand residence of the president of Ireland and Dublin Zoo. The park is so big you might want to rent a bike or even see it via a bike or Segway tour by Phoenix Park Bikes. Almost tacked on to the southeastern corner of the park is the War Memorial Gardens, one of the city’s most delightful parks. It was designed by a superstar architect of his day, Sir Edwin Lutyens, and dedicated to the almost 50,000 Irish soldiers of the 300,000 who died fighting for Britain during World War I. 37 minutes (3 miles) by public transport.
- Kilmainham Gaol – The gaol (prison), which was in use up until the mid-1920s, is an evocative piece of Irish history that really brings the people behind the independence movement to life. Charles Stewart Parnell and other rebel leaders of both the 1916 uprising and Irish Civil War were kept or executed in this hellish place that hadn’t changed much since it opened in 1796. 40 minutes (3 miles) by public transport.
- Irish Museum of Modern Art – Across the road from Kilmainham Gaol is the grand gate to IMMA, Dublin’s premier contemporary art museum which is housed in grand old hospital buildings set in lovely grounds. The permanent collections feature works by contemporary artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Lucian Freud, Tony Cragg, Annie Liebowitz, Gillian Wearing, and Paula Rego, as well as older pieces by the likes of Giorgio de Chirico and Jack B. Yeats. 40 minutes (3 miles) by public transport.
- Guinness Storehouse – Billing itself as Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction, the Guinness Storehouse is something of a behemoth, with 7 (count ‘em) floors dedicated to the black stout that is known the world over. You’ll learn about the brewing process and the brand’s famous advertising campaigns, and get to taste it too. The highlight is the top-floor Gravity Bar, which offers 360-degree views of Dublin and beyond (so keep your fingers crossed for a clear day). Advance booking recommended. 45 minutes (2.5 miles) by public transport.
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