Fiona Byrne

The Dean
  • Where:Dublin
  • Why:Home for Christmas.
  • When:December 2015
  • Who:Me
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The roof terrace is open for drinks and dinner and has a lovely view of the curved street below.

The lobby is intimate and very welcoming.

The grayish-blue of the rooms is perfect for Irish grayish-blue skies. All the art is by James Earley.

Irish people say ‘come here to me’ when they want to ask you something.

They make mini Smegs! Who knew. Also, cuteness personified with the iron and kettle boxes.

Each room has a hot water bottle and a kettle. Hot water bottles are the staple heat item of Irish homes and nothing gets you warm like one of these.

Each room has a turntable and vinyl. The speaker also works with your phone, obvi.

Local Grafton Barber products in the bathroom. The shower gel smells deliciously like apples.

Love the bathroom so much.


Very important: Barry’s tea in every room. If Irish people don’t have tea, the country doesn’t function.

The mini bar has a ton of Irish stuff and it’s all amazing. The Brodericks caramel bars are to DIE for.


Literally the best rashers I’ve ever had. And Irish eggs are the best in the world. Grass-fed goes without saying here. And that coffee? It’s by Clement & Pekoe and we will henceforth have our friends ship it to us. It’s.The.Best.

Sophie’s is the rooftop restaurant. It feels mega-high on the 4th floor because most buildings in Dublin are so low. You have views as far as the Dublin mountains.

The Dean is in a row of terraced Georgian houses right in the centre of Dublin.

Highs & Lows

  • The vibe is very chill and welcoming. It doesn’t feel too cool for school, thank gawd. Thirstiness is so whack.

  • The mini bar is stocked with so many Irish favorites. Do yourself a favor and try it all. Also: it’s affordable.

  • Amazing service. Friendly and on it. Super high-standard with an international feel.

  • The noise. Some guests may have an issue with the noise from the next door bar patios but TBH the windows are really good for soundproofing and they have Howard Leight earplugs in every room which are the Rolls Royce of earplugs.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury boutique hotel

  • Vibe

    Creative professionals. For twenty and thirty-somethings who enjoy a decent cocktail and pleasing surroundings. Hipsters and regular folk too.

  • Location

    Totally central and a one-minute walk to St. Stephen’s Green.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    Yes, there was music! Just background though. Don’t remember much of it.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    O’Donnell O’Neill

  • Pool/Gym


  • Restaurant

    Sophie’s on the roof does dinner, drinks, coffee, whatever. The breakfast is insane. Do yourself a favor and have a full Irish.

  • Bar

    You can have a drink in the chill lobby or on the roof.

  • Minibar

    Filled with Irish classics like Milky Mints and Teacakes and some new amazingness such as Brodericks cake bars. Also, the mini bar is incredibly reasonably priced. No $8 bottles of water here, thank you very much.

  • Children

    Fine during the day.

  • Price

    Really reasonable – rooms start at $129 or so.

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The Dean

The Dean, 33 Harcourt St, Dublin

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