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Dylan

Location

The stately, red-brick Victorian is situated on an elm-lined lane in the exclusive Dublin 4 neighborhood. Those two-story brick row houses across the street go for 2 million euros a pop.

Details

Its public spaces are definitely angling for the year’s “Most Designed Hotel” award—if you’re not a fan of black-and-red faux Fortuny wallpaper, avoid the bar. But rooms are spacious and contemporary, and come in shades of cream, brown, and deep red. Flat LCD screens and iPod docks are standard, while closets are stocked to the gills: hair dryers, irons, shoehorns, robes, extra down pillows.

Sore Spot

Is it us, or is the house music in the reception area a tad too loud?(Perhaps it’s a matter of preference—or of age; the average here appears to be about 28.)

Trump Card

A wide terrace dotted with deep armchairs, low tables, and glass lanterns—ideal for pre-dinner drinks. Eastmoreland Place; 353-1/660-3000; dylan.ie; doubles from $586.

Number 31

Location

A small compound set behind an ivy-draped wall, just off Leeson Street in the city center; a brass bell engraved with Number 31 serves as the only sign. The hotel is a two-block stroll from St. Stephen’s Green.

Details

The first impression is of a groovy Irish uncle’s bachelor pad, especially when Noel Comer, the charismatic owner, is on hand to offer an effusive welcome. The hotel consists of two converted coach houses and a listing Georgian terrace; the latter was completely renovated in 2007 with burnt-juniper paint and Regency-style sofas and chairs upholstered in Technicolor nubby wools. The coach houses, meanwhile, proudly wear their original 50’s redo; note the sunken “conversation pit” common room—it’s still chic after five decades.

Sore Spot

Historic buildings are rarely soundproof. If you’re in the terrace house, expect to hear the comings and goings of your neighbors.

Trump Card

The gourmet breakfast prepared by Comer—who’s no slouch in the kitchen—and his staff. Organic mushroom omelette?Coming right up. Fresh pot of French-press coffee?On your table before you think to ask. 31 Leeson Close; 353-1/676-5011; number31.ie; doubles from $356, breakfast included.

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