The Best Dublin Airport Hotels for a Good Night’s Sleep Before You Fly

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If you’re traveling to or from The Emerald Isle you’ll likely pass through Dublin Airport, just minutes from the country’s capital city.

In 2017 alone there were 10.6 million overseas visitors to Ireland and a total of 29.6 million people passed through the Dublin Airport (with the most popular long-haul destination being New York).

And while the airport itself —- which first opened in 1940 and has served more than 400 million passengers since — is only about a 30 minute drive from Dublin, sometimes it’s just more convenient to stay a bit closer.

Luckily, there are a multitude of options close to the runways with amenities from exploring a medieval castle to enjoying a full Irish breakfast to trying your hand at a game of poker.

Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport

Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport
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The Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport is practically inside the airport — you could walk there in just a few minutes. But if heading to your flight on foot is not for you, the hotel offers a complimentary 24-hour shuttle bus. With the option to order a breakfast bag to go, complimentary boarding pass printing, and baggage weighing available for a small fee, this hotel is set up for all your pre-boarding needs. And for the kiddos: family rooms come with a kid’s activity pack to keep even the youngest minds occupied.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport

Radisson Blu Dublin Airport
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Just two minutes from the terminals (or 10 minutes on foot), The Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport, is one of the closest options from room to departure gate. The hotel offers a free, 24-hour airport shuttle and allows you to get your blood pumping before a long flight with complimentary access to the ALSAA complex, with indoor and outdoor running tracks, 10-pin bowling, tennis courts, a sauna and more.

Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport

Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport
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The Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport offers a free, 24-hour shuttle as well as free parking for guests staying at this option just steps from the terminal. Each room has USB and universal plug sockets, ensuring you can charge all your devices before hopping on that long-haul flight (when TV binge sessions are a must). And to welcome the youngest travelers, this hotel passes out complimentary cookies “prepared as a special welcome for the kids.”

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport

A complimentary 24-hour shuttle to the airport (about 10 minutes away) guarantees that the Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport is as convenient as possible. The hotel’s Red Bean Roastery coffee dock is open 24-hours so you’re never far from a caffeine fix — and let’s face it, when you’re traveling coffee is your friend. If an adult beverage is more your thing, the hotel bar offers 47 different whiskies to try.

Rose Cottage

Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast is just 10 minutes from the airport, but feels like another world. The stone cottage appears as if out of a fairytale, yet is outfitted with modern furnishings inside. Wide plank floors, soft colors and a complimentary continental breakfast welcome guests. And with the smart TV with Netflix in each room, you won’t have to give up your binge session. Note: this hotel is for adults only.

Premier Inn Hotel Dublin Airport

Blackout curtains at the Premier Inn Hotel Dublin Airport will make sure you get a good night’s sleep before a flight and an available full breakfast (which includes eggs, bubble and squeak, black pudding, and baked beans), will start the day on the right foot. If sleep isn’t your thing, there’s a casino right around the corner. This hotel, about 10 minutes from the airport, offers free parking as well as a shuttle service for €2 per person each way (kids under 16 years old are free) starting at 4:15 a.m. and ending at 11 p.m.

Abbeyglen Cottage

Fill up on a full Irish breakfast cooked to order, included with your stay, or sample some homemade soda bread and fruit scones at Abbeyglen Cottage, about 10 minutes from Dublin Airport. If you’re in a rush, this quaint option offers a breakfast tray to go. And the bed and breakfast promises you’ll get a good night’s sleep before you fly: while close to the airport, they say they’re not under any flight path. Note: this hotel is for adults only.

Pebble Mill Guesthouse B&B

Take in one last Irish castle before you jet off at the charming Pebble Mill Guesthouse B&B, about 10 minutes from the airport and only five minutes from the medieval Malahide Castle. The castle has been around in some form since King Henry II gave the land and harbor to Richard Talbot in 1185. Explore the grounds and the interactive “fairy trail” (with fairy houses and other hidden things to find) before relaxing on the Pebble Mill Guesthouse B&B’s 4-acre property. You’ll never want to actually head to the airport.

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