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“comfortable, hospitable and good location”
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Number 31
Ranked #46 of 152 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 22, 2014

I've been staying at Number 31 regularly on business for the last four months and I've chosen to do so because its such a comfortable and hospitable place to stay - and a far cry from the impersonal chain hotels.
Rooms: relatively simple by design, but warm, relatively well soundproofed (I never really heard any noise between the rooms) and the beds are extremely comfortable, showers excellent and all spotlessly clean. They're all different by the nature of the Georgean house that is Number31 but similarly styled.
Breakfast: is really as good as it sounds and served in their bright breakfast room / conservatory. Lovely fresh fruit, tasty granola, delicious, fresh soda bread and an almost cake-like cranberry bread, together with a choice of different hot breakfasts, which have always been a joy. On occasions when I didn't have time to eat a cooked breakfast, the Number31 team almost seemed disappointed not to be able to fully share their warm Irish hospitality! My only complaint was that the the need to get into the office meant I never had time to enjoy at leisure...
Location: A great balance between being relatively centrally located but away from the real hubbub (about five minutes walk up to St Stephen's Green and probably around 20 mins from the Aviva stadium, for example). Number31 is actually located on the border between central Dublin and a very affluent residential area, that includes a lot of embassies and very smart houses.
I'd certainly stay here when not on business.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

Eleven of us stayed here two nights; my Dad, and my family of five(2 adults, 3 kids) and my sisters family of 5. My Dad has mobility issues, and Noel accommodated him in a garden level room, even bringing him tea and biscuits to his room on a rainy afternoon, when Dad didn't feel like going out! The rooms were fantastic, gorgeous buildings(2 buildings with a "secret" garden that connects them). It's not easy to find hotels that accommodate families in Dublin; stay here! The location is great, about a ten minute walk to Trinity College, the shops, etc.The breakfasts were wonderful, the staff was just out of this world, and Noel you made us feel so at home! ....on a side note, the Restaurant "The Sussex" Noel recommended was awesome, we ate there both nights!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

We recently visited Dublin as a family and stayed at Number 31. Noel and his team were wonderful hosts. They were gracious, offered tips on places to visit and eat and overall provided us with interesting conversation. The location was central and the accommodations and breakfasts, delightful and delicious. We would stay there again and again. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

Had a very enjoyable stay at Number 31. You were immediately made to feel very welcome with tea and home made biscuits and they were happy for you to check in early. We were able to move rooms as we wanted to be in one of the high ceiling rooms and it was no issue. The Irish breakfast was amazing and very good service. Only thing I would say is that our initial room was a little tired, but it does have charm!

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

I met my daughter for a mother/daughter trip to Ireland in December 2008. We had a hard time finding Number 31, don't know if it was us or just hard to find. When we finally arrived Noel, our host, warmly welcomed us, offered us tea. We went out for our first Guinness and also went to a wonderful wine bar. Apparently we were jet lagged because we slept 12 hours in one of the most comfortable beds ever! We had a delicious full irish breakfast the next morning. Our rental car tire had a slow leak and, having no idea how to get around, Noel was kind of enough to drive the car to get air in the tire for us. He also recommended a more logical route for heading south due to being in winter and having less daylight. Very helpful and welcoming.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Noel and his wife were fabulous hosts! We were able to walk everywhere in Dublin from this location. Stayed for a week and the breakfast was always fresh and delicious. We had a very spacious room with a big comfortable bed. I believe it was in the building across the courtyard from the main house where the breakfast is served. I would go back in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Number 31 is decadent but not over-stated, exquisitely decorated and architecturally spectacular. When you discover it was owned my architect Sam Stephenson, and was THE place to party if you were an American vice-President in the 1960s, everything seems to make sense...

That large, oak door with 31 on it, tucked on the right of what is half a driveway and half a small business estate? Use the intercom there to let the charming owners know you're there. You'll be welcomed into a white stone walled room, warmly lit, with Moorish and Mediterranean themes, a sunken square packed with plush cushions, then invited to take coffee and cookies. You'll not find yourself in a rush to get to your room. The beautifully-maintained courtyard, thick walls, more tourism guides than you could ever read and Molton Brown hand crème...

The hotel's friendly assistant, Sam, opened the door to room number 21 and it was breath-taking. The sort of space you would never, ever expect in a city-centre hotel. Moreover, never expect in anything marketed as a boutique hotel. The 6ft double turned out to be two separate mattresses and the Ikea-looking wardrobe and chest of drawers were a bit out of place, if you're a stickler for interiors, but the sunflower shower, black-tiled bathroom, metallic artwork, floor-to-ceiling windows and heavy curtains were just totally luxurious.

Many reviewers here have raved about the breakfasts and rightfully so. This morning, it was served outside, in a heated courtyard and the selection (eggs benedict, mushroom frittata, very cheesy omelette and of course full Irish) was plentiful. More coffee than you can consume in a week, fresh orange and a great buffet of exotic and fresh fruits, cereals and compotes just added to support how deserving it is of its reputation.

The quality is superior and the welcome extremely warm. I've previously stayed in the Westbury, off Grafton Street, which although stunning, is not an experience and lacks that personal touch. I'll certainly be back.

Room Tip: If room 21 is available (a superior double), then request it. Wow.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Number 31

Address: 31 Leeson Close | off Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Hotel Style:
#16 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#23 Business Hotel in Dublin
Price Range: $106 - $383 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Number 31 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Number 31 is one of the most beloved boltholes in Georgian Dublin City Centre. A luxury Guesthouse renowned for our personal service, top notch breakfast and luxuriously laid-back atmosphere. Number 31 is Dublin’s premier tucked away place to stay, combining the best of two worlds; a classical Georgian townhouse and a light filled modernist mews. It is an oasis of peace and quiet, hidden behind a high creeper-clad wall, right on the city’s Georgian Mile. A popular choice for design enthusiasts, here light colour and texture all combine in a a gentle ambiance of peace and calm. The combination of spacious and supremely comfortable accommodation, warm hospitality, an exceptional location and Number 31’s renowned breakfast has made here a destination of choice for many a seasoned traveller and sealed its reputation as serving the Best Breakfast in Dublin among those in the know. No surprise it was awarded Georgina Campbell’s 2017 Guesthouse of the Year. ... more   less 
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