Our Dublin luxury boutique hotel and restaurant is within easy access of the international airport.
Located in a fashionable city centre neighbourhood rich with culture, historic sites and upscale boutiques.
With Cliff Townhouse as a base, it’s easy to make the most of our destination’s highlights, many of which are accessible within a few minutes’ walk.
Opening up central Dublin is very much part of our commitment to your luxury holiday in Ireland. With genuine pride in Irish culture, we can direct you towards activities suitable for rain, sun, corporate groups or family. This includes shopping, musical events, sporting fixtures, historic sites and theatre.
We encourage all our guests to explore the immediate environs of St Stephen’s Green with its lung of grass at the very heart of the capital. Landscaped in the 18th century, this pretty park sequesters numerous spots for picnics beneath the canopy of trees. Once a space for public hangings, the nine hectares are now the province of people looking for peace and quiet in Dublin city centre.
NUMEROUS UPSCALE BOUTIQUES ON THE DOORSTEP
The northern side of St Stephen’s Green, where Cliff Townhouse is located, was known as the Beaux Walk during the Georgian period, when it was home to some of Dublin’s most esteemed families. Other points of interest include bullet holes in the façade of the Royal College of Surgeons – a defacement that occurred during the 1916 Easter Rising when rebel forces occupied the building.
With this prestigious location, there are numerous upscale boutiques on the doorstep, including those clustering around Grafton Street. Lively Temple Bar borders the neighbourhood to the north with its pubs, clubs and restaurants, while the south is marked by the Grand Canal. Perhaps Dublin’s greatest historic site, Trinity College, is just a five- to 10-minute walk from our door.
To navigate the city, we can recommend local culture guides and private shoppers, as well as driver-guides for those who want to explore further afield. Families might enjoy the hop-on, hop-off bus tours, amphibious vehicle tours, or a horse-and-carriage – all of which pass by St Stephen’s Green.
THE BEST SHOPS IN DUBLIN CENTRED IN AND AROUND NEARBY GRAFTON STREET
Boutiques close to Cliff Townhouse and St Stephen’s Green include some of the best shops in Dublin, most of which are centred in and around nearby Grafton Street – a fashionable precinct for more than two centuries, and pedestrianised since 1982.
To explore St Stephen’s Green – where Adams, one of Ireland’s great auction houses is located – is just the beginning of your Irish shopping experience. There are some convenient clusters in nearby malls, which include Westbury Mall, George’s Street Arcade, Powerscourt Centre, St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre and Royal Hibernian Way on Dawson Street.
The warren of streets to the west of Grafton Street and beyond throws up numerous boutiques, with stores you would only find in Ireland, including fashion-forward, independently owned bookshops, antique stores and more.
CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS NEAR THE CLIFF TOWNHOUSE INCLUDE SOME OF THE MAIN HISTORIC SITES OF DUBLIN
This includes St Stephen’s Green, where our hotel is located. In the gardens, statues commemorate the poet W.B. Yeats as well as the Guinness family, who opened up the park to the general public in 1877, allowing regular Dubliners to roam the nine hectares free of charge for the first time.
Across the city, from the famous Gate Theatre south of the Liffey to the Gaiety just steps from St Stephen’s Green, there are numerous opportunities to experience Dublin’s vibrant performing arts – with film, theatre, dance, music, literature and more.
Our Dublin luxury rooms provide the perfect base for those visiting Ireland for a festival, be it cultural, sporting or food-orientated. There are numerous annual events to take note of, including festivals of film, theatre, opera and more.
SPORT & WELLNESS
We might not be a hotel with a gym in Dublin, but Cliff Townhouse still offers ample opportunity for guests who want to keep on top of their wellbeing. We recommend various nearby day spas, and would also encourage joggers to use St Stephen’s Green – a nine-hectare green park immediately opposite.
Spectator sports are popular among the Irish, with fervent support for local and national teams showing itself on match days. City pubs buzz with the cheers of the victorious (and cries of the defeated) while hotels fill up fast during major international fixtures, including the Dublin Marathon. Many of our guests come to Ireland to watch such events.
Here we detail the main sporting event venues in and around Dublin, from horse tracks to football stadiums, as well as some day spas in Dublin you may find useful when attending to your own wellness.
CLIFF WALK CHALLENGE
Get CLIFF Fit is a fitness programme originally devised for Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, to encourage daily active fitness in the lives of our staff. The goal was for staff to complete the scenic 4km CLIFF Walk daily and those who reached defined milestones were awarded prizes.
The 2016 CLIFF Walk Challenge saw great success with 80 members taking part, ten of whom did over a 100 4km-long walks throughout the year.
If you wish to participate, please follow the following steps during your stay:
STEP 1: Sign-in at Reception
STEP 2: Complete four consecutive 1km laps of St Stephens Green and record your walk by taking a selfie at the Wolf Tone Statue and post to our Facebook page. Enter our Facebook monthly draw to be in with a chance to win CLIFF vouchers.
STEP 3: Sign-out at Reception