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Just two minutes' walk from Merrion Square and right in the heart of Georgian Dublin, The Alex is a stylish city centre hotel ideal for those who need easy access to the city or the nearby docklands, especially business travellers. Design takes its cues from the hotel's former role as a train station, mixed with a 1950s aesthetic. We love the ground floor library and co-working space, popular with the tech crowd, while executive types enjoy the sixth-floor lounge. Highlights include Steam Café, serving coffee from a local micro-roastery in the morning, and relaxing with cocktails in The Carriage upon your return.

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We love being able to step out of the hotel right into the heart of Georgian Dublin, just a few minutes away from Trinity College, Grafton Street and the city centre buzz.

Oscar Wilde's old house is but a moment's stroll from the front door.
By plane: there are direct flights to Dublin Airport from Manchester (1 hour), Birmingham (1 hour 5 minutes) and London (1 hour 15 minutes). The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the airport.

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Style & Character

The Alex is ideal for someone who likes a hotel to have more personality - stylish touches include leather headboards, wool throws, bespoke mirrors and retro radios. We love the bespoke styling in the common areas with plush sofas, custom-made lamps and long walnut tables for the co-working space.

Service & Facilities

We love the buzzy informal ambience in the bar/restaurant and the long tables of the light-filled co-working space.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Co-working space
  • Fitness centre


The classic room has a comfy, super-king size bed with a Foxford wool throw while the Alex Suite has a separate sitting room area to relax in, plus a deep bathtub. There are great cosy touches like woolly throws from Foxford Woollen Mill, velvet cushions and the retro-style phone and Roberts radio.

Classic King, Classic Twin, Executive King Rooms, The Junior and The Alex suites, Executive Lounge
Facilities include: super King Koil Mattress, ensuite with rainforest walk-in shower, Paul Costello toiletries, tea and coffee-making facilities

Food & Drink

The tasty 'barley and beat' or 'buddha bowl' salads are a highlight, matched with proteins like grilled chicken, soy beef or Teriyaki salmon. We love the fantastic selection of cocktails, ideal for a post-work wind-down.

The Carriage Restaurant: locally sourced, modern European cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner. Three courses €31.
The Secret Garden: casual, al fresco dining. Open 12-10pm. Mains from €15.50.
Steam: speciality coffee, sandwiches and pastries.

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