History

Built in 1887 by Ross & Walpole and designed by Richard Millar and William Symens of Kildare Street, who also at the time designed the House of Parliament (now the Bank of Ireland). The hotel has 70 well-appointed rooms, our distinguished Library Bar and the Exchequer Gastropub. 

Set in the heart of Dublin the Central Hotel is uniquely placed as a start – of point for the visitor to explore historical Dublin. The hotel offers overseas visitors the opportunity to explore the many places of historical interest nearby. Whether it is musical, painting, or drama visitors will be transported throughout two thousand years of history reflected in the many old historical buildings still standing.

What therefore has the city to offer? Well within walking distance you have the Abbey Theatre, nearby is Dublin Castle with it many historical associations; College Green, again within walking distance of the hotel, and where the Parliament of Ireland was till 1800. Lots of up-market shops and restaurants in the immediate area and tour buses ready to take you on tours in and around the city, where art galleries, and other historical venues sure to cater for all interests.

Where then should the visitor start? Well, after a good hearty breakfast in bar hotel restaurant, within walking distance from the hotel you can have your choice of visiting either Christ Church Cathedral, the city Hall, or going the short distance further and calling in to St Patrick’s Cathedral, former residence of the great Dean himself, Jonathan Swift.

To visit either of these two Cathedrals is a unique experience; here you will be transported back into the realm of Irish history, where, in your deeper sense of imagination you can visualise the good Dean himself galloping on his horse, distributing coins to the local poor as he races like hell on his weekly visit to the Delany’s in Glasnevin. Whichever one you visit you’re sure to enjoy the experience.

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