A Stay at Hilton Dublin Kilmainham

A weekend away in Dublin has lots of activities to offer everyone in the family.

The Hilton Dublin Kilmainham hotel is in an ideal location for exploring the heart of Dublin and all that the capital city has to offer.

It has easy access on the Chapelizod bypass, located only 10 minutes off the M50, a short drive from Dublin's centre, and only 25 minutes from Dublin Airport, but still cosily nestled in a trendy neighborhood and only a 10-minute walk from Phoenix Park. Arriving to the luxury hotel, you will find parking underneath the hotel, with lift that will take you right into their newly refurbished lobby. So new, that it was still under construction during our visit, but I look forward to seeing the end results (with lots of paws in it 🐾 ). The temporary front desk was on the floor below the lobby, where they also boast a wellness center and swimming pool.
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The friendly staff greeted Poppy by name, checked us in, booked us in for dinner on their on-site restaurant, and gave Poppy a little wink and let her know that there was a welcome pack for her up in one of the pet-friendly rooms. Poppy completely understood and ran all the way to the room, knowing that there was something for her!

Opening the bedroom door, what a dog-friendly welcome were we greeted with! There on the floor was a lovely large dog bed, a water bowl with a bottle of mineral water, a food bowl with a variety of treats, two new toys, a "Welcome Poppy" sign, with a picture of Poppy, waste bags, a "Do Not Disturb" sign with a picture of a dog to hang on the bedroom door, a welcome letter with dog-friendly walks within walking distance from the hotel, and a balloon! I was completely blown away! There are hotels that say they are dog-friendly, but we all know in reality, they just allow your dog to stay in the room with you. The Hilton Dublin Kilmainhan's welcome gift to Poppy clearly showed that they are not one of those hotel. Here is a hotel that went way above and beyond anything that I expected.
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Our spacious room had all the modern amenities that you would expect from a 4-star hotel, including a comfortable king sized bed, an office area with a desk, two lounge chairs and a fridge, a flat-screen TV, free wifi, large bathroom, and a balcony.
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The Hilton Dublin Kilmainham is very dog-friendly and the perfect place to stay when visiting Dublin. Their pet policy allows for dogs up to 35kgs, 2 dogs per room, they are welcome on the restaurant terrace and in the lobby, and when your furry friend stays in one of the dog-friendly guest rooms, they will receive a welcome gift that includes: treats, toy, waste bags, door sign, and welcome letter. Pet beds and water bowls are provided upon request and there is a small pet fee of €40 per dog per stay.


Dog-Friendly Dining at the Hilton Dublin Kilmainham

For dinner, we decided to dine al fresco at their on-site restaurant, Broyage Bar & Bistro. They have a large covered outdoor terrace that is perfectly suitable for dogs of any size and each of the large awnings had built-in heaters, so it would be a nice location all year.
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Dog-Friendly Walking Areas Near Hilton Dublin Kilmainham

In the welcome letter from Hilton Dublin Kilmainham, they outlined a list of parks that allows dogs. We were able to try a few of their suggestions.

  • Royal Hospital Kilmainham - Located only 50m from the hotel, Royal Hospital Kilmainham is the perfect spot for those early morning bathroom walks with your pup. With large paved paths and plenty of green space, it is a good location to go with your pup. The park also has an area where dogs are allowed to run off lead!

  • Paws Friendly Tip: Beware that the gates to the park close at 18:30 sharp! We found out the hard way, and after being locked in, had to walk to the back of the park to exit through a controlled gate. 

  • Phoenix Park - Only 10 minutes walking from Hilton Dublin Kilmainham, this is one park not to be missed while visiting Dublin. Being one of the largest public parks in all of Western Europe, you and your best friend can wander around the lush green park and acres of woodland for ages. Please be aware that there are areas where dogs must be kept on a leash in the park, and other areas where dogs are not allowed, so it is important to pay attention.
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Dog-Friendly Restaurants Near Hilton Dublin Kilmainham 


  • BRÚ House Kilmainham - (3 minutes walking) Only a short walk away from the hotel, they are a casual and bustling neighborhood eatery, that welcomes all sized dogs with a water bowl on their outdoor terrace.

  • Old Royal Oak - (4 minutes walking) An authentic country pub that loves welcoming pooches more than the dog owners 😉 . Dogs are welcome both inside and out, and they have water bowls, and treats ready for their visitors. 

  • Coke Lane Pizza at The Circular - (15 minutes walking) Discover some of the best wood-fired Neapolitan pizza in all of Dublin! All dogs are welcome here, as these dog lovers have their very own resident Head of Barketing:  @its_frankie_time.  All dogs are allowed inside and outside and are greeted with a water bowl. 

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Dog-Friendly Cafes Near Hilton Dublin Kilmainham 

  • Unfiltered coffee - (13 minutes walking) This contemporary speciality espresso bar welcomes all sized dogs inside their cafe.

  • Groundstate Coffee -(17 minutes walking) - This Dublin cafe offers seasonal dishes from local suppliers with lots of veggie and vegan options and specialty coffee. All dogs are welcome to join their owners inside the cafe. 

  • Provender & Family - (20 minutes walking) Offers a wide selection of breakfast and lunch options as well as hot and cold drinks. All sized dogs are welcome on their outdoor terrace and they have water bowls and puppuccinos for all of their four-legged customers.


Dog-Friendly Day Trip Near Hilton Dublin Kilmainham 

  • Howth - (40 minutes driving) - The cute seaside town of Howth has lots to offer you and your pup. 

  • Take a walk along the Howth Cliff Walk, with stunning views of the village, sea, and Dublin city. Dogs are welcome on the walk, just always remember to clean up after them. 

  • Test out your pup’s sea legs and take them on Island Ferries, Howth’s premier ferry company. They offer a tour of the Howth Cliffs, as well as one to Ireland’s Eye. Both tours allow dogs of all sizes, and the tour to Ireland's Eye allows you to get off and explore the deserted island. The island itself has lots of lovely trails to explore, as well as a beautiful sandy beach for you and your pooch to play on. 
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  • Powerscourt Waterfall - (40 minutes driving) Set at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland's highest waterfall at 121m, is not to be missed. Enjoy a picnic within the grounds or explore some of the numerous walking trails. The park is dog-friendly, however, they must remain on a leash. Admission is €6.50 per adult, €3.50 per child, and dogs are FREE! You can also visit the nearby Powerscourt Estate, which while the private gardens do not allow dogs, you are able to walk around the public grounds. 

  • Walk around Dublin City Centre - Check out the famous Temple Bar area, where you will find plenty of dog-friendly restaurants and cafes.

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When considering where to stay close to Dublin city center, the Hilton Dublin Kilmainham is not only one of the best pet-friendly hotels, but they are in the prime location for being able to walk into Dublin's centre and explore not only the historical areas of the city, such as the Dublin Castle and St. Patricks Cathedral, but you are also able to take a walk over to the new business district, and enjoy the historic Grand Canal and all of the new modern restaurants nearby. The lovely staff are available to help you with any questions you may have, and best of all they are all smitten with dogs!

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