Why Choose Ariel House?
Ariel House is an oasis of calm in the heart of Dublin 4, just a stone's throw from the Aviva stadium. In 2011, Bridgestone recommend our Ballsbridge hotel as one of the top 100 places to stay in Ireland. Also recommended in the Michelin Guide and Georgina Campbell's Ireland Guide 2011, the stately elegance and charming hospitality of Ariel House has firmly placed it as one of Dublin’s favourite places to stay. It is also commended by the Fodors and Frommers Guide.
Ariel House was rated as one of the top 500 hotels in the world for customer service by Expedia customers, an honour only one other (five star) Dublin location has been awarded. The original Victorian features of our Ballsbridge hotel have been lovingly restored, and are offered alongside the best of modern amenities, including free wi-fi, immaculate, modern bathrooms, award-winning food and world class hospitality.
The History of Ariel House
If you look closely, you’ll realise that Ariel House is in fact not one house, but three! Though the two houses are separate to each other, they are seamlessly joined to provide a broad array of room types for any kind of stay. From a junior suite with a wealth of original Victorian features, to spacious family, twin and double rooms, to the more recently added standard rooms with large, bright windows looking out on to the leafy and peaceful garden, there is most certainly a room to suit you and your budget at our Ballsbridge hotel.
The house was built in 1850, during the reign in England of Queen Victoria (1837 – 1901) during a time where Ireland was a constituent part of the United Kingdom. The main house was originally built for a wealthy merchant shipper and his family however from 1963, it ran as a small hotel. The McKeown family took it over in 2002 and invested significantly in its restoration and renewal. Over the past decade, they have sourced antique period furniture for many rooms, renovated original cornices, fireplaces and windows, and carefully selected fabrics, wallpapers and furniture that respects and enhances the original architecture.
Features of the Victorian period include the bay windows, iron railings, Flemish brick bonding, stained glass windows, slate roofs and sash windows, all of which can be found in Ariel House. Ornate windows are a definite feature of the Victorian style. Also popular in the Victorian era was the use of contrasting brick colour to create patterns in the stone work, and this feature can be seen around the traditional Victorian entrance to Ariel House.
Ariel House Management Team
Deirdre McDonald has been an integral part of the Ariel House family since 2002. As General Manager she is responsible for the smooth management of all aspects of the guest house.
Jennie McKeown has the privilege of owning and running this family business. Along with her experience working for the five star Four Seasons Hotel Group, she has a Degree in International Hospitality Management, and is a qualified Event Management Professional.
Eoin, Dermot and Cecilia make up the reception team here in Ariel House and someone is always on hand to provide assistance to our guests.
Our Kitchen Team
Rose, our Breakfast chef has been part of the Ariel House team for just over 12 years. As Breakfast chef, Rose is passionate about locally produced, seasonal ingredients and each and every breakfast that leaves the kitchen is cooked to order. Rose is also the face behind our home baked produce and Afternoon Teas and leads our kitchen team, Manu, Ulisses and Francicso.
Afternoon Tea Parties
Afternoon tea parties in Ariel House allow you to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in a beautiful setting. Delight the senses with a selection of home baked treats, chat over tea and coffee or catch up over some bubbly! Book your party of 8 or more people and have afternoon tea in luxury.
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GUESTHOUSE OF THE YEAR
"Operated under the joint direction of managers, Jennie McKeown (a daughter of the house) and Deirdre McDonald (who both are professionally trained young hoteliers - and it shows), Ariel House is a well-run establishment that's effectively a small hotel and it is a lovely place to stay - offering a very different experience to the cut-price hotels nearby.
This fine family-run establishment occupies three seamlessly joined Victorian houses beside the famous old rugby ground in leafy Ballsbridge, and it is in an ideal location for visiting Aviva Stadium, the RDS, Dublin Convention Centre, theatres and the city centre."
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"For many visitors to Dublin, Ariel House is the embodiment of all the virtues of a classic Victorian townhouse, in all its splendid glory.
If you needed further proof that owner Jennie McKeown, manager Deirdre McDonald and all the crew at Ariel House operate on an elevated plane, you only need to take a quick peek at the superb recipe booklet that they published at the end of 2013. It’s not just that the recipes are some of their sure-fire classics – the famous granola; the breakfast pancakes served with Pat O’Neill’s bacon; the coffee and walnut tray bake that is a staple of their classic afternoon teas – it’s also the fact that the photography (by bloggerPaula's Kitchen Table) and production of the booklet are first class: colourful, vivid, mouth-watering, inviting.
And that’s the thing about Ariel: staying here is a vivid, enlivening experience, because everyone and everything is as good as it can possibly be. It’s super-comfortable; it’s glam; the food is incredibly fine; the staff are welcoming and sincere. To these virtues they add a professionalism and a level of consistency that is abetted by an ever-present sense of enquiry: how can we get better? how can we improve? Many of us reckon they can’t get better, but we expect to find next time that they’ll have done just that."