About Us

Why Choose Ariel House?

Ariel House Guesthouse is an oasis of calm in the heart of Dublin 4, just a stone's throw from the Aviva stadium. In 2011, Bridgestone recommend Ariel House 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 the house have been lovingly restored, and alongside the best of modern amenities, including free wi-fi and 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, spacious family rooms, twins, doubles or 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.

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. From 1963 it ran as a small hotel, and 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 can be seen at its prettiest around the traditional Victorian entrance to Ariel House.

Ariel House Management Team

  • Deirdre McDonald

    Deirdre McDonald

    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

    Jennie McKeown

    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.

  • Reception Team

    Reception Team

    Eoin, Dermot and Cecilia make up the reception team here in Ariel House and one or both are always on hand to provide assistance to any guest. No request is too small, and both are dedicated Hospitality professionals working in the Hotel industry in Dublin and London.

Our in-house Chef

  • Reception 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

Ariel House

Starting in March

Chop House Restaurant

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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Ariel House Highlights

  • Award winning Breakfasts
  • 24 hour concierge service
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Parking for Guests
  • Charming Honesty Bar
  • Five Star attention to Service
  • Turndown Service
  • Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room



"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."


John and Sally McKenna’s Guide 2014

"Breakfast in Ariel is surely one of the best ways to do just that: brown bread, scones, banana bread; grapefruit with honey and sugar; French toast with crème fraiche and berries; poached eggs and smoked salmon with beurre blanc; a stack of pancakes with maple syrup and grilled bacon. It's all superb: the service is friendly, the house is buzzing, and Deirdre McDonald runs a great show in Ariel."

Annual Hotel and Catering