The Dean is definitely one of the coolest place we ever stayed in, the staff was extraordinarily friendly and the design and decor of the hotel is just amazing.
It's funky, It's hip, It’s stylish and guess what? It's wheelchair-friendly too.
While researching for Wheelchair-friendly accommodation in Dublin, I came across The Dean Hotel. It was very refreshing to see that they have listed some of their super rooms for a wheelchair user, ‘Accessible Rooms’ as they call it.
The whole hotel is very artsy and modern, every detail was thought out and there is plenty of inspiring art in the room and throughout the hotel, all of which are pieces by Irish artists. A member of the Staff told me that.
Talking about the staff, every one who worked there was very helpful and friendly, especially Joanie, Rachel & Dave.
“We have Accessible SuperRooms for wheelchair guests & those with limited mobility. These are fitted with accessible showers and baths & the same bounty of treats, goodies & fun stuff of course. Our lifts run between all floors & there are accessible toilets in The Dean Bar & in Sophie’s on the roof.”
The room is spacious enough for a manual wheelchair to get around, it has a very comfortable bed and a turntable/record player where I put a Van Morrison record on straight after I arrived just to get that Irish feeling on. What a nice and authentic touch. The room also has a Nespresso machine, a bar and a Smeg fridge stocked with mineral water, smoothies, juices and booze. It had a ‘Munchy’ tray full of tasty Irish snacks, a bluetooth Marshall speaker, a massive smart TV with Netflix, wifi and lots of other 'cool stuff’...
The Accessible rooms have bathrooms with bath tubs and with roll in showers, (409 - with bath tub) and (406 - roll in shower) so depending of your injury, mobility or transfer skills, you can choose between these two. The sink is tall enough for you to roll in/under and the toilet seat has arm rests. I was given a normal plastic shower chair in the roll in shower and it worked out just fine, but I think it may get a bit too tight if your wheelchair is more 65cm wide. It would be quite difficult to transfer because you would not be able to get your wheelchair in, but again, it all depends on your mobility.
The Dean's wheelchair accessibility overall is pretty good. Wheelchair friendly bathroom in every floor and access through elevators make the whole hotel accessible. I love the fact that there is an extra floor (4A) just to make it easier for us to hang out at the terrace.
The Sophie restaurant on the rooftop has an excellent atmosphere where you get great panoramic views of Dublin. The tables have the perfect height to park your wheelchair and enjoy a glass of Romanian white wine, yeah they have that. They also have great pizza and the costumer service is second to none. Sophie's restaurant is spacious enough for you to roll around without hitting anyone and after dinner the restaurant turns into a bar/night club and the party goes all night long. So if you want to show off your boogie-woogie wheelchair skills, you can do so.
As the hotel as it own night club and it is also located right next to the busiest nightclub street in Dublin, it can get quite loud in the rooms over the weekend, but they supply you with ear plugs and it's pretty doable. There are lots of bars and clubs nearby.
The location is excellent, the street is flat and you can roll yourself around pretty easy. It's close to lots of restaurants, bars, shopping, parks, Trinity College, Museums and it took me about 15 minutes to roll to the Temple Bar district.
+353 1 607 8110 33 Harcourt St. Dublin 2, Ireland.
The Dean is an absolute must for anyone in wheelchair wanting somewhere different and full of character when staying in Dublin.
If you wanna rock and roll around Dublin and are in for a good-time weekend, thats by far your best choice.