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Where to Stay in Dublin?
There are places to stay to suit all pockets in Dublin, from cheap hotels, hostels and guesthouses to sumptuous spas and fine Georgian townhouse hotels. South of the River Iffey, some of the most popular areas include Temple Bar, the Grafton Street area and St Stephen’s Square.
Temple Bar is a particularly lively area that is famous for its nightlife and is home to a good number of pubs, bars and restaurants. On weekends there are colourful markets in Temple Bar Square and nearby Meeting House Square. The area also has its fair share of independent shops, boutiques and galleries. The Temple Bar area has a good selection of accommodation options including funky boutique and design hotels. There are also some good hotels in the area around Grafton Street, the city's best-known shopping area.
At the southern end of Grafton Street is St Stephen's Green with its fine Georgian houses and leafy park. There are some smart, upmarket hotels in the area, including the Shelbourne, a celebrity favourite. Several of Dublin’s best museums, including the National Gallery and National Museum of Ireland are located in an area to the northeast of St Stephen’s Green.
Dublin Accommodation Options
Dublin is not the cheapest city as far as accommodation is concerned, but if you look, it is still possible to find cheap hotel deals and there is accommodation to suit most budgets – especially if you can afford to be flexible.
For those on a budget, Dublin’s guesthouses and B&B's can prove good value for money and there are also several affordable hostels in the city. If economy is not a priority, there are numerous high-end chain hotels as well as more individual boutique offerings. For those seeking luxury, there are also grand hotels in splendid Georgian buildings and five-star establishments which offer excellent facilities and world-class service.
Dublin Hotel Recommendations?
Dublin has luxury accommodation that ranks among Europe’s finest. The Westbury, just off Grafton Street has been recently remodelled and offers contemporary design with traditionally warm Irish hospitality.
The Merrion is a centrally-located five-star hotel in four meticulously restored Grade I Listed Georgian townhouses. It has a luxurious spa and an infinity swimming pool.
Dylan is an award-winning five-star boutique hotel with individually-styled rooms and an elegant restaurant serving modern Irish cuisine.
Transport in Dublin
Dublin Airport is located approximately 10kms north of the city and is served by a large number of buses and coaches. Taxis depart from outside the arrivals terminal and several car rental companies are represented at the airport. Regular and inexpensive buses operate within the city, as does a modern light-rail service.