The huge boom in Dublin's tourism in recent years has seen accommodation options improve in quality and in quantity. There are new 5-star deluxe spa resorts and hotels, as well as better quality in the budget hostels, bed and breakfasts, inns, guesthouses and other cheaper hotels.
If you need to save money on your Dublin accommodation, you should either look for a good deal in a city centre hotel or guesthouse, using an online booking service or by ringing the accommodation directly, or you should look for hotels and bed and breakfast guesthouses that are further out in the suburbs. Dublin has a good and inexpensive public transport system, so check that any accommodation is within walking distance of a bus stop or one of the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) stops.
HOTELS, GUESTHOUSES & BED AND BREAKFASTS
Avondale Bed and Breakfast
41-42 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin
tel: (01) 855-5442
The Avondale has 30 rooms ranging from single to triple, but not all are ensuite so do check before booking if you want an ensuite room. All have cable TV. The Avondale is handily placed, near the main bus station and just a few minutes from O'Connell Street, the city centre and DART stations.
21 Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin
tel: (01) 874-4129
This guesthouse is one of the cheapest options close to the city centre, being just off Mountjoy Square, near the Dublin Writers' Museum and only a short walk to O'Connell Street. The bus for the airport also stops close by here, and it's only a short walk to Croke Park, for rugby and other sports fans. It has clean and cosy rooms, though not all are ensuite so again, ask if you want an ensuite room. It’s very popular so you’ll usually need to book well ahead.
74 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin
tel: (01) 855-5442
An award-winning and very pleasant guesthouse that’s conveniently situated on the edge of the city centre and not too far from Croke Park, for visiting sports fans. All rooms are ensuite and have tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Hostels still have an image problem with many travelers, although the truth is that these days they often offer private rooms with ensuite facilities for singles and couples, as well as family rooms and dormitories, and these can be as comfortable as anything in a cheaper guesthouse or bed and breakfast. Some reasonably central Dublin options include:
19-20 D'Olier Street, Dublin
tel: (01) 679-7734
Ideal location, hardly a minute's walk from Trinity College and close to the Tara Street DART station. Has over 100 beds in rooms ranging from single to sleeping eight people, all being ensuite. Also offers free wifi access, and no curfew.
Barnacles Temple Bar House
19 Temple Lane, Dublin
tel: (01) 671-6277
Right in the middle of Temple Bar, which is a good thing if you want nightlife, not so good if you want peace and quiet. But the rooms are pleasant, and very cheap accommodation for central Dublin.
2-12 Lord Edward Street, Dublin
tel: (01) 679-6644
Free internet and wifi access in this 1870 building in the Temple Bar district and overlooking Christchurch Cathedral, for a very good central location. Rooms range from single to dorms for up to 24 people. Not all are ensuite so check when booking, if that matters to you.
MORE INFORMATION ON HOSTELS
More details on hostels are available from the Independent Holiday Hostels of Ireland and the Independent Hostel Owners.
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