Where to Stay in Dublin
There's no set answer to the question of where to stay in Dublin since the city is filled with sights and attractions that range from the historic to the downright unusual. The Irish capital lies at the mouth of the River Liffey. The river itself effectively divides the city in two and there are plenty of welcoming hotels, as well as, five-star residences to be found both north and south of the river.
Did you know that almost two million people live in the Dublin area? That's almost a third of the population of Ireland. However, because most people live in the suburbs, it's still possible to explore many of the most popular districts and attractions on foot. There is plenty to appeal to all ages on both sides of the River Liffey and accommodation to suit all tastes. From five star hotels to comfortable hotels that cater to families, couples or singles, you'll have no trouble choosing the right base in an area that suits you.
Dublin is a city of arts and culture, shopping and entertainment and history and tradition. A famous seat of learning, it's home to the world-famous Trinity College. A strong literary tradition stretches from classic writers like Oscar Wilde to contemporary Irish fiction luminaries like Maeve Binchy. The capital's galleries and museums are world-class. Visit the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Museum of Ireland or more modern options like the Little Museum of Ireland.
Discover the many faces of Dublin
Grafton Street to the south of the Liffey is the city's most prominent shopping street and is a must for those who love a little retail therapy. With plenty of chic hotels in the vicinity, fashion lovers can be at the heart of the action as well as close to Temple Bar for the colourful weekly markets. Of course, the Temple Bar district is also the ideal option if nightlife and entertainment are high on your agenda. Be sure to make time to sample a glass or two of Irish whiskey or the city's most famous beer, Guinness.
O'Connell Street is Dublin's main thoroughfare and it enjoys a prime location to the north of the River Liffey. Lots of shopping streets can be found on either side including Talbot Street and Henry Street. Plus, if you feel like a break from the bustle of the city, leafy Merrion Square with its statues and tributes to Oscar Wilde is just the place to linger over a cool drink for a few minutes.
Dublin, where to stay for history lovers
If you prefer to immerse yourself in the history of the city, look for accessible hotels near landmarks like Trinity College to the south of the River Liffey. Dublin boasts some of the world's most notable galleries and is an internationally recognised seat of learning. It's also a hub of entertainment so you can expect everything from the latest theatre shows to local bands in friendly pubs and bars. Choose hotels close to bus stops or public transport links if you intend to venture further afield.
The city is also a foodie's paradise. Try local dishes like cabbage with bacon, fresh seafood caught daily in the bay or a plethora of international cuisine. Restaurants range from the decidedly upmarket to chic modern eateries and family-friendly establishments here everyone is treated to a traditional Irish welcome. You can choose hotels with in-house restaurants or opt for popular chain hotels that are close to dozens of restaurants, cafes and bars.
Dublin, where to stay throughout the year
Dublin enjoys a relatively mild climate thanks to the proximity of the Gulf Stream. Pack cooler clothing for summer and add warm jackets and footwear for winter. Summer is the most popular time to visit, but Christmas markets and beautiful masses in the city's historic churches and cathedrals make the festive season a fine alternative.
Whether you'd love to visit Dublin Castle or take a selfie with the stunning Customs House on the banks of the River Liffey in the background, it couldn't be easier to reach your destination. BudgetAir can help you to find our best flights and the most appealing hotels, right through the year.