Where to stay in Dublin – What you need to know

Dublin, located near the Irish Sea coast, is one of the most interesting capitals of Europe.

The Irish capital may lack major monuments such as the Eiffel Tower or the Big Ben, but what it lacks in classic beauty it makes up for in nightlife, alternative scene and relaxed, cosmopolitan and friendly atmosphere.

Best areas to stay in Dublin – Top neighbourhoods and hotels

The Irish capital’s climate is characterised by short and mild winters (January-February) and fresh and long summers (July-August). Each station shows a different face of Dublin, but as a recommended time to visit it, the most indicated are surely spring and summer.

The urban transportation system in Dublin consists of a metropolitan train that runs through the bay from coast to coast. The Luas or light rail system covers part of the urban area. Buses connect the rest of Dublin.

The Liffey River, which cuts Dublin in half, divides the city into two distinct areas, the north, traditionally working-class, and the south, settlement of the wealthiest classes.

Thus, the central area, with lively social life, Temple Bar and the most important historical attractions in town is the most recommended area to stay in Dublin. See accommodation in Dublin’s City Centre.

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Best areas to stay in Dublin

Recommended area: Stoneybatter & Smithfield

Temple who? If you want the genuine Dublin experience and have a little taste of the alternative nightlife of the Irish capital, stay north of the Liffey.

Stoneybatter and Smithfield are located north of the Liffey River.

Formerly this was an industrial area with factories and residences for the working-class, Stoneybatter and Smithfield have become in recent years some of the most fashionable and sought after areas to live in Dublin.

From their gentrification, fantastic restaurants, independent cafés and modern gastropubs have emerged.

The Stoneybatter area is located near the immense Phoenix Park, it also houses an urban community garden and a yoga studio located inside an old wool mill.

Its most important mainstream attraction is the Jameson Distillery Bow St., where it is possible to take a tour its facilities (with whiskey tasting included).

Stoneybatter & Smithfield are connected through the Luas Smithfield and Museum stations (Red Line).

Stoneybatter and Smithfield are the best areas to stay in Dublin for young travellers looking to venture into the more alternative side of the Irish capital.

Stoneybatter & Smithfield - Best area to stay in Dublin

Stoneybatter & Smithfield – Best area to stay in Dublin

Where to stay in Dublin - Stoneybatter & Smithfield Village

Where to stay in Dublin – Stoneybatter & Smithfield Village

Dublin - Stoneybatter & Smithfield Village - Click to see all hotels on a map

Dublin – Stoneybatter & Smithfield Village – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Hipster area
  • Excellent nightlife
  • Connected by light rail

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top pick

    Drury Court Hotel is only 3 LUAS tram stops from O’Connell Street. The rooms are elegantly decorated in modern style and enjoy panoramic views of the city. In addition, there is WiFi in all the facilities. – from €69.

 

 

 

Temple Bar

Temple Bar is a neighborhood located in the city centre of the city and south of the Liffey River.

Temple Bar is not only one of the oldest, most beautiful and famous places in Dublin, but also the best area and the centre of the Dublin leisure and entertainment life.

It is the place where the nightlife of the Irish capital takes place. At night and during the weekends, it turns into a big boulevard.

Temple Bar has some of the best concert halls, pubs and traditional Irish restaurants in Dublin.

As Temple Bar is located in the heart of Dublin, transportation to and from the area is not a major problem.

Many bus lines converge in this area of the city centre.

Where to stay in Dublin will not be a cause for concern if you choose Temple Bar.

This is one of the best areas thanks to its central location and legendary nightlife.

Best area to stay in Dublin for nightlife - Temple Bar

Best area to stay in Dublin for nightlife – Temple Bar

Dublin - Temple Bar - Click to see all hotels on a map

Dublin – Temple Bar – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Dublin city centre
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Well-connected by buses
  • Quality hotels and apartments
  • Best area for tourists

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top pick

    Drury Court Hotel is an award-winning establishment located in the center of the cultural district of Dublin, 200 meters from Grafton Street and surrounded by the best restaurants, theaters and shops in the city. – from €99.

  • Midrange Option

    Dublin Aparthotel offers apartments in the Temple Bar area of central Dublin, a 5-minute walk from the reception office on Crow Street. The Button Factory bar and concert hall is within walking distance. – from €89 .

  • Luxury Option

    The Merchant House is in the Temple Bar area, close to the Button Factory nightclub and a few minutes from restaurants, theaters, bars and historical sites. It has spacious luxury suites. – from €149 .

 

 

 

Dublin City Centre

The city centre is definitely one of the recommended areas to stay in Dublin.

This area includes the oldest neighborhoods in the city and the main tourist attractions such as Dublin Castle, Trinity College or St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

The central area of the Irish capital also includes the main shopping streets in the city, such as O’Connell Street or the Grafton Street shopping mall.

In order to move around this area of Dublin, you can either walk or take the bus.

The Luas (light rail) green light has stops at St Stephen’s Green, Trinity and Westmoreland.

Dublin City Centre concentrates a good part of Dublin’s hotel offer, from cheap hostels to five-star hotels and business establishments.

Best area to stay in Dublin - Dublin City Centre

Best area to stay in Dublin – Dublin City Centre

Dublin - City Centre - Click to see all hotels on a map

Dublin – City Centre – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Heart of Dublin
  • Historical attractions
  • Very well-conected by Luas and bus
  • Shopping streets
  • Trinity College

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top pick

    Fleet Street Hotel is a newly renovated property located in the lively Dublin district of Temple Bar, 100 meters from the River Liffey and opposite Trinity College. It offers rooms with a flat-screen satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. – from €120.

  • Budget Option

    Avalon House, located in the heart of Dublin, has bright and modern private rooms and dormitories. It offers a movie theater, daily breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free computers. – from €49.

  • Midrange Option

    Doheny House offers accommodation in Dublin and free WiFi in all its facilities. There is also a flat-screen TV with cable channels. It is 700 meters from St Patrick’s Cathedral and 11 km from Dublin Airport. – from €53 .

  • Luxury Option

    Conrad Dublin, a five-star hotel, is located in the center of Dublin, opposite the National Concert Hall and 600 meters from the shops on Grafton Street. It has an elegant restaurant and rooms with air conditioning. – from €216.

 

 

 

St. Stephen’s Green

Saint Stephen’s Green is the largest and most elegant public park in the centre of Dublin.

Saint Stephen’s Green is located at one end of Grafton Street, the most important commercial street in town, surrounded by museums, galleries, restaurants, shopping centres and four- and five-star hotels.

Saint Stephen’s Green is surrounded by elegant Georgian buildings that in many cases were home to some of the most iconic figures in the history of Ireland.

It is the natural centre in Dublin. In the summer, families and friends gather here to enjoy its lake, wooded areas and meadows.

To visit it you can take the bus lines 39X, 40A, 40C, 41X, 51X, 58X, 66X and 67X. or in Luas through the St. Stephen’s Green stop, green line.

The area around Saint Stephen’s Green is one of the most elegant areas to stay in Dublin.

Recommended area to stay in Dublin - St Stephen's Green

Recommended area to stay in Dublin – St Stephen’s Green

Dublin - St Stephen's Green - Click to see all hotels on a map

Dublin – St Stephen’s Green – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Dublin city centre
  • St. Stephen’s Green
  • Luas stop
  • Refined atmosphere
  • Luxury hotels

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top pick

    Number 31 offers free WiFi, the property is located in Dublin, a 7-minute walk from St. Stephen’s Green and a 9-minute walk from the National Museum of Ireland – Archeology. The property is close to several places of interest. – from €99.

  • Budget Option

    Jackson Court Hotel is located in the center of Dublin, a 5-minute walk from Grafton Street and St. Stephen’s Green Park. It offers a nightclub and a full Irish breakfast every morning. – from €59.

  • Midrange Option

    Travelodge Stephens Green, a 3-star property, offers free Wi-Fi with unlimited data for all devices in all facilities, it enjoys a quiet location next to Grafton Street and St Stephen’s Green Park, close to the bustling city center of Dublin. – from €89.

  • Luxury Option

    The Fitzwilliam Hotel, a 5-star property, is located in the center of Dublin and offers luxury accommodation. It has interiors designed by Sir Terence Conran and has a restaurant, bar and gym. – from €209.

 

 

 

Parnell Square

Ballsbridge is a wealthy neighbourhood of Dublin, it is located in the south of the city, a bit far from the city centre.

Ballsbridge is a district built on a formerly rural, swampy area and divided by the Dodder River.

Ballsbridge is the area where most diplomatic seats and embassies are located, usually housed in prominent buildings, such as the one of the US embassy, an iconic cylindrical building.

Ballsbridge also has Herbert Park and, around it, luxury homes, a stone arch bridge, football fields, gardens and luxury hotels of four and five stars.

Ballsbridge can be reached from the city centre through the bus system.

Ballsbridge is a quiet and luxurious area to stay in Dublin.

Recommended area to stay in Dublin - Ballsbridge

Recommended area to stay in Dublin – Ballsbridge

Dublin - Ballsbridge - Click to see all hotels on a map

Dublin – Ballsbridge – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Quiet area
  • Refined atmosphere

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top pick

    Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge is a restored Masonic orphanage from the 19th century with landscaped gardens and spacious rooms with bathrooms. It is less than 5 minutes walk from the RDS and in front of an urban bus stop. – from €95.

 

 

 

Parnell Square

Parnell Square is located in the centre of Dublin, north of the Liffey River, it covers the area from O ‘Connel Street and Dame Street to Christchurch.

Parnell is one of the best Georgian squares in Dublin.

Parnell Square is the traditional starting point of all the most important processions and parades of the city and where the highest index of migrant population is found.

Initially, Parnell Square was full of hospitals, art galleries, academies and hotels, nowadays it is a cultural district with gardens and a lot of green areas.

This area is well connected by public transport of tram and bus. The centre of Dublin is about fifteen minutes away on foot.

Best districts to stay in Dublin - Parnell Square

Best districts to stay in Dublin – Parnell Square

Dublin - Parnell Square - Click to see all hotels on a map

Dublin – Parnell Square – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Very central area to stay
  • Multi-cultural

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top pick

    Hotel St George by theKeyCollection is located at the top of O’Connell Street, in the center of Dublin, less than 200 meters from the commercial area of Henry Street. The property offers free Wi-Fi and rooms with a private bathroom. – from €69.

 

 

 

Drumcondra

Drumcondra is a residential, student and sports area north of Dublin.

Here you can find Croke Park and Tolka Park stadiums.

Croke Park is one of the largest sports venues in Europe, which includes a museum and a typical Dublin pub.

Drumcondra is located near Mountjoy square park. With areas to play football and playgrounds, but also typical residential Dublin areas.

This area is close to the airport and ten minutes by car from the centre of Dublin, with good bus and tram connections (Red Line).

Drumcondra is a good area to stay given its proximity to the centre of Dublin.

Drumcondra - Best neighbourhoods to stay in Dublin

Drumcondra – Best neighbourhoods to stay in Dublin

Dublin - Drumcondra - Click to see all hotels on a map

Dublin – Drumcondra – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top pick

    Dublin Skylon Hotel is only 10 minutes by car from Dublin Airport. The center of Dublin is a 5-minute drive away and Croke Park Stadium is a 5-minute walk away. – from €71.

 

 

 

Rathmines

Rathmines is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood, away from the city center, between tree-lined streets and large houses.

Rathmines is located in a prosperous area with some fancy buildings that reflect the wealth of this area.

Nowadays, Rathmines is a suburban alternative to the center of Dublin. It has many shops, vintage stores, restaurants and pubs, but it still retains a peaceful atmosphere.

It has accommodation at reasonable prices.

Rathmines is well connected by bus lines 14, 15, 65, 83, 140.

Where to stay in Dublin - Rathmines

Where to stay in Dublin – Rathmines

Dublin - Rathmines - Click to see all hotels on a map

Dublin – Rathmines – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top pick

    El Leeson Bridge Guesthouse is an attractive, very peaceful accommodation located in the middle of Georgian Dublin, close to all the places of interest. – from €69.

 

 

 

Around Dublin International Airport

Dublin Airport is located about ten kilometres north of the city center, which allows for easy travel. It has bus routes, coaches and taxi stops.

Dublin International Airport is close to Collinstow. It has two terminals, one for domestic and European flights, and the other for international flights.

Dublin Airport is an hub for Aer Lingus and Ryanair, so it enjoys excellent air connectivity to Europe and North America.

Dublin Airport terminal 1 offers a food-court, gift and souvenir shops, restaurants, pubs and supermarkets.

Dublin Airport has public and private bus lines to go to the city centre.

Staying near Dublin Airport

Staying near Dublin Airport

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top pick

    El Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport offers a free 24-hour shuttle service to and from Dublin Airport, which is 10 minutes away, and is located next to the junction between the M1 and M50 motorways. In addition, there is free WiFi in all facilities and private underground parking with 1,500 spaces. – from €89.

 

 

 

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My name is Luis Cicerone. When I was little, I would walk around the house with an atlas in my hand. My rainy Sundays were spent memorising maps and capitals. At fifteen I did my first solo trip and since then I travel whenever I can. I work in travel marketing. I love photography, movies and cat videos.

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