The Best Areas to Stay in Dublin: Top Districts and Hotels

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

When it comes to the best areas to stay in Dublin, the central area, which includes a lively nightlife, 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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Where to Stay in Dublin: A Summary

If you don’t have the time or the patience to read the full post, here’s a summary with our recommended areas to stay in Dublin. Keep on reading to discover more information about each of the neighbourhoods.

The Best Areas to Stay in Dublin, Ireland

1. Recommended area: Temple Bar

Temple Bar is a neighbourhood located in the city centre, 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 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 music venues, pubs and traditional Irish restaurants in Dublin.

Since 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.

If you’re wondering where to stay in Dublin, look no further than Temple Bar.

This is one of the best areas to stay 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

What makes this the best area to stay in Dublin

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


2. 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 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, where it is possible to take a tour of 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

What makes this the best area to stay in Dublin

  • 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.


3. Dublin City Centre

It should come as no surprise that the City Centre is on this list as one of the recommended areas to stay in Dublin.

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

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

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

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

What makes this the best area to stay in Dublin

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


4. 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.

This huge park 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 Dublin’s geographic centre. In the summer, families and friends gather here to enjoy its lake, wooded areas and meadows.

Dublin’s light rail system St. Stephen’s Green stop is located nearby.

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

What makes this the best area to stay in Dublin

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


5. Ballsbridge

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

This area was built on a formerly rural, swampy area crossed by the Dodder River.

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

Ballsbridge is also home to Herbert Park. Around it, you can find a mix of upmarket homes, football fields, gardens and luxury hotels.

This area 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

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

What makes this the best area to stay in Dublin

  • 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.


6. 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 examples of Georgian style squares in Dublin.

This is the traditional starting point of all the most important parades in the city.

The Parnell Square area is a vibrant neighbourhood and cultural area filled with art galleries, academies and hotels, as well as gardens and a lot of green areas.

This quarter is well-connected by public transport, namely 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

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

What makes this the best area to stay in Dublin

  • Very central area to stay
  • Multi-cultural
  • Beautiful architecture

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.


7. Drumcondra

Drumcondra is a residential, student and sports area in the 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 connections to the centre of Dublin.

Drumcondra - Best neighbourhoods to stay in Dublin

Drumcondra – Best neighbourhoods to stay in Dublin

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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.


8. Rathmines

Rathmines is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood, away from the city centre, 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 centre of Dublin. It has many shops, vintage stores, restaurants and pubs, but it still retains a peaceful atmosphere.

It has accommodation at reasonable prices.

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

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


10. Around Dublin International Airport

Dublin Airport is located about ten kilometres north of the city centre, 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 a 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

What makes this the best area to stay in Dublin

  • Best area for a short stopover
  • Hotels with airport transfer

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top pick

    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.


Cheap Accommodation in Dublin

When it comes to accommodation, Dublin is not the cheapest city in Europe. However, you can still find some good deals, especially if you compare the prices to those in London, for example.

The cheapest time to visit the Irish capital is during the winter, particularly in early January, when you can find cheap hotels to stay in Dublin after the high season in December.

Also, it is advisable to avoid travelling to Dublin during important events or holidays like Dublin International Film Festival (which usually happens from late February to early March) or St. Patrick’s Day because tourists fill the city and accommodation is both more expensive and harder to find.

The cheapest areas to stay in Dublin are those away from the City Centre, such as Rathmines (See accommodation in Rathmines).

Flights to Dublin are more budget-friendly at the beginning of every year, but keep in mind that there will probably be a lot of rain.

Where to stay in Dublin: Useful information

Dublin’s climate is known for its short and mild winters (January-February) and fresh and long summers (July-August). Each station shows a different face of the city, but it is recommended to visit it during the spring or 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.

Despite Ireland’s hard-partying reputation, you’d be surprised to know that pubs in Dublin usually close before midnight during the week and around 3 A.M. on the weekends. However, if you want to stay close to where most of the nightlife is, Temple Bar is the perfect choice for you (See hotels in Temple Bar).

Most of the museums in the city, including the National Gallery, which houses works by Picasso and Monet, among others, are for free and worthy of a visit if you’re looking to dive into Dublin’s cultural movement.

Also, although typical Irish cuisine may not sound particularly exciting for you, there are all types of restaurants in areas such as Stoneybatter & Smithfield that are very foodie-friendly (See accommodation in Stoneybatter & Smithfield).


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