Planning a trip to Dublin sometime soon? Looking for the best places to stay in the city? Well, you have come to the right place, here at ConnollyCove we have created the ultimate guide to where to stay in Dublin. 

With a popular and energetic city like Dublin, the place is always on the go, attracting visitors from all around the world. When it comes to European cities, Dublin does it better than most with its endless list of tourist attractions, history and cultural spots as well as its amazing nightlife and people.

So we are here to help make your next trip to Dublin easier with our guide to the best places to stay in the city. As with any big city, there is always an endless list of places to stay, it’s hard to know what’s good and what’s not. But through our guide, we will let you know Dublin’s best accommodation spots and hidden gems.

Whether you are visiting for pleasure or business, a cheap escape or a luxury stay, Dublin has it all.

Places to Stay in Dublin
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Temple Bar Area 

Dublin’s famous Temple Bar area is always lively and exciting; the perfect place to stay in the city if you are a party goer, young person, traveller or basically anyone looking to have a fun-filled stay in Ireland’s capital city. The area also has lots of highlights such as being home to many of Dublin’s traditional Irish pubs, close to attractions like Trinity College, Grafton Street and Dublin Castle.

Now let’s dive into the best accommodation spots to stay in Dublin’s Temple Bar Area:

Merchant House

Location: 8 Eustace Street, Temple Bar

Check-in: 14:00 – 23:00                          Check-out: 04:00 -11.30

In the heart of the Temple Bar area, The Merchant House is a stylish award-winning 5-star hotel that will surely impress anyone on a stay here. The Georgian building was completely restored in 2005 to provide visitors with an amazing accommodation venue in Dublin. 

The Hotel offers a variety of luxury suites named after some of Ireland’s most famous writers including James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. Each suite at the Merchant House is beautifully decorated, spacious and comes with all the comforts and needs you could possibly want.

If you are looking for a one of a kind place to stay in Dublin, this hotel will not disappoint, it is spectacular in more ways than one. It’s also perfectly located to many restaurants, bars and clubs as well as historic sights, museums and much more.

Temple Bar Hotel

Location: 13-17 fleet street, Dublin 2

Check-in: 15:00 pm                             Check-out: 12:00pm

Whether you are visiting Dublin for business or pleasure, The Temple Bar hotel is a great place to consider. Its location makes it easy to walk to many of Dublin’s popular attractions and if you are visiting for sporting events, it’s very convenient to both Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium. 

A lovely and friendly 4-star hotel offering bouquet style rooms and an unforgettable Irish charm from the staff to make you feel at home during your stay. The Temple Bar hotel offers over 100 rooms, with each being cleverly designed to suit different needs and a variety of people. There are seven different room types that come with custom-made furniture and a chic city style and with an amazing full refurbishment taking place in 2016 you can expect everything to be very modern and on-trend. 

The Temple Bar Hotel also has its own on-site bar and restaurant where you can enjoy food, drinks and live music every night.

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Abigails Hostel

Location: 7 – 9 Aston Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland

For those looking for a cheaper option in Dublin’s Temple Bar Area, then Abigails Hostel is a great spot and it has been ranked as Dublin’s best Hostel accommodation. In 2013, it was also voted the ‘Best Large Hostel in the World’  by Hostel World. You’ll definitely get value for money and comfort when staying at Abigails Hostel. 

All rooms come with en-suite and shower facilities as well as free wifi and a lovely free breakfast. There is also a spacious, stylish and relaxing common areas, fitted with a modern kitchen, where you can get to know other travellers visiting the city. Not only that but the hostel offers free walking tours and nightly pub crawls for anyone interested. 

This would be a perfect place to stay if you’re visiting with a group of friends or travelling alone with its dorm-style rooms as well as private rooms available. 

Handels Hotel

Location: 16 – 18 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Located in the quieter area of Temple Bar, along one of Dublin’s oldest streets is the welcoming Handels Hotel, just a short five-minute walk to the centre of Temple Bar where all the lively fun happens as well as a ten-minute walk to Dublin’s famous Guinness Storehouse. 

The Handels Hotel offers a selection of single, double, twin or triple rooms with modern city facilities to suit a variety of people. Also within the hotel is a quirky bar and restaurant where you can dine and be entertained during your stay in Dublin. 

A nice spot to stay for a relaxing and enjoyable time in Dublin city. Might be an ideal spot for those on business trips who need to work but also want to enjoy the perks of being close to popular attractions in the Irish capital.

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Phibsborough Area

If you’re visiting Dublin and want to explore a new and upcoming area that is a short walking distance to the city centre then Phibsborough is a brilliant place to check out.

Just recently the area was voted as one of the coolest places in Europe and offers a variety of accommodation styles to suit everyone. Many popular attractions in and near Phibsborough include Phoenix Park, Parnell Square, Old Jameson Distillery and the National Botanic Gardens.

The Best Accommodation Spots to Stay in Dublin’s Phibsborough Area:

Charleville Lodge Hotel

Location: 268 – 272 North Circular Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7

For budget-friendly accommodation, you can’t go wrong with the Charleville Lodge Hotel, the perfect place for young people who are looking for fun and friendly accommodation that will not empty the bank account. This Dublin hotel offers 30 rooms, each coming with comfortable beds, flat-screen TVs and 24-hours reception service.

A great place for those who just want to have somewhere to sleep at night and spend the rest of the time exploring all the great things Dublin has to offer.

While staying at Charleville Lodge you can check out its popular White Mouse Cafe offering delicious food and Irish home comforts along with its all-day brunches that are seriously irresistible. The hostel is also close to the Luas tram spot making it very convenient to get to and from places around the city.

Dublin Central Hotel

Location: Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin, Ireland

Next, make sure to check out the Dublin Central Hotel, uniquely located for visitors who wish to explore the historic side of Dublin such as visiting the Book of Kells at Trinity College or exploring the fascinating stories at the Guinness Storehouse. 

Dublin Central Hotel is a beautiful historic building that’s been around since the 18th century and comes with it 70 elegant well-equipped rooms, a famous library bar as well as an Exchequer Gastropub for guests to enjoy at their leisure. 

The popular library bar is located on the first floor and you’ll definitely be drawn to it with its charm and elegance, a place for you to have a relaxing drink and meal away from the busy Dublin city life. The hotel also has available meeting rooms which can accommodate up to 70 people, perfect for those who are here for business.

Dublin Central Hotel prides itself on providing all guests with the famous and warm Irish welcome and to make sure their stay with them is nothing but a memorable experience. 

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Egans House

Location: 7 Iona Park, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Ireland

Check-In: 2pm                                  Check-out 11am

Egan’s House is a lovely family-run B&B with over 10 years experience in providing an unforgettable time for people visiting Dublin from all around the world. Although it may only be a three-star guest house, you can expect so much more when you are here. 

It’s perfectly located in a safe and quiet area of Dublin surrounded by plenty of great restaurants and shops. It would be the ideal place to stay for a short weekend break in the charming Irish city.

The B&B style guest house comes with 32 en suite bedrooms that would suit couples, families or groups with its variety of rooms on offer. Its large family rooms can sleep up to six people. Other room types include smoking rooms, ground floor rooms as well as rooms in quieter locations for those who need to work while they are here.

Egan’s House also comes with parking and a private garden area as well as being a short 15 minutes from Dublin Airport.  

Something that might make you consider staying here on your next trip to Dublin is the places offer 10%-15% discount on selected pubs and restaurants around the city! Dublin isn’t a cheap city to visit so you must grab offers like this by both hands.

Trinity Area

If you’re coming to Dublin on a budget ConnollyCove recommend staying in the lovely Trinity neighbourhood located on the south side of the River Liffey. The area is famous for being the home of Trinity College Dublin, a place filled with stunning architecture, open green spaces, and incredible history. It is also the place where you’ll find much of Dublin’s most affordable places to stay that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Places to Stay in Dublin
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The Best Accommodation spots in stay in Dublin’s Trinity Area:

Ashfield Hostel

Location: 19 – 20 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

This is one of the top hostel choices to stay in whilst visiting Dublin, especially for backpackers and travellers. Ashfield is centrally located between Trinity College and O’Connell Bridge and just a short walk from Grafton Street, Temple Bar and many of Dublin’s top tourist attractions. Ashfield has been a popular spot for international visitors since it first opened its doors in 1995. 

The hostel offers a variety of dorm-style rooms each coming with ensuites including toilet and shower facilities to suit large and small groups of travellers as well as solo visitors. Guests can enjoy a free breakfast and wifi on their stay here as well as the friendly and informative staff who will help you with all your needs and who will make sure you have a memorable time in Dublin.

Guests can also hang out in the comfy and stylish common room that comes with a fully equipped kitchen for all guests to use. This is a great way to meet new people who are visiting the city for the first time. Ashfield hostel also provides free daily walking tours and night pub crawls which all guests will want to take advantage off.

The Dawson Hotel 

Location: 35/36 Dawson St, Dublin 2, D02 CR29, Ireland

Take yourself away for a luxurious and elegant stay at this charming Dublin Hotel. The Dawson Hotel is a delightful 4* star accommodation spot right in the heart of Dublin City life, where you’ll be spoilt for choice on things to do and see. 

On arrival, you’ll be treated with a warm welcome and friendly service right up until the moment you leave. Chill out and relax in the spacious rooms provided here or sit back with a drink in the hotels adjoining bar, ‘Sams’ with its lovely art deco surroundings or treat yourself to a cocktail or two in Dawson’s beautiful Victorian garden terrace overlooking Dublin’s Mansion house.

The Dawsons Hotel has a variety of facilities that make for a great stay including air conditioning/heating in all rooms, complimentary continental breakfast served daily, 24 hours front desk and porter service, high- speed wifi and access to a nearby fitness club that includes a pool, steam room and sauna.

Located in the vibrant city centre environment that offers 36 rooms including 1 deluxe suite and seven juniors suites. All rooms are pretty spectacular and inviting, each with its own private bathroom, seating area and flat-screen TV’s.

Places to Stay in Dublin
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Kildare Street Hotel

Location: 47-49 Kildare St, Dublin 2, Ireland

A charming hotel located in Dublin’s famous Grafton Street Quarter that is renowned for its shopping with plenty of bars and restaurants in the area. A place filled with Dublin’s key attractions on your doorstep to enjoy. The Kildare Street Hotel offers visitors a choice of 34 guestrooms all equipped with a modern style and amenities you would expect in any city centre hotel. 

All rooms within this Dublin hotel have been created to make sure guests have the most positive stay possible, including daily servicing of towels and fresh linens and ‘little extras’ to make for a memorable experience. 

The hotel is also located in a newly refurbished 19th-century building which helps to add to its charm and would make a great place for exploring the Trinity area of Dublin.

More Popular Places to Stay in Dublin:

The Devlin

Location: 117-119 Ranelagh, Dublin 6, D06 WY50, Ireland

Dublin is a trendy place to visit and the Devlin Hotel is a pretty cool place to stay for a weekend break in the city. Devlin is one of Dublin’s newest and exciting accommodation venues, more than just a hotel, offering 40 cosy and unique rooms to chill out in.

The place comes with a rooftop bar and restaurant to enjoy drinks and food with amazing views of the Irish capital on display. On the ground floor, you’ll also find one of Dublin’s hottest cocktail bars; ‘The Americana Bar’. But that’s not all, below the Devlin Dublin you’ll also discover a luxury cinema known as the ‘Stella Cinema’, showcasing a range of Hollywood blockbusters, arthouse favourites and cult classics, perfect for a fun date night in the city.

There is just plenty to love about this hotel especially its rooms that have been perfectly made to feel snug with clever designs to make guests happy and with everything they could possibly need.

Each room is filled with smart gadgets, custom made beds and a munchies box filled with the best Irish snacks to enjoy. The Devlin Hotel is sure to provide a very unique and unforgettable experience in the city.

The Dean

Location: 33 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin, Ireland

Another popular hotel ConnollyCove recommend checking out is the Dean Hotel that will offer a fun and super cool stay in Dublin. The Dean offers modern boutique-style rooms with big comfortable beds, where you’ll be sure to sleep like a baby whilst you are here.

This is one place that doesn’t do conventional or ordinary, each room is filled with stuff to make you smile including power showers, unique Irish art, marshall amps to connect your gadgets, smart TV’s with Netflix and a fully stocked mini fridge with plenty of delicious treats and much more. 

You might not even want to leave your room with all the cool gadgets, fun design and special little perks provided at the Dean Hotel. For foodie lovers you’ll also be impressed by the two restaurants located here; Sophie’s the popular rooftop restaurant and Dean’s Bar the perfect spot for morning coffees and day-time bites.

The Shelbourne Hotel

Location: 27 St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

This next place is one of Dublin’s most iconic luxury and world-famous hotels, a timeless landmark in the centre of the Irish capital. Shelbourne Hotel is a beautiful five-star accommodation offering unbeatable elegance overlooking the spectacular St. Stephen’s Green.

The hotel was first founded back in 1824 and holds a lot of remarkable stories, a place where history has been made including where the Irish constitution was drafted and literacy masterpieces were crafted. Staying at the Shelbourne is more than just a luxury stay, it offers a unique time capsule into Ireland’s past.

The hotel was stunningly resorted to its full glory in the last few years with each guest room beautifully decorated and filled with its own unique character and charm. The special heritage and history associated with the building are reflected in the decor throughout.

The Shelbourne also brings luxury to the next level with their astonishing five-star suites where many famous guests have stayed whilst visiting Ireland. This is one place if you can afford to splash the cash that will truly give you an unforgettable experience.

The Conrad

Location: Earlsfort Terracе, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2, D02 V562,

Check out the award-winning Conrad Hotel located across from the beautiful St.Stephens Green gardens and overlooking the famous National Concert Hall. The recent hotel re-design and style has been greatly inspired by the rich and intriguing literacy culture and heritage that Dublin offers. 

Conrad Dublin includes 192 stunning and contemporary guest rooms and suites that have been created to act as your home away from home in the city. The hotel also includes a top-class fitness centre equipped with all the best state of the art stuff from cardio machines and weights. It is also home to a prestigious Ballroom and nine conference rooms to suit a variety of leisure and business guests.

The Conrad Dublin also offers a variety of stylising dining options including the newest Coburg Brasserie as well as a cool Irish- American themed bar known as Alfie Byrne’s, where you can enjoy a great range of craft beer and whiskey. Also not forgetting its lounge Bar Lemuels’ that has been inspired by Dublin writer Jonathan Swift’s book Gulliver’s Travels.

Perfectly located within the fashionable Grafton Street for the best retail therapy getaway and to enjoy the vibrant nightlife Dublin provides. The Conrad best represents this iconic Irish city that will leave you inspired after a visit or stay

Kellys Hotel

Location: 36 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, D02 T328

To round up our guide to the best places to stay in Dublin, we thought we’d end with the chic and trendy Kellys Hotel. Considered as one of Dublin’s best urban boutique hotel, there is plenty to love about this place such as offering visitors a special ‘house guest experiences’ that comes with a variety of home comforts to make you feel relaxed during your stay.

Kelly’s Hotel offers an adult-only escape with 16 wonderfully designed rooms combining  Victorian charm and a modern vibe that will appeal to a variety of needs and tastes.

This popular boutique is also located above some of Dublin’s busy bars within the Creative Quarter, it would definitely suit people who are up for some fun, noise and a lively experience in the city; be ready to embrace the famous Irish lifestyle while you are here. Kelly’s is on the doorstep to the culture and art hub of Dublin bustling with galleries, exhibitions, artisan boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars to keep you entertained.

Your Perfect City Escape in Ireland

Dublin is a beautiful city filled with culture, heritage and literature that is incredibly represented in its variety of hotels and accommodation spots, all unique in their own way, offering a fantastic stay in the city that will make you want to come back a second and third time.

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