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The Best Neighborhoods To Stay in Dublin for the Trip of a Lifetime
Dublin, Ireland is an ideal destination for solo or group travel due to how safe it is, its public transportation system and its breathtaking views. Dublin also offers a plethora of high quality accommodations for visitors. Each of Dublin’s neighborhoods have their own special qualities and unique representations of this cultural hub.
Here is a look at all of the areas one can stay at when planning a trip to Dublin, along with some interesting facts about each. Take a look and see which area suits your travel needs, or choose to stay in a few different areas during an extended stay in this wonderful city.
Dublin City Centre for a Luxury Stay
The City Centre (also known as downtown Dublin) is a central location for travelers wanting to be in a walkable and easily accessible area. Downtown Dublin is home to many cultural venues, like the Dublin Castle, which attracts visitors from all over the world. It has gained an international reputation for its food, nightlife and bustling pubs.
O’Connell Street is another hub in central Dublin for public transportation. It has plenty of options for visitors to get to and from the Dublin Airport and local hot spots.
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham
This hotel is new and located in the heart of Dublin. This accommodation provides an upscale stay for visitors and is ideal for business travelers. Nearby is the Abbey Street Tram Station, which is a convenient feature of the area that can take visitors to any point in the city. This hotel is seven miles from the Dublin International Airport (DUB).
Holiday Inn Express Dublin City Centre
This modern hotel is an affordable option for people traveling through central Dublin. With 198 bedrooms, complimentary breakfast and a short 20-minute drive from the Dublin Airport, this accommodation is a popular choice among business and leisure travelers. Culture and art lovers will appreciate the galleries and theaters located a quick walk away from the hotel.
Phibsborough Is a Youthful and Chic Area
Located between the city center and the suburbs, Phibsborough (or Phibsboro) is an area filled with younger residents (mainly due to the local university campuses). Sports fans can visit the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and foodies can indulge in diverse cuisines while visiting the area.
This bed and breakfast is located about 20 minutes (walking distance) from the Dublin City Centre on the north side. Within a quiet residential area, this accommodation is suitable for families who may want to walk to the National Botanical Gardens, the Dublin Zoo and the Phoenix Park. The guesthouse has 32 rooms, offers continental breakfast and the staff is known for being personable.
Zanzibar Locke, Ha’Penny Bridge
These apartments have a chic and vibrant ambiance and are newly-renovated townhouses with riverside views. As a renovated space within a tourist destination, the apartments are spacious and offer contemporary amenities. Visitors can book this accommodation per night and choose between different studios. Zanzibar Locke is located across from the Ha’Penny Bridge and many cobbled streets filled with bars, clubs, shops and restaurants.
Temple Bar Is the Best Area for Nightlife
The nightlife in Temple Bar is unparalleled. There are plenty of bars and pubs, so this area is a popular choice for travelers wanting to sightsee and enjoy nightly festivities. Walking and pub tours are popular in Temple Bar and there are many major attractions (with Dublin City Centre being a short walk from Temple Bar area).
The Fleet Hotel has a cool and eccentric look and is known for its individually decorated rooms. It has a historic reputation in the Temple Bar area since it was previously the Bewley’s cafe (the Bewleys were known as one of the finest European Tea Houses). Guests interested in trying the reputable tea will be delighted to know that they still offer a traditional afternoon tea menu at their restaurant. Café 1920 is the Fleet’s cafe bar that offers brunch, light bites and internationally inspired dinner options. Visitors can expect an array of boutique styled bedroom options and a comfortable atmosphere at the Fleet.
The Morgan Hotel
Located on the cobbled streets of the Dublin Temple Bar, this newly refurbished hotel provides exquisite Irish hospitality. Guests can choose between signature, superior and deluxe rooms and an array of suites. The hotel has special offers available to guests that will make their stay even more enjoyable, like 24 hour in-room dining and a concierge service. 10 Fleet Street is their restaurant and bar that serves traditional Irish cuisine and sources fresh local ingredients.
Portobello for the Locals
Portobello is a relaxed neighborhood that is filled with more locals than tourists. Although it is not a tourist-heavy area, it is considered one of the safest neighborhoods in Dublin. So, if tourist destinations are not your thing and tranquil areas are preferable, Portobello might be the perfect place to visit.
Maldron Hotel Kevin Street
The Maldron Hotel is located near one of Dublin’s most popular tourist attractions, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is one of the newer hotels in Dublin and is a nice accommodation to unwind in since it is located in such a peaceful area. The hotel offers double, twin, king, family, connected and executive bedrooms as well as a few dining options. The Vitality Breakfast and Grain & Grill serve delicious quick bites for those in a rush to catch the bus and see the city.
Clayton Hotel Charlemont
With a design that blends historic Dublin and modern architectural features, this hotel is an ideal option for travelers looking to be close to a shopping and cultural hub. The hotel overlooks the Grand Canal and has a fitness suite which is accessible with all hotel room bookings. It has great dining options too, with bar, restaurant, breakfast and roastery options for its guests, this hotel is ideal for anyone traveling for business or pleasure.