What I liked about this hostel: no noise, clean room, nice private bathroom, brilliant location really close to O´Connell Street, Trinity College and dart station.
What I disliked: the cleaner left the windows open even though if was freezing outside so when we came back to our room it was really cold and the heater only worked for couple of hours in the evening. They charge 1e rent or towels which is fine, but they charge you for 5 euros and then return the extra four when you check-out and return the towel - expect that we checked out really early in the morning and there was no-one in reception (they were probably sleeping in backroom?) so we didn´t get our guarentee money back.
Unique Quality: Location is unbeatable.
Directions: From O´Connell Street cross the O´Connell bridge and turn right - they are on the left hand side of the street
I booked this hotel for my son and his 3 friends. They have a few quad room with bank beds. The place is a bit more comfortable than hostel with a private bath for about the same price you'd pay at the hostel.
The hotel is located along the river Liffey between the O'Connell bridge and the Ha'Penny bridge. Very convenient location as it sits at the edge of the Temple Bar area.
Unique Quality: Usually, a continental breakfast is included in the room fee.
Directions: From O'Connell bridge, walk along the river Liffey on Aston Quay. The hotel is on your left hand side.
This hotel is in a prime location overlooking the River Liffey. Perfect for shopping and also if you plan to spend the evenings in Temple Bar.
The room was a tad crowded as we had three beds for 2 of us. If the third bed had been removed, it would have been an acceptable size. Not sure how 3 adults would cope in the room as I think it was too small for 3. Consequently, for our next trip (when there will be 3 of us) we have booked a different hotel.
The bathroom was small but perfectly formed and the shower was powerful.
Breakfast was continental but for a small amount of money, a full irish could be ordered.
The downside of the hotel (for me - not necessarily a downside for all) was the fact that as we were in a room at the front of the hotel, it was very noisy. The amount of traffic on that road is phenomenal. First thing in the morning it was not a welcome sound. However, we had requested a room at the front so we only had ourselves to blame. We did not consider the traffic before we did that.
I would stay at the hotel again, however, I would ask for a room at the back of the hotel.
Unique Quality: Although there was a downside to a room at the front of the hotel, the view of the Liffey was great.
Situated right on Aston Quay, right beside O'Connell Bridge near a bus stop.
The Hotel may be hard to find, the entrance is beside a row of shops.
The reception is on the first floor. However there is access to a lift which takes you to both the reception and the bedrooms.
The rooms are modern, with tea/coffee making facilities, satellite tv, ensuite facilities. They're not overly big though.
Unique Quality: Quiet central Hotel.
Friendly, helpful staff.
Backs onto Temple Bar and also close to O'Connell Street.
Reasonably priced by Dublin standards.
Bar prices are reasonable.
Directions: Right on the Quay, looking onto the River Liffey.
We'll be spending a Saturday night (mid Feb) in Dublin at the beginning of our journey. It sounds like the Temple Bar area is where we want to be. I would love anything within walking distance of The Guinness Factory or Dublin Castle. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! Waterloo looks nice...but location ok?
Bloom Hotel is in Temple bar, good but ask for a higher floor, the disco is quite noisy, let alone on Sat evening
We stayed at the Ashling hotel wich is part of the Best Western group situated near a railway station,a tramstation and a busstop and walking distance to the Guinness brewery and a 5 minutes ride by tram to the center. It' s good hotel with very fair prices.
The area around the Guiness factory is actually quite a bad area, although I'm not sure Americans realize this. Globetrotters is nice because it's near O'Connell street and close to the bus station and tram (luas) so you can take the luas to those places for less than 2 quid.
Jury's Inn is always lovely, although not sure what your price range is. It would be fairly near the castle. I've stayed at Kinlay house before, near Christ Church Cathedral, and was unimpressed. Temple Bar is pretty overpriced and caters to tourists who don't know any better, but if you're young and like to party Gogarty's might work for you.
What area would you recommend if we want to get out of the tourist trap? We want good pubs and easy access to the train as we'll be taking it to Galway the next day
If you´re on budget (= not looking for luxury) I can recommend Abigails hostel which is in Temple bar area, but still quiet as there are no bars on the same street. The castle is very close, just a few minutes walk and the Guinness factory walk took about 20 minutes (we did get lost a bit on the way..)
you are really not going to be able to walk to the train, at least not happily with luggage, so it does not much matter how close you stay. The closer you get to Heuston station, the seedier the neighborhood. So you might as well stay somewhere nice if you have to take the bus anyway. The blue airport buses can take you there, and often the bus driver won't even charge you for that short of a distance.
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Address: 7/9 Aston Quay, Dublin, 2, Ireland