Dublin, co. Dublin: 1 hotel, 1 hostel, 5 areas
Having lived in Dublin I don't know much about hotels and hostels, so I guess i can only recomment two, which accidentally are run by friends of mine: Hotelwise my vote goes for the Harding Hotel, at Copper Alley, Fishamble Street, Dublin 2. The same people who manage the Harding manage a youth hostel too: Kinlay House, 2-12 Lord Edward, Street, Dublin 2. Both are located near Chirstchurch Cathedral.
In case you are staying for a longer time in Dublin it's common practice to rent a flat (and of course u needed me to tell u this, right?). I lived in lots of areas in Dublin: teple Bar, back then, was central and crumblind into pieces, therefore affordable: I hear it's no longer the case. Favourite areas of mine, in the southside, include Portobello and the rathmines area near the Baggot Bridge. My favourite address was in the Liberties, but it's not to everyone's taste (read: working class area and some crime). Northside, near the centre, I found quite nice the North Circular Road near Parnell Sq, which is not quite as bad as people make you think.
Harding practical, but not pretty
The Harding Hotel in Dublin was exactly what we expected: a reasonably priced hotel in a convenient location with clean sheets, clean towels, and a clean bathroom. It definitely lacked ambience or decor. The halls and bathrooms were instutional and dismal, but they were functional. It was not a quiet hotel, inside or out. It is not the kind of hotel you spend the day in. It is the kind of hotel to lay your head for the few hours between sight-seeing in the day and reveling at Temple Bar in the evening. We would certainly stay there again.
Would not stay here
We stayed at the Harding Hotel which we had booked through the internet. It is on the oldest street in Dublin and is a converted hostel. The room was nice and overlooked a courtyard. We thought it would be grand. We went for a walk to Trinity College, I almost got run over by a fast moving Dublin city bus that was turning the corner at 80 miles an hour, and when we returned the police(Gardai) were in the lobby. A female tourist had been robbed right outside the hotel. They said they could do nothing. We went to the cute little bar inside the hotel for a drink and were told by another patron that it wasn't right the way tourists were goudged. Apparently we paid double for our drinks. Then we went up to our room to take a shower . The toilet would not flush and the showers backed up up to our ankles. We went to the lobby but nothing was done. Through the night it was very noisy when all the pubs let out at 4 in the morning. In the morning we had breakfast in the pub.We were told we had to pay extra for the hot buffet laid out.We were told on booking that breakfast was included in the price of the room. We left in a hurry and would not go back.Avoid the large cities in Ireland and go for the small towns. They are safer and you don't get goudged.
Harding Hotel or Ormond Quay?
Very excited about visiting Dublin next month for first time. Booked Hardings Hote as it appears very central and sensible... then got told about Ormond Quay..... as its my ist time, and I;m alone, I;m being a bit pernickerty.... does anyone have any feedback here as to which place is "better"? Or I am open to alternative suggestions. Both these places are about €120-130 for a w/e... so within that price range...
also - any bar/restaurant suggestions mist welcome.
Re: Harding Hotel or Ormond Quay?
go to www.tripadvisor.com for reviews on Hardings hotel..I don't think you will be disappointed. As for bars just wander...go on a pub crawl and stop where you like. Temple bar is about OK now..not what it was. Prices are on the high side but the beer is good quality.
Hope you enjoy...don't forget the Guinness tour..you can book the hopstore on the web [and Christ church for mummified crusaders-a bit strange.
Slainte [cheers in Irish] pronounced slante - cha
Re: Harding Hotel or Ormond Quay?
re: bar suggestions,
check out Whelans and Solas on Wexford st. CHeck out McSorely's on Ranelagh for a wide selection of drinks, stay well away from Temple bar whatever you, the stags head is a good pub, just off Excequer st and down a lane, Ri-ra, a good club, is also across the road from this.