My friend booked the Dublin leg of our trip and veered from the b&b's that had served us well in Connemara to Molesworth Court - a slightly posh apartment rental. The apartments are in a building with a courtyard and are on a quiet street to begin with. The housekeeper brought us milk and orange juice upon our arrival, which we placed in our extrememly well-outfitted kitchen.
The rooms were clean, bright and well-furnished - our apartment had a bedroom, living/dining, kitchen and bathroom. We were only staying for a night but could have easily settled in for much longer.
After a week of traveling with backpacks, our total fascination was with the clothes washer/dryer combo. Maybe I am way behind, but the fact that those two things could be done with one load in one machine is amazing! It was, however, smarter than we were. After much button-pushing and consternation (tempered with our undying love of clean clothes), we were treated to washed and dried clothes.
One of the main reasons why a trip to Dublin is attractive, is the fact that the flights are so extremely cheap. But what is the use of a cheap flight when you still need to stay in a € 80,- hotel for some nights? A better way to do this, is to stay in the capital without paying a single penny for it!
In 2006 I discovered a website called www.couchsurfing.com. This webcommunity has several tens of thousands of members who all offer a place to sleep for free for other members: you are offering a place to sleep in case someone asks you, and the other members are willing to welcome you if you ask to. No matter where you are looking for a place to sleep, you will always find some couchsurfers around. And so in Dublin you'll also find a lot of them.
In Dublin I stayed with a very friendly host who took us out for dinner, and according to the Irish tradition, into to pub. He cooked us an Irish breakfast and a typically Irish dinner and he really made us feel like home.
And at the end of the trip, my two nights on the capital costed me: € 0,00!
A unique way to get to know the real Irish people. You are welcomed not only in their houses, but in their lifes! And of course this is a perfect way to make a great trip extremely cheap.
Parkway Bed and Breakfast is located within walking distance to all the major Dublin attractions and pretty much nextdoor to Belvedere College. And it is easy to reach by both the AirLink Bus from the airport and Connelly Station. The rooms are comfortable and clean for a pretty good price. A single without a bath is €48 a night. This is the type of room I took and the bathroom and shower were just right outside my door. For a bit more one can get a room with ensuite bath.
Breakfast is very good. They serve a full Irish breakfast which in this case is your choice of scrambled or fried eggs, sausage or bacon, and coffee or tea. Or you can choose a lighter meal of cereal or toast. I dont normally like eggs but tried the scrambled and they were really delicious. I should have asked how they do them.
While everything was neat the rooms could have been a bit cleaner. I dont know if the maid didnt realize but there was a small gap in my wall where the pipes came up to the sink in the room. It was close to the floor and a small trash can stood in that space. It appeared that whenever someone threw something away it would miss the can and down the hole. I think that was my one disappointment. I did mention it to the lady in charge and she said she would take care of it.
Oh and if you chose to not have an ensuite bath, of course you have to share the shower with others. Makes sense. The light in the shower is on a timer and the switch is outside of the shower room in the hallway. That means you have to hit the switch and be quick. No dawdling or daydreaming. Ten minutes is enough time though so dont worry about being caught in the dark.
I stayed a couple of months in Dublin, so I had to find a flat and pay a rent. There are various ways to find one.
1) I strongly suggest the website www.daft.ie.
Click on 'Sharing' or 'Lettings'. You can choose the neighborhood you want to live. The closest you are from the city centre, higher the prices are. If you don't have a lot of money (it was my case) I suggest you share an apartment with people; you will pay less and it's much more fun. There are a lot of strangers in Dublin, so you will probably stay with Italians, Spanish, Polish or French people :-) It's an awesome opportunity. On this website, people put new ads every day so check it often.
2) Check out the board at USIT, an Irish travel agency (19/21 Aston Quay, Dublin 2). There are a lot of ads for flats, especially if you want to share. New ads every day also.
3) You can have a look at the classifieds in the different newspapers; The Irish Independant, The Irish Times, etc. and their websites.
i've been to Dublin three times and ever time i've stopped in a B & B in lower gardiner street.
The price is usually about 30-35 euro a night.
Lower Gardiner street is close to O'Connell street which leads up to the liffey River
Lower Gardiner street is close to the city centre and is one of the cheaper places to stay if your in the city for a few days. Dublin can be reached on the Dart which is Dublins train service from the ferry ports in dublin and Dun Laoghaire.
Although i got a bus from Dublins ferry port for a few euros which takes you straight into the city centre.
The Townhouse is a nice B&B in 1978 Georgian building with elegant designer furniture. Staffs are very friendly, and the breakfast is very good.
The original Townhouses were the homes of two famous playwrights - Dion Boucicault (1829 - 1890) and Lafcadio Hearn (1850 - 1904), whose memorabilia, photographs and original playbills are displayed in the lobby. Each bedroom is named after one of their works.
Lafcadio Hearn is known as "Koizumi, Yakumo" in Japan, and just about every Japanese read his stories as growing up. Many Japanese don't even know that hi is an Irish/Greek, and not a Japanese.
In 1890, he took an assignment with the "Harper's" newspaper in US, and went to Japan, where he married a Japanese woman, took a Japanese citizenship, and Japanese name "Koizumi, Yakumo".
He wrote numbers of tales in Japanese as well as his view of Japanese people and culture ("Japan, an attempt at Interpretation"). My favorite tales is a ghost story "MimiNashi Hoichi".
OK, there are a lot of queries on the Dublin boards asking about accomodation along Gardiner Street, so I reckon time to address it here. Let me make it clear that this is just my own personal opinion about it, that's all.
Gardiner St is literally only a couple of minutes walk from O'Connell St, Connolly train station and the main bus station and the #41 bus to the airport goes along this street. Accomodation is cheap & plentiful.
So in theory, it sounds great. However, as a woman, Gardiner St is not a place where I would like to be late at night. It *can* get rough with local wannabe tough guys hanging around outside the pubs.
It is important to point out that you are NOT automatically going to get robbed or anything like that, but I do think it looks pretty intimidating if you're on your own. Even my born & bred Dublin friends from the Northside agree with me on this one, so it's not just me being a scaredy-cat. :)
Just take the standard precautions.
At the end of the day, if you just want somewhere cheap and cheerful to sleep before making your connection to the airport, bus or train stations, then by all means go for it. Just don't expect to be in four-star luxury and scenery.
Its central location.
When you go to Ireland, you can find loads of places to stay, some cheaper, some more expensive.
Bed &Breakfast are great out of Dublin (for example, Dingle is full of nice, affordable ones.)
As for hotels (out of Dublin) you should try the Glenview, in County Wicklow (kind of expensive, but sooo relaxing, with a swimming pool overlooking a green valley and lovely food.) "Hunters", in County Wicklow, is also very nice.
If you really want to treat yourself, you should go to Kinnitty Castle in County Offaly. It's fantastic! This is if you just want to ride a horse, have a lovely walk in the countryside and maybe a treatment at the SPA centre.
If you go to Kilkenny and get there late, definitely go to the tourist office to see if they can find you some accommodation. We got a great deal for the Hilton hotel one night!
The Great Southern in Killarney is lovely, if a bit dear, and Killarney is definitely worth seeing, especially if you rent a bike.
Kinnitty Castle: four poster beds, horseriding, Medieval restaurant, walks.
Glenview (Wicklow): lovely swimming pool, walks.
As busy and crowded as Dublin has become, it's quite nice to take a suburban train and find a peaceful B&B at the end of it. Mrs. Kane runs a wonderful B&B with convenient access to the DART station, the promenade, and the ferries to Hollyhead, Wales. The next time we're back in the Dublin area, this will be our first choice to stay. Since it won't fit below, Mrs. Kane's email is: seaviewbedandbreakfast[at]hotmai[dot].com.
UPDATE: The B&B's website is no longer active, so I can't guarantee this establishment is still in business.
- Gregarious and helpful landlady
- Excellent public rooms
- Comfortable bedrooms with private facilities
- Nice "Full Irish" breakfast
For the low budget traveler in Dublin, I recommend visiting the city's central YMCA (visit http://www.ymca-ireland.org/local%20associations.htm for the address). For 3 Euro, backpackers can use the facilities, most importantly, the shower. If you're really running low on cash, you can take a cheap, short bus ride from the city center to the airport where you can crash on the floor for free. My cousin and I found ourselves in Dublin on St. Patty's Day 05 with little cash (due to some misfortunes earlier on our Eurotrip) and still managed to have a good time.
I stayed here for 5 days when I came to Dublin to work and it was a great experience. Situated on Navan road, about 15 minutes from the city centre with the number 38 bus, clean room, ensuite facilities, nice breakfast and great staff!
I think this is one of the cheaper Bnb's in Dublin. a Single room comes at 50 euroes a night, breakfast included.
I have never stayed here but it seems like a good idea. It's self catering accommodation for short term rental (one night-months), in several locations.
You can choose from 1-4 bed luxury apartments, townhouses, or houses
This, I would guess, is not for the backpacker or person on a budget. It's aimed for the thirty-something market I would say. Looks amazing.
Golf facilities, spa, restaurant and country living.
The Old Coach House has a lovely location between the picturesque village of Avoca and the beautiful Meeting of the Waters site.
It is and old authentic house with beautifully designed interiors and it is run by a very nice lady called Barbara
This is a wonderful, fairly small hotel. It is on Merrion Squre in the heart of Dublin's Georgian area and is in a brick Georgian building. It is lavishly furnished, extremely clean and quiet inside, very comfortable, and the staff were very friendly. In addition, it is like a glorified B&B and the breakfast was outstanding, not just the usual fry. It was imaginative and put together with care. It is also well-located to explore the heart of Dublin.
Georgian atmosphere, very friendly staff, and excellent breakfast.
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