- Reviews: 140
Molesworth Court Apartments: Traveler's Heaven
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.
- Reviews: 1236
Couchsurfing: Dublin for free
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.
- Reviews: 208
The Townhouse: Lafcadio Hearn's House
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".
- Reviews: 959
Seaview B&B Dun Laoghaire: Excellent B&B near Dublin
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
- Reviews: 406
From luxurious to guesthouses: Web sites
Check out the following website for a comprehensive details on where to stay.
www.camping-ireland.ie (this does not include the phoenix park) where it is illegal to camp, however some people don't take note of this dangerous place after dark..
- Reviews: 2922
Fair View Lodge: Upmarket B&B
A friend of mine stayed here recently whilst preparing for the Dublin Marathon.
She went on at great length about what a good B&B this place was - so I just had to pass on the recommendation.
What made it for her was the friendliness of the guys that run the place. They arrived off the plane and decided to drop the luggage at the B&B. The owners insisted that they take the weight off their feet - and served them a Full Irish Breakfast there and then.
They totally refused to take any payment for it the next day.
The place was spotlessly clean and in a good location. Good website too, I notice.
- Reviews: 479
Where to book
Cheap and good accommodation can be a pain to find in Dublin, certainly during the summer. To help you out, there's a Bed-and-Breakfast booking office right on O'Connell Street (the main street of Dublin). The official tourist office, located in an old church on Suffolk Street (1 minute walking from Trinity), can give you valuable tips as well.
- Reviews: 229
Parkway Bed and Breakfast: Inexpensive, neat, comfortable
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.
- Reviews: 167
Marian Guesthouse: Budget Accommodation in a Great Location!
This Guesthouse is owned by a married couple and is combined of two Georgian houses in the proximity of O'Connells Street. Upper Gardiner street is supposed to be located in a deprived area but it is no shanty town!
The accommodation itself is a bit shabby, but very clean and a bargain. The meals where nice, with a variety to choose from (a cook was taking orders while we were seated in a large dining area), the rooms were ok - the paint needed some refreshening and the bed was a bit unstable, but it was clean, and despite my first impression I enjoyed my stay in there. You have to make sure to keep it tidy yourself though as there is no cleaning while you are checked in (but if you need fresh towels or anything be sure to ask the owners!).
I found thin Guesthouse online while I was looking or budget accommodation to stay in Dublin for Easter. The most important factors was its price and location, fairly cheap - 40 euros pp for an esuite, and in central Dublin right next to Mountjoy Square and only 15 minutes walk from the Spire at O'Connells!
Also the owners where quite nice (a nice suprise since they were a bit drunk during our checking in), they even let us leave our luggage when we check out at 11 am and let us take it in the evening when we were heading to the airport.
Overall I would say - if you can't afford a hotel in the city centre, try out Marian Guesthouse.
- Reviews: 83
Howth: Dublin Accomodation
Cheap decent rooms in Dublin are quite hard to come by. There are a number of cheap Bed and Breakfasts around Talbot Street,Lower Gardiner Street and Store Street. The North Star Hotel in nearby Amiens Street is more upmarket and has deals sometimes like 2 Nights Bed & Full Irish Breakfast and 1 Table d'hote Dinner From 99 Euro per person sharing Available Midweek Sunday to Thursday. My own preference would be to stay somewhere like Howth which can be easily accessed from the centre by DART (Dublin Metro) and bus. See http://www.dublintourist.com/directory/accommodation/bed_and_breakfast/north_county/howth/ The prices are lower in Howth and the views are magnificent.
- Reviews: 4
Bed and Breakfast: Lower Gardiner street
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.
- Reviews: 1189
Gardiner Street District: Gardiner Street District
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.
- Reviews: 90
The Old Coach House: A lovely B&B near Avoca co. Wicklow
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
- Reviews: 208
Bedfinders: Let others do the work for you!
The ultimate accommodation tip: Go to Bedfinders on O'Connell Street (or give them a call) and let them do the search for you! The friendly staff have access to prices and availability of hotels, hostels and B&B's in Dublin and can book for you. They charge a mere EUR4 (approx) for their services.
- Reviews: 4
THE BIG THUMB UP FOR B&B'S
The big question may be if you want to choose a B&B or a hotel for your stay.
In general I would suggest a B&B for the following reasons:
Most of them have by now the same comforts than a three star hotel. They are en -suite, serve a fantastic cooked breakfast and have a tele in the room.
In smaller B&B's it is often a nice atmosphere as you stay with somebody local who can give you tips and usual love to chat a bit. In a hotel you are more likely to end up with a worker from abroad. (There is nothing wrong with it, but I guess if you are travelling in Ireland you prefer to meet somebody Irish).
And it is most of the time cheaper ... especially if you pick a B&B a bit outside. Just make sure it has access to the dart or the bus services.
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