Thom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 50 Posted (6 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1348 times:
So I might be going to Dublin this summer, a city I've never visited before, and don't really know much about.
Me and my traveling party would like to stay at a nice (or at least decent) hotel relatively central in Dublin, but away from any noisy or rough areas. So a "family friendly" hotel would be ideal I guess.
From what I understand Dublin is divided by a river, so I pressume a hotel with a river view would be the most appealing.
Does anyone have any good suggestions (perhaps based on experience)?
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OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26033 posts, RR: 58 Reply 2, posted (6 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1329 times:
If you want something on the edge of the entertainment zone the Paramount is a nice hotel. I would call it small and boutique like. I stayed there when my Dad brought my Sister ( 12 ) over and it was fine for a Family. 4-5 mins walk from the Temple Bar area but far away not to be too bothered by noise.
Another few are the Jurys Inn Christchurch and for something just off Grafton street and more up market the Westbury is a good choice. For a 4 star + the Westin is a great location just a few mins from Trinity college.
Though at the time it was not branded as a Travelodge. Basic but nice hotel with a good location. One block away from St. Stephens Green, literally behind the St. Stephens Green shopping centre. 2 blocks from the Grafton St. pedestrian mall. All in all I found central Dublin to be very walkable -- we never even bothered with buses to get around. Only time we used transit was to take the train to Howth to see the sea.
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Doona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3750 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (6 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1292 times:
I stayed at Bewleys Hotel Ballsbridge this January. Rooms were nice, and the staff is professional. It's located on Merrion Road in the Ballsbridge area. In fact it's right on the edge of the embassy district, and it's a quiet neighborhood.
Very decent place indeed, and housed in what appeared to be a former Freemason's lodge, judging from the symbols on the floors. 5 minute walk from the Sandymount Dart station which has quick and frequent trains that go into the city centre. Good bus connections too. Takes about 40 mins to get to College Green on foot if you feel like hoofing it.
I payed roughly about 650 SEK per night (although this was early January, so expect summer prices to be higher), with the breakfast included. The breakfast buffet was nice, BTW, kept me full untill dinnertime!
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SmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1610 posts, RR: 31 Reply 5, posted (6 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1292 times:
When I visited Dublin in 2002, I stayed at the Lynams Hotel on O'Connell Street (the very wide street, just north of the river); it's at 63-64 O'Connell Street. It's very central. It has a restaurant on the ground floor.
kiwirob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6051 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (6 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1276 times:
Quoting bill142 (Reply 1): I stayed at the Radisson Blu on Golden Lane a few years ago. It wasn't in the centre of things, but it wasn't too far away either.
I second this, it's a nice hotel in a quieter part of the city but close enough to Temple Bar to walk in a few minutes, it's fairly new, the rooms are nice, it has a great breakfast and there's a pretty decent steakhouse next door.
Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5481 posts, RR: 34 Reply 8, posted (6 months 3 days ago) and read 1228 times:
You're lucky as -- thanks to the recession -- Dublin has some of the best value room rates in Europe. Avoid anything in the centre of Temple Bar if you want somewhere quiet. It's a very safe city and very walkable, but the usual travel advice applies, particularly around the city centre. I would avoid anything around the O'Connell St area: it's not dangerous, but there's not much to do there at night, apart from fast food joints.
Seeing that you're coming from Norway and will get a good exchange rate, you should probably spoil yourself, so here are a few really nice hotels that should be good value for you. All prices are for a double/twin room in late July:
The hotel is in a fairly quiet area of the city, within walking distance of St. Stephens Green, the DART station etc. (I've got a walking problem du to MS), a great hotel-bar with good food and great beers and good coffee too.
The rooms were nice, the view from our room not so good (who wants to sit in a room to look outside anyway?)
Check out my post from earlier. (below)
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Quoting ThrottleHold (Reply 10): The Hilton on Charlemont Street is good. Beside the canal and within walking distance of the city centre.
Good location right next to the LUAS , rooms ok. Been to a few work functions there over the years and stayed also. They do a decent enough breakfast. Wouldn't pay more than EUR100 a night for it though.
My favourite hotel in Dublin is the Four Seasons Sandymount. Its just an amazing place. A mate who used to work in the British Embassy next to it used to meet me there for lunch or afternoon tea. Still go there every now and then for the afternoon tea. Its around EUR200 a night though but would be worth it for a special event.
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djb77 From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 223 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (5 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 939 times:
We recently visited Dublin and stayed at the http://www.georgefrederichandelhotel.com/ which was on the edge of Tempel Bar and not far away from the river. I was concerned that the hotel would be noisy - I had the best night of sleep there than in our entire Ireland trip.
The staff were very friendly, breakfast was OK, no deposit or pre-pay was necessary and parking was available close-by. The room itself wasn't the newest but was very fresh.
Enjoy Dublin - I was very pleasantly surprised by the city!