Where to stay in Dublin

Where is the best place to stay in Dublin?

Ireland’s capital is a feast of history, culture and dining that you won’t want to miss. There’s something for everyone in this lively city, whether you’re sampling the black stuff at the Guinness Storehouse, strolling through the beautiful Trinity College or photographing deer in Phoenix Park. Expect impressive Georgian architecture, rustic Irish pubs with live music and an excellent selection of restaurants. The city is perched on the River Liffey at the point where it meets Dublin Bay, making it ideal for day trips along the stunning Irish coastline as well as trips to the scenic Wicklow mountains.


This is a relatively small city that can be walked on foot. With that in mind, the best area to stay in Dublin is the city centre, where you’ll be within easy walking distance of main attractions like the shopping area of Grafton Street, the cultural quarter of Temple Bar and the historic Trinity College. In this central area, you’ll find ample opportunities for shopping, as well as plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants to suit all budgets. You’ll also be situated near transport hubs such as the Busáras bus station and Pearse and Tara train stations. Buses run regularly between the city centre and Dublin airport.

Hotel   Price per night
Harding Hotel
Copper Alley, Fishamble Street, Christchurch
165€ - 185$
Buswells Hotel
23-26 Molesworth Street
171€ - 192$
Cassidys Hotel
Cavendish Row
193€ - 216$
Holiday Inn Express Dublin City Centre
28a O'Connell Street Upper
226€ - 253$
Hotel   Price per night
Radisson SAS Royal Hotel
Golden Lane 8
298€ - 334$
The Morrison Dublin
Ormond Quay
430€ - 482$
Hotel   Price per night
The Westbury Hotel Dublin
Grafton St.
461€ - 516$


If you are interested in where to stay in Dublin, you may also be interested in where to stay in London, where to stay in Galway and where to stay in Belfast.

City Centre, the best area to stay in Dublin

(first-time visitors, nightlife, sightseeing, shopping, tourists)


DublinIf your next travel destination is the beautiful capital of the Emerald Island and you are searching for the best area to stay in, read this through and find out everything you need to know to start your trip with the right foot.


Like in all the major capitals, the city centre is, by no shade of doubt, the best place to accommodate yourself. The reasons are many and different, for instance: easy access to and from the airport, several different options for nightlife, best shops and places to get your top souvenirs, a vast range of accommodation standard and prices, reachable public transport, etc. In Dublin, all the above will apply in the same way. The City Centre is by far the best option for the short- and long-term travellers.


Dublin is divided in two halves by the Liffey River. South and North are the poles cutting this European city in two, but no matter in which side of the River you are, the city centre will be always the perfect option for eager travellers.

Temple bar

(tourists, young adults, a weekend, nightlife)


Temple-barLocated in the Southbank of the River Liffey, the Temple Bar is the top hotspot in the city. A treasure regarding nightlife. Cobble pedestrian lanes located in the heart of Dublin.  The temple bar is the place that perfectly represents the Dubliner in front of the world. Traditional Live Irish Music is played seven days a week, and if you don’t fancy the folk’s style there are a number of pubs and nightclubs with a DJ set in.


In Temple Bar, you will certainly meet from the four corners of the globe, all looking for the same as you are: having a great time. Finding accommodation here is not any big deal as the place has a number of different styles of accommodation ranging from affordable hostels to 5-star hotels.


O’Connell Street

(shopping, business, one night, 2 nights)


OConnell-StreetPlanning to do some good shopping while visiting Dublin? O’Connell Street is the place for you! This is a busy shopping area with an abundant offer of department stores, small and designer shops. Within a walking distance from Henry Street and Mary Street you will find two top popular shopping Malls in Dublin: Ilac Centre and Jervis Centre. On the same Henry Street, it is located the high-end Arnotts with designer brands. H&M, Mango, River Island, Mark & Spencers, TK Max, Peter Mark are only some in the long list.


During Christmas, like in most European Capitals, you will find a great Street Market. Another great place to stay in and enjoy your stay in the best way. This area has also a great variety of offers when talking about accommodation.



(solo traveller, nightlife, family, a group, a baby)


PortobelloNow, if you are neither the sort of shopping traveller nor the nightlife adventurer one, you might be willing to enjoy a quiet however attractive place. I am sure Portobello is the district you are looking for. Known as the district of Art and Culture. The Little Jerusalem, also translated as the Beautiful Harbour, is a residential area located in the South side of the River. The Irish Jewish Museum, Bretzel Bakery and the Copper House Gallery, several pubs and fancy coffee shops and restaurants are only some of the many attractions of this place.



(with a car, with a group, young people)


SmithfieldSmithfield is a district located within a walking distance from the city centre and a main place in Dublin. Perfectly located between O’Connell Street and Phoenix Park. It offers excellent access to Luas (Tram) and Buses. Smithfield is a place widely known by its Familiar Festivals and Street Market. In the street market you can find typical food from different countries and loads of street activities for the young ones. And if you are keen on learning a bit more about whisky production, in Smithfield there is the Jameson Distillery which is also a Museum.


Trinity College

(young people, cheap, sightseeing)


Trinity-CollegeThe Trinity College area received this name because it houses the biggest University in Ireland, the Trinity College which boasts the most important Irish treasure: The Book of Kells.


It wasn’t by chance that the University was built in there. The place is the most central, accessible and known in all country. Close to Grafton Street, Stephen Green Park and Stephen Green Shopping Mall, the Natural History Museums is also only some minutes away from Trinity College area.  This area is also widely known by the number of Hostels and Lower price accommodation.


Creative Quarter

(sightseeing, design, one night, a weekend)


Creative-QuarterThe Creative Quarter received this name in 2012 due to its number of design shops and galleries, specialist businesses, design stores, pubs and fancy cafes.
Located between Dublin Castle and Stephen’s Green Park and Stephen Green Shopping Mall and within a walking distance from Temple Bar and Trinity College. This is one of the most interesting places to visit, and of course, to stay in. The district representing Design and Creativity also holds a great number of Second-Hand and Charity Shops as well as Antique Shops and the smallest art gallery in all Ireland – Ball Ban Art Gallery.


The Docklands

(business, 2 nights, sightseeing)


The-DocklandsThe recently known as Google and Facebook area, spreads in both sides of the Liffey River, boasting a mixture of Modern Architecture and Historic Building. Recently, the Docklands has become a High-End area in Dublin. It houses the beautiful Famine Ship Museum Jeanie Johnston, the Irish Emigration Museum, and the Famine Memorial and World Poverty Stone.


In the Docklands you will find the best 5-starts hotels and fine restaurants facing the Liffey River to give you a real treat.

Other areas to stay in Dublin


(sightseeing, with a car, cheap)


RathminesWell, if the touristic hotspots are not for you and you don’t mind using public transportation. Perhaps, you are the kind of traveller who wants to see how the local life, I guess the inner areas and suburbs are the best places. Southbank of the Liffey River and only three kilometres from the city centre, Rathmines is the dream district of buyers willing to pay a lot of money to live there and it is also named as a city in itself.  Classy red-brick houses, easy access to the city centre via Luas Green Line, a Multiplex Cinema, the Swan Centre Complex, a Leisure Centre and a Tennis Club and a lot of History involved in this place.



(family, a baby, business, solo travellers)


DrumcondraAn inner residential suburb in the North bank of the Liffey River. Wide and green streets, quiet, friendly, and above all, very safe. Drumcondra is used for most of the travellers as a pathway to reach Dublin Airport. Indeed, it is very close to Dublin Airport. A wave of revival of small business brought back a community feel sparking the same feel of vintage and at the same time, Drumcondra is a student district due to housing the DCU University. Griffith Park, Croke Park and Botanic Gardens are part of the repertoire of Drumcondra.