(tourists, young adults, a weekend, nightlife)
Located on the South Bank of the River Liffey, Temple Bar is the top hotspot in the city, famous for its nightlife and its cobble pedestrian roads. Temple Bar is emblematic of Dublin, with its cultural spots and traditional live Irish music seven nights a week. If you don’t fancy folk culture, Temple Bar offers a number of non-traditional pubs and nightclubs, as well as the Irish Film Institute.
In Temple Bar, you’ll meet people from the four corners of the world, looking for the same thing as you: a great time. Finding accommodation here is no big deal as the area has a number of different standards of accommodation ranging from affordable hostels to 5-star hotels.
Hotels in Temple Bar
(shopping, business, one night, 2 nights)
Planning to do some shopping while visiting Dublin? O’Connell Street is the place for you! This is a busy shopping artery with an abundant array of department stores, designer shops and boutiques. Within walking distance from Henry Street and Mary Street you will find two top popular shopping centres in Dublin: Ilac Centre and Jervis Centre. Also on Henry Street, you’ll find the high-end Arnotts, which sells designer brands. H&M, Mango, River Island, Mark &Spencers, TK Max, Peter Mark are also available in the district. Around Christmas, as in most European Capitals, you will find a great Christmas Market on O’Connell Street.
All in all, O’Connell Street and its environs is a good area to stay and enjoy your trip to Dublin. It boasts of several types and standards of accommodation.
Hotels in O'Connell Street
(solo traveller, nightlife, family, a group, a baby)
If you are neither a shopaholic nor a nightlife fiend, you might prefer to stay in the quieter but attractive Portobello area. Known as the district of Art and Culture and as Little Jerusalem, Portobello (its name means ‘beautiful harbour’ in Italian) is a residential area located on the South side of the Liffey.
The Irish Jewish Museum, Bretzel Bakery and the Copper House Gallery, several pubs and trendy coffee shops and restaurants are some of the charms of an area best discovered at leisure and on foot.
Hotels in Portobello
(with a car, with a group, young people)
Smithfield is located within a walking distance from the city centre and is a key area of Dublin, perfectly placed between O’Connell Street and Phoenix Park. It offers excellent access to Luas (Tram) and buses.
Smithfield is widely known for its Familiar Festivals and its Street Market. In the market you can sample multi-cultural food and many street activities for the young. If you are interested in learning something about whiskey production, you can visit Jameson Distillery, which is also a Museum.
Hotels in Smithfield
(young people, cheap, sightseeing)
The Trinity College area borrows its name from the largest and most famous University in Ireland, Trinity College. The university, founded in 1592, boasts amongst other treasures The Book of Kells, Ireland’s most famous ancient book and artefact.
The position of the university was not random. Located on the site of a former monastery in the South-East of the city walls, and amply endowed by wealthy Anglo-Irish residents, it was close enough to the historic heart of Dublin to become a major intellectual centre. Nowadays, it is near Grafton Street, Stephen Green Park and Stephen Green Shopping Mall. The Natural History Museum is also a few minutes away from Trinity College area. The area is also widely known for its many hostels and low-cost accommodation.
Hotels in Trinity College
(business, 2 nights, sightseeing)
Formerly working docks close to the city centre, Docklands is now known as the Google and Facebook area. It spreads out on both sides of the Liffey River, boasting a mixture of modern architecture and historic buildings. Recently, Docklands has become a high end area in Dublin.
Despite its wealthy new arrivals, 5-star hotels and fine restaurants, it houses the beautiful Famine Ship Museum, The Jeanie Johnston, the Irish Emigration Museum, and the Famine Memorial and World Poverty Stone, memorials of Ireland’s troubled history.
Hotels in The Docklands