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$


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City Centre, the best area to stay in Dublin

The best area to stay in when visiting Dublin has to be the City Centre. It’s where you’ll find the majority of the city’s attractions and sights. By staying in such a central location, transport won’t be an issue at all. The City Centre can be easily reached from the airport by bus or taxi, and any attractions or days out will usually be within walking distance, depending on where you want to go of course!


Temple Bar is a hugely popular area of Dublin, and it’s right in the Centre, so if you’re planning on spending some time exploring this cultural hotspot or its famous nightlife, the City Centre is the best place for you to find accommodation. This way, if you find yourself out late in Temple Bar’s famous pubs and clubs, it’s only a short stagger back afterwards!


The City Centre is also where you’ll find Dublin’s most talked about streets. Whether you want to explore Dublin’s iconic architecture and statues, or you want to spend some time wondering around Dublin’s boutique shops and bars, all of the major streets are within easy walking distance if you’re staying in the City Centre. For example, no matter what side of the river you stay (there are so many bridges connecting the north and south of the River Liffey), as long as you’re in the City Centre, you’ll be a stone’s throw away from places like Parnell Street and O’Connell Street where you’ll find plenty to do and see. The impressive 18th Century Four Courts building is also close enough to visit and admire.

Temple Bar Dublin

Other areas to stay in Dublin




Just south of the city, Ballsbridge is one of the most popular and affluent neighborhoods in Dublin, and it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s a great place to stay for those that are interested in the arts, with it being a popular location for novelists, poets and song writers both past and present.


The Ball’s Bridge over the River Dodder is the heart of this neighborhood, hence the suburb’s name, and it’s a truly idyllic spot.


If you were to stay in the Ballsbridge area, you’d have access to plenty of excellent transport links. There are several bus services connecting the suburb to other areas of Dublin, including the City Centre, and a DART train that passes by the neighborhood. This makesit easy to access other parts of Dublin like the airport as well as more rural areas like the coastal town of Killiney. It’s also possible to reach other cities, like Belfast, via this DART train.


St Stephen’s Green/Grafton Street


The area surrounding St Stephen’s Green, one of Dublin’s best parks, is often a popular place to stay. By staying near St Stephen’s Green, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the public park, and take in some of Dublin’s natural beauty, whilst also being conveniently located close to the City Centre. The park even has some of its own architecture for you to enjoy, from Fusilier’s Arch to the park’s fountains, memorials and statues. The park contains some beautiful walking routes, and lakes to admire. This area is one of the best places to stay in Dublin for those that enjoy a breath of fresh air, and a break from the rush of city life.


Perhaps the biggest appeal of this area though is Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s top spots for shopping, which runs alongside St Stephen’s Green. This thriving street is always full of life, and it’s a must-see for any shopaholics! Whether you’re after designer brands, or unique vintage items, you’ll find almost every style imaginable in Grafton Street’s many clothes stores. The area is a dream come true for any fashionistas.


But Grafton Street’s shopping potential doesn’t stop there. The street is also home to shops specializing in technology, books, homeware, art, food – everything you could possibly want from a shopping destination. There’s even a Disney store for the little ones! So if you stay in the area surrounding St Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street, you’ll get to enjoy the lively atmosphere of this shopping hub, and maybe treat yourself to a few souvenirs.


With a playground nearby, and shops just across the road, it’s a popular choice of location for families and individuals alike. It’s both stunning, safe and central, and there will always be plenty to do and see in the area. And an added bonus is that it’s the perfect spot to stop for a photo.


The Liberties


The Liberties is an area that’s fairly close to Dublin’s City Centre, so if you want all the benefits of a central location, but for a much cheaper price, then The Liberties is a good neighborhood to stay in.


Whilst the area is slightly out of the Centre, you’ll still get a feel for the city’s history and politics, with The Liberties being one of Dublin’s most historic neighborhoods. The streets are lined with traditional homes that give the area a local feel, so if you’re hoping to throw yourself into local Dublin life for a fraction of the price, The Liberties might just be the place for you to stay.