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Affordable places to stay in Dublin?

We're looking for affordable places to stay in Dublin and are shocked by the high prices! We're a family of four looking for hotel or airbnb (no shared spaces) for just a couple nights. Any recommendations beyond the 280-380 USD/night we're seeing on Expedia/Booking/Kayak etc? Not particular on neighborhood as long as there's public transit nearby or walkable.

Thanks so much!

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What do you consider an affordable price?

When are you traveling?

Does the Premiere Inn meet your criteria?

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When is your trip? When are you needing accommodations in Dublin? It can matter as a holiday or big event in the city can push prices up. What's "affordable" for you?

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You mention Airbnb, but then it looks like Expedia/ is where you’re getting your high prices. Have you looked directly at for possibly better prices?

We used to get apartments/houses thru, but that’s been a less fruitful place to look the past couple of years.

Have you looked at Dublin suburbs? Swords? Howth? Dun Laoghaire?

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We’re planning to stay at Premier Inn when in Dublin next summer. Looks like there’s at least two locations in Dublin. That might fit into your budget depending on how many rooms you need. During our trip research, we’ve found Dublin to be rather expensive.

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Hotels north of the River Liffey are generally less expensive than others. You can also look at the Ballsbridge neighborhood south of the City Center.

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We are family of 3. Going next August. I first thought of Premier Inn since we stayed at one of their locations in London a long time ago and liked it. But their prices are also high now and they don't allow teenager in famiy room. My daughter will be 16 next year, i don't want her in her own room. So i booked in Staycity apt-Christchurch EUR 225 per night for a one bedroom apt. This is their flexible rate.
The one bedroom has livingroom with sofa bed and kitchen.
They also have two bedroom option.
The rate i mentioned above is a member rate, which includes a 10% discount.

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In May we stayed three nights at Harvey's Guest House which is an 18 minute walk from EPIC. Remodeled older building, but unless you plan to be in your room all the time, just fine. That was found on so maybe it's unavailable. $164/nt for double.

A friend always stays "out of town" but right on a regular bus route within 30 minutes of town. Again, unless you plan to spend lots of time in the room, not a bad choice.

The Dublin council banned unlicensed short-stay accommodations like VRBO in late 2019 to help with the housing shortage, and the prices shot up. Then Covid. Ireland is the most expensive vacation spot in the EU, according to the EU's statisticians. We've spent a few days during each of our first three trips to IE, and now do our planning to avoid Dublin stays. We just go to/from DUB to Belfast, Glendalough and the like.

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"Hotel room pricing
Ms Sweeney said the reported average price of hotel rooms reflects the seasonal pressure hotels face.

“Rooms are only used about 220 nights out of the year,” she said. “It’s the high season [now], but there’s peaks and valleys, and we have to trod our way through when it’s quiet in the winter.”

She also said hotels housing Ukrainian refugees only account for 14% of hotels in Dublin and have not hugely affected occupancy rates.

“Mostly those 14% are two and three-star hotels,” she said. “It’s our lesser rooms that are off the market and that’s not having a huge effect. --2 JUL 2023

Why are folks repeatedly linking dated articles that exaggerate the effects of Ukrainian refugees who are not staying at tourist hotels in the first place? But Dublin hotels are expensive indeed. How does the joke go? It's so crowded nobody goes there any more!

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Thank you all for your helpful replies! We're arriving - unfortunately - the day before Taylor Swift begins her weekend of concerts there next June. So my plan of recovering from jet lag in Dublin for a couple days and giving ourselves some time before renting a car to head to Donegal is shot. Instead, we'll pick-up a rental car at the airport and immediately head out of town. Not psyched to drive on the other side of the car/road right after long-haul flight from Seattle, but it is what it is.

We'll be looking for lodging near Carrick, Donegal for ~4 days, and then a couple nights in Ennis before returning to Dublin. If anyone has favorite lodgings to suggest, I'm all ears! Even those places appear to have super limited availability (AirBnB and hotel booking sites) this far out (June 27-July 5 2024). Does everyone book their Ireland trips a year in advance? I thought I was the crazy one!

Thanks again to all.

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Thank you, ConcernedLocal, for the good tips. We do need a rental because of the specific places we'll be exploring in each area (family related), but I will definitely look at renting once we're outside of Dublin. 👍

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Hopefully you had a good trip. We started booking our rooms in February this year for our August trip. We tried to make a change in June but found everything to be booked in Dingle. We found a lovely B&B in Tralee with a lengthy search. Our next trip will be in May or September.