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Deciding between two lodgings in Dublin

I have two different apartments booked for our two night stay in Dublin and need to figure out which to cancel. I would appreciate any feedback on which location might be better or pros and cons of each.

We are flying in from Newcastle at 12:30 on Sept 19. Flight out to SFO on the 21st at 12:30. We last visited Dublin in 2007 and stayed near St. Stevens Green.

Staycity Aparthotel
High Street, Christchurch,
Looks like Dublin Express bus 782 from airport drops us off about 1/2 km from hotel. Closer to Guinness and Kilmainham Gaol.

Premier Suites Plus
14-17 Lower Leeson St,
Air coach 700 drops us off in front of hotel.
Seems more like a residential neighborhood, but still walkable or close to tram line.

Thanks for any feedback!

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The excellent location of the Staycity Aparthotel Christchurch is optimal for proximity to most attractions such as Dublin Castle, the General Post Office ( where the Proclamation of the Irish Republic was made in 1916) the Temple Bar, and Trinity College. I’ve stayed at the Staycity Tivoli a few blocks west of the one you’ve reserved and found the area close to the Liffey River and O’Connell Street to be Dublin’s sweet spot. You might want to request an inner apartment that’s not directly facing High Street which has a lot of traffic..

While the other property is close to the posher neighborhood of St. Stephen’s Green, it’s not itself located on a particularly pleasant street and it’s a bit of a hike to get to central Dublin’s attractions, much less cross the River Liffey to Dublin’s northern attractions.
Guinness and Kilmainham Gaol are both located west of central Dublin and you’ll want to catch a taxi or hop on bus 13 going east on High Street to reach Kilmainham Gaol.

Be sure to stop in at MJ O’Neill’s Pub & Kitchen— a Dublin institution since 1713. It’s a historic place on Suffolk Street that has great atmosphere, an incredible buffet, Guinness and music if you drop in when the group is playing traditional music.
Have a great trip!

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Thanks for your response. That’s exactly the feedback I was looking for.
My husband will be celebrating his 65th birthday in Dublin, any fun ideas for a pub or restaurant?

Just realized the email didn’t include the entire response. Thanks for the pub suggestion!