Looking for a hotel in Dublin that is central to a lot of sites and public transit. Need something for 3 people and don't want to break the bank. I was looking at Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge, but wasn't sure if anyone had stayed there. Anyone have good ideas? My parents are mid sixties so I didn't know if it would be best to stay by public transit so they can get around or to stay close to city center. They don't like loud noise either. Thanks!
Check out Bewleys Hotel Ballsbridge. My family and I love this hotels Dublin Airport location as they have a shuttle to and from the airport 24/7. The buses from the airport to O'Connell Street are easy - taxi's too. However, I think their Ballsbridge location would be what you are looking for - check them out at Bewleyshotel.ie. good luck & have fun!
Sorry - correct website: Bewleyshotels.com
The Arlington is in an ideal location but as you mention that your parents don't like noise, I would maybe look at the Arlington Temple Bar (Christ Church), Jury's Christ Church, or Best Western Academy Plaza. All are very handy for city centre, and pretty close to the main attractions, or bus routes to the main attractions.
I've stayed at the Arlington and thought it was good. I specifically asked for a room at the back so we didn't have party noise from the river side. We did have the rubbish trucks emptying the bins at 0 dark thirty, so maybe the front would have been better. If you contact the hotel directly i remember them being very helpful, so just explain what you want and I'm sure they'll work with you.
The breakfasts were good - buffet serve yourself style, and I had booked a special offer on their website that included a free dinner and Irish dance show one evening.
The hotel is very centrally located and I'd absolutely go back and stay there again.
I just stayed at the Harding Hotel on a Rick Steves tour. The location was very convenient (right across from Christ Church) and easy to walk to the main sights such as Trinity College and the museums. The noise was variable. I was on the back side but it overlooked a garden area off the pub located downstairs. It was noisy until 10PM then completely quiet. I was also located in a room on the front of the hotel but it was hot so I had the AC on and the windows shut so did not hear street noise. I am mid-60s and did not have a problem with the walk. There are plenty of restaurants in the area as well.
I always stay at Wynns just of O'Connell St. at least once or twice a year.
I don't know how true this is, but I have read that it is not as safe around the O'Connell Street area once it gets dark, although others here might disagree with that sentiment. I always stay at the Buswells Hotel, which is on the south side of the River Liffey (O'Connell St is on the north side), and it is very quiet there and appears to be quite safe in the area.
I have stayed at the Best Western Academy Plaza hotel, very close to O'Connell Street, and think that the Buswells is much nicer. It is probably more expensive than the Academy Plaza, but very worth the extra cost. I think it's in a better location, is nicer, and the breakfast is noticeably better.