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Liberties vs Smithfield

We are traveling to Dublin for 3 nights. We want to stay close to city center but not in. We saw nice hotel I Liberties, but heard it might be sketchy at night.. then read that Smithfield is an up and coming area..not far from Center..
Would appreciate any thoughts..

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Hi, we are frequent visitors to Dublin as our daughter lives there. Would not recommend either locations, especially not Liberties. Would suggest going south of city center.
Good Luck

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I'm not sure where the city center ends, but we had a pretty good stay at the Harcourt Hotel in Harcourt Street, south of St. Stephen's Green and the southern end of Grafton Street but still walkable to Trinity College. The only drawback was noise late at night from several bars/nightclubs nearby. The hotel provided earplugs on the nightstand -- we wondered why when we checked in, then discovered the reason around 1 AM on Friday night. Other than that, the hotel was clean and comfortable with helpful staff, and less expensive than some of the other places we considered. Harcourt Street is just about a block from the airport bus route, if that matters to you.