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Where to stay/What to do on a Dublin stopover?

Hi Everyone,

I will be taking the GAS tour in August. I'm flying via Aer Lingus. However, due to [ flight time] scheduling conflicts, I will spending an overnight in Dublin. I have never spent time in Ireland so I have a few questions. I don't want to pick up Rick's book about Ireland for just one night, so would someone help me (maybe you have the book lying around your house) please? Y :).

First, can someone suggest some centrally located hotels that may be listed in his Dublin book, so I can start checking availability. I will be in Dublin on a Friday night in late August (arriving around 6:00 into the airport). My Saturday flight leaves at noontime.

In addition to a few hotel suggestions, is there any sites/attractions listed as being open later on a Friday night? Anything I have time to see before getting to the airport on Saturday? I know I can go visit the Temple Bar area for a few drinks, but I'm not a big drinker and I'll be a single, female, alone. Is it safe for me to do this?

Thanks for the help in advance. :).

Posted by
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You will be fine as a single female traveler. Temple Bar and Grafton Street are full of people, drinkers and non-drinkers alike. Just follow all normal precautions like you would at home.

There are plenty of hotels around the two areas I mentioned, including the Temple Inn, where I stayed, but Trinity College also rents out some of their dorm rooms during the summer if you need to stay on the cheap.

Posted by
1005 posts

Be cafe where you stay in Dublin. The area right around Temple Bar is very noisy into the wee hours. I'd stay near St. Stephen's Green or Trinity College--the airport bus stops at both locations.

Posted by
556 posts

Thanks for the replies so far. That is helpful.

I'm wondering if anyone else can recommend some specific hotels for me?

Thanks again.

Posted by
145 posts

I am looking at RS 2013 Ireland Guide Book and for the Trinity College area you might consider either Trinity Lodge on South Frederick Street (near Trinity College) or Trinity College which has accommodations right on their campus.

I think some of the RS tour groups stay at Buswells Hotel which is near St. Stephen Green-also a good and central location, and it is near Grafton Street which is always an entertaining place to spend time. Grafton Hotel has a central location and Albany House (request a quiet room in the back). Fitzwilliam Townhouse is near St. Stephen's Green. All of these hotels have good locations, and I'm such there are more that other posters might suggest. I hope this helps.

We stayed at a hotel in the Ballsbridge Area (not far from Trinity College and near the National Gallery) which we found was a great location for us. We were able to get an affordable deal for the rooms we needed. It is called The Davenport and it is part of a chain of hotels. Last I checked the rooms were fairly pricey so next time we go we thought we'd try Trinity Lodge.

Not long ago there were some postings on this site regarding places to stay in Dublin so you might scroll back and see if you can find that topic. I would find the personal experience of where others stayed very helpful. Personally, I would not stay in the Temple Bar area. I didn't even care for walking through the area but just had to do it to say I did!

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I just stayed at the Dergvale B&B for a couple of nights alone. The proprietors are super nice and very helpful. Irish breakfast is included and the rooms are spotless. It's on the other side of the River Liffey, but I was happy not to be staying in the Temple Bar area anyway.

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I have stayed twice at the Hotel Buswells near Trinity. I would definitely go there again.

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The Central Hotel is a great place to stay. Close to everything, great library bar, good rates, and in a safe area. I have stayed there many times and have never had a bad experience. Five minute walk to everything from Trinity College to Templebar to Stephen's Green. Even the museums are close by.