I plan to spend 5 days in Dublin in August and have narrowed down a few lodging choices. I'm trying to balance location (proximity to/from city central, the airport), amenities (hotel v. apartment, space, kitchen, laundry) and cost. Please share your thoughts on the 3 areas and help select an area to stay.
The Liberties: vacation rental near St Patrick Cathedral, high rate
Trinity College: vacation rental east of the Trinity College, high rate
Croke Park: highly rated hotel at very competitive daily rate, far from city central