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Which area of Dublin to stay - The Liberties v. Trinity College v. Croke Park

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

Thanks much!

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Id recommend either of the two bar croke park.if u stuck to this general area your close to the main touriset spots.such as guinness killmsinham jail .christ church .the royal hosptil.dublin zoo.jamesson whiskey distellery .all in pretty much walk distence.or exlent public transport .dublins pretty small and easy to get around .

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Greetings from Ireland!
All depends on how much the price for the hotel is. Croke park is a 30 minute walk from the very centre of the city, but only a €10 ride and theres a load of buses going up to Croke park area every few minutes for a few euro.
The pubs up around Croke Park are excellent - Quinns, the big tree, Kennedys etc and are not full of tourists like almost every bar in the other two areas. Nothing wrong with tourists of course, but I find some discerning visitors who come to Ireland prefer to mix with locals and learn from them and enjoy their company.
Anyway, Croke Park would not be a bad option if you choose it.
Good luck
Le meas/with respect
Stephen McPhilemy
Rick Steves Ireland tour-guide
Dingle & Derry

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I'd stay near Trinity College. We just did that, and it was such a pleasure to be able to walk everywhere--the museums, Temple Bar, O'Connell Street, Grafton Street, and classic pubs.