Can anyone recommend a reasonable place to stay for a couple of nights in Dublin? We are a 40-year old couple visiting there for the first time. Is North of the Liffey rough like some of the travel writers suggest, or are there good spots to stay there as well?
I stayed at Glen Guesthouse on Gardiner St., just a couple of blocks from O'Connell. I was told by locals that this was a "dodgy" area, but that end of Gardiner, just behind the Custom House, is full of hostels and guesthouses. I walked alone at night and was always surrounded by lots of activity -- I felt perfectly safe. The Glen is very reasonably priced, a bit on the basic side, but they advertise "power showers" (and they are!). Their website is: www.glenguesthouse.com. It's easy walking distance to Grafton St, Trinity College, and the Temple Bar area.
The Morrison Hotel right on the north side of the River Liffey is a great place, within an easy walk (cross the bridge) to lots of sights.
Sam, Try www.hardinghotel.com. It is directly across the street from Christ Church Cathedral and has been newly remodeled. It is listed in Ricks book.
just returned from ETBD Ireland tour....I would not recommend the Harding Hotel in Dublin....stayed there for 4 separate nights and in 3 different rooms...two of the three rooms were horrible....run down, dirty, and not maintained. The rooms facing towards the back of the hotel are the worst...noise and smells waifing up from the bar will keep you awake during the night and the rooms were very stuffy back there so you need to keep the window open.
Next week I will be stay at the Innisfree B&B in Clontarf. If you haven't traveled yet, I will report back after my stay and let you know. Good luck.
Depending on your concept of "reasonable" and your exact travel dates this link may be an option. http://www.tcd.ie/accommodation/Visitors/Rates/
Check Rick's Graffitti wall as well. B & B's are a staple in Ireland. That's all I stayed in when I visited. Never had a problem with the costs or the rooms and the breakfast each morning cooked by the homeowners were fresh and filling. Of course that was in 97' before the big economic boom so costs might be higher.
Don't miss the Book of Kells at Trinity College. Amazing!
I had a very nice stay at the Eliza Lodge a couple of years ago. It is right in the Temple Bar area overlooking the Liffey. Because it is in Temple Bar, it can be a bit noisy, but you cannot beat the location for convenience. It also includes a very nice breakfast in the restaurant.
I'm presently ON an ETBD Ireland Tour, and stayed at the Harding Hotel in Dublin. My room faced the street and it was noisy at times from the Bar noise, but with the windows closed was just fine (the Sirens at regular intervals were more obtrusive).
Unlike the previous poster, my room was clean and well maintained. It was an easy walk to the Bus tours, to the Temple Bar area, walking tours and other attractions. I found the Harding Hotel to be a good place to stay, but if you feel this might not suit your preferences, check Rick's Guidebooks for other Hotels.
We just returned from a trip to Ireland. We started our trip in the Dublin area at a B&B in Howth, which was lovely! A very relaxed way to start our month-long trip. It was an easy train ride into Dublin. We also ended our trip in the Dublin area at a self-catering apartment on Parnell Square West (one block off of O'Connell Street.) It was a very good location & did not feel unsafe at all.
We stayed at the Trinity Capital. 3 star, jacuzzi in the room, very comfortable and a nice breakfast
We stayed at the Abbey Hostel on Bachelor's Walk in Dublin. So it was on the river, between the halfpenny bridge and O'connel bridge (I know i'm probably spellings them wrong, sorry) - anyway an awesome location. We had a private double room with ensuite for 2 nights and got the midweek special of 50 euros a night. It was clean, quiet, included towels and maid service, and also included a continental breakfast. I would stay here again.