Anybody have a favorite in this area to recommend. Thank you.
LaRae, The Harding Hotel is within easy walking distance to the Temple Bar area, right across from Christ Church Cathedral. It's also an easy walk to the Ha'penny Bridge and other sights. Have a look at the website for all the details. Cheers!
LaRae, When i stayed in Dublin last year, it was at the Harding. Its about 2 blocks from the Temple Bar area as stated by Ken. Also, if youre hitting most of the sights, there is an Hop-on-hop-off bus stop around the corner and about 1/3 down the block. If you do choose the Harding, make sure you dont get a room above the bar. happy trails.
We were in Dublin just a couple of weeks ago. We stayed down the street at O'Shea's Merchant, which was clean, friendly and a good value (with great trad music in the bar downstairs), but perhaps more Temple Bar "atmosphere" than some might want. Both mornings we were in Dublin we had breakfast at the Copper Alley Bistro, which is in the Harding Hotel. The food, service and value were outstanding. We looked in at the Harding's lobby, and we would definitely consider staying at the Harding on our next visit.
Thanks all. All booked at Hardings.
Be sure to look in the glass panels in the lobby floor, and read the sign on the wall explaining the history of "Copper Alley".
I just want to reiterate what someone said about the Harding Hotel. We stayed there several years ago and really liked the hotel and the room. We were told to not stay on the side by the pub - we requested a room not on that side (way in advance), but the hotel could not accommodate that. Even with ear plugs, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday the music was so loud, it was painful. Because of that, I would never stay there again.
The location of the Harding Hotel is perfect for many of the favorite sights in Dublin. We stayed there this past summer and found it generally to be worth it. The water pressure in our bathroom shower was low (more like a warm drool) but we put up with it. But, I echo the others about the noises from the pub. If you have a room on the street side, you will definitely hear the pub noise as well as the bells from the cathedral across the street (all night long every hour on the hour). When we mentioned the bells as intrusive in a review on another site, the hotel management's reply was the effect that since the room was air conditioned, we should have closed the windows and used the a/c. It was not a/c weather and we would have been too cold. But the location can't be beat along with the $$$$. So just be sure to get a room in the back.
Oh my the noise factor with the Harding. I've cancelled my reservation. We will be in Dublin over the weekend and I'm a light sleeper. Back looking for a place to stay. Any opinions on Brooks? Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.
With regards to noise and bells. I had a room above the street. I think it was on the 3rd floor. the bar noise wasnt heard. More noise from people opening/closing their doors and the taxis. the church bells was a differernt story. the bells went off around 2100 until about 1100 or so. but that was only on a friday if i remember correctly. after that, i didnt hear them other than maybe a chime. im a light sleeper too, but i can say that out of the bar noise and the church bells, it was the bells that woke me. By the way, they had a band playing and also a hen party too, but i wasnt aware of them when i was aslseep. good luck in your search. happy trails.
LaRae, Unfortunately, you're likely going to get some noise regardless of which hotel you stay in. Dublin is a large city, and there are lots of different "sources" - Church Bells, traffic, parties, other guests, etc. If you find a quieter hotel, it likely won't be in the Temple Bar area. There was also some noise at the Harding Hotel during my stay, but a good set of active noise cancelling Earphones worked well to reduce that. Ear Plugs are also a good solution. The noise isn't as much of a problem after the Bar closes. Good luck!
Temple Bar is a very busy, noisy neighborhood. Great for eating, drinking, walking, and people-watching. Not so great for sleeping. Not sure of your budget, but you might look into the Trinity Capital Hotel, which is about 7 minutes' walk from Temple Bar. It's a bit quirky, but perhaps a bit quieter. Quieter neighborhoods will be farther away. I think the others are right that earplugs are the way to go. Just have fun!!
Thanks. Will give it a go. Still looking.
I was in Dublin last winter and stayed at the Jury's Inn on Parnell Square. It was a 10 minute walk to Temple Bar and very convenient to all sights. I was going on a pub crawl and asked the desk to call me a taxi and she just pulled out a map and showed me how to get there on foot and it was easy. I was able to walk to most sights easily. This hotel was in Steve's book.