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Where to stay in Dublin

I'll be visiting Dublin in mid-April w/my husband and adult son for the weekend. I've looked at many websites for accommodations and haven't found anything that sounds great. The reviews I've read were not consistent which doesn't instill great confidence for booking. We're not looking for luxury; just clean, quiet, yet convenient to the center since we don't want to rent a car. I'd rather a B&B than a larger, impersonal hotel. Thank you for any suggestions.

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This guesthouse is on Gardiner St, just a couple of blocks from O'Connell, and across the bridge from Grafton St, Trinity College, and the Temple Bar area. Very walkable.

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This might not be your cup of tea, but I stayed at Avalon House Hostel in Dublin. They have private and family rooms. They put the older singles (like me) and families on the upper floors - much more quiet that way - and the rowdies on the lower floors. The location was great; I could walk to everything. The place was well run and clean. I found my room to be quiet, but you might want to request a room away from the street since Dublin is such a party town(!!!)on the weekends.

Have fun! Oh, by the way, there is the greatest veggie restaurant just down the block!

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We've stayed at a guesthouse called the Charleville Lodge on two occasions three years apart and have been extremely satisfied both times. The hotel is about a 10 minute bus ride from the city center (the bus stop is right outside), so it is more affordable and they serve a great breakfast.

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Thank you very much for your reply and I will investigate this accommodation further.

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Steer clear of the Temple Bar area accommodations if you want quiet!

I've stayed at Grafton House in Dublin - excellent location. Able to walk to Trinity College in 5 minutes, Temple Bar is 4 minute walk. Walked everywhere from here (even Guiness Storehouse)-never bothered with buses or taxis. If you take Bus 16A from airport, it drops you outside front door for about 2 Euros.

Dublin is noisy on weekends-bring ear plugs. Windows not double glazed and if room faces Great Georges Street, you might hear car alarms or people shouting on the streets on weekends after pubs close.

Grafton provides breakfast (eggs, oatmeal, cereal, fruit, sausage). Room decor a little odd, but rooms are clean. There is no elevator if you have mobility issues or a 100 lb suitcase. Great grocery store just 2 shops down from Grafton.

Been to Dublin 3x & the neighborhood around Merrion Square always seems quiet, pretty and safe-check B&Bs there, too.

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Mount Herbert Hotel (google it and you should find the website) was relatively inexpensive when I stayed there 3 years ago, but like everything else in Dublin recently, the price has risen dramatically. The hotel lies in the middle of a very quiet residential neighborhood. It's not in the center of town, but there's a DART station less than 100 meters away.