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Dublin beware

A Dublin stopover seemed a natural since we flew on Aer Lingus. Ha! Little did we know Dublin is party city especially for bachelor/bachelorette weekends (known locally as stag & hen dos). Our hotel was on a seemingly quiet street until 1 am. From 1 to 5 am sleep was impossible as people were honking horns, shouting, cursing, drunkenly laughing, fighting. Two nights of this I spite of several private security guards on the block. Beware if you go to Dublin.

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The stag and hen parties are all over, especially in the less expensive cities. We ran into them in Prague and Bratislava on one trip. Unavoidable.

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1068 posts

Guess I was lucky. I did not run into them n Dublin, although I sure did in Prague!

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I really hate that sort of thing. I now always travel with earplugs, and they dampen noise enough that I can sleep through it. I realize that some others are more noise-sensitive than I am, but I survived 3 nights in a room above a nightspot with live music--performed outdoors, just one floor beneath my window.

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The hotel we stayed at when I was in Dublin was very quiet. They had a bar as part of the hotel and if you went to the bar it was loud there, but apparently they had good thick walls because in our rooms we heard nothing. The streets there were also quiet at night even though we were only a block off the large pedestrian street. I guess it just depends on where you end up in the city.

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3122 posts

To be clear, our hotel was more than a mile south of the river, well away from Temple Bar and Graftin St.

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5697 posts

We even saw signs of the hen parties in Cesky Krumlov (but, luckily, did not HEAR them)

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They are a scourge upon Europe. Our trip to Prague, 12 years ago, was marred by stag dos. These guys were actually frightening.

Sorry to say the women are as bad; just a few weeks ago we were in Barcelona. The brother of our travelling companions was flying in from Liverpool to meet us; his flight was delayed 2.5 hours while Ryanair attempted to settle the drunken hen dos. He is pretty sure he was the ONLY one on the plane not going for a party weekend.

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12 years ago it was already a problem? Wow, I guess we've been lucky. If we ever stay in Dublin again, we will have to look carefully to find a hotel not near any nightclubs. And avoid Fri-Sat nights.

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I second avoiding hotels near bars or nightclubs, read the reviews carefully to see if excessive street noise is mentioned. I've only encountered this idiocy in Tallinn and earplugs helped.