We’ll get right to the point: Dublin is not a cheap city. It’s stylish and popular, and that translates to some hefty hotel rates. There are many hotels in Dublin that we don't feature on EuroCheapo simply because they're too expensive. Still, Dublin has plenty of guesthouses, hostels with private rooms, medium-range boutiquey hotels, and business-class hotels with nightly rates well under €100.
Dublin Hotel Overview
For Cheapo purposes, we’ve kept to hotels with starting rates no higher than €90 for a double, with the majority of the hotels we reviewed costing between €50 and €75. We also saw several very basic properties with private double rooms in the €30 territory.
Where to Stay
When it comes to affordability in Dublin, it’s all about location, location, location. Central areas like St. Stephen’s Green and Parnell Square are home to some of the priciest properties (although there are a few bargain exceptions in the mix, while along Gardiner Street, both Upper and Lower, you’ll find a string of budget-friendly guesthouses and hostels, many family-run. These places aren't riddled with amenities, but they're very affordable—and often very friendly to boot. Of course hotels that are further out will have lower rates, but it should be noted that you may deal with transportation issues, especially if you plan on late nights.
When to Visit Dublin
July and August mark Dublin’s peak travel season, and hotel rates&emdash&and crowds—will be highest then. Low season runs from mid-November through February, when rates are very low (but temps are too). For the best combination of low rates, good weather and smaller crowds, visit Dublin in early fall (September and October) or late spring (May and June).
Also note that like all cities Dublin sees hotel rates skyrocket during festivals and fairs. Most of the big ones take place during high season, but you should plan ahead (and expect to pay more) if you want to experience St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Other festivals to watch out for are the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, which usually falls in January or February, the Dublin Book Festival in March and the Dublin Fringe Festival in September.
Budget Hotels in Dublin: What to Expect
Youth hostels abound in lively Dublin, and most of them are massive, bustling and very cheap. On the whole, they are also pretty bare-bones too. Private rooms may or may not share bathrooms, but either way they won’t have much in terms of amenities. You can, however, generally expect the usual hostel perks, including a guest kitchen, common area and often extras like organized events or even free welcome drinks (here’s lookin’ at you, Oliver St. John Gogarty. Certain hostels, too, will have a bit more personality, like the Globetrotters, with its nautical-themed rooms and Japanese Garden, or theAvalon House, which is housed in a lovely Victorian mansion.
Dublin is also home to many a B&B, most of which are cozy, quaint and reasonably priced. With a few exceptions (like the Eliza Lodge) these mom-and-pop operations are neither sleek nor modern, but they sport quirky style (like the Marian Guesthouse) and usually offer all the expected amenities, including a private bathroom, television and Wi-Fi. Plus, you’ll usually be treated a thoughtful management and a tasty breakfast—and many, like the Charles Stewart, boast historical significance as well.
Few hotels in Dublin are air conditioned, but given the climate this is not usually an issue. It should also be noted that many of the smaller hotels do not have elevators, so be sure to check before booking if this is an important feature.
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