Eclectic Dublin mixes art, culture, heritage and business with a hedonistic buzz that has helped to make it one of Europe’s favoured destinations.
Dublin also offers an equally eclectic mix of hotel options to enjoy your stay in, from cooler-than-thou designer hotels to budget accommodation that’s perfect for backpackers.
Dublin’s eclecticism extends to its hotels’; unlike with many other cities there are no clearly defined areas for business hotels, boutique hotels, luxury hotels or guesthouses. Dublin is as carefree in its clustering of accommodation choices as it is in its mix of medieval avenues, Georgian streets and contemporary districts.
So, where should you stay in Dublin? To a large extent it all depends on what you are looking to get out of your stay.
Some Dublin Hotel Rules (with Plenty of Exceptions)
The Docklands is becoming the city’s focal point for design-conscious hotels where those who like their hotels to make an artistic statement will feel at home. Spearheaded by signature developments by famous architects such as Manuel Aires Mateus, a certain self-conscious glamour has been firmly injected into the quaysides. But it's far from all designer thrills as you can still find plenty of no-frill budget hotels lurking nearby too.
Likewise whilst there is the largest concentration of budget hotels just north of the river, if you are looking to stay to the south you will find the selection is far from limited.
Temple Bar Hotels
For those looking for nightlife a hotel in Temple Bar or just off Dame Street will place you in the beating heart of Dublin’s pub and club scene. But being in the thick of it does very much mean it is hard to escape it: even the most luxury hotels cannot keep the noise from entering the hotel at any time it pleases throughout the night.
If you can’t afford the five star hotel prices but are looking for something special there are many Dublin guesthouses that can offer you a royal welcome without charging you a king’s ransom.
Business Hotels in Dublin
Downriver near the Docklands you’ll find most of the city’s business hotels, close to the headquarters of many famous Dublin companies. For those on official business the embassy quarters of Ballsbridge in Dublin 4 are the favoured place to lay their diplomatic heads.
Dublin Bay Hotels
Further away from the city centre, but not too far to make it difficult to feel part of it, you can enjoy sea views and a calmer pace of life in Dublin Bay. With the delights of a long sandy stretch of beach, the soothing sounds of the Irish Sea and all the delights of Dublin on your doorstep you really can get the best of both worlds with a Dublin Bay hotel.
Wherever you choose to stay in Dublin it’s hard to not love the city. James Joyce, Dublin’s most famous exile, looking back on his time in the city exclaimed that:
“When I die Dublin will be written in my heart”...
It has that effect on you.