Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is the country’s biggest city. Most tourists will be coming through Dublin for their Ireland tour since it is the center of the country’s transport system – that is if they plan on leaving at all. Dublin is home to the many internationally acclaimed tourist attractions of Ireland. Its seaport and airport are the busiest in the island. And so are its hotels.
This guide will help tourists find the best budget hotels in the city. After all, most of their time will be spent outside – and most of their cash is to be spent outside accommodations. But this doesn’t mean that these ten hotels are cheap. They are some of the best in the country – they just happen to be inexpensive.
We based our list on price range, amenities, customer service, and overall customer satisfaction. The hotels are listed according to preference. We saved the best for last.
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Uppercross House Hotel
Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines
Rathmines is found just 2 kilometers from the center of Dublin. It can be reached by bus from the city center, and a taxi rank is located in front of the hotel for easy access to other places.
The hotel has 49 rooms; en suite complete with television set, direct-dial telephone, radio, hairdryer, tea / coffee making facilities, central heating and free wi-fi connection.
It is located in one of the most scenic parts of the city – a combination of nature and fine architecture. It’s near recreation centers and shopping facilities; and a short walk away from St. Stephens Green, Fitzwilliam Square and Merrion Square.
They have their own restaurant called Upper Circle and bar called Mother Reillys.
Clifton Court Hotel
11 Eden Quay, OConnell
You can reach Eden Quay by riding the green colored buses of Dublin Airport (airport link 747). You can ask the bus driver to drop you off at O’Connell St. Just walk towards the bridge until the traffic light, then turn left and you’ll find the hotel on the left side of the quay.
The hotel has 30 rooms; en suite complete with television set and tea / coffee making facilities.
The hotel is located quite near the center of Dublin. The place is overlooking the River Liffey at OConnell Bridge. Lots of popular tourist attractions around: the Abbey Theatre, Trinity College, and Temple Bar among others. Plus the hotel is just a short walk away from the best shopping destinations in the city: O’Connell St. and Grafton St.
Copper Ally, Fishamble St., Christchurch
Walking towards Christchurch Cathedral on Lord Edward St., turn left on Fishamble St.; the hotel is on the left side.
All rooms are en suite complete with television set, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer, and tea / coffee making facilities.
The hotel is found between the cobblestone streets of Temple Bar and Christchurch Cathedral – that’s already two tourist destinations. These spots are bundled together: Trinity College, Dublin Castle and all the most popular shops, restaurants, pubs, galleries and theatres in the city.
They have their own restaurant and bar called Darkey Kellys.
4 Gardiner Place
You can reach Gardiner by bus (airport link 747 or 41). You can ask the bus driver to drop you off at Parnell Square. From there just walk towards Findlaters Church until you reach the corner of Gardiner Row (traffic light). Turn right and the hotel is found on your left.
The hotel rooms are en suite complete with television set, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer, iron, tea / coffee making facilities and wake-up call service.
The hotel is just a short walk away from shopping at OConnell St., Henry St., and Grafton St (shop streets). Like we said, the spots are bundled together in this area: Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, Temple Bar, plus the various theatres, museums, restaurants and pubs.
The hotel also offers Bed & Breakfast accommodation.
The Parliament Hotel
Lord Edward St.
The hotel is located in the heart of Temple Bar, right across the street from Dublin Castle.
The hotel rooms are en suite complete with television set, direct-dial telephone, radio, hairdryer, tea / coffee making facilities, central heating and free wi-fi connection.
The hotel is just a short walk away from shop streets. Closest to the hotel are Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Old Dublin Parliament and Guinness Storehouse.
The hotel boasts of its meticulously restored Edwardian decor.
Bewleys Hotel Newlands Cross
Naas Road, Newlands Cross
The hotel is found 9 kilometers from the city center, at the intersection of the M50 and N7 perfect for visitors planning to tour outside Dublin city.
The hotel has modernly fitted rooms; en suite complete with hypoallergenic duvets and pillows, iron & trouser-press, tea / coffee making facilities, and free wi-fi connection.
Bewleys is one of the better known bargain hotel names in Dublin.
Bewleys Hotel Dublin Airport
Baskin Lane Swords
The hotel is located at the N32 exit (Malahide) of the M50. They have round the clock complimentary shuttle to and from the airport every 20 minutes (right at the arrivals hall of Dublin Airport).
The deluxe rooms are just above in quality from the Newlands Cross rooms – which are themselves already superior in terms of value for money.
This is Dublin Airport’s biggest hotel, and also one of its cheapest. Very much recommended by those who stayed. If you happen to be too tired to do much else when you arrive the airport then this is the perfect hotel for you.
2 Gardiner Place
You can reach Gardiner by bus (airport link 747 or 41). You can ask the bus driver to drop you off at Parnell Square. From there just walk towards Garden of Remembrance, the hotel is on the opposite side of the street from the Garden.
Rooms are individually decorated in a Gregorian motif, much like the entire hotel period staircases, original plasterwork, striking antique mirrors, crystal chandeliers and open fires during the winter. Rooms are en suite complete with direct-dial telephone, hairdryer, iron, and tea / coffee making facilities.
The hotel is on top of OConnell St. – in the middle of the city and its many attractions. Castle Hotel boasts of its highly experienced staff and management. They are owned by one of the oldest hotel-running families in the city. Truly a unique experience.
23-25 Bachelors Walk
Arlington is one of the more well known hotels in the city. And it’s found right in the heart of Dublin. The hotel’s location is the most central of all accommodations. Getting to tourist attractions from here is probably the easiest.
A taxi ride to the hotel from the airport would cost around 25.00. Taking other airport links wouldn’t be a problem since the hotel is served by almost all these routes and drivers know exactly where the hotel is.
The place is home to the infamous Arlington Irish Dancing Nights, one of the most popular nightly parties in the city. Around it are some of the more well known pubs of Dublin: Knightsbridge, The Lotts, The Gin Palace, Grand Central, Kehoes and The Quays.
Comfort Inn Smithfield
The hotel is next to one of the LUAS light rail stations, so you won’t miss it. Plus it is the most recommended and well known in the city. It’s found behind the Jameson Distillery tower.
They have a total of 92 exquisitely arranged rooms, most offering a stunning view of the entire cityscape.
Smithfield is Dublin’s latest cultural quarter – packed with establishments of leisure and business alike. Aside from the amazing view, the hotel is best known for overall comfort and customer satisfaction. Best value for money.