With so much to do and see in Dublin — the Guinness Brewery, Trinity College, and National Museum of Ireland — you want to make sure you’re not spending all your vacation budget on a hotel. Luckily for you, when we review properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, to make sure you’re getting the best bang-for-your-buck. So if you’re planning a trip and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our picks for hotels with the best value in Dublin, and get inspired!
When it comes to B&Bs with a homey feel and a personal touch, Beech Lodge is hard to beat. The owners really give guests a warm welcome and make a point of helping out with any aspect of their stay. Rooms are clean, fresh, and comfortable, though you'll hear some traffic noise in those at the front of the house. Breakfast is a particular highlight -- it's freshly cooked with lots of choice. Rates are very reasonable, and if you don't mind being a few miles from city center, this is a great choice.
Converted from a hotel, the six-story Generator Hostel Dublin can accommodate up to 540 guests. Located within walking distance of major tourist attractions, the property features everything from bare basic dorm-style rooms with multiple bunk beds to private suites with their own showers. This property appeals to both the young and the young at heart, with a lively social scene in a popular artsy neighborhood.
Leeson Bridge House is a three-pearl Georgian guest house located on the banks of the Grand Canal, in a lovely residential area of the city that's within walking distance of St. Stephen’s Green. Its 20 rooms are traditionally styled and perhaps a bit old-fashioned, but some have private saunas and separate hot tubs. Studio Apartments with full kitchens (some have gas marble fireplaces and balconies) are also available. All rooms come with wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and jetted tubs. A full Irish or continental breakfast is included in the room rate, and is served daily.
The 190-room Louis Fitzgerald is a modern hotel on the outskirts of Dublin that offers a solid value. Features include the 20 meeting rooms, free underground parking, 24-hour room service, fitness center (albeit small), and a free shuttle to nearby businesses. Rooms are contemporary and comfortable, with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Certain categories, such as Family Rooms and Triple Rooms, can accommodate larger groups. The lobby and restaurant feel upscale, with sleek leather seats and funky paintings. The hotel has a free shuttle to the LUAS tram station, and the ride from there into Dublin takes approximately 30 minutes.
With its multilingual staff and speedy issue-resolution system, this modern, mid-range hotel emphasizes service. The central location is convenient (most of the city center is within walking distance), but the area is a little on the scruffy side. Rooms can be somewhat small but are functional and clean. Some aspects of the property appear a bit tired, but for a central Dublin hotel in this price range, the Mardron Hotel is a pretty good option.
The Harding Hotel is a family-run three-pearl hotel, with a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Found in the old medieval quarter of Dublin, this hotel has surprisingly spacious rooms considering its location and reasonable rates. However, they're dated with bland decor and old tube TVs. Therefore, it's a popular choice for budget-minded tourists who want to easily reach many of Dublin's top attractions by foot. There's free Wi-Fi but the hotel lacks many other features, instead covering just the basics. Its most popular amenity is an on-location bar with live music that serves 70 types of Irish whiskey.
The 110-room Staycity Serviced Apartments is part of a large chain of hotels with apartment-style guest rooms. There's no on-site restaurant, but each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen. Rooms are spacious and have washer/dryers, and the property is in a reasonably good location for tourists, a little removed from the city center but just a 10-minute walk to both the Dublin Castle and Guinness Storehouse. Although the free Wi-Fi is spotty and daily parking is pricey, the hotel is a solid option for travelers wanting the comforts of home.
Cassidys Hotel is a family-owned, mid-range hotel in three historic Georgian buildings on Parnell Square. The 113 clean, reasonably priced rooms are bright and come with free Wi-Fi. However, decor is generic and bathrooms are on the small side. Hotel amenities include a small fitness center, comfortable bistro, and bar. A continental breakfast is served daily. This hotel is a good pick for value, and its convenient location on the north side of the River Liffey is within walking distance to numerous sights.
The Best Western Skylon Hotel looks fresher and more modern than the average Best Western. Decor is pleasant -- if a bit generic; spacious, clean rooms offer warm lighting, crisp bedding, and dark red walls. Room amenities include flat-screen TVs and electric kettles. Some rooms can accommodate groups or families with multiple twin beds. Wi-Fi is free and bathrooms are surprisingly large. The common spaces are the highlight here, though: The big, modern lobby has lots of plush couches and the cozy bar/grill has a nice fireplace. This 126-room hotel is a good budget pick near the airport in Dublin.
The Belvedere Hotel offers good prices and a convenient location on the north side of the River Liffey. The hotel is within walking distance of shops, several sights, and a hospital (guests visiting patients receive a special rate). The 92 rooms are simple and basic, with some cheerful touches such as bright art on the walls and throw pillows on the beds. While some bathrooms are cramped and have odd configurations, others are surprisingly modern and appealing. All rooms are spacious for the price and most have wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. The hotel also offers larger family style rooms with several beds for travelers looking to stretch their budget. With electric kettles in the rooms and a bar and restaurant downstairs, the Belvedere is a solid budget pick.
The 23-room Kilronan House is an elegant bed-and-breakfast in an historic building in the leafy Georgian Quarter of central Dublin. It has a period-decorated guest parlor, simple but gracious rooms, and an ample, free daily breakfast that includes soda bread, scones, and omelets. The family-run inn is a popular choice with travelers who want a central location, affordable rates, and a more warm and intimate atmosphere than that of a large hotel. Downsides include some small rooms, occasional shared bathrooms, and limited parking.