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Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

Opulence is tangible through the revolving doors of one of Dublin's Georgian icons.

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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Savour exquisite food in an elegant Georgian guest house opposite Dublin’s Stephen’s Green.

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Dublin is awash with hotels and guest houses since our economic boom and the result is that, for a small compact city, you don't have to walk more than a few steps to find some sort of accommodation offering. Hence, Dublin visitors had lots of options, but because of the sheer numbers of hotels in every category (boutique, five star and chain hotels) the overall standard had wavered, until now. A much slower economy has raised the stakes for these properties, and all hotels and guests houses have been forced to drop their prices and raise their game. More established family-run hotels have held their ground, supported by loyal clients, but only the best boutique and five-star hotels have weathered the storm.

Here, I've chosen to highlight those properties that have been the least affected by the recession, offering the same high standards they always did. The same can be said for guest houses, and the few highlighted here continue to offer amazing value and genuine personal service. The good news for everyone, however, is that for the most part, hotel and guest house rates all over Dublin have never been lower! 

Thing to consider when booking 

  • Dublin city rates are extremely high and so car parking space is like gold dust. Almost all of the city centre hotels will charge for overnight parking and this is usually in excess of 10 euros per night. Ask at the time of booking what this rate is and if you want to avoid, look at hotels a little further out of the city centre.
  • Breakfast is included with guest houses, but it can be a hidden cost with hotels, up to 20 euros in some cases, so again, check when booking. 
  • The new Aviva Stadium near Ballsbridge in Dublin 4 is a major draw for hotels in that area. If you want to visit Dublin for the best rates, please check that you are not coinciding with a major international rugby or soccer event here as rates will be higher at these times, and the city will be awash with people. 
  • The city is divided by the River Liffey into the Northside (O'Connell Street and surrounding area) and Southside (St Stephen's Green and surrounding area) and typical to stereotypes, the Southside is seen as the more affluent divide, so expect to pay more on this side of the city! 
  • Ireland's biggest festival parade takes place on St. Patricks Day March 17 so if you want a carnival atmosphere, this is a great time to visit the city, but book early. Of course, if it's peace and quiet you're after, avoid Dublin like the plague at this time! 
  • Temple Bar is the most popular part of the city for stag and hen parties, and tourists are often pointed in this direction. Bars and clubs here are fun, but please be aware that prices are completely inflated in these parts, and the atmosphere can be quite rowdy. Please refer instead to my advice on Dublin's nightlife. 
  • First-time visitors to Dublin -- you will probably be surprised by the compact nature of the city. Dublin is easily navigated by foot. Hence, if you're here for a short time and you want to browse the main tourist sights, you don't need to rent a car to do so - you'll also avoid high car parking rates. There's a decent public transport system, and the 'Hop on Hop Off' bus' does a complete circuit of the city.  New cycling tours are a fantastic way to tour, and there are plenty of taxis. 
  • If you're a fan of hostels in other cities, guest houses in Dublin offer much better value for the same rates, in my opinion, plus a full Irish breakfast in most cases, so check these out first.  Again refer to my top 30 expert recommendations for some of Dublin's best guest houses. 
  • Irish weather is a big consideration and you'll discover that it's a daily talking point for us Irish.  Our climate is extremely unpredictable, and while winters are relatively mild in comparison to other parts of Europe, it's the rain you have to worry about. Always bring a rain coat but, that said, you could get glorious sun! 
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I've been in and out of almost all of Dublin's hotels over the past 15 years, and enjoyed a drink in their bars, or eaten in their restaurants - and if I haven't, my friends or family have. I've based my top 30 recommendations on my experience, and the experience of my friends, to point users of this site in the right direction. I've included a fair mix of prices and standards in my top 30 recommendations to keep all budgets, and wallets, happy. I'm presuming that most people will be visiting Dublin for a relatively short stay, as is the trend at the moment, and so all of my properties are either within walking distance, or a short travel time, from the city centre. That's the beauty of Dublin - its city centre is compact and can be easily explored on foot, so these recommendations will take advantage of this great aspect of the city. I haven't included any hostels in my recommendations because I think that for value for money, guest houses win hands down. For 50 euros you can stay in a guest house and enjoy personal service, a homely atmosphere and a fantastic breakfast whereas these can be lacking in hostels that I've visited (however I'm open to suggestions!).

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.

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