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Where to stay in Dublin on a budget

Visiting Dublin on a budget? With average hotel prices in Dublin clocking in at €155.75 a night (compared to the European average of €115.54), chances are most of your budget won’t go on pints of Guinness but will instead be swallowed up by your hotel bill. Despite its reputation as a notoriously expensive city, cheap hotels in Dublin DO exist.

Fear not – booking a budget hotel in Dublin for under €100 a night doesn’t mean you have to stay in a grimy hostel (with your new bunkmates – a lively hen party from Liverpool) or a soulless airport hotel miles away from the action.

Whether you’re a business traveller or visiting the city for some Christmas shopping, here are some of the best places to stay in Dublin when you’re on a budget – without compromising on quality, cleanliness and the all important proximity to the city centre. Note: I’m not a big fan of breakfast so any time I’ve mentioned a price, it’s for room only.

Best budget hotels in Dublin:

THE HOTEL

Staunton’s on the Green, 83 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Georgian exterior of Stauntons on the Green, DublinStay in the heart of Georgian Dublin and wake up to a view overlooking St Stephen’s Green in all of its autumnal glory. What more could you ask for?

Recently refurbished inside and out, Staunton’s on the Green has thankfully not lost any of its 250 year old charm. Portraits of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce adorn the walls and there are original Georgian features throughout, infusing this Dublin hotel with a quaint Irish character that’s impossible not to fall in love with. This family-run Dublin hotel earns extra bonus points for having toiletries by beloved Irish brand VOYA in the bathroom.

Like most central hotels in Dublin, Staunton’s on the Green is pricier midweek but you can stay for around €70-90 a night on Sundays, for example. Best of all? A scenic stroll through the park and you’re on Grafton Street, making Staunton’s on the Green a real steal.

SELF-CATERING

East Park Lodge, Leinster Square, Rathmines, Dublin 6

East Park Lodge Dublin twin roomIf you’re a business traveller or you long for that home from home experience after too many nights at too many mediocre hotels, East Park Lodge in Dublin will be right up your street. Instead of a traditional room at a hotel or B&B, East Park Lodge offers (spotlessly clean) apartments or studios. Each studio comes complete with pretty much everything you could need – TV, free wifi, kitchenette with an oven, microwave and one studio even has a washing machine. East Park Lodge is right in Rathmines Village so you’ve got Lidl, Tesco and Aldi on your doorstep to pick up fresh supplies to whip up a feast in your fully equipped kitchenette. After spending a few years living there, I will always have a soft spot for Rathmines but the location – about a 30 minute walk into town – could be too far from the city centre if it’s your first time in Dublin.

Tucked away in a residential area, East Park Lodge is so quiet, I had easily the best night’s sleep I’ve had in years. If I could move into one of these studios, I probably would!

BUDGET HOTEL

Hotel St George, 7 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Hotel St George exteriorWanna stay in a hotel near O’Connell Street? One of Dublin’s most popular budget hotels, Hotel St George is a 2 minute stroll to The Spire, GPO, Gate Theatre, Jervis Centre, the Luas…the list goes on.

Central location aside, Hotel St George also earns extra brownie points for its friendly staff and there’s a coffee machine in the room (got a sweet tooth? You’ll love the chocolatte) with complimentary water and cookies thrown in for good measure.

I just love looking out on a city’s streets in the middle of the night so I was thrilled when I was handed my keys to room 603 which had a bird’s eye view over Parnell Square. When you’re staying in a  hotel so near to O’Connell Street, you might be worried about the noise but I found the hotel to be surprisingly quiet. However, you can always ask for a room at the back of the hotel to guarantee you’re well away from the city’s bustle and can enjoy a good night’s sleep.

B&B

Avoca House, 110 Hollybank Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Bedroom in Avoca House B&B DublinFor a traditional Irish B&B experience with top class hospitality, Avoca House in leafy Drumcondra is exactly where you should stay. Warm, welcoming, spotlessly clean, the only gripe I can find with this B&B in Dublin is that it’s a popular spot so getting a room isn’t easy. Oh well.

If you’re looking a hotel near Dublin airport, Avoca is in an ideal location to catch an early morning flight, with taxis, the 16A and the Aircoach all stopping a few minutes away. As it’s a B&B, breakfast is included in your room rate and you can help yourself to continental-style breakfast or request a hot breakfast such as porridge or an Irish breakfast to set you up for the day. Avoca House is also perfectly located if you’re planning on visiting two of the north side’s best attractions – the Botanic Gardens and Glasnevin Cemetery (and you really should).

Above all else, the warm Irish welcome of hosts Jack and Audrey (and their adorable dogs) makes a stay at Avoca one to remember.

Have you stayed in a great budget hotel in Dublin? Tell me all about it! Still looking for an affordable hotel in Dublin? Check out my post about another fantastic Dublin hotel, The Sandymount Hotel.

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