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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.
Drury Court Hotel, 28-30 Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2
Whenever I’m asked to recommend a hotel in Dublin, I always suggest Drury Court. Why? I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying their stay at this 3 star, centrally located hotel. Speaking of location, Drury Court is a few minutes’ walk away from St Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre and an easy stroll across the Liffey to the north side.
Fantastic location aside, Drury Court is above P.Macs bar, if you fancy a pint (when lockdown is lifted). If you don’t fancy a pint, never fear – the rooms in Drury Court are more soundproofed than any other hotel I’ve stayed at in Dublin so you won’t be kept awake by the jukebox downstairs or the city bustle outside. I know this is weird but hey, I’m gonna say it – Drury Court is possibly the best smelling hotel I’ve ever stayed in.
Harding Hotel, Fishamble Street, Dublin 2
Want to explore Temple Bar, Christchurch Cathedral and be within walking distance of everything Dublin has to offer? Well, Harding Hotel is quite, er, hard to beat.
This budget-friendly, spotlessly clean hotel is located in a classic Victorian building on the corner of Fishamble Street, right in the centre of Temple Bar. Despite its proximity to bars, restaurants, a hostel and one of the busiest streets in Dublin, you won’t be kept awake by the outside world when you’re tucked away in your cosy bedroom, awash with autumnal shades.
You could not be closer to Christchurch Cathedral, one of my favourite places to stroll around when I’m in this corner of town. As a heads up, the bells chime on the hour, every hour so if you’re a light sleeper, you might not find them so endearing at 2am. I personally loved it and thought it was a small price to pay to be so close to one of Dublin’s iconic landmarks.
Staunton’s on the Green, 83 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
Stay 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.
Hotel St George, 7 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Wanna 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.
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. If you fancy having a bird’s eye view over Parnell Square, ask for room 603.
Avoca House, 110 Hollybank Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
For 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.