Dublin has many excellent hotels spread across the city, so there's something for everyone depending on where you need to stay.
Southwest Dublin, which is the area surrounding Dublin Castle, has the distinction of being the first settlement area in the city. Today, it features all manner of cultural establishments and entertainment options. You can have your fill of pubs and cafes. The historic Temple Bar is here as well - a must-see area for any trip to the city. History lovers will also want to check out Dublinia museum.
As a result of the area's popularity, you'll find some great hotels here. For instance, the Morgan Hotel is a stylish hotel with contemporary décor, located in the Temple Bar area. It is frequented by those who want to have fun in Dublin and be close to the action.
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin is sandwiched between Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, two distinctive landmarks.
Those on a limited budget should consider Harding Hotel, which is a small B&B style hotel found in the heart of the city, right beside Christ Church Cathedral.
The Merchant House is another gorgeous, stylish guesthouse found in the Temple Bar district. If you're on your honeymoon, this hotel should top your list of choices. They don't permit kids though, so this is a venue for the couple who just want to focus on each other.
Southeast Dublin came into being when Trinity College was founded here in 1592. Over the course of the 18th century, the area came to life with a construction boom. Grafton Street, Merrion Square, the National Museum of Ireland, the National Gallery, and Trinity College itself are all points of interest for tourists.
For accommodation, the contemporary, posh Marker hotel found alongside the Grand Canal is worth a look. Another great hotel is the Merrion Hotel. Considered one of the best Irish hotels, it can be found near Merrion Square and the National Museum. A few government buildings are located nearby as well.
O'Callaghan Davenport Hotel is found right around Trinity College, next to the School of Cosmic Physics.
The Ballsbridge area is one of the best developed districts in the city, featuring vast posh properties and beautiful landscapes. It's not hard to see why it's favored as the official site for several embassies and diplomatic residences. It gets its name from the stone bridge, built by one Mr. Ball in the 18th century, spanning the River Dodder.
From the InterContinental Dublin's rooms, you have wonderful views of this scenic area. While the InterContinental brand itself needs no further introduction or recommendation, given its worldwide standard of service, it's interesting to note that the building was previously occupied by the Four Seasons Hotel, which also provided excellent service in its time.
The Schoolhouse Hotel, found at the other end of Ballsbridge, is within walking distance of Merrion Square. It offers large rooms, and the service is impeccable. The price of the rooms is also very reasonable.
The Roxford Lodge Hotel and Waterloo House, also found in this area, are B&Bs, offering very comfortable rooms for those on a tight budget.
The area north of River Liffey first saw development in the 18th century. Here, you'll find O’Connell Street, which was easily one of Georgian Dublin's most fashionable areas. Unfortunately, it suffered severe damage in the Easter uprising of 1916. However, many of its historic buildings have been rebuilt from their ruins since then. Custom House, which overlooks the river, is one of the area's major landmarks.
The Spencer Hotel can be found only a few blocks from Custom House and offers comfortable, stylish accommodations.
Kingfisher Townhouse, meanwhile, is a small B&B found further inland, near Parnell Square, which also houses Rotunda Hospital and the Gate Theatre.
Clontarf, its name taken from the Irish phrase Cluain Tarbh, which means "meadow of the bull," is found on Dublin's north coast. The name references the sound of the wind on the beach, which is sometimes likened to the panting of a bull. The Battle of Clontarf took place here in 1014, where High King of Ireland Brian Boru scored a victory over the Vikings and their Irish allies from Leinster. This widespread battle officially marked the end of the wars between the Irish and the Vikings.
Clontarf does not have a singular village centre. Historically, it has always maintained two population centers: one along the coast and the other in the fishing village of Clontarf Sheds.
Clontarf Castle in this area has been converted into a beautiful hotel, with the addition of new wings. Unlike many other Irish hotels, this building is not medieval; its current structure dates back to 1837, though the original castle dates back to 1172. At one time, it was owned by the Knights Templar. Apart from being a hotel, over the years, it has also been a regular bar and a cabaret bar.
Santry is a business district, found near Dublin Airport. Its current atmosphere is very different from its private property to sleepy village origins of only a hundred years ago. The village is now long gone, and the woodlands and fields have given way to housing estates, a shopping complex, a stadium, and industrial parks. Bookworms will be excited to note that the Trinity College Library manages a depository here that holds 3 million books.
In this area, you'll find the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dublin-Northwood, which is the perfect base camp for those in Dublin on business because it is close to both the city and the airport.
If you need a hotel just beyond Dublin, possibly for the wedding of a lifetime or the ideal conference venue, you should consider Radisson Blu St. Helen's hotel, located in Booterstown. Found along the coast, Booterstown is only 7km south of Dublin and accessible by the DART system. There's also a frequent Aircoach service to Dublin Airport. In ancient times, Booterstown lay on the route between the high king's residence and his outlying lands.