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Where to Stay in Dublin: Best Tourist Areas Guide

Dublin is the small capital in Ireland with a big personality. Dating back to the 9th century, Dublin boasts 18th-century Georgian architecture displayed in medieval castles and cathedrals, where visitors will find a collection of museums, eateries and of course, historic pubs. Explore diverse landscapes and stroll through charming cobblestone streets and you’ll be met with trendy hotels, cafes and gregarious locals in their favourite bar.

With over 400 million visitors per year to HotelsCombined, we’ve highlighted the top hotels in three popular areas of Dublin, including Grafton Street, Trinity College and Temple Bar. We’ve also highlighted other top areas in Dublin that travellers can stay and will surely want to explore.

These hotels boast a convenient location to the top museums, restaurants and bars, a relaxing ambience in the midst of the bustling city and are excellent value for your money. Organised by the most popular areas in Dublin, let us help you discover which hotel meets all your Irish travel needs.

Hotels Near Grafton Street

Famous shopping area in Dublin, Ireland. Grafton Street showing shoppers, shops and church.
Photo| Grafton Street | GETTYIMAGES – JAMEGAW

Grafton Street is Dublin’s premier shopping district. During the day, wander around the cobblestone streets and side lanes, exploring a mix of cafes, vintage shops, local boutiques and international stores. Save a few of your coins for buskers and street performers who frequent the area, who mix traditional Irish performances with more modern tunes.

Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin

Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin
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Only 5 minutes’ stroll from Grafton Street, Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin boasts Irish hospitality in a stylish setting. Overlooking St. Stephen’s Green in the centre of the city, visitors can choose from the standard Executive to the posh Penthouse and enjoy amenities such as complimentary toiletries, duck down duvets and sunflower showers.

Here guests can unwind from a day of adventure at the on-site spa with a body treatment or stay fit at the full-service gym. Boasting three restaurants, guests can refuel with Irish, French and Mediterranean cuisine. Visitors can explore St. Stephen’s Green, Christ Church Cathedral and Trinity College in less than a 15-minute walk.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: €128 – €261
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: St Stephens Green, Dublin, Ireland

The Westbury Hotel

The Westbury Hotel
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A 5-star hotel in Dublin’s city centre, The Westbury Hotel is tucked away in a corner just off the famous Grafton Street, where visitors are within walking distance to all the major attractions. Choose between 205 spacious rooms and suites beautifully designed with neutral colours and plush furniture.

The hotel features a full-size Nespresso machine in each room, an on-site pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and a full-service gym. Guests will find afternoon tea served in the hotel’s lobby and upscale dining in the on-site restaurant, Wilde. The hotel also features a cocktail bar and casual New York style deli.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: €142 – €367
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: Grafton Street, Dublin, Ireland

The Shelbourne Dublin A Renaissance Hotel A Marriott Luxury & Lifestyle Hotel

The Shelbourne Dublin A Renaissance Hotel A Marriott Luxury & Lifestyle Hotel
Photo| The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel A Marriott Luxury & Lifestyle Hotel| Provided by LEONARDO

A five-minute walk to the heart of Dublin, The Shelbourne is a historic 5-star hotel. Here guests are steps from Grafton Street, Trinity College and the National Museum. The Shelbourne Dublin A Renaissance Hotel A Marriott Luxury & Lifestyle Hotel boasts 265 guest rooms and suites with pillowtop mattresses, 24-hour in-room dining and elegant marble bathrooms. Guests can pamper themselves with the hotel’s leisure club, indoor pool and 5-star dining at The Saddle Room and Lord May’s Lounge.

Business travellers will find the high-speed Wi-Fi, spacious work areas, and coffee makers perfect for getting things done and holidaymakers will appreciate the stunning views of St. Stephen’s Green. Book a massage or facial at the hotel’s signature spa and salon or grab a cocktail from the No. 27 Bar & Lounge.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: €120 – €764
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 27 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, Ireland

Hotel Location

Hotels Near Trinity College

Trinity College Dublin Campanile, most prominent tourist attractions in Dublin.
Photo| Trinity College Dublin | GETTYIMAGES – DAVE G KELLY

Located in the heart of the capital, Trinity College is an example of 18th-century architecture and landscaping, where cobblestone streets and green squares sit amongst the city’s sightseeing and retail areas. Visitors who stay near Trinity College will be located within walking distance of other attraction areas such as Grafton Street, O’Connell Street and the National Gallery of Ireland.

Westin Dublin

Westin Dublin
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A two-minute walk to Trinity College, Westin Dublin offers 5-star luxury in a prime location. Dating back to the 1800s, this hotel offers 163 rooms and suites that are generous in space and feature a signature Heavenly Bed. Guests can indulge in a variety of dining options in The Exchange restaurant, in addition to the five-storey Atrium Lounge and intimate Atrium Parlour.

Guests are welcomed with a concierge team, while in-room spa treatments and on-site Mint Bar are popular features. Exploring Dublin is ideal from Westin Dublin, as guests are within an easy walking distance from the popular Grafton Street, Dublin Castle and International Financial Services Centre.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: €112 – €301
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: College Green, Westmoreland Street, Dublin, Ireland

Brooks Hotel

Brooks Hotel
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Brooks Hotel is less than a 10-minute walk from Trinity College and Dublin’s sights. Guests at Brooks Hotel are welcomed with classic interiors, friendly staff and luxury touches. Each room at Brooks Hotel comes with its own personality where guests will find vibrant decor, king-sized beds and a pillow menu.

Start the day with fresh homemade Irish bread and coffee before exploring all the top attractions on foot. Come evening, and guests can dine on International and Irish cuisine served at Francesca’s Restaurant, made from ingredients grown in the hotel’s herb garden, or book a private screening at the private on-site cinema. Guests can end their day at the on-site Jasmine Bar and sample one of a hundred whiskies.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: €113 – €207
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: Drury Street, Westmoreland Street, Dublin, Ireland

Trinity City Hotel

Trinity City Hotel
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Less than 3 minutes’ walk from Trinity College, Trinity City Hotel boasts top attractions at your doorstep, including the popular shopping, restaurants and sightseeing areas of Grafton Street, Temple Bar and O’Connell Street. Guests can choose from 198 modern rooms that feature coffee makers, satellite TV channels and complimentary toiletries.

Leisurely bites can be found at the on-site Trinity City Restaurant, while the lounge offers a quiet space and stunning panoramic views overlooking Pearse Street. Business travellers are in walking distance to International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and entertainment at Bord Gais Energy Theatre and 3Arena.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: €79 – €275
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: Pearse Street, Dublin, Ireland

Hotel Location

Hotels Near Temple Bar

Street scene in temple bar, Dublin, Ireland
Photo| Temple Bar Dublin | GETTYIMAGES – STOCKBYTE

Located on the south bank of the River Liffey, Temple Bar is packed full of bars, clubs, music, and restaurants with captivating buskers, street artists, open-air markets and cultural events. A prime location to explore the rest of the city, visitors who stay here are less than a 15-minute walk to the Guinness Storehouse, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Dublin Castle.

Barnacles Temple Bar House

Barnacles Temple Bar House is a budget-friendly hostel with comfortable beds and welcoming staff. Barnacles boasts a 24-hour reception and a full-service kitchen in addition to a laundry service, complimentary breakfast and walking tours of the city.

Guests are a one-minute walk away from the Temple Bar nightlife and will find hotel features that include a foosball table, movie nights and a DVD collection. The Old Jameson Distillery, Dublin Castle and Christchurch Cathedral are only a short stroll away and the hostel also offer discounts to many of the top attractions, making it an ideal choice for those on a budget.

Star Rating: 2*
Price: €11 – €210
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: 19 Temple Lane Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

Temple Bar Inn

Temple Bar Inn
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A 3-star hotel in Dublin’s city centre, Temple Bar Inn is in the lively area of Temple Bar. Only a four-minute walk to Trinity College, here guests will find 101 ensuite bohemian-style rooms with easy access to National Museum of Ireland, the Guinness Storehouse and Grafton Street where you’ll find live music, famous pubs and other top attractions.

Ranging from single to quadruple, spacious rooms come equipped with a fully stocked mini fridge, dedicated work space, and tea and coffee making facilities. Privacy and technology are a primary focus at Temple Bar Inn with secure key card entrances, laptop-sized safes, flat screen TVs and interactive in-room phones.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: €71 – €297
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: 40-47 Fleet Street, Dublin, Ireland

Harding Hotel Dublin

Harding Hotel Dublin
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Only a two-minute walk from Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, and Christchurch Cathedral, Harding Hotel Dublin places guests in a prime location. Harding Hotel boasts 52 spacious and comfortable rooms designed with warm tones featuring coffeemakers, refrigerators, pillowtop beds and a friendly service.

Two on-site restaurants offer traditional Irish cuisine, while Darkey Kelly’s Bar features live entertainment in the evening. Harding Hotel offers guests excellent value for their money and provides easy access to the city’s top attractions on foot. A convenient tourist and travel information booking service is also available.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: €32 – €174
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: Copper Alley Fishamble Street, Dublin, Ireland

Hotel Location

Other Places to Stay in Dublin

Four courts building in Dublin, Ireland with river Liffey
Photo| Four Courts Building and river Liffey | SHUTTERSTOCK – MADRUGADA VERDE

While Grafton Street, Trinity College, and Temple Bar are all popular areas to stay, Dublin has so much more to offer. Check out this list of alternative areas with their own distinct personalities while providing easy access to Dublin’s top attractions.

Old City

Panoramic view of a strong tower of the Dublin castle
Photo| Tower of Dublin’s Castle | SHUTTERSTOCK – BERNABE BLANCO

The Old City is a historic part of Dublin that boasts remnants of Viking and medieval times. The city’s original walls wrap around cobblestone streets where visitors can explore 13th-century architecture at the Dublin Castle, Christ Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedral lined with hip boutiques and local designers.

St. Stephen’s Green

St Stephen's Green is a city centre public park in Dublin

St. Stephen’s Green is filled with popular hotels, restaurants and shops. The area boasts 22 acres of landscaped gardens in St. Stephen’s Green park, a variety of shopping at St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre and the bustling energy of Grafton Street nearby.

International Financial Services Centre

The Irish Financial Services Centre, Dublin
Photo| International Financial Services Centre | GETTYIMAGES – LEVERSTOCK

The IFSC is a hive of activity where travellers will find modern hotels that overlook the River Liffey. Only a 10-minute walk to the city centre, in IFSC you’ll find trendy cafes, restaurants and bars. The area is also near the 3Arena, Convention Centre and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

O’Connell Street

O'Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland
Photo| O’Connel Street Dublin GETTYIMAGES – John Harper

O’Connell Street is a central thoroughfare lined with upscale hotels, contemporary shops and top-rated restaurants. Accommodation here is located near four of Dublin’s theatres in addition to Henry Street, one of the main shopping streets and is where visitors will find historic monuments and statues of Dublin’s most notable leaders.

The Liberties

Guinness Storehouse brewery
Photo| Guinness Storehouse Brewery | SHUTTERSTOCK – PHTGRPHER_EVERYDAY

The Liberties district is where visitors will find Ireland’s most famous attraction, the Guinness Storehouse. It’s also home to a colourful district brimming with history and heritage where travellers will find affordable accommodation amongst the Thomas Street and Meath Street markets, Dublin’s oldest library, and a 125-year-old whisky distillery.


Aviva Stadium
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Ballsbridge has a plethora of hotels and restaurants in addition to the city’s Embassy Row. Ballsbridge is also a fashionable area with top shops and home to the popular Herbert Park. This area is in walking distance from catching a Leinster Rugby game at the RDS Arena or a Republic of Ireland football match at the Aviva Stadium.

Fitzwilliam & Merrion Square

Oscar Wilde by Danny Osborne
Photo| Merrion Square | SHUTTERSTOCK -M REEL

Merrion and Fitzwilliam Squares are appealing to travellers who want to be within walking distance from Dublin’s top attractions but away from the bustling crowds. The Fitzwilliam and Merrion Squares are less than a 10-minute stroll from The National Museum of Natural History, St. Stephen’s Green and the National Gallery of Ireland.

Where is your favourite place to stay in Dublin?

A centuries-old destination, Dublin is a city that boasts a mix of heritage and attractions. Visitors will be greeted with 18th-century cobblestone streets lined with Georgian architecture alongside top restaurants, cafes and pubs.

From 5-star luxury to budget-friendly hostels, accommodation in Dublin appeals to a variety of travellers around the globe. With 400 million visitors per year to HotelsCombined, we see a lot of travellers opting for accommodation that provides a retreat amongst the hustle and bustle of the city in addition to a convenient walking distance from the city’s main attractions. Travellers want to be near the city centre areas such as Grafton Street, Trinity College and Temple Bar that are ideal for exploring the rest of Dublin on foot.

What is your favourite neighbourhood to stay in Dublin? Let us know if you’ve stayed in Dublin and which area you consider the best when visiting the city.

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Author: Charity De Souza

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I have been travelling with my battered backpack full-time for over a decade. My favourite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, wine tasting in Portugal, road tripping through Iceland, snorkelling in Indonesia and watching a sunset in the Sahara Desert.

Charity De Souza
Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I have been travelling with my battered backpack full-time for over a decade. My favourite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, wine tasting in Portugal, road tripping through Iceland, snorkelling in Indonesia and watching a sunset in the Sahara Desert.
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3 thoughts on “Where to Stay in Dublin: Best Tourist Areas Guide”

  1. I stayed at Barnacles Temple Bar House when I was in Dublin, mainly due to the central location. It’s right smack in the middle of the lively Temple Bar district and was in walking distance to most of the attractions that I wanted to visit. It’s a great place if you want to meet other travellers, but it can be pretty loud and there is a bit of a party scene, so if you are looking for a quiet break, it might not be the best place for you to stay.

    I found the public transport around Dublin really easy to use and most of the attractions were in walking distance, so I rarely had to catch a cab. I even caught the public bus from the airport with no issues at all. If you want to visit anywhere outside of the city, then you can easily arrange a day tour. I arranged one through the hostel while I was there.

    Even if you don’t like stout beer, you cannot miss the Guinness Storehouse. The brewery tour was very interesting, and included a free pint of Guinness, which you can enjoy at the top Storehouse where you can enjoy a fantastic view of the city. The famous Temple Bar is also worth a visit, though I found it quite overpriced. I also enjoyed exploring the old city – you can hardly miss this when you are in Dublin. Dublin Castle was very interesting.

    Make sure you pack some good walking shoes! Dublin is very hilly, and there are still at lot of cobble streets around the city. You will definitely want to explore the old city on foot – comfort will definitely make it more enjoyable.

  2. I visited Dublin last spring and fell head-over-heels for it! Ireland is a beautiful country with rich culture, traditions, and history. I opted not to stay in the city center, but rather in the Ballsbridge neighborhood on the southern side of the river, near the Aviva Stadium. This experience was great because the area is much more local, which means you get to see Dublin from a local’s perspective! With several traditional pubs in the area, the beautiful Herbert Park to stroll through, and easy transportation to the rest of the city, I would absolutely recommend staying in a neighborhood like Ballsbridge – especially if you don’t want to stay in the more crowded and noisier areas like Temple Bar. Simply hop on the city bus or the DART and LUAS rails and be in the city center within a few stops!

    There’s so much to do in Dublin’s city center, from the pubs of Temple Bar to the stunning library of Trinity College to the brews over at the Guinness Storehouse. If you love the nightlife scene, Temple Bar is definitely worth checking out – it can be crowded and rather touristy, but there’s a wonderful atmosphere and always amazing live Irish music! Not to mention that if you stroll a block or two in any direction in Dublin, you’re likely to find great, quieter pubs as well.

    If you’re looking for something to do outside of the city center, a great way to spend a day is by exploring the coastal towns just outside of Dublin. You can hop on the DART train that runs through the city and ride it to the end of the line. I never would have known about this side of Dublin had we not had a local’s perspective, and I’m so glad our friends introduced us to the Dublin coast! The small beach town of Bray has a beautiful promenade, and Dalkey is said to be frequented by Bono. Stroll from Dalkey through the scenic Sandy Cove over to Dun Laoghaire, then make your way back on the DART to the city center in a matter of minutes. This was by far my favorite hidden secret of Dublin!

    If you love tours, the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery tours are worth it (and they come with tastings!) St. Stephen’s Green is a beautiful park, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral is well worth a visit. My favorite part of Dublin was the Trinity College Library. The whole room smells of old books. Overall, Dublin is a very easy city to get around, and you can easily spend hours just wandering!

  3. I’ve been to Dublin on several occasions and absolutely love the place! It’s surprisingly walkable and you just can’t beat the convenience of staying in the city center. On my most recent trip in 2016 I stayed at The Harding Hotel, which I found to be quite comfortable and is located just a stroll away from several major attractions. I had no problem walking to Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral and Trinity College, among others. There are plenty of pubs and restaurants close by too, with the Temple Bar district a stone’s throw away.

    To get a lay of the land I would first recommend taking a historical walking tour. These usually leave from a central location like Trinity College and take you around to major points in Dublin explaining the history and architecture around you. This helps tremendously with getting to know the surrounding area. Don’t forget to view the Book of Kells at Trinity College. History buffs also need to check out Dublinia, which is a museum with exhibits on medieval and Viking Dublin. I would also recommend enjoying a pint of Guinness at The Brazen Head (the best pint in Dublin in my opinion). This place is considered to be the oldest pub in Dublin, dating to 1198.

    If you stay in the city center you can easily get away with not renting a car. I wouldn’t even think of driving in the Dublin traffic anyway! You could stay right the middle of it all and not really need anything other than your feet to get around. If that fails you there’s always the DART or LUAS for public transportation. I can’t wait to go back!

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