Dublin Hotels & Guesthouses

by Edwin Thomas
The River Liffey bisects the center of Dublin.

The River Liffey bisects the center of Dublin.

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Although Dublin's early 21st-century hotel boom is over, the results left the city with what Frommer's described as "a healthy mix of plush, modern hotels and grand old guesthouses. Prices at Dublin's hotels and guesthouses tend to be on the high side, but tourists and business visitors alike will find Dublin has accommodations for all manner of budgets and tastes.

Expert Advice

Frommer's strongly recommends making Dublin hotel bookings months in advance. By making an early reservation, especially at a mid-range or upscale hotel, travelers might receive discounts as high as 50 percent. Guesthouses in Dublin are found on the budget end of the spectrum, so receiving a steep discount through advance booking is less likely but still worth looking at. Discounted, advance reservations can be made either by calling the hotel or booking online, and many hotels offer special discounts for Internet bookings.

Abbott Lodge

Located in the O'Connell Street area, the Abbott Lodge is situated neither in the trendiest part of Dublin nor among its chic, modern hotels. Instead, the Abbott is one of Dublin's most popular guesthouses, offering lodgings at reasonable prices. The rooms come decorated with modest, mid-range furniture and have en-suite bathrooms, and a full Irish breakfast is part of the room rate. Although comfortable, the Abbott Lodge is otherwise a no-frills guesthouse and has few amenities.

Fitzwilliam Hotel

The Fitzwilliam combines a prime location around the corner from the Grafton Street shopping area with stylish, contemporary design by Terence Conran. The guest rooms feature comfy beds with duck-down comforters and such amenities as free broadband Internet. Only some rooms have balconies, but all guests can enjoy the rooftop terrace with views of St. Stephen's Green. Rounding out the picture is Thorton's, the hotel's highly regarded restaurant. The Fitzwilliam is one of the best hotels in the city: It made Conde Nast's Gold List in 2008 and was rated as "exceptional" by Frommer's.

Waterloo House

Situated in Dublin's Embassy Row area, the Waterloo House is a Dublin guesthouse that exudes a decidedly Old Europe atmosphere. The 17 spacious guest rooms have en-suite bathrooms and a traditional decor that would not look out of place in a country house. Amenities include Wi-Fi Internet access and an electric coffee/tea kettle. A full Irish breakfast is part of the bargain, which in addition to bacon and eggs also includes the "catch of the day" (usually salmon).

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