List of Hotels in Dublin

by Alison Merfeld

Dublin, Ireland, offers so many historical sights, such as Christ Church, and local attractions like the Temple Bar area, that you might wish you had booked an extra day or two. Depending on where you want to stay -- for instance, near Trinity College or by the airport -- some accommodations are close to train stations, giving you the freedom to visit the sights on your own time.

Temple Bar

The four-story Temple Bar Hotel consists of 129 rooms with light-wood paneled walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and brown hues. Rooms provide free Internet access and a small dining area; executive rooms provide DVD players and mini-refrigerators. The hotel's restaurant, Terrace Restaurant, prepares a continental breakfast and offers an Irish menu. The hotel is across the street from Buskers Bar, where you can dine on bar food, listen to live music and have a pint of Guinness with the locals. Thursday night is karaoke night. Home to a bakery and cafe during the early 1900s, the Fleet Street Hotel Temple Bar is located by the Liffey River in the Temple Bar area. Rooms create a welcoming feel with natural wood furnishings, cream-and-white-striped walls and flowers on the dining table. The 71 guest rooms contain either a king bed or two twin beds and include a separate vanity area and a dining area with seating. The hotel is a 10-minute walk to Christ Church and a seven-minute walk to the Gutter Bookshop, an independent bookstore in the Old City of the Temple Bar area.

Airport Hotels

A five-minute drive from the Dublin Airport, the Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport provides 245 guest rooms with satellite TV, Internet, black-out drapes and minibars. Airport transportation, complimentary newspapers and business services add to the amenities. The on-site Kudos Restaurant prepares Asian and European cuisines. The hotel is within seven miles of the National Botanical Gardens and the Dublin Zoo. The smoke-free Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from Dublin Airport. The pet-friendly guest rooms have Internet access, black-out curtains and minibars. Rooms are decorated in soothing colors of soft tans, creams and yellows. If traveling with a larger group, the family guest rooms include a sofa bed. The hotel's two-story restaurant, Burnell Grill, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel is eight miles from the Guinness Factory and five miles from the James Joyce Museum.

Near Trinity College

Directly across the street from Trinity College, the smoke-free Westin Dublin boasts luxury with its marble-column lobby, yellow-hued guest room walls with crown molding and crystal chandeliers in the dining hall. The 163 spacious guest rooms offer views of the city, Internet access and seating areas; suites offer separate living rooms with plush couches and large dining areas. The hotel provides concierge services, a fitness facility and valet parking. Nearby activities include St. Margaret's Golf and Country Club, eight miles away, and St. Stephens Green, one mile away. Owned by music group U2, the Clarence Hotel offers a convenient location on the River Liffey, near Trinity College. The 49 guest rooms are decorated with leather furnishings, cream-colored walls and crimson and gold accent details, creating a comfortable and luxury feel. Room furniture was crafted by Irish artists, and rooms feature free Internet, minibars and sitting areas with views of the city; some rooms include private balconies and separate living rooms. The hotel's restaurant, the Tea Room, prepares lamb pie, mushroom risotto and duck. Private dining is available.

Near Train Stations

Less than one mile from both the Dart Metro System and Bus Eireann System, the Academy Plaza Hotel is in the center of Dublin. Its 285 rooms are colored in blacks, browns and reds and offer complimentary Internet and a sitting area. Designated smoking rooms are available upon request. Two restaurants are on-site: Oscars is open for breakfast and dinner and offers a menu of traditional Irish dishes, while Abacus Asian prepares Chinese dishes. Across the street from the train station and bus station, the Hotel Issacs is in the city center of Dublin near the financial district. The hotel's central location puts it within two miles of the National Museum of Ireland's Natural History and the Dublin Castle. Rooms range from a standard design of cream walls and natural wood to a more luxury setting with a four-poster bed and Victorian furnishings. Room amenities include Internet access, seating areas and safes. A fitness center, seven meeting rooms and an Italian-style restaurant are on site.

About the Author

Alison Merfeld has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her published articles can be found on various websites, covering golf, the outdoors and other topics. She is currently working on her first fiction novel. Merfeld earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Iowa.