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Dublin is probably the perfect destination for its pretty streets, delicious food, and picturesque scenery everywhere the eye goes, basically, it is a tourist’s paradise. Dublin may not particularly be a small city but it is quite compact. So, if you are planning to visit Dublin or even planning to shift here and are looking for that perfect place to stay in, one thing you do not have to worry about is the location! Since you will be within walking distance from all the local hotspots.

One thing that you must remember is that Dublin is not a cheap city and many hotels can be quite expensive if you are on a budget. Also to read more about Dublin, please check out my website by clicking here.

Smithfield – Affordable place in Dublin

Smithfield is an area to the north of River Liffey in Dublin city. I would recommend this part to anyone that is on a budget, this is cheapest Dublin can get! Settled between the dynamic Temple Bar and the huge Phoenix Park, staying in this neighbourhood will give you a perfect insight into the local life. Only a short walk from the city centre, many attractions are close by and just 10 minutes away including the Jameson Distillery!

Some of the recommended hotels: Ashling Hotel, McGettigan’s Townhouse, The Hendrick Smithfield, Generator Dublin.

Temple Bar – Happening place of Dublin

This busy street is the loudest and most happening part of Dublin. If you have researched about Ireland enough then I am sure you must have come across this name a couple of times. One of the most popular places and the centre of Dublin nightlife, it is the best place for all you party animals out there. It is THE place if you are coming to Ireland with some friends and want to indulge yourselves in Irish pubs, good food and some great local music. From quiet cafes and energetic dance floors, Temple Bar does have it all. This is one of the best places to stay in Dublin.

Some of the recommended hotels: Westin Dublin, Abigail’s Hostel, Temple Bar Hotel Dublin, Drury Court Hotel.

Portobello – Vibrant Suburb in Dublin

Portobello is a laidback cosmopolitan suburb of Dublin, perfect for people travelling with kids! One of the most colourful and vibrant neighbourhoods in the city, Portobello has a village vibe to it. It is also jam-packed with pretty cafes and restaurants. It is also known as ‘little Jerusalem’ since many Eastern European Jews took refuge in this part of the city in the late 19th century.

Fun Fact: George Bernard Shaw was born here!

Some of the recommended hotels: Conrad Dublin, Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin, Portobello Hotel.

Phibsborough – Lively place in Dublin

In the north of the city centre, Phibsboroughis one of Dublin’s most charming and coolest neighbourhoods. After undergoing a huge transformation, Phibsborough has become a new trendy spot for the younger population of the city to open cute, pretty shops and café in abandoned buildings. A great balance between urban city life in Victorian architecture. If you want to enjoy Dublin’s nightlife but also want to avoid the busyness, this is where you would want to stay!

Some of the recommended hotels: The Dublin Central Hostel, Maples House Hotel, Hotel 7.

The Docklands – Luxury area of Dublin

This neighbourhood is for my richer audience who like to travel in luxury and are ready to spend. Many times compared to the Silicon Valley in the States, the area has gained the name ‘Silicon Docks’. It is a great area for business travellers since many companies like Facebook and Google have their base here. Even if you do not end up booking a hotel here, just go for the upscale experience of world-class restaurants and modern architecture.

Some of the recommended hotels: The Marker Hotel Dublin, The Davenport Hotel, The Merrion Hotel.

(BONUS) Where not to stay

Generally, Dublin is a very safe place for tourists and travellers but there are some places that you can avoid. Some of these can get a bit unsafe especially when you are travelling alone and are out till late: Thomas Street, Sheriff Street, Talbot Street and Ballyfermot. Other than these Dublin is as safe as any other European city.


Where you stay plays an important part in your trip. You can save a lot of money when you choose a well-located place. Your entire experience can change depending on your area. Tell me where you are planning to stay during your visit or where you stayed while you were here.

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