At the midpoint of Ireland's east coast lies the capital city of Dublin, steeped in ancient Norse history and culture but with a modernly dynamic vibe. Dublin hotels and lodgings of all sorts, from luxurious rooms in castles to stately Georgian- and Victorian-era guesthouses, are found throughout the city. Most are located in City South and City North—two areas separated from the River Liffey—footsteps from Trinity College, Dublin Palace, and historic and modern art museums. For those looking for Dublin cheap hotels and rooms, a bevy of hostels near Temple Bar don't sacrifice style and substance for a lower price tag.
A City of Tradition
No matter where you stay in Dublin, its manageable size means nothing is far away from your Dublin hotel. Bus, boat, and walking tours—many arranged right from your hotel in Dublin—will show you the very best of the city, from 1,000-year-old remnants of the Viking era to the Guinness Brewery and Old Jameson Distillery in the western portion of the city. And when night falls, pop into one of the hundreds of pubs and dive into a plate of traditional Irish stew with a pint of locally-brewed stout while reveling in traditional Irish music.
A great way to see another side of the city from your Dublin hotel is in the footsteps of its literary giants and their ongoing legacy. Start at the Dublin Writers Museum in North City center where you can view the books, letters, portraits and personal items of Swift and Sheridan, Shaw and Wilde, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett. Then head over to James Joyce Tower eight miles south of the city before taking a tour of Trinity College at Dublin's center, where the 1,200 year-old Book of Kells is housed, a fitting icon for a city so steeped in literary greatness.