Homely Guesthouses Or Cut-Rate Hotels Make For The Best Budget Stays

There are times when the overall trip is more important than where you lay your head and the price of hotels can be a serious worry for those on a budget. For some a hotel is nothing more than a bed to fall into after a long day of sightseeing and other tourist activities and as a result they have no interest in paying top dollar for a place they won't see much of.

The balancing act lies in arranging affordable accommodation that is well located and eschews the Fawlty Towers-style hotel. In Dublin hotel prices have become far more competitive since the recession and you can now get rooms in some great hotels while on a budget. This list will reflect a mixture of great hotels that are offering excellent deals on their rooms and hotels that are well located and basic but offer great prices.

Nobody likes to feel ripped off or hard done by when it comes to hotel rooms and whether you're just looking for four walls to collapse in for a few hours, or a room where you don't feel you've paid over the odds then hopefully these should live up to your expectations. 

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The Morgan


The Morgan is an impressively centrally located hotel that has excellent rates considering its stylish and boutique nature. At around €45pps when you book in advance and a wealth of top-quality, high class facilities such as a spa, cocktail...  Read More

Gate Lodge Guesthouse


The Gate Lodge is convenient to the Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo Heuston Station, The Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The hosts are helpful and kind and the guesthouse offers amazing mid-week stay deals at...  Read More



The Generator is part of a chain of European hostels that pride themselves on good prices, a buzzing atmosphere and the Dublin branch has just been voted number 1. hostel in Dublin on TripAdvisor. The parties and events thrown on site include...  Read More

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Azalea Lodge


Located not far from the airport and about a fifteen minute drive from the city centre, Azalea Lodge in Drumcondra is run by husband and wife duo Bernadette and Padraig. Frequent buses to the city centre make the commute easy and your hosts will...  Read More

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Donnybrook Hall


The Donnybrook Hall Hotel is located in one of Dublin's nicest suburbs and has recently enjoyed €80,000 worth of renovations. Like Ariel House and many other buildings typical of the area the building is a Victorian Period townhouse and family...  Read More

Ashling Hotel Dublin


The Ashling Hotel is conveniently located beside Heuston Station and the Phoenix Park making it extremely easy to reach by bus from the airport. The Luas tram service runs from nearby to take you straight into the action in the city centre and...  Read More

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Ariel House


Ariel House is something of a hidden gem. Located near to the Aviva Stadium in a quiet, leafy suburb that is only fifteen minutes outside of the city centre Ariel House is famed not only for the beautiful Victorian building but also for its high...  Read More

Bewleys Hotel Ballsbridge Dublin


Bewley's has a lot going for it and also features in the luxury hotels list because of its beautiful surroundings and nice interiors. Situated in leafy Ballsbridge and including a beautiful restored 19th century masonic school hall, Bewley's is...  Read More

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Cassidys Hotel


Cassidy's Hotel's main selling point is its excellent location - just removed from the top of O'Connell Street. Not only are you on the doorstep of all the sights it's also convenient to Connelly Station and the Busaras Depot if you're planning...  Read More

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road


The Burlington is a luxury 4 star hotel that's located just a ten minute walk from St. Stephen's Green and Dublin's main shopping district. Its services include a beautiful ballroom, bellini bar and conference centre and they feature a range of...  Read More


Meet Emily Carson

Emily grew up in Dublin, and studied French and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. During her university years, she lived in both Scotland and France, but traveled around Europe...  More About Emily