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 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 bar and a Parisian style courtyard. If you feel like splurging a little on extras the hotel will provide you with prosecco, chocolate and flowers on arrival or tapas and a casino package for the nearby Fitzwilliam Casino. This is a 4 star package with a difference and with such a central location and fun extras you'll get a top notch experience without breaking the bank.

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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 €27.50pps. Extras such as having your tea made for you and packed sandwiches for early-morning trips show the thoughtful nature of the family and staff running the guesthouse make you feel as if you are in a home away from home.

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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 karaoke nights, movie clubs and live performances and facilities such as a cinema room, self-service Guinness stand and deals with the nearby Jameson Distillery mean that you're well catered for. En-suite rooms that are safe and clean with free wifi, bed linen and towels at excellent prices make this a great spot to pitch up.

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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 do everything to inform you about local amenities and how to make the best of your stay. A great, homemade breakfast included in your stay and scones and fruit salad will help you get your day of sightseeing off to a good start and, most importantly, the pricing is very reasonable.

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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 run by the ever-helpful Terry. Extras such as free parking, orthopedic mattresses and a free Irish coffee if you dine at nearby O'Connell's restaurant there is clearly a lot of attention to detail put into this hotel. The breakfasts here are also homemade and include great muffins and omelettes.

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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 the reception staff will be more than happy to help you plan days out. The interiors are elegant and impressive and the food is of a high standard. Little details such as gluten-free toasters put the Ashling ahead of the game in terms of attention to detail. Deals like the Dublin Shopper deal are from €59pps, not bad for 4 star accomodation.

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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 standards of food and it is included in this year's Bridgestone Guide. It was also voted one of the top 500 hotels in the world for customer service by Expedia Customers, a plaudit only shared with one other 5 star Dublin hotel. With extremely reasonable prices and special offers this is the perfect place to experience top class service at a more realistic price.

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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 close to the RDS and Aviva Stadium which makes it perfect for those travelling for concerts and matches. There is free wifi in the hotel and their website includes some really excellent deals that benefit you for booking directly with them. This is a beautiful hotel in a great location that is very close to the city centre, a deal well worth snapping up.

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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 on continuing your journey around Ireland. The rooms are comfortable and clean and great value for a hotel in such a central location. Bar and restaurant are included on site along with a fitness suite and complimentary wifi. All this and rooms start from just €25pps!

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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 really excellent deals for including a €55pps 'summer delights' deal and extremely reasonable weekend getaway and golding packages. With the Aircoach from Dublin Airport stopping outside its doors you'll get a door to door pick up service at a great rate along with your affordable luxury stay.

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