South City Travel and Hotel Guide

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If you are looking at hotels in Dublin, then this is the area that you will probably stay in. In reality, there is very little difference (or distance) between the north or southside of the river as long as you are in the centre (except hotels on the north side are a little less expensive !) However, it is without doubt, the most popular area for visitors to Dublin. It includes Temple Bar but also Grafton Street, Trinity College (Book of Kells), St Stephen's Green and the National Concert Hall. In addition there are beautiful Georgian Squares, traditional & modern pubs, great shopping and lots to see and do.

Within the south side, Temple Bar is the most popular district. It is noisy, more expensive and terribly over-rated. If you confine yourself to Temple Bar, you are likely to miss out on much of what Dublin has to offer. Despite this, we do recognise it's popularity and have dedicated a complete section of the site to hotels in Temple Bar!

Outside Temple Bar, there is a good range of hotels but they are still not cheap and finding accommodation at weekends or during during peak periods can be difficult. For good hotels, you should budget for about Euro 75.00 to Euro 90.00 per person sharing if you are coming at the weekend.

Good mid range options would include the Trinity Capital Hotel & Grafton Capital Hotel both of which offer quality accommodation in a contemporary modern setting. The Grafton Capital is just off Grafton Street behind the Stephens Green Shopping Centre whilst the Trinity Capital is about two minutes walk from the front entrance to Trinity College. Owned by Capital Bars PLC, both of these hotels have the added benefit that your "room card" gives you free admission to many of Dublin's top bars & nightclubs!

Buswells Hotel is a 4 Star hotel opposite Leinster House . It is a perfect location being within 5 minutes walk from Grafton St., Stephens Green & Trinity College.
Moving to the Luxury Sector, there is an excellent choice including the Clarence and the Fitzwilliam.

Dublin's premier luxury/ executive class hotel is The Merrion. Situated just between St. Stephen's Green and Merrion Square, the Merrion is also located opposite our parliament, The Dail, it represents the ultimate in terms of elegance, luxury and quality.


On Sunday's, local artists display & market their wares along the railings of Merrion Square.

Also at Merrion Square are the O'Callaghan Davenport & the O'Callaghan Alexander hotels. These two properties, together with their sister hotel, The O'Callaghan Stephens Green Hotel are the best options in terms of getting a good deal in a luxury hotel if you are coming at the weekend. Catering mainly for the executive market, they often have availability at weekends. Sensibly enough, they realise that most of us, when paying for ourselves cannot afford the same prices that seem so very reasonable when the company is paying. The standard rates at each of these are Euro 200.00 + Breakfast & 12.5% Service. At weekends, their specials run from Euro 160.00 to Euro 200.00 INCL Breakfast & Service and are excellent value for money.

Between the Davenport & the Alexander is The Gingerman Pub. Pints are good & snacks inexpensive!

On Harcourt Street is the Harcourt Hotel. Its a three star hotel just off St.Stephens Green. The hotel has a Georgian facade and was once the home of George Bernard Shaw. Rates begin midweek Euros 59.00 to weekends Euros 140.00 for a twin/double. Triples are also available.

Also on Harcourt Street you will find the Jackson Court Hotel. This elegantly styled georgian building, hotel has a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere. It is also home to one of Dublins top late night drinking bars, 'Copperface Jacks'. Because of its lively repuation, we would recommend this hotel to our younger clientele.

Another hotel worth considering is the Holiday Inn Hotel. Recently taken over , the new owners have made a considerable investment in the property. The attention to detail, the decor and the finish in the rooms is top class. It has a good location close to Trinity College and is under 10 minutes walk from Temple Bar. At the moment, we are getting excellent rates for mid-week stays and for long weekends. If you are only coming for a Friday/Saturday stay, it can work out expensive but still good value for this hotel.

The Camden Street area is a thriving locality right in the centre of Dublin, within a few minutes walk of St. Stephens Green, Grafton Street & Temple Bar. Here you'll find the Camden Court Hotel where you'll be well looked after. Just step outside for intimate restaurants and small shops that line the streets, it is popular with tourists and locals alike.

Located only a few minutes from all the cities attractions including Trinity College Temple Bar and St. Stephen's Green is the Drury Court Hotel, guests will love the large luxurious bedrooms which are all decorated in a contempory fashion.

Overlooking the St. Stephens Green, the historic georgian townhouse hotel that is Stauntons on the Green is located in one of the most best known and most beautiful parts of Dublin. Close to museums, art galleries, and Grafton Street it's a great place to stay!

In the heart of Georgian Dublin in Merrion Square is the O'Callaghan Mont Clare where you're guaranteed a warm welcome. Only walking distance away is Grafton Street and St. Stephen's Green, the hotel is also adjacent to Trinity College, the National Gallery, Natural History Museum and the Irish Parliment.

The Hilton Dublin Hotel overlooks Dublin's Grand Canal on Charlemount Place, and is only five minutes walk from the bustling St. Stephens Green. The hotel provides guests with state of the art communications facilities and is ideally suited to both the business and leisure traveller.

Adjacent to the beautiful Christ Church and situated on the site of the first performance of Handel's messiah, The George Frederic Handel lives up to its name and the musical theme is echoed throughout. The modern traveller will enjoy all the facilities at the hotel including a range of corporate facilities.

The elegant Westin Hotel occupies a city block opposite Trinity College right in the heart of the city and many of the rooms boast excellent views of landmark Dublin architecture such as Trinity College and the Bank of Ireland.

Right next to Grafton Street is the Mercer Court where guests can choose between nightly B&B rooms, and weekly self catering apartments. Open each year from mid June to late September, it is the ideal location for those visiting Dublin City Centre and is in close proximity to many of Dublin's bars, restaurants and visitor attractions.

Located in the heart of Dublin's city centre is Clarion Stephen's Hall Hotel and Suites. The hotel offers well appointed rooms and features All-Suite accommodation. A short walk across St. Stephen's Green will bring you to Grafton Street, Dublin's premier shopping area.

Brownes Townhouse is Dublin's most exquisite boutique hotel and is themed on a grand country house but located in the heart of the city centre. On offer at Brownes is a number of fabulous en suite rooms and suites while still providing its guests with relatively good value for money.

Located in Dublin's city centre, the Hibernian Hotel is a paradise for comfort. Guests can enjoy the pleasures of the hotels drawing room, sun lounge & library for afternoon coffees to drinks in the evening. This property is a previous winner of the a yearly world-wide award 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World'.

Situated opposite the beautiful Trinity College and just a minutes walk from The Mansion House and Government Buildings, the Earl of Kildare Hotel is a fine example of the Georgian architecture for which Dublin is synonymous. The hotel is located just as short stroll from Grafton Street, The National Gallery, the Natural History Museum, Government Buildings, and many other attractions besides.

Located in the heart of Georgian Dublin is the Harrington Hall, which is perfect for the business and leisure traveller alike to enjoy the surrounding galleries, museums, cathedrals, theatres, fashionable shopping streets, restaurants and pubs.

If you're looking for a quiet haven the three-star Longfields Hotel is perfect for you. Located on Fitzwilliam Street, linking Dublin's great historic squares this is a charming and intimate Hotel. Longfields is an ideal base to explore the city from, fashionable shopping streets, restaurants and bars are only a short stroll away.

Situated just minutes from St. Stephens Green and the exclusive Grafton Street is the superior three star Georgian property, the Russell Court Hotel. The hotel is situated on Harcourt Street which is just a five minute stroll from The National Gallery, Government Buildings and The Natural History Museum. The International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) is just a fifteen Minute stroll away.

Located in the heart of Dublin City, the Brooks Hotel is just a short walk to all of Dublin's sights and attractions including Trinity College, Grafton Street, Government buildings and Dublin Castle. This designer boutique hotel pays great attention to detail and personal service. Secure car parking is available directly opposite the hotel.

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