Dublin bed and breakfasts can be an affordable alternative to expensive boutique and luxury hotels. While these options often have fabulous locations and enticing amenities, it’s worth thinking about how much time you actually plan to spend in your room anyway. If you’re more interested in exploring Dublin’s top attractions, shopping, dining, and museums, then Dublin inns are the perfect choice for you. Also called guesthouses or lodges, a Dublin bed and breakfast inn will usually take a little extra effort to find. This individually owned options can’t afford the advertising that main chain hotels have, but with a little extra effort you will be rewarded with an affordable and cozy bed and breakfast in Dublin Ireland.
One of the best part of Dublin bed and breakfasts is the breakfast. Ireland has its own version of a perfect breakfast, called the full Irish, which consists of eggs, rashers (bacon), sausages, pudding, beans, tomatoes, and brown soda bread. Different Dublin Inns will have variations on this basic recipe for a full Irish breakfast, and many will also offer healthy options and additional items such as fruit, muesli, or yogurt. Some inns will offer coffee, but during your trip, you could make like a Dubliner and ask for breakfast tea with milk.
Another bonus of finding the perfect Dublin bed and breakfast inn is a more residential location. These inns are often located within a fifteen- or twenty-minute walk of the city center, and they offer visitors the chance to live among the local residents. Grabbing lunch at local cafés and saving money by popping into grocery stores or markets is all much more possible when your hotel is located in an area you might otherwise never explore. One fantastic option for Dublin bed and breakfasts is a small historic hotel called The Schoolhouse (pictured). The building was transformed from an old schoolhouse into a small hotel with 31 en suite rooms and a pub. The rooms are all named after Irish writers, and the pub downstairs is a local favorite for happy hour.
If you’re looking for Dublin Inns without a pub attached, one good option is Waterloo House. This seventeen-room bed and breakfast is in the residential neighborhood of Ballsbridge. Rooms range from 40 to 99 euros per night, and breakfast is included. A sunny dining room is a very pleasant way to begin each day in Dublin. Other affordable Dublin bed and breakfasts throughout the city include Donnybrook Lodge, Harvey’s Guesthouse, Kilronan Guesthouse, and Othello Guesthouse.
The perfect Dublin bed and breakfast inn will also help you to navigate the city. Dubliners are proud of their city, and the owners of inns are known to have excellent recommendations for attractions and restaurants for their guests. From the best places to get a pint of Guinness to where to find live music, your best source for up-to-date inside information will be the owner of your bed and breakfast. These local secrets are well-worth a few extra minutes of walking into the center of the city.