Dublin cheap hotels can be found, but the Irish capital is an expensive city, and even these will likely set you back a few euros. If you’re looking for seriously cheap accommodation in Dublin, hostels are widely available with beds for as low as 10 euro per night. If on the other hand you’re traveling on a budget but don’t want to share a dorm room with twelve backpackers, then read on for some affordable options throughout the city. Staying at a cheap hotel in Dublin will not only, in most cases, put you in a more local neighborhood, but you will also be supporting local businesses that can’t compete with larger hotels when it comes to advertising.
If you’re looking for Dublin cheap hotels in the three- to four-star range, you will have a wide range of choices throughout the city. Unless you are traveling to Dublin over a major holiday such as St Patrick’s Day or at the same time as a popular sporting event, you shouldn’t have a problem securing a room. A fine Dublin budget hotel with character is The Schoolhouse (pictured), a hotel in a Victorian building with 31 en-suite bedrooms. This charming hotel also has a great restaurant and pub attached, and it is only a ten-minute walk from the center of the city. Located along a picturesque canal, this hotel offers a chance to see a more residential side of Dublin.
Cheap accommodation in Dublin doesn’t have to mean a sacrifice in quality. Waterloo House for example, is a seventeen-bedroom bed and breakfast also in the residential neighborhood of Ballsbridge. It is just a fifteen-minute walk from the center of town, and the nightly price also includes full Irish breakfast in the morning. Depending on the season, rooms range from roughly 40 euros to 99 euros per night for this bed and breakfast. Other options for charming Dublin cheap hotels include Donnybrook Lodge, Harvey’s Guesthouse, Kilronan Guesthouse, and Othello Guesthouse.
While these options for cheap accommodation in Dublin offer low prices, they are all individually owned and sometimes can’t compete with chain hotels that can offer package deals for weekends or extended stays. Bewleys Hotels, for example, offer a few locations throughout the city, and sometimes have seasonal packages that make this cheap hotel in Dublin a very attractive choice. Similarly, the D4 hotels in the neighborhood of Ballsbridge offers affordable accommodation in a leafy residential area, with great access to the DART train and other transportation to the city center.
A cheap hotel in Dublin is a relative term, as the capital city of Ireland will have some of the most expensive hotel rooms in the entire country. If you’re looking for affordable accommodation, avoid peak periods such as the summer months of July and August, and around Christmas and New Year’s. Don’t be surprised to see prices spike for sports matches, holidays, and other festivals. If you want to stay close to the city center for a reasonable price, it is best to plan as far ahead as you can and this should secure you an affordable room at a guesthouse, B&B, or small hotel in Dublin.