9 Best Budget Hotels in Dublin City Centre – Cheap Hotel Guide

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If you’re planning a trip to Dublin in Ireland, and you’re worried about affordable hotel prices, this is the right article for you. While Dublin hotels are expensive in general, there are still quite a few budget-friendly hotels that you can count on.

You might already know that hotel prices in Ireland have increased a lot in the past few years, particularly during the peak season. Lack of supply plus increased demand equals high prices. If you’ve already started research for your upcoming trip, you might be seeing rates are much higher than you hoped. In July 2024, for an average mid-range Dublin city hotel, expect to pay €250-350 per room per night (room only, two adults) excluding breakfast.

You’re unlikely to find the bargain deals you can get in some other parts of Europe like Poland or Czechia, but you can still find some reasonable hotel prices in Dublin.

This article is based on booking one weekday night for two people in May. This is shoulder season, when the weather is pretty decent but the high season prices haven’t kicked in yet. This will give us an idea of mid-market prices, meaning low season will be a little cheaper and high season will be a lot dearer. My list of the best budget-friendly hotels and cheap hostels in Dublin ranges between €63 and €200 EUR per night (includes taxes). The list includes only private rooms with an en suite bathroom.

How to find cheap hotels in Dublin

Cheap hotel prices in Dublin vary significantly depending on the time of year or during major events like big concert weekends. If you’re planning ahead, try to be as flexible with your schedule. When you search for “cheap hotels in Dublin” or “affordable rooms in Dublin”, be open to travelling at cheaper times. Plus, if your itinerary includes other destinations in Ireland or Europe, schedule the Dublin part of your visit at a quieter time of the week (not weekends).

Like other busy European cities, rates for hotels differ between low season, high season and shoulder season (the times in between). Even cheaper Dublin hotels can become expensive in high season, when demand outstrips supply and you may struggle to find the quality or the price point that you want. The rates in this article are based on typical early Summer prices, and show a publicly available room rate suitable for 1-2 people. You might find prices a little lower at even quieter times, but the mid-Summer peak rates will be higher.

Research, research, research. Use accommodation search tools like Tripadvisor or Expedia to search for the best cheap hotels in Dublin. When I use them, I set the filters for a max price and any amenities I want (like a gym or parking), and start to narrow my options from there.

Best time to book a cheap hotel in Dublin

It’s hard to advise you on when to go ahead and book the best value hotel in Dublin, because we all want to believe that waiting until the last minute might get us a bit of a deal. That sometimes happens, but with the pressure on the Dublin hotel market right now, it’s extremely rare to get a last minute deal.

Once you have a rough idea of your itinerary for a Dublin visit or an Ireland visit, start your hotel search. Getting an idea of the prices will help shape how many days you stay in Dublin and will help you to establish what a good deal really is when you see it. Remember, if you’re booking a budget hotel, you’re unlikely to get a 5-star hotel in the city centre, but you can get a high-quality 4-star hotel just beyond the city centre for a decent price. Start your search with a realistic expectation of the value your money will buy.

9 Best Budget Hotels in Dublin

DUBLIN ONE Hotel

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Dublin One Hotel
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To City: 10m

To Airport: 15m

Restaurant in hotel

Bar in hotel

No gym or spa

Location

Dublin One Hotel is on the North Circular Road in Dublin, a little North of the city centre, but still only a 15 minute walk to major transport hubs like Connolly Station or O’Connell Street. Expect to find independent coffee shops and places to eat within a short walk, plus live music nearby.

Rooms

Dublin One Hotel offers smaller “cosy” rooms through to larger family rooms and suites. They have some accessible rooms too. For budget bookers, look for the cosy twin room or the cosy double room for the best value.

Food & Drink

Dublin One Hotel has an in-house restaurant called Botanical. It serves two audiences, really. On one side, it has a Coffee Bar offering artisanal coffees with pastries and lighter snacks. On the other, there’s a still-casual but more comprehensive lunch and dinner offering, served alongside cocktails, wines and beers. Dublin One also partners with the Big Tree pub which is next door for some traditional Irish pub vibes!

Things to Do

Dublin One Hotel is well-positioned for big events locally – particularly Gaelic Games at Croke Park (also a major music venue), football at Bohemian Football Club and the village atmosphere of Phibsborough. If you like to walk, an evening at the Abbey Theatre, one of the most important and historical theatres in Ireland, is a must. You’ll find plenty of pubs near the Dublin One Hotel, if you’d like to experience some traditional Irish vibes. Some will have traditional or modern live music, most likely at the weekends. Plus check out the National Botonic Gardens at Glasnevin, a short 3km drive away from the hotel.

Insider Tips

  • Bottomless Brunch – available on certain weekends at Botanical for around €35 per adult.
  • The area is great for walkers and close enough to public transport into the city centre too.
  • Rooms are smaller, but well-stocked with sockets and energy-efficient features.
  • The cosy rooms are great for solo travellers and couples. Go for a bigger room for family groups.
  • Welcoming to LGBTQ+ travellers.
  • No fitness options in-house – nearest gym is Better Body Gym c. 10m walk.
  • Lots of food options nearby, but you might want to go into the city for ‘fancier’ options.
Interior of Dublin One Hotel

Free high-speed internet (wifi)

24-hour front desk

Air conditioning

Desk

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Sandymount Hotel

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Sandymount Hotel
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To City: 10m

To Airport: 20m

Restaurant in hotel

Bar in hotel

Gym in hotel

Location

Situated in a really great South Dublin location beside the Aviva Stadium (rugby, concerts) and close to the city centre via public transport for all the excursions you want to enjoy, the Sandymount Hotel is a solid 4-star option that still comes in around budget. Look away from the stadium and towards the sea, and you’ll find a charming place for quiet walks or a jog along Dublin Bay.

Rooms

Wide range of classic rooms from double, twin, triple, and double plus single. Choose a classic double or twin to get the best value. Family rooms and a deluxe room are also available. Expect comfortable beds, ensuite with products, large TVs, tea/coffee facilities with biscuits and free bottled water.

Food & Drink

The Sandymount Hotel has two main food venues: Whitty’s Restaurant and the Line Out bar. Breakfast is served in Whitty’s as well as an all-day menu with classic options from burgers to chicken and fish and chips. A full bar as well as lunch and dinner options is on offer in the Line Out Bar.

Things to Do

Sandymount Strand is a destination in its own right and is a short walk from the Sandymount Hotel. If it’s breezy, you might catch some local kids out with kites and it’s a cool spot for photographs. The village itself is dotted with quaint shops, independent cafes and pubs for quiet lunches or noisier pints on Match Days! Leave your car and take the bus or DART into the South City Centre for shopping, excursions and tours. The vibe here is coastal walks but close to the city.

Walk across to Ballsbridge, the ’embassy belt’ of Dublin and take a long walk through Herbert Park which has a lovely pond and tennis courts. If you’re lucky, you might be around the Aviva Stadium for a match or concert. However, you will find that the prices at the Sandymount Hotel will soar at those times.

Insider Tips

  • Self-driving? Take the Dublin Port Tunnel and East Link bridge to bypass busy city centre traffic and get straight to the Sandymount Hotel.
  • Perfect for couples or solo travellers.
  • Endless list of local cafes and bars for leisurely mornings.
  • The breakfast is highly rated and is served buffet-style.
Interior of Sandymount Hotel

Free wifi

Generous amenities in-room

Great location for walkers

Variety of room types

Established family hotel

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Holiday Inn Express

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Holiday Inn Express in Dublin
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To City: 5m

To Airport: 20m

Restaurant in hotel

Bar in hotel

No gym

Location

Right at the centre of the city on O’Connell Street Upper / Parnell Street, the Holiday Inn Express is well-positioned for forays around the city on excursions, tours or self-organised trips. Three minutes walk away is one of Dublin’s best shopping streets, Henry Street. Pretty much anything in the centre city is within a 5-15m walk, from the Spire Monument on O’Connell Street to the bars and restaurants in Temple Bar. You can catch the Luas light rail from outside the hotel.

Rooms

The majority of the 198 rooms are standard doubles, but you’ll also find accessible rooms, some rooms with sofas and more expensive doubles with city views. Expect comfortable but simple rooms, with a big TV, iron, free wi-fi and tea/coffee facilities. Generally highly rated.

Food & Drink

Breakfast is included in all room rates. Expect pastries, cereal, scrambled eggs, sausages and toast. The small cafe inside the hotel goes on to serve coffee or alcohol options throughout the day.

As the hotel is so close to the city centre, you have a plethora of food and drink options literally on your doorstep. One of Ireland’s best restaurants is almost next door – Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen has two Michelin stars offering stunning modern cuisine. But there’s options at every budget, including when we’re watching the overall cost, including some very interesting international foods on Parnell Street.

Things to Do

Start your local tour of Dublin at the historic GPO (General Post Office) on O’Connell Street, the site of the 1916 Easter Rising and now both an actual post office and an exhibition space detailing its history. Stroll down Henry Street, stop off at Arnott’s department store and head onwards to Moore Street Market, one of Dublin’s oldest markets, for a lively atmosphere with familiar Dublin accents. From there, head to the Ha’Penny Bridge over the River Liffey, the gateway to the Template Bar area. The bridge is a great place for photographs.

Back near the hotel is the prestigious Gate Theatre, which launched many acting careers and is the home of some fantastic Irish and international plays.

Insider Tips

  • The Aircoach from Dublin Airport stops close to the hotel.
  • Take the Luas light rail across from the hotel to some popular parts of the city, and then walk back.
  • This part of Dublin is great for walking to/from the city centre, although parking is nearby.
  • Good options here for family rooms or interconnecting rooms.
Typical room at Holiday Inn Express

Air conditioning

Free high speed internet

Free breakfast

Excellent location

Simple comfortable rooms

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Dublin Skylon Hotel

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Exterior of Skylon Hotel
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To City: 20m

To Airport: 20m

Restaurant in hotel

Bar in hotel

No gym or spa

Location

Strategically positioned halfway between Dublin Airport and Dublin City Centre, the Dublin Skylon Hotel is all about the convenience. The hotel is on the main route into the city from the airport, meaning getting here by bus is a breeze, and just 10 minutes drive (or taxi). For walkers, you can reach some landmarks within 15-20 minutes, including Glasnevin Cemetery, the National Botanic Gardens, Croke Park and Dublin City University (DC) in just 10 minutes.

Rooms

Room types on offer include single rooms, regular double or twin rooms, larger king and executive rooms and a small number of family rooms. Look for single room prices, or regular doubles to keep the budget low. Beds are by Respa and in-room amenities by Rituals.

Food & Drink

Food and drink options at the Dublin Skylon Hotel circle around the Skylon Bar & Grill. This is where a continental or “full Irish” breakfast is served. Lunches feature sandwiches, salads and some hot food options, and dinner options are familiar crowd pleasers. There’s a full bar available as well. Watch out for live music on the last Saturday of every month.

Things to Do

While there’s no fitness room or spa on site, walkers will be happy with the routes available from the Dublin Skylon. It’s worth visiting Glasnevin Cemetery or the National Botanic Gardens for day trips. People intending to visit DCU (the nearby university) can reach it on foot within 10 minutes.

This hotel is the kind of place to be based while you go do things elsewhere in Dublin, rather than being a resort destination in its own right. If you’re driving, the key thing here is proximity to M50 ring road, which will get you on the right track to explore further afield. Personally, I’d take one of the buses that pass outside the hotel all day right into the city centre and use the Skylon as a base.

Insider Tips

  • Check out the afternoon tea option served in the Skylon Bar & Grill or have a coffee or cocktail in the Skylon Lobby.
  • Leave your car in the car park and take the bus into the city centre, it’s much less expensive than parking in the city.
  • Unless you want to dine in the hotel, eat while you’re on your day trip to keep the budget under control.
Interior of room at Skylon Hotel

Free fibre optic internet (wifi)

Parking for an extra fee (€10 a day)

Proximity to airport, city, major routes

Desk and safe in every room

24 hour front desk

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Travelodge Hotel Rathmines

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Exterior of Travelodge Rathmines
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To City: 10m

To Airport: 30m

Food nearby

Bars nearby

No gym

Location

Rathmines is a good choice as a busy, but quaint suburb to be based for a Dublin visit. The architecture has some traditional charm and Rathmines has plenty of shops, independent coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. Conveniently located just a short bus ride from the city centre (walkable), Rathmines is ideal for those who want to explore Dublin’s main attractions from a slightly more relaxed neighbourhood.

Rooms

There’s not much choice at the Travelodge Rathmines. Standard rooms have a double bed and ensuite bathroom. Rooms are relatively basic, and are surprisingly quiet given that many of the rooms face on to a busy street.

Food & Drink

There’s a kettle and basic tea/coffee facilities in the room. Expect to have to go out for food and drink, but the good news is that Rathmines has everything from artisanal coffee shops to casual ‘chippers’ and good quality restaurants as well as some very lively bars.

Things to Do

Think of the Travelodge as a budget-priced base for your Dublin experience. You can walk or take the bus to just about everything worth seeing in Dublin city centre. However, there’s reasons to explore Rathmines itself. Enjoy a stroll through picturesque Palmerston Park, or take a picture at Rathmines Library, which is a Carnegie building. I love the Omniplex Cinema, which serves food and (alcoholic) drinks as you enjoy the latest releases in a restored building. The Grand Canal is nearby for a cycle or walk and Ranelagh is the next neighbourhood along to explore independent shops.

Insider Tips

  • Think of the Travelodge as a well-located but basic stop-off.
  • Do: take a walk or cycle in the Rathmines/Ranelagh area.
  • Don’t: expect any amenities at the Travelodge, there are none.
  • This is a great location if you want to party in town and not be too far away from your hotel.
  • Parking is paid: either underground secure carpark or in the multi-storey in Rathmines.
Room at the Travelodge

Basic wi-fi is free ($ for faster)

Tea/Coffee amenities

Vending machine

24 hour front desk

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Premier Inn North Docklands Hotel

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Exterior of Dublin Premier Inn
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To City: 10m

To Airport: 15m

Restaurant in hotel

Bar in hotel

No gym

Location

The Premier Inn North Docklands is in a newer part of Dublin City. It just opened in 2024 and prices are extremely good value for this area! The North Wall Quay area is at the heart of an older Dublin community around Sheriff Street, but also houses the IFSC or financial district of Dublin. Nearby is the Convention Centre Dublin with a unique glass-fronted design, and the 3Arena, Dublin’s main venue for international music. The vibe here is city centre apartments, a decent range of shops and eateries and proximity to the city centre. Great for walks along the River Liffey.

Rooms

Typical Premier Inn rooms, meaning comfy beds and very simple amenities like a kettle and tea/coffee supplies and body wash in the bathrooms. Choose from double, twin, family or accessible rooms. The regular double tends to have the best price.

Food & Drink

Most Premier Inn hotels have a “Thyme Restaurant” which is their venue for breakfast and dinner options. The Premier Inn breakfast is an ‘all you can eat’ fried breakfast. Dinner options include heavier main course staples like meat and vegetables or all-day-breakfast. There’s a lot of alternative choices within walking distance.

Things to Do

If you can get a room at the hotel when there’s a big concert on at the 3Arena, you’ll have the pleasure of being able to walk to the venue. At the same location is a big cinema and lots of shops. It’s a short walk to EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum with its famous statues outside at the quay, as well as the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship. While there’s no gym or spa in this Premier Inn, there are gyms close by at North Wall Quay where you can pay by the visit. The walk to the North or South Inner City is around 20-30 minutes depending on your destination, and just 5 minutes to Connolly Station for trains to the North or to pick up the Luas tram service. Everything within Dublin is right at your fingertips! Cross the pedestrian bridge at 1 North Wall Quay to find yourself at the heart of the Grand Canal Dock area.

Insider Tips

  • If you want to stay here when a concert is on, book as soon as the concert is announced. You’ll get the best value here on non-concert days.
  • The area around North Wall Quay is generally well-lit and busy but I’d take a taxi back from the city centre late at night rather than walk.
  • Good location to return from late night bars and clubs in the city centre, including for LGBTQ+ visitors.
Premier Inn coffee tray

Free basic wifi ($ for speed)

Well-positioned for city exploration

24 hour front desk

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No. 9 Rathgar

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Bedroom at No 9 Rathgar

To City: 15m

To Airport: 35m

Restaurant nearby

Bar nearby

No gym

Location

Rathgar is a rather well-to-do suburb of South Dublin, so choose here for proximity to the city, but the chance to chill out amid the Victorian and Edwardian architecture. It’s still a short hop by bus or longer walk into the city centre from Rathgar’s tree-lined streets and quiet parks. There’s a little less to do here than Rathmines or Sandymount, but the small range of boutiques and cafes are high quality.

Rooms

No. 9 Rathgar is a guesthouse kind of vibe set within a 3-storey Georgian house. The cheapest room is a single room but there’s also a small double, doubles and twin rooms on offer. Note that prices can really jump at popular dates. Expect an ensuite room with free toiletries and a tea/coffee station.

Food & Drink

There is no restaurant or bar at No. 9 Rathgar. All rooms are room only (at least for dates I checked) so no breakfast either. This may explain why prices can be so competitive. Don’t fear, though! Rathgar has plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants or venture to nearby Ranelagh or Rathmines for a wider choice.

Things to Do

Use Rathgar as the jumping off point for visits to Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Grafton Street and St Stephen’s Green. This is also a good place to stay if you’re taking in a show at the Olympia or Gaiety. Wander around Rathgar if you have time, James Joyce once lived here! Bushy Park is good for scenic walking trails and stop off in Rathgar village for a coffee and cake on your way back to the hotel.

Insider Tips

  • On a budget? Bring your own breakfast – there’s a fridge in most rooms.
  • This guesthouse is good value because it’s room only.
  • Rathgar is comparatively quiet, which may suit some people more than others.
  • If you’re flexible, you’ll get a decent nightly rate here.
Fireplace at No 9 Rathgar

Free wifi in every room

Tea/coffee including espresso machine

Fridge in all rooms

Flatscreen TVs with satellite channels

Free toiletries

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Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

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Exterior of Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
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To City: 15m

To Airport: 30m

Restaurant in hotel

Bar in hotel

Gym in hotel

Location

The Clayton Hotel Burlington Hotel is affectionately known as The Burlington or ‘Burlo’ by locals. This is a landmark property on the prestigious Burlington Road in the South City Centre. It’s within walking distance of bars and restaurants, and the city centre is doable on foot or by taking public transport (I rarely recommend driving around the scenic landmark locations in Dublin due to inconvenient and expensive parking).

Rooms

Room types include standard double or twin rooms, king rooms, double with single rooms as well as family rooms. There’s lots of options here, including interconnecting rooms, junior suites and presidential suites. For the best value look for a Standard Double. Expect comfortable rooms with a desk, free wifi, a safe, large TV with Sky Sports, tea/coffee station and blackout curtains.

Food & Drink

As Dublin’s biggest conference hotel, the Clayton Hotel Burlington has plenty of food and drink options on site. Breakfast is a full continental and/or Irish breakfast. The Lobby Lounge offers coffees, pastries and snacks throughout the day. The B Bar has a wide selection of alcoholic and soft drinks as well as a solid daily menu with good salads and excellent steaks.

Nearby highly-rated restaurants include The Little Kitchen, The Sussex and Isabelle’s Restaurant.

Things to Do

Start your exploration of the south city centre at Trinity College, a 15 minute walk away and the historic Book of Kells. Nearby is Grafton Street with a good range of international and local brands as well as some excellent buskers and street performances. A personal favourite stop is the National Gallery of Ireland (free entry) which has an excellent cafe and a wide range of Irish and European Art. If you fancy a drink, head for Temple Bar or, for a quiet walk, head back towards the Burlington via St Stephen’s Green, the green heart of Dublin.

Insider Tips

  • There’s some excellent food options in this part of Dublin, from modern Irish cuisine through to top notch seafood and vegetarian options.
  • The hotel is a little more expensive but is very well priced for the upscale area.
  • Location good for couples, solo travellers and groups
  • The fitness centre is one of the best in my budget hotels in Dublin Guide
Bedroom at the Clayton Hotel

Fresh, modern rooms

Fitness centre on 6th floor

Parking (paid)

Good coffee in the lobby

24 hour front desk

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Garden Lane Backpackers

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Shared space at the hostel
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To City: 10m

To Airport: 30m

Restaurant in hotel

Bar in hotel

Gym in hotel

Location

Garden Lane Backpackers is a new(ish) property at the heart of Dublin 8, slightly to the West of the city centre and near some popular tourist spots such as the Guinness Storehouse. It’s pretty easy to access the city centre via bus or Uber and this is a good location if you’re not using a car.

Rooms

This property is the exception to my rule, in that the only private rooms available, which are twin rooms, use a shared bathroom. However, in the low season, you can get pretty good rates and, if you don’t mind a dormitory, a bed in an 8-bed mixed dorm can go as low as €44 a night in early Summer.

Food & Drink

As a hostel, there’s a shared kitchen if you want to cook for yourself. Nearby there’s a wide range of bars, cafes and restaurants. The Fumbally coffee shop is under 15 minutes, Proof Urban Italian for comforting pizzas is about a 5 minute walk and, when it’s open, a tour of Liberty Market is worth the time.

Things to Do

Dublin 8 is an historic district of Dublin and of course has the Guinness Storehouse at its centre. If you visit, it’s worth having a pint of the famous black stuff in the Gravity Bar which has one of the best elevated views of Dublin. Dublin’s famous Christchurch Cathedral will be on your walking or bus route into the city centre and is worth a visit. Also within a short distance is Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison turned museum that offers a deep dive into Ireland’s past. If you’re into the arts, try out IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) which is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, a 17th Century building.

Insider Tips

  • Many Irish hostels are really good quality, even in dorms, so don’t rule them out if you’re on a strict budget.
  • Dublin 8 is walkable to most parts of the city centre, but lots of bus routes stop nearby.
  • Location good for friend groups, couples, solo.
  • LGBTQ+ travellers will find themselves on the right side of town for the most popular venues.
Comfy seating at the hostel

Twin rooms include bedding & towels

Free breakfast included

Free high-speed internet

Shared kitchen

Central Dublin 8 location

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While Dublin has become increasingly expensive for hotel stays in recent years, there’s still a wide range of accommodation in or near Dublin City Centre that won’t break the bank. There’s so much to see and experience in Dublin and in Ireland. I would rather that you come and visit us here than tie yourself into expensive accommodation that makes your trip unbookable. There’s a budget hotel in Dublin waiting for your booking. Good luck with your planning!

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