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This small, friendly hotel almost qualifies as budget for the location. It’s in the thick of the action, sure enough—the shortest of strolls takes you to Trinity College and Grafton Street in one direction, and Temple Bar in the other. Full marks for convenience! Light sleepers beware, however: Dame Street is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city, and it only seems to get noisier every year. (What’s more, there’s a busy bus stop by the little plaza next door.) The friendly staff does its best to ameliorate all this—providing free earplugs to guests, for instance—but an upper-floor room is a must. Bedrooms are compact but cozy, with street views and a neutral, modern decor. A few have decorative stone balconies, or quirky little references to the historical nature of the building, such as a (functioning) faux 1940s-style telephone. The hotel has a lively bar downstairs, but you’re hardly short of options in these parts. An arrangement with a local gym allows you to use its facilities for free, including a pool, sauna, and steam room. Note: Prices plummet by up to two-thirds in the off-season.