Historic Old City & Temple Bar/Trinity College Area
Temple Bar is the youngest, most vibrant niche in a young, vibrant town. Stay here and you’ll be on the doorstep of practically anywhere you’d want to go. That said, it can get very noisy at night, so request a room on a top floor or at the rear of the establishment if you want some shut-eye.
St. Stephen's Green/Grafton Street Area
St. Stephen’s Green may be only a 10-minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Temple Bar and Trinity College, but it’s infinitely calmer and less harried. This is a good area if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet.
Fitzwilliam Square/Merrion Square Area
This elegant Georgian neighborhood feels and looks much like nearby St. Stephen's Green, but its streets are less busy and commercialized, and its hotels marginally less expensive. Fitzwilliam Square and Merrion Square are small parks surrounded by Georgian town houses. Many of the houses are offices for doctors, lawyers, and government agencies.
O'Connell Street Area North of the Liffey
The Northside has some good offerings in the way of hotels. Though in some respects a less sought-after area, it’s still very central and within walking distance of all the major sights and shops. Hotel rates tend to be lower than they are a 5-minute walk away, across the river.
Ballsbridge & the Southern Suburbs
South of the canal, this prestigious Dublin residential neighborhood is coveted for its leafy streets and historic buildings. Half the foreign embassies in Dublin are located in this district. It’s also growing as a hotel quarter—the distance from the city center means that you’ll get much more for your money by staying here. It's a good 20- or 30-minute walk to most sights and shops, however.
North of DublinThe seaside suburb of Skerries is most definitely outside of the city—about 30km (18[bf]1/2 miles) from Temple Bar—but transport links are reasonably good. Of course, those seeking peace and quiet at the end of the day will see this as a selling point.
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