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Best cheap hotels in Dublin, Ireland
Photograph: David Cantwell, courtesy Grand Canal Hotel Dublin

The best cheap hotels in Dublin

Travelling on a budget? Find the best bang for your buck with our guide to the best cheap hotels in Dublin.

Written by
Yvonne Gordon
Danielle Goldstein
Camila Karalyte

The city of Dublin and its immediate surroundings have a good selection of hotels to suit all types of taste and budget. But Dublin is a popular city, and healthy demand at peak times – especially for high season, festivals, concerts and events – can mean prices go up and room availability goes down.

We’ve picked our favourite of the hotels in the city which are on the cheaper end of the scale but are a step up from budget hostels – and still within a short distance to the city's top attractions, restaurants and museums. Here's our pick of the best hotels in Dublin. Thank us later.

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every hotel featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

Best cheap hotels in Dublin

Blooms Hotel
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1. Blooms Hotel

Blooms Hotel is in a bustling area full of bohemian shops, restaurants and pubs (so light sleepers take note). Rooms at Blooms are comfortable, with all the usual mod cons, including TVs, free wifi, in-room safes and tea and coffee-making facilities. You’ll want to explore the local area, of course, but should you wish to stay close to home, there’s nightly music in the hotel’s Vathouse Bar, or you can take a cocktail class at the in-house nightclub, Club M, or check out the foot-tapping live traditional music sessions just steps away at The Oliver St John Gogarty bar.

The mood? Party stay.
Location perks? Slap bang in the centre of Dublin's lively Temple Bar district.
Budget range? Tipping the higher end of affordable.

Dublin One

2. Dublin One

Set along the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, the Hilton Garden Inn offers convenience, free wifi, laptop safe and, if you need to get some work done, there’s a workspace complete with ergonomic chair, plus a mini fridge and widescreen TV. The hotel has a well-equipped fitness centre and an Oly’s bar and restaurant. Extra amenities include a business centre, coin laundry, electric car charging stations and an onsite convenience store.

The mood? Artsy warehouse vibes.
Location perks? It's beside the IFSC and handy for events and concerts at the 3Arena as well as the Epic Museum.
Budget range? Affordable if you're not fussy on dates.

Grand Canal Hotel
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3. Grand Canal Hotel

Décor at this central hotel is cosy and rooms come with a Lavazza coffee machine, complimentary mineral water, and Orla Kiely toiletries. The fitness centre has a huge array of equipment and craft beer enthusiasts should drop into the Gasworks bar (run by Galway Bay Brewery) for brews and eats.

The mood? Bright and airy.
Location perks? It's a short stroll from the city centre, so ideal for sports events and concerts (though prices can peak during these times) at the Aviva Stadium.
Budget range? Top of affordable.

Harcourt Hotel
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4. Harcourt Hotel

The Harcourt Hotel is in a series of elegant Georgian Buildings in an area that comes alive at night – the hotel is home to two nightclub and light sleepers should take note that the hotel has an all-weather beer garden that's responsible for some late-night noise. Rooms are well-appointed, with TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and family rooms can sleep up to five. Best of all, pop into the nearby Iveagh Garden for a daytime stroll and to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

The mood? Suave tones.
Location perks? Just a few minutes’ walk from St Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street, and right beside the Luas tram line.
Budget range? Off-season is very reasonable.

Leonardo Hotel Dublin Parnell Street
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5. Leonardo Hotel Dublin Parnell Street

The Parnell Street Leonardo hotel is close to the shopping areas of Henry Street and the Ilac Mall, as well as the stadium at Croke Park for concerts and sporting events. Basic rooms have the usual mod cons with flat screen TVs and free wifi, plus guests have access to a fitness area with treadmill, cross-trainer and weights on the second floor plus a spacious bar and restaurant—though the location is so central, you may choose to eat out in the city.

The mood? Homely.
Location perks? Easy access to the main thoroughfare of O’Connell Street.
Budget range? Good value.

Maldron Hotel Parnell Square
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6. Maldron Hotel Parnell Square

This hotel is ideally located for north city access; with O’Connell Street, Henry Street plus Croke Park stadium just a few minutes’ walk away. Rooms are simple but well-appointed, with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, TV, bath and power shower, with triple and family rooms also available. There are plenty of options for eating and drinking in the area but the hotel also has a bar and restaurant.

Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
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7. Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge

The Clayton is a four-star hotel set in an old Victorian building and rooms range from deluxe to family rooms and suites. Amenities include a king-sized bed, TV, free wifi, tea and coffee-making facilities. The hotel has landscaped gardens, plus a spacious bar and both a formal restaurant and the more informal Tom’s Bar for dining. The hotel is adjacent to the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) and just a few minutes from the Aviva Stadium, for concerts and sporting events. The direct airport bus, the Aircoach, stops directly outside the hotel.

The mood? Grand manor.
Location perks? A leafy suburb just a few minutes by taxi, bus or light rail from the city centre.
Budget range? Surprisingly affordable, albeit the top end of most modest budgets.

Pembroke Hall

8. Pembroke Hall

This pretty little guest house sits on the southeast side of the city, but you can easily get into the centre by walking (40 minutes) or via a half-hour bus. The rooms are beautifully dressed, with tea and coffee making facilities and Orla Kiely toiletries. There's also a tennis court onsite.

The mood? Chic country house.
Location perks? Take a trip to Sandymount Beach, it's less than a ten-minute drive away.
Budget range? Affordable.

Dublin on a budget

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