Dublin Ireland is a top destination for travelers who’d love to get a tasty slice of the Irish culture – thanks to its vibrant pub scene and nightlife, tasty brews, fun, and friendly locals, historic landmarks. With all these amazing culture-trip opportunities considered, it’s not surprising to know that Dublin is a fairly expensive city to visit.
Luckily, budget travelers can spend their precious travel money on where it matters (food, drinks, tours) by cutting down on the costs of accommodation. Dublin is home to cheap lodging options that are perfect for backpackers, students, frugal parents, and other travelers on a budget. And besides, who needs a luxurious, expensive hotel room if you’ve got an amazing city to spend most of your waking hours in?
If all you need is a decent room to lodge in at the end of the day or after your happy, beer-filled pub adventure, here are 5 cheap accommodations to find in Dublin.
1. Budget Hotels
If you’re on a budget but you still want to get that sense of luxury, comfort, and convenience hotels have, then narrow down your search to budget hotels. You can find a cheap hotel in Dublin that can go for as low as € 59 ($ 69.7) per night for two adults.
Hotels will give you modern, tastefully adorned bedrooms with Wi-Fi, private bathrooms, full Irish breakfasts, and other simple freebies like newspapers and refreshments. You’ll also have access to luxe amenities like swimming pools, gardens, fitness centers, and an in-house restaurant. Lastly, they’re more likely to be located a couple of minutes’ walk away from top-rated attractions.
If you’re a backpacker who doesn’t really care about sharing a room with fellow travelers, then hostels are your best bet.
You can score a hostel rate of $ 20-30/night (€17-25) if you’re okay to sleep in a bed in a shared dorm room. You’ll also have the option of staying in a more expensive private room, but the rates are still generally lower than a standard hotel room. Hostels generally have free wi-fi, communal areas like a TV lounge, and a self-catering kitchen.
And just in case you’re unaware, hostels nowadays have evolved into looking like a dull dorm with old bunk beds room into a charming hotel alternative with a major advantage: an opportunity to turn strangers into friends. They’re a great way to meet young travelers looking to party just like you.
3. Self-catering Apartments/ Aparthotels or Serviced Apartments
Traveling as a family or group? Need a bigger space for longer stays? You might want to consider apartments. Compared to hotels and hostels, apartments offer a more spacious unit that’s furnished with homey details. Apartments come with not just a bedroom but a living space, dining space, and a kitchenette too.
You can choose from self-catering apartments and serviced apartments or aparthotels. As its term suggests, the latter is an apartment + hotel fusion, combining the homey vibe and large square footage of apartments and the luxury of hotels (24/7 front desk, room service, amenities).
4. Guesthouses / BnBs/ Cottage
Looking for a type of accommodation that feels close to home? Dublin has a couple of guesthouses and bed and breakfasts, which are smaller lodgings usually located in residential areas. They’re charming and homey — a perfect type of lodging for travelers who’d want to feel more like a local than a tourist. Breakfast is included in the rate, and they’re often hearty and delicious.
5. Student Accommodation
Dublin has a vast student population. The city is, in fact, home to the most prestigious university in Ireland: The Trinity College. That said, there is a lot of budget-friendly student accommodation to choose from.
Student accommodation offers basic accommodation for students and leisure travelers alike. Aside from comfortable rooms, they come with a 24-hour front desk, free wi-fi, wardrobe and desk space, and a shared kitchen. You can find properties that serve a full English breakfast daily. These properties are also within proximity to top-rated attractions like parks, museums, restaurants and bars, and other places of interest.
Other tips to score the cheapest accommodation in Dublin:
- Travel in the shoulder season and avoid the major holidays and summer season
- Stay mid-week too.
- Explore your lodging options
- There are universally accepted travel rules you need to break to get the cheapest accommodation.
- Extended stays? Book a property with a kitchenette for more savings in the long run.
- Use third-party booking sites or hotel comparison sites for searching, comparing, and booking properties
- See if you can use credit card rewards to your advantage
- Sign up for various hotel loyalty programs or hotel credit cards, collect hotel points, and redeem them for free nights at hotels.
- Be strategic about your location. It’s more pay a little for lodging in a central area or somewhere that’s slightly outside of the city (which is close to local attractions, airports, terminals, restaurants, etc) than stay in the outskirts of town and hail an expensive cab.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a passionate travel blogger who dreams of managing her very own hotel. This free-spirited damsel loves to share her insights about travel, lifestyle, personal finance, and business. To know more about hotels and travel blogs, you may visit Aspect Hotel Park West Dublin.