We will have an overnight layover in Dublin in mid-June when flying home from another destination. Our flight arrives at Dublin Sunday at 3:30 PM, and our flight the next day (Monday) leaves at 10:00 AM. We're debating between staying by the airport and staying in the city close to restaurants and some of the sights. We have never been to Ireland, but we might plan a vacation there sometime in the next several years. So, this will be just a "taste" of Dublin.
Tripadvisor reviews of the hotels at the airport don't look great. We don't need an exceptional hotel for just one night, but we want to be able to sleep (quiet room). And it sounds like the hotel airport shuttles might be a hassle - maybe it would be just as easy to take a taxi from a hotel in the city. Either way, we would go into the city - either just for sight-seeing and dining, or also to spend the night.
What would you recommend - stay at the Radisson or Clarion airport location, stay city center, or stay at another location? We're not terribly price sensitive, but we wouldn't book a super-expensive hotel for this one night. What would you recommend we try to see during our short stay on a Sunday late afternoon / evening?