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Layover in Dublin - where to stay? what to do?

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Layover in Dublin - where to stay? what to do?

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?

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1. Re: Layover in Dublin - where to stay? what to do?

Hi enchanted7,

About two weeks ago, I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport, it is a good place to spend one night and you will find prices very good. This hotels has shuttles to and from the airport at most times of the day and night.

From the Holiday In, I know it is possible to take a city bus to the city and do something, judging by your arrival time however, and on a Sunday afternoon, you may not have many sites open to enjoy.

Check the hotel reviews and you are likely to find more information about getting to Dublin Center. One thing you maybe able to do, is to visit the Jenny Johnston replica ship moored by the Customs House. But you have to check the times though.

If nothing else, you should be able to find good eating places in Dublin. On this I must add the Holiday Inn is very limited, the only real choice is the oriental restaurant at the Crowne hotel next door.

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2. Re: Layover in Dublin - where to stay? what to do?

Depends a bit on how much energy you have. If you choose to stay in the city then arriving1530 you'd be checked-in hotel about 1700, leaving you enough time to enjoy a decent meal and a couple of drinks in a pub and then roll straight into bed. If you are travelling back to US then you'd want to be at the airport 3 hrs before your flight, i.e. 0700, and you'd have to leave your hotel 0600 - 0630 probably without a proper breakfast.

If you stay at one of the airport hotels you could take a taxi to the city and back in the evening. You'd still have to leave early as you'd have to allow time for the shuttle bus, but they'd probably serve breakfast early.

If you stay in the city then the somewhere around Grafton Street would probably suit you.

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3. Re: Layover in Dublin - where to stay? what to do?

Another option: have a look at the Grand Hotel in Malahide, which lies on the coast a short distance from Dublin airport.

http://www.thegrand.ie/

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4. Re: Layover in Dublin - where to stay? what to do?

What I'd do is get the blue Aircoach bus (€12 each rtn)from outside the terminal to Trinity college/Grafton St stop, then get a hotel that's nearby. From that stop it's walking distance to Buswells hotel / Central Hotel / Trinity lodge / Blooms hotel / O'Callaghan hotels or any others that you can find located around those ones.

O'Neills pub/bar on Suffolk St has music/food/drink and is located near the Aircoach stop on Suffolk st so you know where to get the Aircoach back to the airport in the morning.All those little streets around that area will give you a good flavour of Dublin in the short time you have here. The Aircoach to the airport takes about 30 mins in the morning, a taxi about 25mins (taxi from the city centre to the airport - c.€20/25 depending on time before /after 8am)

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5. Re: Layover in Dublin - where to stay? what to do?

Thanks so much for the helpful and detailed information. It sounds like the perfect location to walk around and get a taste of Dublin.

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6. Re: Layover in Dublin - where to stay? what to do?

Thank you.. Interesting option.... might work well.

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7. Re: Layover in Dublin - where to stay? what to do?

Thanks much for the information about the Holiday Inn Express. Sounds like a good close-to-the airport option.

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8. Re: Layover in Dublin - where to stay? what to do?

Thanks for the info and advice!

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