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Dublin B&B vs Hotel

Dear Michele,

I notice your b and b suggestions for Dublin are near the airport.  Since we won't be renting a car until the third day, I think we would do better to stay at a hotel in the city.  Is this correct?

I guess it would serve us well on our last night before the return flight to stay at one of the airport places, and I can return the car at the airport.

I should have asked first: Is one or more of the b and b's you list accessible by Subway, which, I gather, is called DART?

Does this sound like a good plan?

Thank you,

Kevin Fennell

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RE: Dublin B&B vs Hotel

fennelkevin, I'm not Michele, but I am wrestling with similar questions and have a head stuffed with info, so forgive me if some of it dribbles out here. You will want to double-check on everything I tell you since I am planning our first trip to Ireland.

Anyway I did read that the DART goes to Malahide and Howth, but Michele can tell you how close it gets to her B&Bs.

I have given a lot of thought to whether it's better to stay in the heart of dublin or in the northern or southern suburbs. If you stay in Dublin city centre, you will be able to arrive at sites which draw crowds earlier. For example people line up in the summer to see the Book of Kells. I was wanting to be first in line by staying in a B&B near Trinity college in Dublin. Also there are tons of good restaurants in Dublin, every kind of food you can imagine, including Italian, Asian, etc. Then we were going to get a taxi back to the airport area, after a couple nights in Dublin, and get our rental car to move on.

But now Dublin is at the end of our trip instead of at the beginning. So staying in Malahide, near the airport, and taking the DART into Dublin for the day might be best for us. Plus if we stay in Malahide, with our car, we can drive to Newgrange and Trim Castle, nearby, for day-trips, without having to struggle through Dublin traffic.

Anyway I'm sure Michele will guide you, she has been a terrific help for me, and I have been pestering her quite a lot! Thanks, Michele!



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RE: Dublin B&B vs Hotel


Since you will be without a car for the first three days it makes sense for you to stay in the city center of Dublin so you can walk and take public transportation for your city sightseeing. I have some city center suggestions on my "Lodgings" page as well as on page 248 of my 2005 book. In addition you might want to try Jury's Christchurch, Glenogra Guesthouse, Trinity Lodge, Browne's Townhouse, Davenport and Mount Clare. You will most likely want to avoid staying in Temple Bar as it can be very noisy at night.

Staying in Dublin's city center is always more expensive than B&Bs in the suburbs but it will balance out since you won't have the price of the car rental for three days.

I hope those suggestions work out for you.




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