Editors Picks: Hotels near Trinity College, Dublin

by Gareth Jones  |  Published May 9, 2022

Given its size, Dublin packs a dynamic punch in the city stakes. In recent decades, the Irish capital has undergone vast redevelopment, so when it comes to finding a bolthole, the city has an infinity of options.

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Peering out across the Irish Sea, Dublin is an intoxicating mix of history and hedonism. Its historic buildings such as Dublin Castle, National Gallery of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Cathedral now reside next to dashing new shopping complexes, innovative urban architecture and a modern tramway system. And for a good knees-up, the legendary bar culture needs no further explanation. Here, we’ve selected the best hotels near Trinity College Dublin based on style, location and facilities. Hotels are listed in order of proximity to the college.

Morrison Dublin Hotel

The Morrison Dublin is impeccably positioned to discover Dublin’s many city-centre gems. A hop, skip and a jump over Ha’penny Bridge leads you into Dublin’s bustling heart. The hotel has a wall-to-wall contemporary style of high ceilings, original artwork and hand-crafted Irish rugs. Rooms are fresh, clean and evoke a sense of calm. They also pay tribute to Dublin’s literary and musical culture with inscriptions on the walls selected from books, poems and song lyrics attributed to the city’s great and good. The hotel offers a bar and restaurant, and an on-site fitness centre. Rooms from €154.

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Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

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Neighbouring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel enjoys easy access to Dublin Castle, to its buzzing shopping centre on Grafton Street, and to the vibrant riverside district of Temple Bar. Rooms and suites have oceans of space, and are designed in a modern style with en-suite bathrooms. Most rooms have the added value of overlooking Dublin with sweeping views of the city’s panorama. The hotel’s Chancery Grill is an Irish urban restaurant which offers signature dishes created with local produce. For after dinner relaxation, the stylish Dyflin Bar provides a modern taste of the city with local wines and creative cocktails. Rooms from €198.

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Holiday Inn Express Dublin

Fresh, stylish and uber-modern, Holiday Inn Express Dublin is centrally located on O’Connell Street – one of Europe’s widest streets. Rooms are spacious with contrasting flash-white and petrol-blue walls and furnishings that add splashes of luminous colour. En-suite bathrooms are roomy and have open showers. A generous cooked breakfast is served daily, and a continental buffet is also provided. At the centre of Dublin’s cultural core, lovers of the arts will appreciate the hotel’s proximity to Dublin’s modern and contemporary art galleries, and also to its principal shopping zones. Rooms from €125.

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Jurys Inn Dublin

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A whisper away from Dublin’s famous O’Connel Street, Jurys Inn is a well-appointed hotel with ease of access to Dublin’s major attractions. Rooms are designed in a contemporary style using neutral tones, and each one comes with a private bathroom with a shower or bath, or both. Staff are extremely helpful and courteous – their great attention to detail lends the hotel a wonderful personal touch. Guests can savour a delicious buffet breakfast (hot and cold) served daily. The restaurant offers an evening menu with Irish and international cuisine. The Inntro Bar serves light lunches whilst specialty coffees are available at Il Barista. The hotel also offers an on-site fitness studio. Rooms from €117.

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Abbott Lodge Guesthouse

Abbott Lodge is housed in a Georgian townhouse on the lower end of Gardiner Street – one of Dublin’s more notable Georgian streets feted for its architectural, cultural and historical significance. Offering clean, comfortable and affordable rooms including separate bathrooms and showers, this is a great option if you’re on a limited budget. Staff are friendly and attentive, and are great sources of information with regards to sightseeing recommendations and travel arrangements. Temple Bar and Trinity College are both within a 20-minute walk from the property. Croke Park Stadium can also be reached in a 20-minute stroll. Rooms from €77.

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