The old and new vie for your attention in Dublin. History lovers have to see Dublin Castle, parts of which date back to the 13th Century, while the Book of Kells at Trinity College Library is one of Ireland's greatest treasures. Shopaholics will relish Grafton Street, while St Stephen's Green is a great chill-out spot. When it comes to eating, drinking and being merry, Temple Bar's nightspots can't be beaten.
One of Dublin's leafiest and most idyllic areas, Ballsbridge is lovely to wander around on a sunny day. The pubs alongside the Grand Canal are the perfect places to while away the hours, and you can also go for an amble in Herbert Park. If you're in the mood for a longer stroll, head over to Sandymount Strand, a sandy beach famous for featuring in James Joyce's classic novel Ulysses.
There's one major reason why Dublin City West's a place of pilgrimage for people the world over: it's where you can find the Guinness St James's Gate Brewery. Fans of the drink will love the Guinness Storehouse exhibition, while another tipple-related tour can be enjoyed at the Old Jameson Distillery. A further iconic landmark of the area is St Patrick's Cathedral, gothic resting place of Gulliver's Travels author Jonathan Swift.
Dating back to the 17th Century, Phoenix Park is undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions in Ireland. This sprawling green landscape is the home of hundreds of fallow deer, while landmarks include the striking obelisk of the Wellington Monument and Áras an Uachtaráin, the handsome residence of the Irish President. No visit would be complete without a trip to the gorillas, giraffes and zebras of Dublin Zoo.
We were very pleased with our booking, how it was managed and with the hotel itself. Having a pub however made it very noisy on Saturday & Sunday nights making it difficult to get to sleep. These are much more expensive nights as well. After the big party the floor was sticky in the dining room which doubles as the pub. This spoil our breakfast a little, however, quality price, & variety of the meal was very good.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Sep 24, 2013
The Generator hostel is well set up and professional. It is a little without character for my taste simply due to the size. With the professionalism and vast numbers of people who frequent Generator hostels it feels a little cold and it is definitely pricier but here are the benefits: 1. Super clean and safe environment. 2. You get a good location with a major sightseeing starting point close by. 3. Comfort that you wouldn't get at any other hostel.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Aug 10, 2013
On the plus side, they had great service and the rooms were meticulously clean. On the downside, I was not aware of the fact the the room was not air-conditioned (which would have been nice since it was very hot) and the noise from the airplanes and the 24/7 shuttle service was quite bothersome. Overall good impression and at a reasonable price.
"Great Hotel...Dublin Not So Great!"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jun 26, 2013
Whilst I was very happy with the hotel, I was quite disappointed with Dublin in general. In fact, I preferred to eat and drink in the hotel because it was generally better priced and had a better ambience than some of the other restuarants. Dublin seems to have deteriorated in recent time. There's litter in some places, empty buildings and even the Liffey River is uninspiring. Sadly, I did not find Dublin to be vibrant!