Where to Stay in Dublin for a First Time Visit? An Insider's Guide (with map)

Where to Stay in Dublin for a First Time Visit? An Insider’s Guide 2021 (with map)

Thinking of enjoying traditional Irish dishes? Want to kick back and relax with a pint in an Irish pub? Then Dublin is the place for you!

Explore the wonderful Irish capital safely with our helpful guide!

Dublin is a warm, welcoming city full of extremely friendly people. The city is home to millions and welcomes several tourists with open arms!

The lovely city has a range of tourist attractions, traditional pubs and many more interesting things to do.

You will not want to miss out!

Where to Stay in Dublin for a First Time Visit? An Insider's Guide (with map)Our guide will take you through the top places to visit, some great recommended places to stay and our top safety tips ensuring your time in Dublin is well spent.

(This guide is always up to date, the last updated June 2021.)

But, first things first:

Question: Where to stay in Dublin for a first-time visit?

Answer: My rule of thumb for first-time travelers is always STAY CENTRAL!

We even included a big map with all neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for couples, families, and friends.

The very city center includes:

  • Drumcondra
  • Smithfield
  • North Wall
  • Ranelagh
  • Inchicore

Check the map below to get a better idea.

Why do I recommend these areas?

Within the city center, you will be able to have access to almost everything. Less transportation and maybe more walking around.

Tourist destinations and famous restaurants would be more likely to be found in the city as well. Plus, you don’t want to miss out on all the fun it has to offer.

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.

We highlight the districts, main tourists sightseeing in Dublin and our handpicked accommodations.

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Dublin

As mentioned, the city center of Dublin is the perfect place for first-time visitors.

I also understand that different travel styles match different needs. I created an overview of this.

You will notice some areas are excluded or added to the previous recommendation.

Let’s see handpicked hotels.

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Luxury Traveler
1.4 Design Traveler
1.5 Groups
1.6 Solo-Traveler
1.7 Nightlife-seeking traveler
1.8 Budget Traveler

1.1 Families

These areas are family-friendly, filled with suitable activities for all ages and is home to the following great hotels.

Luckily, we’ve done the leg work for you and tracked down the best family-friendly places to stay in Dublin.

  • Drumcondra
  • Smithfield
  • Ranelagh

This map shows you the areas recommended for families:

Handpicked accommodations for families

Figure out what’s most important for your family before booking. Would it be useful to have a kitchenette in your hotel room?

Are playgrounds nearby imperative? Are children too young to make public transportation easy?

Make a list of must-haves and narrow down your accommodation search from there. Here are some of our favorites:

Hampton Hotel

For somewhere snazzy to stay, why not try the elegant 4-star Hampton Hotel? The stunning well lit hotel is filled with spacious rooms and super comfortable beds.

The Hampton Hotel staff are super helpful and welcoming. You are sure to have an enjoyable stay.

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Hampton Hotel Dublin Common Area Hampton Hotel Dublin Bedroom

The Hendrick Smithfield

Situated in Smithfield is The Hendrick Smithfield, a comfortable place to stay while exploring Dublin. If you stay here, you will be surrounded by an array of places to shop and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding on somewhere to unwind and drink.

The Hendrick Smithfield also offers free Wi-Fi and is family-friendly! The attractive interior and chic style will make you never want to leave.

Also, the spacious rooms are great to enjoy no matter if you are traveling with others or alone. Looking for something to do within the area? Then visit the 13th Century Dublin Castle might just be for you!

Located a short while away from The Hendrick Smithfield, here you can view the stunning medieval building and gain a deeper insight into its rich history.

Book The Hendrick Smithfield here