Finding the perfect place to stay on a budget seemed daunting at first, but when Carl and I began searching on the Internet there were plenty of budget places to choose. Budget accommodation is often considered to be small, uninviting, and often not somewhere that you would return to in the future. However, I was surprised by the vast choice and quality of the budget hotels and hostels that Dublin has to offer.
We wanted to visit Ireland, and knew that Dublin was top on our list of places to see, but we were on a tight budget. Carl was skeptical that I could find somewhere even remotely nice for the small budget we had saved. However, I was determined to prove him wrong, and thankfully I achieved this mission.
Dublin remains a top tourist destination, and thousands of young travellers pass through the city every year, which has helped to reduce the cost of accommodation. Backpackers, students, families and people like us on a small budget, an easily find brilliant places to stay. There are plenty of hostels on offer, and I did research some to see if they would suit our needs.
Hostels have improved a huge amount over the years, and there are some within the Temple Bar area that looked brilliant. There were no curfews; award winning food, exceptionally clean bedding, and some even had en-suite facilities. One of the best hostels that I could find reviews on was the Generator Hostel, located next to the Jameson Distillery.
This was appealing to Carl, but I fancied something slightly more upmarket, and I believed I could find a hotel on our budget. I was also trying to find a hotel that would allow Max our dog to stay, and this was going to be a mission. Thankfully more budget hotels in Dublin are allowing well behaved dogs, so I just needed to find one.
The Viking Lodge seemed perfect, situated just 15 minutes from the city centre, and offering some basic but good amenities, I thought I had struck gold. Everything was within easy walking distance including the Guinness brewery, and Temple Bar which made Carl happy. There was no parking, which is an issue if you have a hire car like we did.
I fancied staying on the Southside of the city, further away from the main hustle and bustle, which is always present in Dublin. I saw the recently refurbished Uppercross House Hotel on the Internet, and it was ideal. There was free parking, which was perfect, and a taxi rank and bus stop just outside the hotel.
The building was beautiful, and although the new extension was built in 2000, the builders had matched the old with the new to a high standard. The rooms have free WIFI so Carl can go on his laptop, and Max will be welcome. There is a bar and restaurant onsite, which meant when we don’t want to venture out we can eat in the hotel.