When traveling through Ireland, local B&Bs are usually the best places to stay when you are looking for a taste of real Irish hospitality. While most visitors might think of booking this kind of accommodation in the countryside, there are also lovely bed and breakfasts in central Dublin. These family-run businesses offer everything from budget-friendly single rooms to spacious apartment-style suites for travelers of all ages.
Guests tend to feel right at home in the welcoming Annandale B&B. The bed and breakfast is located in Drumcondra, which is a 10-minute drive from both Dublin city center and the Dublin Airport, making it a good base for exploring the city. The updated rooms have soft colors and fluffy towels, as well as private bathrooms. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property and a hot, full Irish breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. every day.
If a classic B&B brings to mind floral prints and grannies in the kitchen, then look no further than McGettigan’s. The townhouse with seven rooms is located above the pub of the same name right in the heart of Dublin. The rooms are all completely updated but also incorporate some antiques for that authentic feel. Room rates include a cooked breakfast in the pub downstairs and Jameson Whiskey Distillery is right up the street.
Located in Georgian Dublin inside a townhouse that dates back to the 1850s, Kilronan House offers central accommodation in a quiet neighborhood near Fitzwilliam Square. The fully upgraded B&B has spotless rooms and modern bathrooms but parts of the historic house still feel like you are stepping back in time. The period dining room still has Waterford Crystal chandeliers and quotes from Oscar Wilde. This is a slightly larger guesthouse compared to other Dublin B&Bs but is still family-run with a personal touch.
This family-style guesthouse is run by the friendly owner Robert in a home not far from the Croke Park stadium. The house has bright, clean rooms and offers a fresh breakfast every morning. You can easily reach trendy Temple Bar by bus or taxi in a few minutes, or enjoy Dublin suburb life with a trip to Phoenix Park. The rooms are modest but comfortable, and Wi-Fi is free.
This charming 3-star townhouse is lovingly run by Eileen and Paul Coughlin. As the name suggests, the Victorian brick townhouse which houses the B&B is in the Portobello area of Dublin, where George Bernard Shaw was born. St. Stephen’s Green is walkable, or you can catch the bus to central Dublin. Family rooms are available and the B&B also offers free Wi-Fi and free parking.
Aghadoe House is a small B&B in a historic Edwardian townhouse located in the Glasnevin neighborhood of Dublin, close to the National Botanical Gardens. The homey B&B offers single, double, and triple rooms, all of which have private ensuite bathrooms. The quiet residential area is just 2 miles from O’Connell street so it is easy to explore the center of Dublin before heading back to live like a local. And who can say no to a home-cooked full Irish breakfast? The eggs, rashers (bacon), sausage, beans, and toast are served every morning.
Doheny House B&B
This seven-room B&B offers cozy accommodation in the Portobello area, not far from Iveagh Gardens and St. Stephen’s Green. Rooms tend to be a bit small, but the prices are fair, the owner is friendly, and the breakfast is good quality. The bed and breakfast is about a 20-minute walk from the heart of downtown, but it is also right off the 16 bus route that connects the city center and the airport, making it easy to get to either. This option is best for adults because the rooms can’t accommodate extra beds for children.
Inn on the Liffey Guesthouse
This friendly 11-room B&B is located right on the north bank on the Liffey in central Dublin. All of the rooms inside the historic Georgian building have private bathrooms and many offer views of the river. The single room is great for those on a budget, but the B&B also has a one-bedroom apartment available to rent.
Aaron Court B&B
Set in the swanky suburb of Ballsbridge, Aaron Court is a quiet B&B set inside an Edwardian building near many of the city’s embassies. The well-decorated bed and breakfast is full of antiques and Old World charm. All rooms have private bathrooms, and both parking and Wi-Fi are free.
Though it is named for another Irish county, Tipperary House is set right in the center of Dublin, near Heuston Station. The budget bed and breakfast is basic and affordable, with a family-run touch. The morning meal is a decent continental style breakfast, and the owner Mark is happy to sit for a minute to share insider tips for exploring the city.