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A reduction in demand for rooms means that Dublin's boom-time high rates have fallen somewhat but are still in line with the best hotels of any major European or North American city. Service charges range from 15% in expensive hotels to zero in moderate and inexpensive ones. Be sure to inquire when you make reservations.

The economic slowdown abruptly halted the "absolute avalanche of new hotels" as the Irish Times characterized Dublin's accommodation boom. But visitors still have an impressive choice of elegant lodgings all over the city, including the classy and intimate La Stampa on Dawson Street, the totally revamped landmarks of the Shelbourne and the Westbury, and some tempting choices found in Ballsbridge, an inner "suburb" that's a 20-minute walk from the city center. For something uniquely Dublin, you can always stay at one of the elegant guesthouses that occupy former Georgian town houses found on both sides of the Liffey.

As a general rule of thumb, lodgings on the north side of the River Liffey tend to be more affordable than those on the south. Bed-and-breakfasts charge as little as €46 a night per person, but they tend to be in suburban areas—generally a 15-minute bus ride from the center of the city. This is not in itself a great drawback, and savings can be significant. Many hotels have a weekend, or "B&B," rate that's often 30% to 40% cheaper than the ordinary rate; some hotels also have a midweek special that provides discounts of up to 35%.

The economic downturn means prices have fallen, especially at the high and medium end, and Dublin now has a good selection of quality affordable accommodations, including many moderately priced hotels with basic but agreeable rooms. Most guesthouses, long the mainstay of the economy end of the market, have thankfully upgraded their facilities and now provide rooms with private bathrooms or showers, as well as cable color televisions, direct-dial telephones, and Internet connections. The bigger hotels are all equipped with Wi-Fi. If you've rented a car and you're not staying at a hotel with parking, it's worth considering a location out of the city center, such as Dalkey or Killiney, where the surroundings are more pleasant and you won't have to worry about parking on city streets.

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