Opened in 1817, it's been a while since this was the place to stay for visiting dignitaries and local celebs, but a recent renovation and expansion means the Gresham remains a solid city-center option at a good price. Big beds are a plus in the muted if unexciting room designs, and the marble-tiled bathrooms feature a separate bathtub and shower. There's an old-school touch about the ample facilities and the laid-back but attentive service. Public spaces have a nice buzz about them, and the bar is popular with locals out for the night. Afternoon tea, with pastries, scones, and cake is available in the Writer's Lounge, and best shared in oversize windows overlooking O'Connell Street. You might want to pay a little extra for a room with an iconic O'Connell Street view.