Affordable lodgings in Ireland for four adults?
July 31, 2007 6:38 AM Subscribe
What are the most affordable options for lodging in Ireland for four adults? Please recommend places.
posted by EmilyClimbs to travel & transportation around Ireland (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My parents, my sister and I will be visiting Ireland in about a month. My sister and I are in our 20s, but usually when we travel together in the U.S. we'll get the standard two-double-beds room for all four of us and my sister and I will share a bed (and pay the moderate extra-person charges). As best as I can tell, though, in Ireland the hotels and B&Bs all charge per-person, not per-room. Self-catering cottages/apartments seem like a better deal, but although a few rent out per-night my searching suggests that 95%+ of them only rent weekly during peak season, which won't work for us. What can we do to find cheaper lodgings?
a) Not too far from tourist attactions. We are starting and ending in Dublin and doing pretty much the standard circuit, driving along the coast and hitting the major tourist attractions and cities. (I can give more details if you need, but think first-time visitors on a 9 day trip seeing famous sights, and you can probably guess it. If you have a suggestion for lodgings near an underrated attraction, though, we'll consider it!) We don't need to be right in the heart of things, but we also want to make the most of our trip by not spending too much time driving between lodgings and attractions. Probably 30-40 minutes drive out-of-the-way would be the max for us. We could also possibly stay en route between two cities, but we don't want to get too far off the beaten path. At least a couple nights we'll want to be somewhere close to a nice pub, but it doesn't have to be every night.
b) We are not picky or looking for anything luxurious or special. As long as the place is reasonably clean, safe, and the proprietors aren't going to rip us off, we're good. Dormitory-style housing in hostels is out, but a private room for four (or two private rooms for two) at a decent, non-sketchy hostel is fine if it's noticeably cheaper.
c) My sister and I are flexible on the bed situation. Sharing a double bed, using a sofa bed, rolling in a cot or two, whatever works. Our parents will want a double bed, of course!
So-- what are the most affordable options you're aware of, anywhere in Ireland? Are there any B&Bs or hotels that have discounts for more than two people and/or are just plain cheap? (There seem to be a lot that charge 35 Euros per person, so "cheap" would be anything less than that, the more the better of course.) Do you know of any self-catering cottages where they'll let us stay for only one or two nights? Any reasonably-priced hostels with private rooms that you can vouch for?
Please share your best bargain lodging finds!