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Old Sep 18, 16, 8:59 am
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Originally Posted by gkrnjlr View Post
Excellent information! And cake from Queen of Tarts sounds good! (I am a foodie!)

I think this is the plan we're leaning towards.
Are there any hotels that are close to the airport and offer airport transportation, but also have transportation options from the hotel to the city center OR an organized tour that would pick us up at an airport hotel?

I really appreciate everyone's help! Thank you!
I wouldn't bother with an airport hotel in Dublin. The airport is relatively close to the center of Dublin, maybe 15 minutes with no traffic, and is easily accessed by using the Airlink bus: http://www.dublinbus.ie/Your-Journey...port-Services/. There are a couple of hotels on or around the airport property, but most of the hotels that advertise themselves as "airport" hotels are a decent distance from the airport--not much closer than central Dublin by the Airlink.

If you really don't want to stay in the city, I'd consider Malahide, a small, seaside town north of Dublin and northeast of the airport. There are several nice restaurants in town, a seaside walking path, and the DART into Dublin, which will take about 30 minutes or so and put you in the heart of O'Connell Street several blocks north of the Liffey.

Once in the city, I'd consider one of the hop-on/hop-off bus tours--which would also be a good option in Edinburgh. There are also literary and pub music tours: http://www.dublinpubcrawl.com/.

I can't give you a comprehensive survey of the Dublin food scene, but I have had two excellent meals at the Winding Stair.
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