Gaelcon falls on a busy weekend for Dublin – not only is it a bank holiday, but there’s a marathon which runs through the city on Sunday 30th – so it means that hotel prices go up. To help keep your wallet willing and able for buying drinks at the con, we’ve put together a few cheaper accommodation options below.
No matter where you decide to stay, keep in mind that the Landsdowne Road DART station is 5 minutes away from the con, so anywhere along the DART will make getting there really easy. It also means you won’t experience any disruption during the marathon or if bus strikes fall on that weekend. I’d recommend sticking to the south side which would mean you could walk back if you decide you don’t want to leave the con before public transport shuts down.
Hostels – €20+ per night
There are budget hostels everywhere in Dublin city centre. One site to check out is HostelWorld, which makes it really easy to find a both hostels and discounted hotel rooms. The Kildare Street Hotel for example (as of writing) has rooms for €30 per night and is just a 20 minute walk away from the con.
Airbnb – €50+ per night
It goes without saying but it also bears repeating – Airbnb can get you some really sweet deals, especially if you have friends you don’t mind sharing a double bed with. If you get the right spot, you could find a place with parking and within walking distance for around €60 a night, plus your own kitchen and fridge which will allow you to save on food costs.
Hotels – €90+ per night
Trivango is your best bet for discounted hotels, but sites like booking.com and laterooms might be better if you’re doing a late booking. It’s going to be the priciest option you have available to you though, but if you want comfort, why not.