Friendliness and Convenience in Ireland’s Capital
Groggy tourists that we are, the Brawny Sherpa and I manage to drive right past the Dublin Central Inn on our first drive up Talbot Street. Having taken an overnight flight from Newark, N.J., and survived our first jaunt driving our rental car on the left side of the road, all we really want to do is park our gear—and our car—and get some shut-eye.
As modest as the Dublin Central Inn’s entrance happens to be, it substitutes functional convenience for glamor—and that’s a good thing when all we will really be doing is using Dublin as a starting point for our road trip around the south and west of Ireland.
In the space of an afternoon, the Brawny Sherpa and I manage to park the car (there is an overflow lot a block away if the Dublin Central’s lot—down an alley and in the back—is full), take a walking tour of Dublin, breeze past the Customs House, visit the General Post Office (holes from bullets fired its way during the 1916 uprising remind visitors of the nation’s past), hit a bookstore, see plenty of statuary, wonder at the city spire, and grab some decent coffee at Insomnia Coffee Co., conveniently located just up the street from the Dublin Central, all before heading to dinner and then, of course, to a pub.
A week later, we are back, this time to use stow our gear before visiting Trinity College to see the Book of Kells before heading back to ‘our’ neighborhood to visit Mary’s Pro Cathedral, conveniently located on Cathedral Street (and Marlborough).
The Dublin Central’s front desk staff is charming and helpful—they tip us off to a good restaurant nearby and make sure breakfasts are packed for us when we have to leave super-early to fly back home. The rooms are clean and comfy, and the price is right, and ultimately, what the Dublin Central offers is all we really need.
Dublin Central Inn, 95-98 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
Book Bargains, 75 Middle Abbey Street 1, Dublin 1