Dublin is a vibrant, walkable city, and the best area in which we’ve found to stay surrounds the Temple Bar area in the city center. The Harding Hotel is one such hotel – right in the heart of the city and convenient to tourist attractions and local haunts alike. Take advantage of their welcoming and warm accommodations and get to know the heart of Dublin.
Located just down the street from the historic Dublin Castle, a short walk from the always-festive Grafton Street, and steps from the famous Temple Bar area, The Harding Hotel is an ideal spot for night owls and historians alike. Take a stroll to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, enjoy a pint at the Brazen Head pub, built in 1198, and explore all of Dublin from this perfectly-located inn. We took advantage of the location to also take a day trip on the hop-on-hop-off bus tour located directly across the street from Trinity College, allowing us to see much of what Dublin offers.
Fun Fact: Trinity College is also home to the famous library which displays the Trinity College Harp (or, the Brian Boru’s Harp), likely the oldest harp in existence today, dating back to the 14th or 15th century, and the very one used for the coat of arms in Ireland. Humorously, a right-facing image of the Trinity College Harp was first registered by Guinness in 1876, forcing the State to use only the left-facing image!
Another interest fact regarding the Harding Hotel’s location in historic Dublin is its relevance to the city’s Scandinavian roots. In fact, there are historical Dublin tours frequenting the hotel due to its golden markers through the lobby floor. These markers represent the original “Copper Alley”, one of the original Viking streets in Dublin’s center center.
Onsite at the Harding Hotel is the always-festive Darkey Kelly’s Pub, one of the best places to start your day out with a pint and end it with a nightcap. A true, traditional Irish pub, Darkey Kelly’s has near-nightly music, authentic Irish dishes, and one of the best pints in town. The service is always welcoming and the highly trained bar staff can answer any question you might have about their specialty spirits. We partook in a few plugs of local whisky on our last visit, and the recommended offerings were excellent!
While on site, you’ll also find the quaint yet modern Copper Alley Bistro, open for breakfast at 7:30am and closing with dinner at 9:45pm. Make sure to ask for their Irish Breakfast, a generous and delicious plate of traditional fare including black & white pudding, grilled tomato and fried eggs. They also offer a hearty vegetarian plate if that’s more your flavor. (Also, make sure to get a cup of hot tea with milk to go with that Irish breakfast!)
The rooms themselves are quite spacious and warm, fully equipped with microwaves, mini-fridges and pleasing views of the city. (The mini-fridge came in especially handy when we ordered Tikka Masala from the restaurant across the street and couldn’t finish the generous portion!) During our visit the hotel staff was very accommodating, leaving toiletries and towels outside the room as not to disturb you, which was great for us since we never know which time we’ll be coming and going from the room!
Our overall experience at the Harding Hotel was friendly, fun, convenient and relaxing, especially after long walks around the city. Whether we wanted to end our night at Darkey Kelly’s or simply retire to our room, the staff was unobtrusive, welcoming and very accommodating.
Our verdict: Highly recommended
Address: Fishamble St, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
Phone: (+353) 1 679 6500
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