I am trying to decide whether to stay at the Maldron Smithfield or Maldron Parnell Square hotel for a few nights. I'm leaning toward Parnell since it seems more central and there is more to do in that area. But Smithfield seems a little quieter and close to the tram. Any opinions? What are the pros/cons of each neighborhood?
A little background: This is my first time to Ireland. Staying in Dublin and will probably visit a few local towns - Malahide/Howth? May do a daytrip to Galway (though not sure it's worth it given the long travel time). I enjoy getting to know the locals, walking as much as I can, and eating really good food.