My wife and I are traveling to Dublin for two nights in May and looking to book a hotel for our stay. We're looking for a place in the mid tier, 3 star range walkable to all the major attractions and have it narrowed down to a place in the Temple Bar district or north area near O'Connell Street. Which would you recommend given your experience? What is the "flavor" of each area and are the main sites (Trinity, St Patrick's, etc) easily walkable from the O'Connell hotels?
Our budget is around 75-125 Euro a night. We plan to be out and about most of the time, so a simple, clean place with some charm is all we really need. It looks like both areas have plenty of restaurants and pubs nearby. What are the main factors that differentiate the two areas as a base of operations and hotel area?
Thanks for any help in advance.