Hotel Points for Your Family Trip to Europe. Dublin Edition.

1. Paris

2. London

3. Rome

4. Venice

5. Dublin

At last, the conclusion! My goal with these series was to find some options for families who are short on cash but have a decent supply of points. Categories change, of course, so this post will be outdated next year, if not sooner.

But hopefully, it will give you an idea on some available options. One thing I want to stress is that you shouldn’t give up on a property if it doesn’t let you put 4 in one room. Email the manager and see if you can work out a compromise. It never hurts to ask.

On to my topic. I wrote a post where I outlined some of the hotel choices  in or near Dublin. Ultimately, we decided to forego points options  and take advantage of a promotion to  stay in a castle at a  deeply discounted rate. That said, there are some decent choices for fellow hobbyists. Without further ado:

Club Carlson

Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel Dublin

Hands down my favorite option, but only if you have Club Carlson Signature Visa and plan to stay for 2 nights. That’s because the cost is quite steep at 55,000 points per night for a family room that fits 4.

An update: The “second award night free” benefit will be gone as of June 1st.

rad dublin

The hotel is located on the outskirts of Dublin and according to reviews, is somewhat isolated. Also, breakfast is not included, so factor in the extra cost. Still, the place has got character and class.

Hilton HHonors

Hilton Hotel Dublin Kilmainham

hilton dublin

It boasts a central location, and you get around 0.5 cents per point, which is pretty good for Hilton currency.


Clarion Hotel Dublin Liffey Valley

choice dublin

This place is actually an amazing bargain even if you purchase points at a full cost. Keep an eye on Daily Getaways deal on Choice points that is set to return this Friday. The hotel runs at 8,000 points per night and some rooms fit 4 people.

One downside is that it’s not very central to most Dublin attractions and is surrounded by business buildings. However, according to reviews, some rooms have beautiful views of the river, so the hotel could provide an oasis of peace and calm in otherwise hectic Dublin.

Honorable mention


Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport

ihg dublin

I would only stay here if you needed a short layover close to the airport. The rate is around 100 euros per night, so it’s not spectacular CPP value. Still, if you are short on cash and flush with IHG points, it’s something to consider.

Well, it’s a wrap! I haven’t featured all options, but only focused on those I consider most worthwhile. As always, I encourage you to look outside this hobby when visiting Europe. There is certainly nothing wrong with using points to offset expenses, just don’t discount other non-chain local hotels. Or even castles.

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2 thoughts on “Hotel Points for Your Family Trip to Europe. Dublin Edition.

    • Michelle, I looked at all major hotel rewards program, and couldn’t find any hotel that will fit 5. There may be one, and perhaps someone will chime in in the comments section.
      To be honest, it’s tough to find a room that will even fit 4 in Europe. That’s why I put these series together. I do encourage you to get in touch with an individual hotel and see if perhaps they will accommodate a third child. Depending on the age, it may be possible.

      Otherwise, look at AirBnB, VRBO and check some guidebooks. In all likelihood, you will be better off going the rental route. Another possible solution is to go with Choice. If you can buy points this Friday at a cost of 0.40 cents, it would be quite cheap to get two rooms at Clarion hotel I mentioned in the post. It would only cost $32 per room/per night, so even with two rooms, it’s a bargain. Plus, it would give you more room and privacy. Take a look at the property and see if you are OK with location etc. You can only book 60 days ahead, 75 days with top-tier status (you can match from other program, including IHG). Hope it helps!


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