The town stayed small, though, and in 1970, it had only 681 residents. The village started to grow, though, after Interstate 270 was finished and two major businesses brought their headquarters to the small town -- Ashland Inc. and Wendy's International. The population swelled to 16,000 in 1990. Today, over 43,000 call Dublin home, and even more businesses have their headquarters here, including Stanley Steemer, Cardinal Health, and MindLeaders.
Because of its name, Dublin claims its Irish heritage and waves it proudly all year. The fire hydrants are even green. You'll find Irish-approved businesses here that offer Irish-inspired products throughout the year. Golfing is another draw to the city with PGA events at one of the many awesome golf courses.
Best Time of Year to Visit Dublin, OH
When you visit Dublin, you will partially depend on what you hope to do while you're there. There are lots of events throughout the year (see below for more details about that) and so you may want to plan your trip to overlap with those events. On the other hand, you may want to avoid Dublin during this time because of the increased hotel prices and the crowded city.
If you want to enjoy Zoombezi Bay, just minutes from Dublin, then summertime is your best bet to enjoy the water. Average highs from June through August are about 80 to 84 degrees. If the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium right next door to the water park is more of what you enjoy, the spring and fall would be great times to go. You'll find the zoo less crowded in May and October but daily highs still fall around 65 to 70 degrees, so you won't get too hot. You'll also find great deals on hotel prices during these months.
December is a great time to head to Dublin if you're interested in holiday events, including Holly Days in early December, where you can listen to Irish and Christmas music and visit Santa, and Wildlights at the zoo throughout November and December feature three animated musical light shows along with reindeer and ice skating.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Dublin, OH:
Dublin by Star Rating
Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean price patterns by star rating class in Dublin, OH. You can use these line graphs to determine the most cost effective time to book in Dublin for your upcoming travels.
Luxury Hotel Options in Dublin, OH
4 Star Average Prices: $103.23
For those looking for the nicest hotel in Dublin, consider the Hilton Garden Inn Columbus/Dublin. Besides the great location, there are many amenities that provide a great stay. For those traveling on business, check out the business center, meeting rooms, and printer. There's a 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market that is perfect for those who need a snack or light takeaway meals, or head to the on-site restaurant for a sit-down meal that's yummy and convenient.
Room service is available from 5 to 10 p.m. daily. Enjoy the pool and hot tub, perfect for playing or unwinding. All rooms include a 32-inch flat-screen TV, desk, an adjustable GSS Sleep System bed, and ergonomic desk chairs. Suites are also available with a separate living space with a sleeper sofa and additional amenities.
The Staybridge Suites – Columbus/Dublin provides guests with a full suite, adding value to those who stay here. In the kitchen, you'll find a full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, stovetop, and microwave along with dishes and utensils. This is next to the living area where you have a dining table, couch, desk, and TV. The bedroom is separate and also has a TV and the en suite bathroom.
Hotel amenities include a business center, same-day dry cleaning, laundry facilities, and an indoor pool. Each morning, enjoy a free hot breakfast buffet and, Monday through Thursday evenings, enjoy the Sundowner Reception with complimentary snacks and beverages. There's an on-site convenience store, The Pantry, that is open 24 hours a day.
Affordable Accommodations in Dublin, OH
3 Star Average Prices: $112.36
Despite being a discounted hotel, the Red Roof PLUS+ Columbus Dublin is well liked by guests because of the great customer service and clean rooms. Families and those traveling with pets will save even more because kids and one pet stay free. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV, microwave, and mini-fridge. Splurge on a premium room and get a spa-inspired bathroom, high-end bedding, and a Rest Suite bed by Serta.
Another great choice in affordable accommodations is Quality Inn & Suites Dublin. Amenities include a complimentary continental breakfast, along with free Wi-Fi, daily newspaper, and coffee. Don't forget to check out the exercise room as well. Each room includes a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker along with a premium mattress and plush blankets. For an additional charge, you can bring your pets and use the guest laundry and valet cleaning services.
As the name implies, the Extended Stay America Columbus – Dublin has rooms designed for longer trips and visits. Each room has a fully equipped kitchen that includes a stovetop, refrigerator, coffee maker, dishes, and cooking utensils. The on-site coin-operated laundry is also convenient. Don't forget the grab-and-go breakfast available each morning.
2 Star Average Prices: $78.45
Dublin: Real Discounts
If you're looking for discounts, consider the Courtyard Columbus Dublin. Here, seniors can get 15 percent off their rooms while AAA members receive 10 percent off. This hotel features modern amenities indoor and out. Start in the lobby where you can enjoy one of the media pods, a place to watch TV and socialize. Also on the main floor is the communal table and conversation area. Don't forget the business library where you can get online, check email, and search for information. The outdoor patio and terrace are perfect for enjoying good weather while visiting with other guests.
Rooms at the Marriott range from guest rooms with one or two beds to two-room suites. All rooms include a desk, iron with ironing board, free bottled water, coffee maker, and mini-fridge. Hotel amenities include an indoor pool and an onsite bistro where you can find breakfast and dinner options along with specialty Starbucks coffee beverages.
Best Hotel Values in Dublin, OH
As one of the top-rated hotels in Dublin, you'll have a comfortable stay at the Sonesta ES Suites Dublin. Every morning is a free breakfast buffet that includes hot and cold choices like eggs, muffins, fruit, cereal, oatmeal, and coffee. There's also a free reception on Monday through Wednesday evenings with snacks and beverages. Don't forget to check out the barbecue grills that are available for your use. The Shoppe is always open — all day, every day — for any of your snacking and toiletry needs.
But the best part of this hotel is staying in one of the oversized suites. You'll find a fully equipped kitchen that includes a stovetop, toaster, dishwasher, full-size refrigerator, and microwave. Depending on your needs, you can choose a studio suite or a two-bedroom suite. Some even have a fireplace. All rooms include a flat-screen TV, couch, and desk. Other on-site amenities include the outdoor pool, fitness room, outdoor tables with umbrellas, and basketball courts.
Another great value and highly rated hotel in the area is the Hampton Inn Columbus Dublin. Here, you'll find many amenities for a good price. Whether you're in a hurry or want to relax, your breakfast is taken care of. Enjoy the complimentary hot breakfast, including waffles, sausage, bagels, yogurt, and juice every day in the lobby, or choose one of the On the Run breakfast bags available on weekday mornings. The fitness room is open to all guests, while the outdoor pool is the perfect way to cool off in warm weather.
All guests can connect to the Web via the free Wi-Fi available in every guest room. All rooms include a 32-inch HDTV, a desk with an ergonomic chair, and a coffee maker. Bed choices include one full-size bed, two double beds, or one king-size bed.
Experience the Irish Culture in Dublin, OH
It's not a surprise to hear, from a city named Dublin, that there are a lot of events that center on the Irish culture. In March, enjoy the St. Patrick's Day Celebration starting with the pancake breakfast, then moving on to a parade that includes bagpipers, leprechauns, and dancers. Afterward, head to the Blarney Bash to listen to bands playing traditional Irish and Celtic rock along with other genres. You can eat great food and, of course, drink green beer.
The first Thursday of every month is Jig Thursday. Enjoy music, take a trolley ride, and check out the dining specials in Historic Dublin.
August is the annual Dublin Irish Festival that lasts three days and includes cultural exhibits, Irish dancers, Celtic sports competitions, and a Gaelic mass. Each year adds new events to the festival, so check out what this year's festival will include and book your trip. This is one of the biggest Irish festivals in the country, and it's definitely something you'll remember!
What did travelers think of the city of Dublin?
Below are reviews of the city of Dublin, OH from an actual visitor's perspective.
Score 4.0 / 5
Raisin Rack, Portia's Cafe,and Giammarco's Italian Restaurant are all great eateries that I recommend when visiting Dublin.
"Oh Dublin the Beautiful!"
Score 5.0 / 5
Dublin is beautiful!!! Very impressed with area. The only thing I didn't like was leaving.
Score 5.0 / 5
We were there for a soccer tournament at the Soccer Ohio complex and were very impressed with it!
Score 5.0 / 5
Very quaint and lots to do here. We particularly like the Oakland Nursery and book store.
The average traveler rating of the city of Dublin, OH shown above is 4.8 out of 5 based on 4 reviews