We greatly enjoyed our Dublin stay in Patricia's apartment. The accommodation had everything we needed and more. Two bedrooms with bath, very comfortable living room, substantial kitchen for preparing meals with a table and dish service for 8 and the bonus of the solarium and patio. We appreciated the milk, bread and OJ and the apartment was well equipped with dishwasher and laundry detergents. They have thought of everything you would need to live there including umbrellas, iron, hairdryers and more.
The argument I hear against using a hotel is the services provided. Patricia supplies tour materials and a comprehensive binder of local information. The location is convenient to walk to many sites but away from the congestion and noise of downtown. The Light rail and express bus to the airport are a block away with a small grocery in the complex along with a movie theatre and several restaurants.
Could not have asked for more.