Dublin was once one of Europe’s most expensive capitals to sleep in and rarely (if ever) offered value for money. No more. The city’s hoteliers have been forced to scramble in the face of the economic crisis and the resultant dip in tourist numbers, and their primary response (in 2010 at least) was cheaper beds – as much as 40% cheaper in the middle and upper brackets – as they desperately sought to guarantee their hotels’ futures, so many that were built or renovated during the boom at huge costs. Although it is difficult to predict what will happen, it is clear that not every hotel will survive the lean years. Which isn’t bad news for you, as everyone competes for your dime and is willing to try virtually anything to make sure that you dribble on their pillows: there are so many deals on offer that room rates can vary wildly from day to day, never mind season to season.