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Best Hostels in Dublin
Check out our picks for the Best Hostels in Dublin, the best places to stay when travelling on a backpacker budget.
Dublin is one of the most amazing cities in Europe with its beautiful Georgian architecture and its fantastic pubs.
Over the last 10 years, Dublin has come on leaps and bounds with restaurant choices, but you still have to try a hearty Irish stew served with a pint of Guinness. Then there's the wit of the Dub (something who comes from Dublin) which is just priceless. Dublin also has a rich literary and cultural history.
General Info on Hostels in Dublin
1. Check out time
Check out time for most hostels in Dublin is 11 am, but at some hostels, the check out time is 10 am. Some hostels offer a late check but for an extra fee. You will have to consult with them on this while you are there though. Please note that nearly every hostel in Dublin offers Free Luggage storage before or after you check-in or out. But it's also worth double checking on it if you require this service .
2. Free breakfast
Only some hostels in Dublin include breakfast in the price. If it is included in the price this saves you on the cost of breakfast.
3. Free WiFi
We all need WiFi while we travel. Every hostel will have WiFi but some won't have it in the rooms, they just have it in common areas. My advice is to read some reviews on the speed of the Wifi. There's nothing worse than a slow connection.
4. Guest Kitchen
If the hostel you are staying at has a fully equipped kitchen, you can save money by cooking your own meals. Some hostels in Dublin have no kitchens, others have partially equipped kitchens and some hostels have large fully equipped kitchens with a dining area.
5. Age Restrictions
With most hostels in Dublin, you have to be between 18 and 39 years old, but with some youth hostel, you have to be under 35 to stay in a dorm. If you want to stay in a private room in a hostel, there are normally no age restrictions.
Dublin Hostels have some of the cheapest prices for a major city in Western/Central Europe. In bed in a dorm room starts at only €10 per night (normally in large dorm rooms), but expect to pay between €16 to €25 per night in a medium-sized dorm room (6 to 8 beds). Cheaper hostels generally have poor reviews, but some highly rated hostels are also cheap. Please note that during the Summer months or the week around St Patrick's Day hostels in Dublin are very expensive. Also during the Summer months prices at the weekend can be up to 40% more expensive than on weekdays.
The 12 Best Hostels in Dublin
1. Best Hostels in Dublin | Jacobs Inn
Jacobs Inn is just a 10-minute walk to Dublin’s Pub Hub, this purpose-built hostel provides affordable accommodations within the very heart of the city.
The rooms come with a private bathroom and guests can choose from dormitories or
Other facilities at Jacobs Inn Hostel include a game room and a common room, along with laundry and luggage storage.
- Dorms from €13.20
- Privates from €76.00
2. Hostels in Dublin | The Times Hostel
The Times Hostel is located in Dublin's in the heart of Dublin close to the hip nightlife area of Harcourt Street and its surrounding streets. It's a 5-minute walk to Grafton Street, St. Stephen's Green and St. Patrick's Cathedral, Temple Bar and Trinity College.
Amenities include fast free Wi-Fi and daily events. There are free welcome drinks, free luggage storage, a big kitchen to cook in, a lounge with TV, book swap, DVDs and board games.
- Dorms from €15.00
- Privates (4 people) from €80.00
3. Best Hostels in Dublin | Sky Backpackers
Sky Backpackers is the best party hostel in Dublin and is situated in the heart of Dublin and provides budget hostel accommodations with free high-speed Wi-Fi and regular live music. Temple Bar and O'Connell Street are just a 5-minute walk away.
Guests can relax in the TV room with access to games and books. There is a 24-hour front desk. They run free events every night.
- Dorms from €19.00
- Privates from €69.00
4. Hostels in Dublin | Abbey Court
Abbey Court Hostel is located just off the famous O'Connell Bridge in the heart of Dublin. Guests can enjoy a 24-hour reception and nightly pub crawls. They have an all-you-can-eat breakfast every morning and free Wi-Fi.
They also provide a wide range of facilities for guests, including free bed linen, free lockers in the rooms and laundry facilities.
- Dorms from €13.50
- Privates (4 people) from €68.00
5. Best Hostels in Dublin | Ashfield Hostel
Ashfield Hostel is located right in the centre of Dublin in-between Trinity College and O'Connell Bridge and only minutes walk to Temple Bar, Grafton Street and other main Dublin tourist sights.
All rooms have free Wi-Fi and bed linen, and no curfew. There are vending machines with drinks and light snacks.
Other services included in the rate includes are hot showers, luggage storage and use of fully equipped kitchen and common areas.
- Dorms from €15.00
- Privates (4 people) from €62.00
6. Hostels in Dublin | Gardiner House
Gardiner House is the best hostel in Dublin. It is located in a beautiful historical building. They have a spacious kitchen open 24/7 with everything you need to cook your own meals, including plenty of fridge space and tea/coffee/hot chocolate available at any time. A free breakfast is available every morning.
There are many common areas, such as the dining and living room where you can hang out, meet other travellers, enjoy your meals, play pool, football table and board games, listen to music and have a few drinks.
There is a large TV room, furnished with very comfortable sofas and classy beanbags chairs where you can watch a movie or use our computers for free. A laundry room is available to wash, dry and iron your clothes.
Each room comes with its own Wifi router to ensure the Wifi signal is strong throughout the hostel and there is a flat screen TV in every private room.
- Dorms from €14.40
- Privates from €88.00
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7. Best Hostels in Dublin | Abigails Hostel
Abigails Hostel is situated along the banks of the River Liffey, bang in the centre of Dublin. They're minutes away from Ha'penny Bridge, Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Temple Bar and O'Connell Street.
All dorms rooms have en-suite bathrooms. But it's the sheer amount of free amenities that make this hostel standout from other hostels in Dublin. Your stay includes Free Wifi, Free Breakfast, Free use of their fully equipped kitchen and Free daily walking tour. They also have a large common area where you can chill out after a hard day's site seeing.
- Dorms from €15.00
8. Hostels in Dublin | Four Courts Hostel
Four Courts Hostel is located right beside the Four Courts in the Dublin's Historic centre just a 10 minute walk to the Temple Bar area. Your stay at the Four Courts Hostel comes with a free continental breakfast and you can also avail of their free walking tour.
Dorm bed come with a reading and a seperate charging dock (regular plug and two USB plugs) for charging you devices. If you wish to save money by cooking your own meals, that's no problem as the hostel has a self-catering kitchen. You can relax on one of the many beanbags in their communal lounge area.
- Dorms from €17.00
- Privates from €75.00
9. Best Hostels in Dublin | Garden Lane Backpackers
Garden Lane Backpackers is one of the cheapest hostels in Dublin. It located in the city centre, only 400 m from St. Patrick's Cathedral. This hostel offers free WiFi. At the hostel, all dorm rooms have a wardrobe and a shared bathroom. A continental breakfast is served daily .
Garden Lane Backpackers offers an outside terrace and an excellent fully equipped kitchen where guest can prepare their own meals.
Some of Dublin's major tourist sights are within walking distance such as the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle.
- Dorms from €12.15
- Privates (4 people) from €72.00
10. Hostels in Dublin | Generator Hostel Dublin
Generator Hostel is located close to the Jameson Distillery and Smithfield LUAS tram station. It offers budget en suite accommodation and a late night bar (see above). Dublin Castle and the Guinness Storehouse are just a 10-minute walk away. Temple Bar is just 2 tram stops away.
Each morning traditional breakfasts are available at the Generator Hostel Dublin. Light snacks are available from the bar and there are regular entertainment evenings, including movie nights and quizzes.
Guests can relax in the 24-hour lounge and free Wi-Fi is available in all public areas of the hostel. Free walking tours are provided, and the hostel has a 24-hour reception and provides laundry and ironing facilities for guests.
- Dorms from €16.80
- Privates (4 people) from €67.20
11. Best Hostels in Dublin | Isaacs Hostel
Isaacs Hostel is the best hostel for solo travellers in Dublin and is situated within a 19th-century wine store. The hostel comes with free WiFi but its main advantage is its close proximity to both Dublin's main Train and Bus Stations. Connolly Train Station is 200 m away and Busáras (the Main Bus Station) is 100 m to the hostel. It is also the only hostel in Dublin with a sauna.
Rooms have shared bathrooms facilities. Hairdryers, hair straighteners, ironing equipment, and laundry facilities are available. In the mornings, Isaacs Hostel offers a complimentary light breakfast.
The hostel has a communal kitchen, where guests can prepare their own meals. Free tea and coffee is available all day. There is a basement TV lounge with seating, a pool table, and table tennis.
- Dorms from €13.00
- Privates (4 people) from €49.00
12. Hostels in Dublin | Oliver St John Gogartys Hostel
Oliver St John Gogarty's Hostel is located in the thick of the action, right in the centre of Temple Bar (Dublin's nightlife area). The hostel is part of the famous Oliver St John Gogarty's Pub which is a super-pub complex containing different restaurants and bars housed under one roof.
All dorm rooms have an ensuite bathroom. They provide you with a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. Oliver St John Gogarty's Hostel also offers a free continental breakfast, free tea and coffee all day and large common areas where you can chill out.
- Dorms from €12.00
- Privates from €60.00
I hope this list of the best hostels in Dublin helps you pick a hostel that best suits your needs during your stay in Dublin. In general, the overall standard of hostels in Dublin is good but there are still some bad and mediocre ones. Hopefully, this list will help you avoid bad and mediocre hostels to ensure you enjoy your stay in Dublin.
Book Your Trip to Dublin
Best Website to Book a Hostel
Hostelworld is by far the biggest and the best website for booking hostels because they have the best availability and prices. The website is designed to include many filters to help find a hostel that best suits your needs. For instance, you can filter hostels by price or by rating for a particular city.
Below are handy links to the best hostels in Dublin. Just click on any of the links to check prices and availability for your dates.
- Jacobs Inn
- The Times Hostel
- Sky Backpackers
- Abbey Court Hostel
- Ashfield Hostel
- Gardiner House
- Abigails Hostel
- Four Courts Hostel
- Garden Lane Backpackers
- Generator Hostel
- Isaacs Hostel
- Oliver St John Gogarty's Hostel
Recommended Tours in Dublin
I recommend GetYourGuide for Tours. They offer highly unique tours with Local Guides. Below are some of the best and most popular tours in Dublin.
- Glendalough and Wicklow Half-Day Tour from Dublin - Ride through the Irish countryside on a 5-hour tour from Dublin. Travel to Glendalough and Wicklow.
- Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin - Step back in time and immerse yourself in the complex history of Dublin on this award-winning walking tour.
- Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour with Tastings - Learn the secrets of making Irish whiskey on a fully guided tour of the historic Jameson Distillery in Dublin.
- Glasnevin Cemetery Museum: General History Tour - Come visit Glasnevin Museum and take a historical tour of Glasnevin Cemetery.
- Malahide Castle & North Coast Half-Day Tour from Dublin - Visit the historic 12th-century Malahide Castle on a half-day tour from Dublin.
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