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Barnacles Temple Bar House Reviews

19 Temple Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland

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5198 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 98%Location
  • 90%Staff
  • 82%Atmosphere
  • 83%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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If you don't mind noise and the sound of people partying until the morning, this is the absolute best location possible to explore Temple Bar.


Best Hostel even been. Great mattress close to all interesting places in Dublin


Staff were friendly and helpful. Beds were really comfortable and there was a generally nice atmosphere. Being right in the heart of Temple Bar I expected t to be very noisy at night but I was pleasantly surprised :) Well worth the money.

  • 16th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


Everything was clean and taken care off. The staff was helpful and nice, but since it's a big hostel there's a lot of movement and the kitchen can get pretty crowded at times. The rooms were nice, some a bit small, but you manage. The fact that you can lock your things easily in your room (bring your own lock) and that each bed has it's own electricity is wonderful. The hostel is in a great location! in the middle of Temple Bar, but it's quite enough at night within the hostel.


Great place if you want to be in the heart of Temple Bar (which i think everyone should try once in their life!) If you want a good nights sleep, do not stay here, because you will hear lots of noise from outside all night. The toilet in our room was SUPER loud everytime you flushed it, and other ones throughout the hostel had very low pressure. Annoying policy of cleaning staff taking towels hanging in bathroom, even if there are still people there...weird. Front desk staff was great!


Good location, a little loud at night since you can hear everyone at the Temple Bar next door but it wasn't a huge nuissance for me. Rooms were nice and clean, the staff was helpful when I asked questions about what to see and where to go but if you want to find out about the deals and tours they offer you have to ask to find out for yourself, they don't go out of your way to tell you. Overall however, it was a good comfortable place to stay while in Ireland and I have no complaints.


It was in a great location, the staff at the front desk was awesome and very helpful and friendly! If you are looking for a social hostel this may not be the best place to meet people, the vibe was very closed off and nobody appeared to want to talk to anyone outside of their group... Gave rather unfriendly looks anytime you tried to make friends. The breakfast was quite crowded so I recommend getting there early. Also, it's in the bar district so if you want a restful quiet sleep go elsewhere.


The room was comfy though my friend did have a little issue with the pillow being too soft and causing a neck ache but other than that, i was very pleased with the room and especially since this was my first time staying in a hostel, it was comfortable and relatively clean. the staff was extremely helpful and friendly and accommodated us when we came too early by holding our luggage for us till check in. the location was fantastic and no matter the time, we felt safe coming back.

  • 12th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Singapore
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Real well run, thanks for a great experience!

  • 7th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Wales
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Great hostel with very friendly staff. Only issue was the noise from kegs being stacked down the street, but that's what you get for staying at such a great location in Temple Bar area. Definitely would stay here again.


Great location right in Temple bar at a fair price. The staff was great and there was a good kitchen. The reason I gave 2 stars for cleanliness is the rooms were very narrow and cramped with not much airflow. This created a warm and musty smell in each room i stayed in. I gave to facilities a low score too because both the beds and pillows were very hard and uncomfortable. I would not stay there again for that reason.


Located in the middle of the Temple Bar district. Staff is friendly and will hold your bags for you. Shuttle to/from airport is pretty cheap (7 euro). Free breakfast but if you wake up late then the kitchen is closed for cleaning (~10am-12pm). Rooms are OK. Lockers are under the bed and only take small luggage type locks. Definitely worth the price you pay because of the location.


Nice hostel in a great location. Everything was clean and the staff were helpful. Just keep in mind that Temple Bar is noisy at night.


This was a fantastic hostel and would be my first choice on returning to Dublin. It costs a bit more than others (I also stayed at Isaac's) but it a pretty perfect hostel for most people's needs, and is definitely worth the price. Great rooms, clean, big kitchen area for meeting people, fun staff, and a RIDICULOUSLY central location. Also, I'd like to nominate Arthur as Employee of the Month - good craic.


the room was very small, very loud noises on the corridor at night, coffee machine not working in the kitchen, bed sheets did not smell fresh, bathroom extremely small, barely room to turn around. I woul not book it again.


Staff were fantastic, very helpful. Good services offered (luggage storage 1 euro per bag, towels etc) Great showers. Wifi - extremely bad connection Was in a 2 person private with 2 bunk beds, there really isn't enough space for a bunk . The ceiling slopes to about 10cm above the mattress, so not only can you not sit up, but you have the wall centimetres above your face the whole time. Also, it was Easter Friday so extremely noisy the whole night - not sound proof at all Otherwise, great!

  • 3rd Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • All Female Group, 18-24


The best area to hang out in Dublin everything is walking distance from the hostel. I met some really cool people here as a solo traveler the atmosphere is awesome. Only thing, don't come for Good Friday! Dublin is dry and there is no alcohol anywhere all the clubs and bars are closed all day so your Thursday and Friday nights suffer. The hostel did a good job supplementing the problem but it was something I wish I knew before. Rooms were big and en-suite was nice. Would definitely stay again


Great hostel with a decent amount of common space! The beds all have their own sockets and lamps which is very convenient and a notable absence in a lot of hostels. The kitchen is very usable and the common room nice and spread out. It's definitely not a youth hostel though and there were even two families staying there when I was. Not a bad thing, just some variety! The rooms and bathrooms were kept clean and staff were very helpful.


Great location in temple bar, can walk to a lot of pubs and good places to eat also very near trinity college and the river... Met some cool people in my dorm however not a party hostel atmosphere. Common room in an odd place so no one was ever in it... Free breakfast was nice... Good place to stay!


Good hostel located just between Dame and Temple Bar, staff were mixed, some super chatty and friendly, others were a bit quieter! Had to get through about 3 keycard doors to get to the room and good cages under the bed so all good on secuity. The stone floors in the rooms are a bit cold, but i guess it makes it easier for cleaning, was in a 12 bed that didn't feel like a 12 which is always nice. All in all, deecent location cheap and good banter from staff (and plug in the bed) would stay again

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