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Kinlay House Dublin Reviews

2-12 Lord Edward Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

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3729 Total Reviews
  • 79%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 78%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 75%Cleanliness
  • 73%Facilities

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Brilliant location. Had to move rooms as we were originally in the kinlay pod which was pretty much a shed in a beer garden so very cold and noisy. Staff not very accomadating with when I originally emailed with a request just dismissed what I had asked in minutes not willing to help at all, however once we arrived they were able deal with mhy request. Great price compared to other hostels in the area but you do have to pay for everything extra like left luggage.


Great hostel in a great city. Only complaints would be that the water in our shower couldn't be regulated, it was always hot. Also the breakfast was not very good. But overall great place.


We were in a private double room and everything was fine. The only remark about the hostel is the breakfast that was quite poor.

  • 6th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Italy
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Location of the hostel is good. The atmosphere is okay, there is a room downstairs with pool etc. That is also the place where breaktfast is served. The hostel has many beds, so there can be lines at breakfast. Unfortuantely, the staff is not too friendly - they had us pay double for one night cause he said we made the same reservation twice online and he could not cancel it. Even though, there were many empty bed. Someone had puked in the showers and it took them a long time to clean it.


Well run. 24 hour concierge is always great. The room was clean and well kept.

  • 5th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • All Male Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Good short stay overall. The location is convenient and the accommodation was good value. However, my sleep was disrupted in the morning by loud roomates who seemed to be trying to make as much of a commotion as possible. Also check-out time of 10 am is a little early.


The heat in the room didn't work. It was so cold in the room at night. Just 2 plugs for 24 beds. The atmosphere is great.


We enjoyed our stay and the staff seemed friendly and helped us plan our trip out of the city. It also had a very good location, pretty close to everything we wanted to see. However, even though we were only there for 2 days the fire alarm went off twice - once at about 8pm at night, and next at 7am in the morning. Luckily we were due to wake up at 7am, but it would have been very frustrating if we were trying to sleep in. Get the alarm fixed!


Great location, friendly staff, showers in the room a bit doggy but clean. Overall very nice stay. Would come back.

  • 28th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Poland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Rooms facing out on to the street will lead to a noisy night unfortunately. Windows are very old and there's a lot of traffic and people making noise outside. Bringing earplugs would be helpful :) staff are nice, chilled out atmosphere, facilities are a bit on the shabby side but nothing horrendous. We had a good stay


The hostel was in a great location and a great price. It seems like a lot of people staying there were students or there long term so it was less social than I would have liked, but overall very great! The bathrooms/showers and rooms were very clean and sanitary and the staff was very helpful. They have luggage lockers for only 2euro a day which was a great help!


Quite run down. Had hardly any power sockets and they were no where near my bed. Was cold in the rooms and colder in the bathrooms. Plenty of showers though.


The communal showers were extremely hot, and the toilets dirty. When I told the staff about this they angrily responded that this was normal and that the water would cool down during the day. Great location, not expensive, but dont expect friendly staff or clean bathrooms.

  • 20th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


It was great! My only complaint is that the advertised free walking tour was not, in fact free (the tour guide asked us for about 5 euros at the end of the tour). But the hostel itself was wonderful and the staff was very friendly and helpful.

  • 14th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


This hostel was a fine place to stay, though the people in my room were quite obnoxious. Also, the lobby area wasn't super conducive to meeting people, and it was too small to enjoy eating breakfast in or hanging out in. The location of the hostel, however, is wonderful!


Good location and stay. The bathrooms were kind of dirty.


Excellent location - pity bout the WI-Fi :(


The hostel in general was fine. But as a solo traveller, the hostel wasn't the best to meet others. Not a very social environment. And the staff wasn't the nicest, but for the location, it was good.


I stay at Kinlay Hostel each time i need a place in Dublin. Great price, location, staff, very clean with very good beds .


Clean and cosy. Make sure you have cash if you are staying one night. €20 minimum of you want to pay by card. Public transport - in particular the buses - in Dublin run on exact coin change so make sure you carry plenty of loose coins. I asked for change at the hostel but they didn't have any. The closest off licence or small super market is a decent walk away.

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