1. Abbey Court
Abbey Court hostel is the 2018 HOSCAR Winner for ‘Best Hostel in Dublin’. As you’ll see from the pic (below) this place is funky and full of quirky design. Guests love the artistic vibes, especially the awesome kitchen/dining area, which is perfect for socialising. Like many Dublin hostels, Abbey Court is full of freebies and offers perks such as free luggage storage, free daily walking tours and an all-you-can-eat breakfast! If you’re down to party, make sure to join their infamous nightly pub crawl, which can get pretty rowdy! The location is rated 9.8 by past guests as it’s smack bang in the centre of Dublin, just a 2 minutes from the buzzing Temple Bar.
2. Sky Backpackers
Sky backpackers is a funky, boutique style hostel, set in a former recording studio were the likes of U2 and Van Morrison have produced hits. Sky Backpackers is not only pleasing on the eye, but also excellently located in the centre of Dublin. Guests will find themselves just around the corner from some of the city’s favourite attractions – Liffey river, the Ha’Penny Bridge, O’Connell Street. For those looking to experience the local nightlife, you’ll be pleased to know it’s a quick 1 minute stroll to the buzzing Temple Bar Area.
3. Jacobs Inn
If you’re looking to explore more of Ireland after your Dublin adventure, Jacob’s Inn is perfectly located, opposite the main bus station Busaras, and 50 metres from Connolly train station. Jacobs Inn ticks all the boxes with its modern design, relaxing roof terrace and cool communal areas featuring table tennis tables and foosball. Each dorm has its own en-suite bathroom, all beds have USB outlets to charge your phones and curtains for that extra bit of privacy. Staff also organise events such as movie nights, walking tours and pub crawls; A great way to meet fellow travellers and see the real Dublin whilst making some new mates!
4. Ashfield Hostel
If you want to be smack bang in the thick of the action, Ashfield Hostel is the one for you. You’ll be conveniently located just one minute’s walk to Trinity College, Temple Bar and O’Connell Street as well as bus stops to the airport, ferry terminal, Guinness Storehouse and Heuston Station. It also has a few tasty treats on offer, such as free brekky, free walking tours, free luggage storage and free WIFI of course!
5. Garden Lane Backpackers
Garden Lane is a contemporary and stylish hostel, tucked away in a side street of the upscale Christchurch neighbourhood. Here, you’ll be a in a slightly quieter area, but still just an easy ten-minute walk from popular hotspots like Grafton Street, Temple Bar, Camden area and Trinity College. Being out of the hustle and bustle has its rewards, as it’s perfectly located for visiting the Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery, Christchurch Cathedral, Saint Patrick Cathedral, Dublin Castle and the ‘Brazen Head’ which is Ireland’s oldest pub! The dorms are modern and comfy, plus each bed has individual reading lights, under-bed lockers and power sockets, so you can get a full charge each night! Oh, and guests also get a free continental breakfast!
6. Isaacs Hostel
Isaacs Hostel is a converted 19th century wine house! Mmm, wine! The design is charming and cool, with exposed-brick wall tunnels giving it a lot of character. Again, it’s in a great location; very near Connolly train station and Busaras, Dublin’s main bus station, providing easy connections for you to explore the rest of Ireland. It’s also conveniently within walking distance of O’Connell St and Temple Bar. Isaacs has a friendly, lively atmosphere thanks to awesome social communal areas which have table tennis tables. Other perks include free breakfast, walking tours, quiz nights, live music, pizza nights AND… there is a Sauna for guests!
7. Barnacles Temple Bar House
If you’re heading to Dublin for the craic, you can’t go wrong with Barnacles Temple Bar House. As the name suggests, you’ll be in the thick of things with Dublin’s iconic Temple Bar pub right on your doorstep… literally two doors down! The interior is bright and spacious, all rooms have en-suite bathrooms and personal under-bed lockers. Barnacles is a very warm, social hostel where meeting other travellers is easy thanks to a selection of chill-out areas where they have foosball tables, darts, movie nights and the odd live music night. They also have a free light brekky and walking tours daily. Guests often comment on the amazing staff, location and great atmosphere, which has resulted in Barnacles winning numerous awards such as ‘most popular hostel in Dublin!’
8. Generator Hostel
The Generator’s slick boutique-style design is pretty damn cool! The beautiful rooms are accompanied by awesome communal areas, an on-site bar and café – perfect for socialising with your new travel buddies. Guests are also treated to drink promotions and free events such as karaoke and quiz nights. Generator Hostel is also excellently located, minutes’ walk from all the local hotspots. And if you’re after a taste of proper Irish whiskey, just head next door to the Jameson Distillery.
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