The Best Hostels In Dublin

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How to find the best hostels in Dublin for your trip

Looking for a city where you can visit museums, castles, parks, bookshops, cute cafés and a world-famous pub scene? Dublin has it all! Spend the day exploring Trinity College, Dublin Castle, St Patricks Cathedral and loads of other interesting attractions and finish the day in one of Dublin’s many pubs!

Most of Dublin hostels are in the city centre, a perfect spot to explore everything the city has to offer. If you want to visit the Guinness Storehouse and The Old Jameson Distillery, staying in a hostel around Smithfield Square will save you some time.

We put together a list of the best hostels in Dublin for all kinds of backpackers. Think about free walking tours, pub crawls, wine and cheese nights and even a hostel sauna! From party hostels to hostels with private rooms, our guide will help you find the best hostel in Dublin for your trip.

Jump straight to:

  1. Best hostels in Dublin for solo travellers
  2. Best hostels in Dublin for couples
  3. Best party hostels in Dublin
  4. Best hostels in Dublin with private rooms
  5. Best hostels in Dublin city centre
  6. Best of the rest hostels in Dublin

Best hostels in Dublin for solo travellers

Like many European capitals, Dublin is a great city to travel solo. You will meet plenty of super friendly locals who will make you feel welcome and may even invite you for a pint of Guinness! The hostels in Dublin are also a great place to meet backpackers from all over the world and explore the city together.

Barnacles Temple Bar House

best hostels in Dublin - 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!’

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Amazing location: two doors from Temple Bar
  • Free luggage storage

🏠  Address: 19 Temple Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

🏘  Neighbourhood: City centre

🚍  Nearest station: Trinity College/College Green

Book your stay at Barnacles Temple Bar House now

Jacobs Inn

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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!

Hostel Highlights:

  • Roof terrace
  • Cool communal areas
  • Movie nights
  • Walking tours
  • Pub crawls
  • Irish dance nights

🏠  Address: 21 Talbot Place

🏘  Neighbourhood: City centre

🚍 Nearest station: Central bus station

Book your stay at Jacobs Inn now

Best hostels in Dublin for couples

Cute cafés and restaurants, beautiful architecture and pubs that date back to 1198, Dublin is an amazing romantic getaway. And of course, we have perfect hostels for you and your loved one to stay in while exploring the city. We are talking about all the privacy that you need plus the social vibes that only hostels can offer!

Ashfield hostel

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Ashfield Hostel’s great location, between Trinity College and O’Connell Street, makes it a very handy place to stay when visiting Dublin. You will be close to all the city’s main attractions and in the perfect spot to explore Dublin’s nightlife with your partner (and travel buddy).

After your night out, enjoy free breakfast and daily walking tours offered by the hostel!

Hostel Highlights:

  • Walking tour
  • Free breakfast
  • Great location

🏠  Address: 19-20 DOlier Street, Dublin 2

🏘  Neighbourhood: City centre

🚍 Nearest station: College green

Book your stay at Ashfield hostel now

Generator Hostel

best hostels in dublin - Generator Dublin

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 when you feel it’s time to socialise with other backpackers!

Guests are also treated to drink promotions and free events such as karaoke and quiz nights. Generator Hostel is also excellently located, a few minute’s 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.

Hostel highlights:

  • Walking tours
  • Central location
  • Great staff

🏠  Address: Smithfield Square, Dublin 7

🏘  Neighbourhood: Smithfield

🚍  Nearest station: Smithfield stop

Book your stay at Generator Hostel now

Best party hostels in Dublin

With all the great pubs and clubs, and the lively backpacker and student scene, Dublin is a great city to party. You will have plenty of opportunities to go out and chat with locals while enjoying a traditional pub or a trendy club.

Abbey Court

Best hostels in Dublin - Abbey Court Hostel

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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 2 minutes from the buzzing Temple Bar.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Free walking tour
  • Pub crawl
  • Free luggage storage

🏠  Address: 29 Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1

🏘  Neighbourhood: City Centre

🚍  Nearest station: O’Connell Bridge

Book your stay at Abbey Court now

Isaacs Hostel

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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. Perfect to recover after a night out drinking!

Hostel highlights:

  • Pub crawl
  • 19th century converted wine house
  • Free breakfast
  • Walking tours
  • Live music
  • Sauna

🏠  Address: 2-4 Frenchmans Lane, Dublin 1

🏘  Neighbourhood: City centre

🚍  Nearest station: Central Bus Station /Connolly train station

Book your stay at Isaacs Hostel now

Best hostels in Dublin with private room

We know you love hostels and everything that can only happen in hostels – from meeting new people to getting the best tips from the staff. Are you looking for an authentic travel experience with a bit of privacy during your visit to Dublin? Then you’re going to love these hostels with amazing private rooms, free breakfast and a great location!

Garden Lane Backpackers

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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! Oh, and guests also get a free continental breakfast!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Terrace
  • Great location

🏠  Address: Garden Lane, Christchurch

🏘  Neighbourhood: Dublin Liberties

🚍  Nearest station: The liberties

Book your stay at Garden Lane Backpackers now

Abigails Hostel

best hostels dublin - Abigail hostel

Abigails Hostel is in a great location – the very centre of Dublin. Enjoy your en-suite private room and wake up to an amazing free breakfast! The hostel also offers a walking tour every day so you will have a chance to chat with other guests while exploring the city!

The hostel kitchen and dining room are perfect for staying on a budget and save you some pounds to use in a local pub.

Hostel highlights:

  • Good location
  • Walking tour
  • Free breakfast

🏠 Address: 7 – 9 Aston Quay, Dublin 2

🏘  Neighbourhood: city centre

🚍 Nearest station: O’Connel Street

Book your stay at Abigail's Hostel now

Best hostels in Dublin city centre

Central hostels are the best option if you want to save some time (and money!) during your visit. You’ll be in the heart of the city, where all of Dublin’s main attractions are, and close to many night spots that you can’t miss!

Sky Backpackers

Best hostels in Dublin - Sky Backpackers

Sky backpackers is a funky, boutique style hostel, set in a former recording studio where 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.

Hostel highlights:

  • Great location
  • Set in an old recording studio
  • Cool decoration

🏠 Address: 2-4 Litton Lane, Dublin 1

🏘 Neighbourhood: City centre

🚍 Nearest station: O’Connell Street

Book your stay at Sky Backpackers now

Ashfield Hostel

best hostels dublin - Ashfield Hostel

Not only Ashfield Hostel is great for couples, but it’s also ideal for who wants to be smack bang in the thick of the action. 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!

Hostel highlights:

  • Great location
  • Free breakfast
  • Free walking tour

🏠 Address: 19-20 DOlier Street, Dublin 2

🏘 Neighbourhood: city centre

🚍 Nearest station: College green

Book your stay at Ashfield Hostel now

Best of the rest hostels in Dublin

If you are still not sure which hostel to book, what about a free cheese and wine night, pub crawls, walking tours and a movie room?

The Times Hostel College Street

best hostels dublin - the times hostel

The Times Hostel is the perfect place for backpackers on a budget due to all freebies they offer such as ice cream on Monday, wine and cheese on Tuesday, dinner on Wednesday and coffee, tea and hot chocolate every day!

They also offer a free daily walking tour of Dublin and nightly pub crawls. You will be in the heart of Dublin’s historic city centre, close to all the main attractions.

Hostel highlights:

  • Daily free walking tour
  • Pub crawl
  • Free events
  • Great location

🏠 Address: 8, College Street, Dublin

🏘 Neighbourhoods: city centre

🚍 Nearest station: O’Connel Street

Book your stay at The Times Hostel now

Four courts

best hostels dubin - four courts

Four Courts hostel is near many Dublin attractions you will visit during your stay: the Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery and Brazen Head – Dublin’s oldest pub!

They host free BBQs, pub crawls and walking tours – the perfect way for you to meet other backpackers. For the day after your pub crawl, enjoy some delicious free breakfast before heading to town.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free BBQs
  • Pub crawls
  • Walking tours
  • Movie room

🏠 Address: 15/17 Merchants Quay, Christchurch

🏘 Neighbourhood: Wood Quay

🏠 Nearest station: Ushers Quay

Book your stay at Four Courts now


Have you stayed in any of the best hostels in Dublin? Or do you have your own recommendations? Let us know in the comments

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