THE GENERATOR HOSTEL
Smithfield & Stoneybatter
+353 (0)1 901 0222
Not so long ago, Dublin lacked a good range of inexpensive and safe hostels, but luckily they have started appearing. The Generator Hostel is one of the best: they offer good clean rooms, great design and a great bar, good prices, a friendly community in a prime location and some of the best burgers around.
2-5 Frenchman's Lane,
O’Connell Street & the Quays
+353 (0)1 855 6215
Mountjoy is a mixed bag when it comes to safety, and it’s best to avoid walking home alone at night here. But the hostel you’ll find here is certainly one of the best designed and maintained in Dublin, with an incredible wine-cellar-esque basement and a stunning brick façade dotted in flags and red paint. Facilities are basic but the prices for the rooms are very good.
19 Temple Lane South Temple Bar
+353 (0)1 671 6277
You may not get too much sleep at this hostel in the heart of Temple Bar, but if you’re here to party, you’re right in the middle of the action. (If you want peace and quiet, check out the other options listed.) There are a lot of services and facilities on offer here from free laundry and free walking tours to 24-hour security.
20 D'Olier St
Trinity College & Old City
+353 (0)1 679 7734
Well situated near the pubs and bars but not amongst them, so you can get away from the noise at night if you wish. As well as the usual dorm rooms (the prices of which are nothing special) there are basic private rooms, which can be quite pricy depending on the time of year. Lots of facilities and a free buffet breakfast.
7-9 Aston Quay
+353 (0)1 677 9300
A very central location, with the Liffey and O’Connell Street right there and Temple Bar back behind you; if you can shut out the noise at night, you couldn’t be better off. The building is well laid out and very tidy and clean, with a lot of facilities and services. The rooms can be pricy and need to be booked way ahead in advance.