5 pleasant hostels in Dublin

1) Generator Dublin

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.

dorm room the Generator Hostel

2) Isaacs Hostel

The Mountjoy area 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-cellaresque basement and a stunning brick façade dotted in flags and red paint. Facilities are basic but the prices for the rooms are very good.

hostel drom Isaacs Hostel

2-5 Frenchman’s Lane

+353 (0)1 855 6215


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3) Jacobs Inn

Hostels in Dublin needed a bit of a revamp, and Jacobs Inn offers really bright and clean modern accommodation for those visiting the city, at very affordable prices. There are some nice social spaces, a ground-floor bar and restaurant, and all the necessary facilities.

common space at Jacob's Inn hostel in Dublin

4) Garden Lane Backpackers Hostel

It’s easy to see why this hostel is so popular. The location is key of course, and the Liberties and its surroundings have a lot to offer. But the hostel itself has a clean, modern layout – minimalist hotel meets homely creature comforts – and offers affordable prices.

Dorm Room at Garden Lane Hostel

5) Abby Court Hostel

Price and location top the bill here at the Abbey Court. The staff are friendly and very helpful and the variety of rooms caters to every type of traveller, from those going solo to large groups. They also offer a number of tours and activity packages.

colourful inner court at the Abby Court Hostel in Dublin

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