Hostels and budget accommodation in Dublin – a tricky theme. Individual houses may come highly recommended by one party and are condemned as a dump by others. Why? Because a lot depends on what you expect.
Here is a run-down of the hostels that should be regarded as popular and of a decent standard. In simple alphabetical order.
29 Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin 1
If there is a hostel in the heart of Dublin, the Abbey Court must be a contender – if you leave the hostel, O'Connell Bridge is to your left, Ha'penny Bridge to your right. Doubles or dorms from four to twelve beds. Prone to traffic noise and fumes.
7-9 Aston Quay, Dublin 2
Abigail's (a former hotel) has a blessed inner city location but the hostel exterior has the charming feel of an Eastern European office block. Thirty guest rooms of different sizes, all en suite. Location, location, location – the Abigail's strength.
82 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1
Just across the square from Custom House, Abraham House has different sized rooms, en suite facilities, internet access, lockers, left luggage service und a self-catering kitchen. Acceptable standard and a decent location are not to be frowned at.
55 Aungier Street, Dublin 2
One of the venerable backpacker hostels of Dublin with a clientele from hardened travelers to families on a budget. Being just outside the city center it has a fairly quiet location and still is within walking distance to all attractions. Scoring points with the eco crowd,
19 Temple Lane, Dublin 2
Right in the middle of Temple Bar. Which means that a good night's sleep is not what most people are looking for here. On the positive side the hostel has often been commended for its clean rooms and amenities.
15/17 Merchants Quay, Dublin 2
The glory of days past – just opposite the glorious Four Courts, the Four Courts Hostel is a decent enough accommodation a bit outside the city center, but still within walking distance. Weekly deals are available that sound like a bargain.
Frenchman’s Lane, Dublin 1
The elevated rail line runs right next to the upper floors and from early morning until late at night. If you are a light sleeper, this might have to be considered. Complete with a common kitchen, lockers, a café and restaurant. But in addition you'll find a sauna.
2-12 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2
Kinlay House is maybe the only hostel in Dublin that provides a much-photographed picture postcard image. Housed in an extensively renovated red brick building next to Christchurch Cathedral it is in a convenient city center location.
2-4 Litton Lane, Dublin 1
Just off Bachelor's Walk, the Litton Lane Hostel highlights its place in music history to attract customers - Van Morrison, David Bowie and U2 used the recording studio that once was here. Dorms are mixed sex.
18-21 Anglesea Street, Dublin 2
Another hostel right in the middle of Temple Bar - does not take in guests under the age of twelve. From double rooms en suite to those with shared faciliteis and, of course, dorms – the Oliver St. John Gogarty's has accommodation for every taste and budget.
5 Beresford Place, Lower Gardiner Street Dublin 1
Paddy's Palace is the only hostel with its own airport transfer service. Provided by Paddywagon, their tours start here as well. The hostel is up to standard on all fronts, including WiFi, lockers, breakfast and ... Irishness. As the name suggests.
46-48 Lower Gardiner Street
The Townhouse is a fairly conventional guesthouse and the adjacent Globetrotters provides the hostel wing. In a location near to most transport opportunities as well as to Dublin's city center. Accommodation is simple but clean