The Best Hostels in Dublin

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While travelling on a small budget, it’s important to keep your costs low. Cheap accommodation is a great option for people travelling on a low budget. Low-budget accommodation nowadays has all the modern bits you need. Some hostels are almost like hotels with some really modern buildings and top-class service. In this post, I have listed a good few nice hostels in the Dublin area.

This post has a wide variety of different types of hostels, in great locations at very reasonable prices. See Dublin while on a low budget isn’t really an issue because a lot of the hostels are reasonably priced. You don’t need a pile of money to see Ireland, travelling around on a budget is fine, there’s loads of FREE stuff to do and see in the Emerald Isle.

Dublin has heaps of stuff to see, and staying in a hostel can be the way to go. Some budget accommodation is in really great locations in the heart of the capital city within walking distance of everything cool to see.  It’s a good idea to check reviews and websites for information on hostels and services provided. It’s a really good idea to book ahead and don’t just show up hoping to get a room, sometimes that can be a disaster after travelling a long distance to find out you are out of luck!

I suppose there is a number of things to think about when selecting budget accommodation to base yourself on for a few days. There’s the location, the price, and the services provided do they have a secure locker to put away all your gear? Maybe you are interested in doing some bus tours? Does the bus stop outside the building? Are there any FREE walking tours? Is there a train or bus station close by? What kind of breakfast is included in the price? is there FREE Wi-Fi and internet and printing service available? Ok so you get it, let’s dive in and check out some Hostels in Dublin!!

Barnacles Temple Bar Dublin


The Barnacles Temple Bar is one of the best located in Dublin in my opinion. Barnacles are in the buzzing Temple Bar area. Temple Bar is one of the best parts of Dublin, full of cool Irish pubs, nightclubs and old cobble streets that make the area so original and authentic. Barnacles offer loads of helpful services, FREE Wi-fi, FREE walking tours of the capital city and a fine FREE breakfast. 

The staff are friendly and helpful and the prices start at just 12.00 euros per person which is good value. You will be within walking distance of heaps of Dunlins attractions while staying at Barnacles Temple Bar Dublin. There are chilli-out areas and a football table and you can try your hand at darts. The atmosphere is great at Barnacles, it’s probably one of the reasons why they have won so many awards.

Jacobs Inn

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This super cool budget accommodation option is in a very good location. Jacob inn is suited on Talbot Street which is around a five-minute walk from Dublin O Connell Street. O Connell street is the main street in Dublin city. Jacobs Inn has an amazing roof terrace and is only 50 metres from Connolly train station. It’s modern, and warm and features some retro table tennis tables and the dorm rooms have three own en-suite bathrooms which are very handy.

Jacobs Inn offers walking tours and pub crawl tours and it’s the perfect hostel for meeting other travellers that are eager to explore Dublin and Ireland. All the beds in ~Jacobs inn have curtains attached for extra privacy and most important USB charging points for your smartphone or tablet.  This budget accommodation option is super modern and has a really nice feel, it’s one to consider while visiting the capital city of Ireland!

Sky Backpackers Hostel


The Sky Backpacker Hostel has loads to offer the budget traveller. Sky Backpackers has live music, safety deposit boxes and a bar and grill within 50 metres. There is a Bachelors Wok and hotel just 2 minutes from Sky Backpackers.

This modern funky building is located just 7 minutes from O Connells Street.  The hostel provides clothes racks and walk-in showers.  The building has 15 rooms and is super funky. There are a few room options, you can get private rooms. Sky Backpacker has a full kitchen where you can cook your meals and there is a good breakfast included. The price in the summer months works out at about 23.00 dollars per person, not bad at all for everything you get!

Kinlay House

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The Kinlay House is open 24 hours per day and 365 days per year. The Kinlay House Hostel has a 24-hour reception and is known as a good hostel to have the craic in (which means having fun). The hostel provides FREE Wi-fi and internet access. There is a large FREE continent breakfast. There are a few different types of rooms to choose from.

There are 24 dorm beds. There is a pool table and this hostel even has Netflix, so you can chill out after a busy day sightseeing with a movie on Netflix.  The kitchen is top-notch with everything you need to cook your meals.  The Kinlay House caters for tours and the font book has a load of information on day tours and bus tours. There is a walking tour that leaves directly from the Kinlay Hostel at 10.40 am daily. The tour covers Dublin from a local’s view and perspective, which is a great way to leaner about the history of Dublin.  

Abbey Court


The Abbey Court is in a wonderful part of Dublin. It’s close to the docklands area situated on the river Liffey. The abbey court hostel has a number of different rooms to choose from, there are private rooms, dorm-style rooms and small and medium-sized rooms for groups. There is FREE Wi-fi and bed linen provides in the rooms.

The chill-out areas are really cool and retro and three is a FREE walking tour from this hostel too! The Abbey Court can help with day trips and advise you which tour suits your requirements. The hostel is located in a scenic part of Dublin with views of the river Liffey just outside the building, it’s one to consider while visiting Dublin.

Generator Hostel

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The Generator is situated in the Smithfield area. This hostel has a bar to enjoy and it’s located very close to the famous Jameson distillery. The Generator caters for ladies-only dorms and the decor is really nice. The hostel bar is really retro with loads of nice drinks on offer. The Generator Hostel has FREE wi-fi and a 24-hour reception. 

There is a travel shop on the site and a nice little café with some treats. The hostel can help you get a discounted Guinness storehouse tour. The location is excellent being within walking distance of loads of stuff to see and do.  The breakfast is ample-sized to set you up for a good day of sightseeing, it’s a cracker of a hostel in a great location at a really good price!

The Four Courts Hostel

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The Four Courts Hostel is located in Merchants Quay, it overlooks the lovely Rive Liffey and is across from the Four court buildings. There is a pool table and table tennis with FREE Wi-fi all over the building The location is perfect. The breakfast is good, with toast and cereals and tea and coffee. There are secure storage lockers and FREE international calls and a luggage room for your bags. There is a FREE walking tour to enjoy and plenty of Day tours on offer.

You can get the famous Shamrocker tours from the reception area. The rooms are bright and spacious with all the bits you need. The kitchen and breakfast area are quite large and the kitchen is fully kitted out with all the cooking utensils and stuff you will need to make your meals.  All in all, it’s a quality hostel; with good service and warm and cosy surroundings, it is a palace you will enjoy staying in

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John C

Hey, my name is John Conway and I love travelling around Ireland. I have a passion for All Things Ireland. I love the Emerald Isle! I love Guinness and green fields!

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