There are some 30 hostels in Dublin and competition for tourists travelling on a budget is fierce. Most hostels have been modernised at this stage, offering free WiFi and other amenities to attract your attention. It is not unusual for hostels in Dublin to throw in breakfast, guided city tours or airport transfer for free if you book a bed. It's no harm to ask for heir best deal when you are booking a hostel! If you are travelling in the summer months, Dublin's universities and colleges are opening their students residences to the public. You could stay in historical Trinity College, for instance, overlooking a 17th century courtyard for the price of a standard commercial hostel room.
Trinity College is Ireland's oldest university and dates back to Elizabethan times - 1592 to be precise. The Dublin city centre campus is one of the city's main tourist attractions. Trinity offers tourist accomodation during the summer months from mid June to September. Trinity's 800 rooms are mostly located in the historic areas of the campus with many buildings dating back to the 17th and 18th century. Trinity offers single and twin bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities from €60.00 per night and twin beds with ensuite bathroom from €125.00. The college also has a number of double apartments with three single bedrooms, a lounge and private bathroom which start at €149.00. Most of the rooms are overlooking the picturesque campus of Trinity College. You'll be forgiven to think that time has stood still here since the end of the 19th century.
Dublin City University on the city's Northside offers a range of accommodation during the summer months from June to September. The modern and spacious DCU campus is located approximately 3km from the city centre and well connected to the centre by several bus routes. In total there are more than 1,000 rooms available at DCU, all with ensuite bathrooms. Singles start at €35.00 and doubles at €65.00 per room. DCU offers full breakfast for guests for a small extra fee. Guests may also access DCU's gym facilities, spa and swimming pool for a nominal fee.
Barnacles is located in a cobbled lane in the heart of the Temple Bar district, two doors away from the 'Temple Bar' pub. The hostel is close to tourist attractions like Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Temple Bar market, the Irish Film Institute and more. There is no curfew, so you have lots of time to explore the pubs, clubs, music venues and bars of Temple Bar. Each bed has a built in under-bed locker to secure your luggage. The hostel offers a free continental breakfast, free internet access and WIFI.
A fairly recent arrival on the scene, the Bunkhouse is located on Parnell Street, just off O’Connell Street. Located in a stylishly restored Georgian building with contemporary touches, the hostel offers free WiFi throughout the building. The Bunkhouse also offers bicycle rental to its guests.
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Citi Hostels offers accommodation in small room sizes. All rooms come with en-suite bathrooms and TVs. There's free WiFi and the hostel offers a laundry service. Guests get 10% discount in the 'Harcourt Dinner' restaurant next door to the hostel.
The Four Courts
The hostel stretches across three restored Georgian buildings overlooking the River Liffey. The Four Courts is also conveniently located right next door to Dublin’s oldest pub, The Brazen Head. The Four Courts hostel offers free WiFi, complimentary breakfast and a free hop on/hop off sightseeing bus our on Sundays during the summer months. There is a games room with a free pool table and foosball. The hostel holds regular Wii competitions for tickets to clubs and music venues in town.
Globetrotters on the Northside, tucked away behind the central bus station, is one of the few hostels in Dublin to include a Full Irish breakfast in the price for a bed. Single, twin, double and triple rooms are available, all with cable tv, telephones and tea/coffee makers. Dorms accommodate 6, 8, 10 or 12 guests. All dorms have en-suite showers and toilets. The rooms have bunk beds with reading light and bed linen is laundered daily. Please note that Globetrotters allows you to stay a maximum of seven nights only.
Jacobs Inn has recently been refurbished and is located just behind the central bus station or Busaras. The hostel is also very convenient for Heuston Station and the Red Luas line. Accommodation is offered in single, twin, double, triple, 4-bed and multi-bed rooms. All rooms are large and spacious with private bathroom featuring toilet and shower. Jacobs Inn has a separate 'Superior Wing' offering quad, triple, twin & double rooms with flat screen TVs and more upmarket furniture and bathrooms. The hostel offers free Wifi and complimentary breakfast with homemade Irish brown bread. Jacobs Inn has wheel chair facilities.
Kinlay House is situated at the western tip of Temple Bar and convenient for The Guinness Storehouse and Dubln Castle. The hostel offers free WiFi, internet access, games and DVD rental and a complimentary light breakfast of tea or coffe, juice and toast. As a guest at Kinlay House you can avail of free walking tours of Dublin. There is a selection of private rooms available at this hostel.
Only in Dublin could you bunk in a place where U2, Van Morrison and David Bowie once recorded their albums. The Litton Lane hostel is a converted former recording studio and is located near the River Liffey and Trinity College. Litton Lane offers free WiFi and complimentary continental breakfast. The hostel's musical heritage still shines through: Litton Lane is the only hostel to stage free gigs on the premises. If you are a musician yourself, you get a free night's accommodation in exchange for playing here!
The hostel is located in two restored Georgian townhouses. Beds at the Marlborough are available in eight bed dormitories or four bed dorms. The Marlborough offers free 24hr internet access and WiFi in all bedrooms. There's a complimentary continental breafast and guests can use the gardens and barbecue area to the rear of the hostel.
Oliver St. John Gogarty
If you like the sound of an all night pub session in the Temple Bar district you've come to the right place. This hostel is located in the building that also houses the Oliver St. John Gogarty pub at the heart of Temple Bar. Dublin's only hostel with a bar is the right choice for all you party people out there. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with showers. There are three twin rooms which share a bathroom and come at a reduced rate.
Paddys Palace is practically next door to the central bus station (Busaras), facing the Custom House, on of Dublin's landmark Georgian buildings. The hostel is conveniently located for the Red Luas and the Dart at Connolly Station. Paddys Palace is the only hostel to offer free transfer from and to Dublin Airport in its own Paddy Wagon shuttle bus. Shuttles leave seven times a day directly from the front door of the hostel. The building dates back to 1792. All rooms have adjacent toilet and shower. Accommodation is available in twin, 4-bed and multi-bed rooms. The hostel supplies fresh linen daily and offers free WiFi.