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The Best Hostels in Dublin

Our picks for the best hostels in Dublin. The best places to stay when traveling on a budget.

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Dublin is one of the most popular destinations in Europe but it’s not really known for having great hostels — there are a handful of good options but not any really terrible options either. So, to help make your decision easier, we’ve assembled what we believe to be the best hostels in Dublin.

Average Dublin Hostel Prices

Dublin hostels tend to be affordable during the week and then expensive on the weekend — which is a common issue with small cities that have a lot of nightlife.

A well-rated hostel can be as cheap as €15-€19 during the week and then that same bed can be €35+ on a Friday or Saturday night (some are even €60+/night!). On average, a well-rated hostel will cost about €22-€36/night but do check the daily price breakdown.

Check Hostelworld to get exact prices for your dates.

Quick Facts About Hostels in Dublin

Cheap Beds & Good Hostels Go Early

The best-rated hostels and the cheapest best are often booked well in advance — especially in the summer and on weekends. If there is a hostel you really like I recommend booking it early.

Check The Location

Dublin is a small city so just about every hostel should be fairly central.

Party Hostels

Dublin has a great nightlife scene so that means there are a few “party” hostels in Dublin — which you may or may not want.

Check the review section of Hostelworld to get a better idea of the hostel’s vibe.

Check-In Times and Cleaning Times

Many hostels have late check-in times (around 2 pm-4 pm) but nearly all will let you store your bags if you arrive before check-in.

Age Restrictions

Some hostels cater to families and school groups — so book an 18+ hostel if you don’t want to be surrounded by a bunch of middle school kids. Also, family-friendly hostels tend to attract an older crowd so you probably won’t find the typical “backpacker” experience in these places (but you might find more peace and quiet).

More Questions About Hostels?

Check out our Hostels 101 Guide to learn everything you need to know about finding the perfect hostel.


DUBLIN’S BEST HOSTELS: Our Top Picks

HOW WE RANK THE HOSTELS

  • Overall Quality: We take a holistic look at the hostel to see the positives and negatives. Our goal is to find amazing hostels that are still affordable.
  • Location: Most hostels we list will be centrally located.
  • Price: We try to filter out the super expensive hostels to help find the best price to quality ratio.
  • Vibe/Atmosphere: Every hostel has a personality. Some are party hostels and some are quiet. We try to note the atmosphere so you can find a place to stay that matches your travel style.
  • Past Guest Reviews: Every guest has a different experience so we look at the good and the bad. We suggest you take a few minutes to read prior reviews.

We encourage you to check out Hostelworld to do a bit of searching for yourself.

NOTE: All prices listed below are the cheapest option available during the busy (i.e. expensive) season. Prices will often be 20%+ cheaper during the slower seasons.

Jacobs Inn Hostel

Best hostels in Dublin — Jacobs Inn

Jacobs Inn is a large modern hostel that has a bit of a hotel feel. It’s located near the bus station and it’s about a 5-7 minute walk to the city center so the location is pretty good. The hostel has nice amenities, the rooms are spacious, the place is clean, and there is a big common area.

Jacobs Inn also organizes tours and pub crawls every night. That said, it’s not the most social hostel and it does attract everyone from families and high-school groups to older travelers and backpackers.


Isaacs Hostel

Best Dublin Hostels - Isaacs Hostel

Isaacs Hostel is Dublin’s most popular hostel and it’s easy to see why. First of all, they cater to backpackers so it’s a very lively and social atmosphere — solo travelers won’t have a problem meeting people. Plus, they organize all kinds of activities like free walking tours, pizza nights, live music, quiz nights, etc.

We’re big fans of their free breakfast, self-catering kitchen, and a cozy common area. It’s about a five-minute walk from the center of Dublin. Ohh, and it’s one of the most affordable hostels in town.


Abbey Court Hostel

Best hostel in Dublin - Abbey Court Hostel

Abbey Court has been Dublin’s most popular hostel the past two years so it obviously does a lot of things well. It’s clean, the staff is great, it has free breakfast and a kitchen, they have a nightly pub crawl and walking tours. It’s located in the very center of the city so it’s only 2 minutes from Temple Bar.

Abbey Court is also an affordable hostel but the cheap beds do go quickly. It can get a little rowdy — especially in the 24-person and 28-person room.


Ashfield Hostel

Best Dublin Hostels - Ashfield Hostel

The Ashfield Hostel is located right in the thick of things so the location doesn’t get much better. It’s a fairly basic/no-frills hostel but they have free breakfast and there are free walking tours. It can get a little noisy at night so bring earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

That said, The Ashfield Hostel is fairly cheap for Dublin (especially during the week) so it’s not a bad choice if you just want somewhere to sleep after a long night out in Dublin.


Barnacles Temple Bar House Hostel

Best Hostels in Dublin - Barnacles

Barnacles Temple Bar House has a lot of stuff going for it — it’s located in Temple Bar, their staff is super friendly, it has free breakfast, city tours, and pub crawls. We also like that is has a kitchen and chill-out areas so it’s easy to meet other travelers.

The hostel can be a bit loud at night (that’s what happens when you stay in the Temple Bar neighborhood) so keep that in mind.


Abigails Hostel

Best Dublin hostels - Abigails Hostel

Abigails Hostels is a solid hostel that’s located in a central part of town but it’s just far enough from the rambunctious Temple Bar area to ensure a quiet night.

The hostel is basic but clean, comfortable, and affordable. It caters to all ages so it’s not super social but there is a common area, kitchen, and free breakfast.


Avalon House Hostel

Best Hostels in Dublin - Avalon House Hostel

Avalon House is another solid hostel that’s super centrally located and fairly affordable. The staff is great and the atmosphere is good. A light breakfast is included, there are free walking tours, and there’s a kitchen. Cleanliness and overall facilities are about average but the location is good.


Kinlay House Dublin Hostel

Best Dublin Hostel - Kinlay House Hostel

Kinlay House Dublin gets good reviews and is a bit of a party hostel — probably because it has its own pub and it’s located near Temple Bar. There is a large common area, fully-equipped kitchen, large dining room, laundry facilities, and a free light breakfast. The cleanliness and overall facilities are about average but it’s also a fairly inexpensive hostel (at least during the week).


Generator Hostel Dublin

Best Dublin Hostel - Generator

Generator Hostel Dublin is part of the Generator chain. This hostel is more like a boutique budget hostel than a hostel and it has a lot of amenities you won’t find in normal hostels. It’s clean, it has a nice bar, it’s in a decent location, and the beds are comfortable. I like to think of the Generator as a high-end hostel for travelers who value comfort.

Because of its size, Generator Hostel Dublin doesn’t always have a super social atmosphere (except for its great bar). Our main criticism is that the price is often jacked up to €60-€70/night on the weekend.


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