As increasing numbers of teenagers and college students set off to explore Ireland, England, France, and other European countries, the hostel industry has grown by leaps and bounds. Decades ago, hostels were certainly popular, but now, thanks to user-friendly websites and reliable travel review systems, European travelers are finding it easier than ever to find a safe, affordable hostel. Due in part to Dublin’s spirited student population, the city offers many student-oriented accommodations. Dublin hostel options allow students to meet new friends, stay in a safe, inexpensive environment, and, most importantly, stay right in the center of the city—right in the thick of lively Dublin events and activities. For the budget traveler of any age, Dublin hostels offer cheap, clean lodging. Remember to check that you meet the age requirements at your desired Dublin hostel—some hostels will not accommodate patrons over a certain age.
In general, most inexpensive Dublin hostels are located in the northern part of the city. Some preferred hostels include the Abbey Court Hostel, located on Bachelor’s Walk, and the Globetrotters Tourist Hostel, located on Lower Gardiner Street. Abbey Court Hostel offers dorm rooms and doubles, as well as a light breakfast. Globetrotters Hostel is one of the most popular hostels in Dublin, with its funky architecture and interior design. One historic Dublin hostel is the Isaacs Hostel, which is built in a 200-yaer-old wine vault. Full of old-fashioned character and spunk, Isaacs Hostel is one of the cheapest hostels in Dublin, as well as one of the first independent hostels in all of Ireland. In addition to a cheap price tag, this hostel offers summer barbecues, live music and events, and Internet facilities.
South of the Liffey River, weary travelers can find
a bed at a number of affordable Dublin Hostels. Some choices include the Avalon House, the
Ashfield House, and the Kinlay House. Two hostels Dublin
visitors frequent are the Brewery Hostel and the Barnacles
Temple Bar House. The Brewery Hostel is actually located
next to the Guinness Brewery. It is a small, family-run
business, and patrons can lounge on the little patio out
back and use the available barbecue. The Barnacles Temple
Bar House is located within the Temple Bar, and it is
one of the best options south of the Liffey River. Although
the bar can be noisy at times, the back rooms are reasonably
quiet. In addition, travelers only have to step out of
their room to find great beverages, live music, and good
company. The Mercer Court Hostel is probably one of the
best hostels in Dublin, located on Mercer Street Lower.
It is run by the Royal College of Surgeons, and it boasts
excellent prices, a great location, and nice rooms. Besides
traditional hostels Dublin travelers can arrange to stay
at Trinity College. Although these accommodations are
a bit more expensive, college students can get a feel
for Irish college life.
But sometimes roughing it isn’t for everyone. In addition to many funky, well-maintained hostels Dublin offers a wide variety of bed and breakfast options, guest houses, and hotels, ranging from budget to expensive.