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The Best Backpacker Hostels in Dublin

Hostels closest to the city’s center may be a bit more expensive, but it’s worth it! Here, we have put together our Top 10 Best Backpacker Hostels in Dublin, Ireland.

1. Sky Backpackers Dublin
2-4 Litton Lane, Dublin 1, Dublin

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This hostel was originally the Litton Lane Rehearsal & Recording Studios where clients such as U2, Sinead O’ Connor, Def Leppard, Van Morrison, and many more have made an appearance. This hostel is one of the best backpacker hostels in Dublin for budget travelers.

GUEST SERVICE: 24-hour reception and security, tours/travel desk
TRANSPORT/TRANSFERS: Airport, shuttle bus
FREE: Wi-fi/ Internet access, International landline calls and luggage storage,

Everyday: Free Walking Tour
Tuesday: Free Pancakes
Wednesday: Game Night
Thursday: Sangria Night
Friday: Gig/ Irish Dancing and Story telling
Saturday morning: Free Howth tour
Saturday evening: Free Guinness stew

RECREATION: Common room with games and DVDs, live music
OTHER FEATURES: Let the employees know if you play music and they will try to set up a gig in return for discounted/free accommodation.
HOUSEKEEPING: Linen included
NEARBY PLACES: River LiffeyHa’Penny Bridge, O’Connell Street, Temple Bar Area.
WEBSITE: Sky Backpackers – [eafl id=6444 name=”Sky Backpackers Dublin” text=”Book on Booking.com”]
 

2. Abigail’s Hostel Dublin
7 – 9 Aston Quay, Dublin 2, Dublin

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GUEST SERVICE: 24-hour reception and security
FREE: Wi-fi/ Internet access and daily guided walking tours of Dublin.
RECREATION: Common room with cable T.V., board games and book exchange
OTHER FEATURES: Breakfast included
HOUSEKEEPING: Linen included
NEARBY PLACES: National Wax Museum Plus, Oliver St John Gogarty, Elephant & Castle, Dublin Musical Pub Crawl
WEBSITE: Abigails Hostel – [eafl id=6445 name=”Abigails Hostel Dublin” text=”Book on Booking.com”]

3. Oliver St. John Gogarty’s Hostel
Anglesea Street, Temple Bar Dublin

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This historic hostel is located in the midst of the artistic, bohemian and cultural quarter of Dublin. It is also part of the famous Oliver St John Gogarty’s Irish Bar where there is live music! This is especially great if you’re a party person! Party hostels are all of the rage these days making St. Johns the third spot in our best backpacker hostels in Dublin.

GUEST SERVICE: 24-hour reception and security, tours/travel desk
FREE: Wi-fi and continental breakfast
RECREATION: Book exchange and a common room
OTHER FEATURES: ATMs, discounts to some attractions and 3 bars—including Temple Bar and a restaurant on the top floor.
HOUSEKEEPING: Linen included and laundry facilities
NEARBY PLACES: Bank of Ireland, Auld Dubliner, National Wax Museum Plus, Dublin Musical Pub Crawl

WESBITE: Gogarty’s –  [eafl id=6446 name=”Oliver St John Dublin” text=”Book on Booking.com”]

4. Mec Hostel Dublin

42 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1, Dublin
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The Mec Hostel in Dublin originated from an 18th-century Gregorian former school building and is situated on one of Dublin’s most picturesque and charming streets.
GUEST SERVICE: 24-hour reception and security, tours/travel desk
TRANSPORT/TRANSFERS: Airport and shuttle bus
FREE: Wi-fi/ Internet access on 4 computers and table tennis
RECREATION: Game lounge, snooker, tennis court and common room with cable T.V.
OTHER FEATURES: Fully equipped self-catering kitchen with lockers and an outdoor terrace
HOUSEKEEPING: Linen included
MEALS: Valued breakfast that can also be arranged for group meals and packed lunches
NEARBY PLACES: O’Connell Street, historic GPO, the Dublin Spire, Dublin’s largest shopping district, Temple Bar, Trinity College, Jameson Distillery, The James Joyce Centre, Dublin’s Writers Museum, Croke Park and the O2.
WEBSITE: Mec Hostel [eafl id=6447 name=”Mec Hostel Dublin” text=”Book on Booking.com”]

5.  Kinlay House
2-12 Lord Edward St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

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Nestled in the heart of Dublin and surrounded by major attractions, this high-rated hostel offers a slew of premium amenities. Kinlay House is truly worth staying at with more than 30 rooms and its own grocery/convenience store.

GUEST SERVICE: 24-hour front desk and tours/ticket assistance.
FREE:  Wi-fi, complimentary breakfast
RECREATION:  Common lounge with T.V. and a pool table
HOUSEKEEPING: Laundry service and dry cleaning available
OTHER FEATURES: Convenience store/grocery, and safe deposit box at the front desk
NEARBY PLACES: Chester Beatty Library and Gallery of Oriental Art, Mother, Bottega Toffoli, Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar

WEBSITE: Kinlay House Dublin -[eafl id=6448 name=”Kinlay House Dublin” text=”Book on Booking.com”]

6. Dublin International Hostel
Mountjoy Street, Dublin

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Dublin International Hostel was formerly a convent and is completed with stained-glass windows. This award-winning hostel has both private and shared bathrooms; free and secure private parking; currency exchange services and is a non-smoking facility.
GUEST SERVICE: 24-hour reception, tours/ticket desk
FREE: Wi-fi, continental breakfast
RECREATION: Common room with billiards
OTHER FEATURES: Garden terrace, vending machines and meeting rooms
HOUSEKEEPING: Laundry facilities
MEALS: Available home-cooked meals, free breakfast
NEARBY PLACES: Dublin City Gallery–The Hugh Lane, Irish Writers Centre and Dublin Writers Museum
WEBSITE: Dublin International Hostel [eafl id=6449 name=”Dublin International Hostel” text=”Book on Booking.com”]
 

7. Generator Hostel Dublin

Smithfield Square, Dublin 7, Dublin


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This award-winning hostel is definitely one of the best with a hip and stylish atmosphere, and is very popular among young backpackers!

GUEST SERVICE: 24-hour reception and security, tours/travel desk
FREE: Wi-fi/ Internet access
RECREATION: Common and game room with a pool table
OTHER FEATURES: Cafe/bar
HOUSEKEEPING: Laundry and bed linens included
NEARBY PLACES: Lighthouse Cinema, James Joyce House of the Dead, St Michan’s Church, Old Jameson Distillery and Third Space
 WEBSITE: Generator Hostel Dublin [eafl id=6450 name=”Generator Hostel Dublin” text=”Book on Booking.com”]
 

8. The Times Hostel

8-9 Camden Place, Dublin
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This cozy backpackers hostel is located in Village Quarter and offers its guests with a slew of amazing free things!
 
GUEST SERVICE: 24-hour reception and security, tours/travel desk
TRANSPORT/TRANSFERS: Airport
FREE STUFF: Wi-fi/ Internet access, International land-line calls to 40 countries; all-day tea, coffee, hot chocolate; welcome drinks, luggage storage; and free weekly events
Every day: Walking tours, nightly pub crawls
Monday: Free ice cream party
Tuesday: Free wine and cheese
Wednesday: Free dinner
Thursday: Pub crawl with free beer
Saturday (seasonal): Free tour to Howth
RECREATION: Common room with cable T.V., board games and DVD’s
OTHER FEATURES: Fully equipped self-catering kitchen with lockers and an outdoor terrace
HOUSEKEEPING: Laundry facilities
NEARBY PLACES: Grafton Street, St. Stephen’s Green and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Temple Bar and Trinity College
WESBITE: The Times Hostel – [eafl id=6451 name=”The Times Hostel Dublin” text=”Book on Booking.com”]

9. Jacobs Inn

21-28 Talbot Pl, Dublin 1
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Jacobs Inn is clean, comfortable and accepts groups in all sizes. It’s also  only 25 minutes away from the Dublin Airport, and is right next to Isaacs, its sister hostel.
GUEST SERVICE: 24-hour reception and security, tours/travel desk
TRANSFERS: Airport, shuttle bus
FREE:  Wi-fi/ Internet access, Skype headsets, luggage scales, guided walking tours, live music, big-screen movies and complimentary breakfast
RECREATION:  Common room with a T.V., pool table, PlayStation, board games, DVDs and book exchange
HOUSEKEEPING: Laundry Facilities and bed linens Included
OTHER FEATURES: Bicycle hire, outdoor terrace
NEARBY PLACES:  Busaras, Connolly train station, LUAS, O’Connell St, O2, Croke Park, Aviva Stadium, Trinity College, Temple Bar and plenty of bars/cafes.

WEBSITE: Jacobs Inn – [eafl id=6452 name=”Jacobs Inn Hostel Dublin” text=”Book on Booking.com”]

10. Isaacs Hostel
2-5 Frenchmans Lane, Dublin 1, Dublin

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Issacs Hostel is highly popular among travelers and is known for its ambiance. The hostel is set in a 200-year-old wine vault. With live music, lots of in-house events, vibrant and colorful rooms and it’s close proximity to the Dublin Airport—this hostel has earned the love of many backpackers around the world.

GUEST SERVICE: 24-hour reception and security, tours/travel desk
TRANSPORT/TRANSFERS: Airport and shuttle bus
FREE: Wi-fi/ Internet access, breakfast, sauna, guided tours and live music
RECREATION: Common and game room with a pool table
MEALS: Free breakfast
HOUSEKEEPING: Laundry facilities and bed linens included
OTHER FEATURES: Drink your own beer in the reception bar
NEARBY PLACES: 1916 Easter Rising Coach Tour, Abbey Theatre and Custom House Visitor Centre
WEBSITE: Isaacs Hostel – [eafl id=6453 name=”Isaacs Hostel Dublin” text=”Book on Booking.com”]
 

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