top 10 hostels in Dublin

Top 10 hostels in Dublin/Ireland

Are you looking for the best hostel in Dublin, the capital city of Ireland? If so, you are in the right place as we are here to show the best 10 hostels Dublin offers.

Dublin is the largest city in Ireland. It is also a very popular European destination due to its atmosphere, famous beer, pubs, and sights. The city with youthful energy will enthrall you whether you travel solo, in a couple or with your family – there is a lot to see and go through in Dublin for everyone!

Have you ever heard about Temple Bar? it is not a bar as it would seem so, but the whole street – the center of Dublin’s city center’s nightlife and a cultural quarter at the same time. You can find there a lot of pubs, restaurants, clubs so if you like to join the visiting city night atmosphere, is Temple bar a must-see in Dublin!

There is quite windy weather in Dublin during the year and more in the Winter so you should plan to visit this city from later Spring until earlier Autumn or before Christmas due to beautiful Christmas decorations. Summer is not such warm, therefore is this season also good for visiting Dublin.

Whether you go to Dublin to try some of the offered beer or just for sightseeing, this city is also full of wonderful buildings: you can find here the oldest university in Ireland (Trinity College), Dublin Castle – one of the oldest buildings in Ireland. No worries, there is a lot of green places in Dublin so if you are tired from sightseeing, you can sit down in some of the park Dublin offering e.g. in St Stephen’s Green or in Phoenix Park.

Other landmarks and monuments include Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Mansion House, the Molly Malone statue, the complex of buildings around Leinster House, including part of the National Museum of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland (source Wikipedia).

#1 Jacobs Inn


Jacobs Inn Dublin

At Jacobs Inn, all sorts of guests are welcomed – groups, solo backpackers and families. All rooms have en-suite showers and toilets. There are two lounges to hang out in, where you can swap stories with other travelers and use the free Wi-Fi for browsing, streaming or updating your travel blog.

You’ll find Jacob’s Inn right opposite Busáras, Dublin’s main bus station.  If you’re here for the nightlife, you’ll be keen to visit Temple Bar, a Dublin staple only 15 minutes away on foot. To check out Ireland’s pub culture even closer to home, head around the corner to The Celt for a refreshing pint.

The private rooms have hotel-like bathrooms. Whichever bed you choose, you’ll get free linen. If you’re in a dorm, you’ll have your own personal locker under your bunk to keep your stuff stashed away safely. Former visitors especially appreciate the helpful and kind staff, location, cleanness, and great value for money!

#2 Sky Backpackers


Sky Backpackers

In the heart of Dublin citySky Backpackers offers budget hostel accommodation, with free high-speed Wi-Fi and regular live music. Temple Bar and O’Connell Street are just 5 minutes’ walk away. Sky Backpackers were previously the recording studio for U2, David Bowie, Def Leppard, The Cranberries and Van Morrison!

There are mixed and female-only dorms available and all are all en-suite! Free linen is included in your booking – just remember to bring your towel. They have private rooms with their own bathrooms, too. Feeling like some quiet time? Use free Wi-Fi, make for the book exchange or study your free city map.

After a day at Dublin Castle, the common lounge (The Old Rehearsal Studio) is the perfect spot to play board games with other guests. There is also a  communal kitchen with a washing machine so you can cook and do your laundry at the same time!

#3 The Times Hostel – Camden Place


The Times Hostel - Camden Place

Your Dublin experience could start at The Times Hostel – Camden Place. Let us lead you from St Patrick’s Cathedral to Trinity College on their free daily walking tour, before heading on to lively nightly pub crawl. There’s no curfew so you can dance ’til dawn if that’s your thing. Crash out in the lounge the next day and grab a board game while you refuel with a free breakfast. And with free dinner and drinks nights (not to mention Wi-Fi), staying on budget is easy.

The Times Hostel – Camden Place has a 24-hour reception and its helpful staff can assist with any inquiry about the city, from places to visit, local attractions and transport information. There is also a TV lounge, with a DVD library and board games, for guests to relax in.

Private rooms are perfect for group trips and some have en-suites. Alternatively, choose between private or shared bathrooms in mixed and female-only dorms. They’re made up with free linen, so there’s no fuss after check-in – meaning you can head straight out into the city. They have laptops and luggage lockers too.

#4 Abbey Court


Abbey Court

At Abbey Court, you can find lovely staff, free-all-you-can-eat breakfasts, They are centrally located with culture on their doorstep. It’s easy to check-in and ticks the must-see sites off your list with a daily free guided walking tour. Traveling solo? Tag onto the nightly pub crawl for socializing (and a shot or two). For downtime, head to the games room and TV room – opened 24 hours.

Free bedding and power showers in the en-suites are just a couple of perks you’ll find in the mixed and female-only dorms. Keep your belongings secure in the under-bed lockers, which are big enough for a standard backpack (just remember to bring a padlock). Traveling as a twosome? Check into a double or twin room and get your own bathroom – they’ll provide the towels so you can pack light!

24-hour reception means there’s no curfew.  Handy extras include an ATM at the front door, free Wi-Fi, and free tour maps. On a budget? Chill in their games room with a game of darts or foosball. The kitchen has loads of cooking stations so make a bowl of pasta and save those euros for the pub crawl.

#5 Ashfield Hostel


Ashfield Hostel is the most centrally located hostel in Dublin – you can find this property between Trinity College and O’Connell Bridge and one minutes’ walk from Temple Bar, Grafton Street and attractions.

Ashfield Hostel is an ideal place for travelers or backpackers needing a low-cost base in Dublin. Whether you’re visiting us solo or as a group the hostel has accommodation to suit, from private rooms to mixed and female-only dorms, all with en-suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and bed linen. There is no curfew, everyone gets their own keycard and under-bed storage cage – just bring your own padlock.

There are vending machines with drinks and light snacks. They have 24-hour reception, so you can roll up when you like, as well as a lift to help with heavy bags. Chill out and chat with fellow travelers in their common room.

#6 Gardiner House


Gardiner House

Gardiner House is in a beautiful historic building in the heart of Dublin – a 200-year-old convent, complete with Victorian chapel, that was converted into a warm, welcoming hostel. You’ll get a free breakfast, and there’s a kitchen with everything you need to cook your own meals and a garden where you can have a drink in the fresh air.

There are mixed and female-only dorms, as well as a mix of private rooms. All beds come with power and USB sockets, under-bed lockers and free linen. If you want to make your stay with us even more special, go for our Chapel Experience: you’ll sleep in the stunning surroundings of the building’s original chapel, but with all the comfort of the other dorms, of course.

The welcoming staff knows the best things to do in and around Dublin – they can offer advice and share their own go-to spots. If you feel like a night in instead, split your time between the comfortable TV room and the living room, where you can play pool, table football, and board games, listen to music, use the free Wi-Fi or have a few drinks with your fellow travelers.

#7 Abigails Hostel


Abigail Hostel Dublin


Right in the middle of Dublin’s city center, Abigails Hostel is a home away from home. This hostel welcome travelers of all ages to stay in the best location in town. And that’s no exaggeration – they’re seconds away from Trinity College, Temple Bar, and O’Connell Street. They provide you with an Irish welcome with free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and storage lockers in every room. Feeling sociable? The kitchen-diner makes the perfect morning-after meeting spot for new mates.

If you’re coming as a pair, a private twin gives you extra peace and quiet. Groups can make themselves at home in our comfy mixed and female-only dorms. They’re all en-suite, with linen included – everything you need to wake up fresh as a daisy. Forgotten your towel? No problem, you can rent one for €1. And feel free to make the most of the tea and coffee-making facilities or grab a snack from the vending machines.

#8 Four Courts Hostel


Four Courts Hostel

If you’re interested in historical Dublin, Four Courts Hostel is a good place from which to start; they’re near Christchurch Cathedral, the Guinness Storehouse, the Brazen Head (Dublin’s oldest pub) and the Jameson Distillery. Former visitors also claim the staff is ‘funny and friendly’ and ‘wonderful and so helpful’; they host free BBQs, pub crawls and walking tours so you can explore Dublin and meet other travelers as well.

Enjoy the latest movies with Netflix, Table Tennis, a pool table, board games, a book swap library in the reading room and even free guitars. If you like cooking they’ve got a large self-catering kitchen and dining area, and can also provide packed lunches and arrange meals for groups. Drinks and snacks are available anytime from our vending machine.

Twin and double rooms have bunk beds. Linen is included in the price, but take your towel with you! The 16-bed dorm and the 12-bed dorm are interconnected and share the same shower rooms. Breakfast is included in the price and has a great choice of cereals, etc.

#9 The Times Hostel – College Street


The Times Hostel - College Street

Looking for a place with a super-friendly vibe in the center of Dublin? You’ll find that here at The Times Hostel – College Street. They love to socialize, and the free walking tours usually get guests talking – if not, you’re bound to bond over our nightly bar crawls that introduce you to the legendary Irish pub scene!

Rooms have wooden floors, high ceilings, and large windows so they feel bright and spacious. You can go for the full hostel experience in a shared or female-only dorm, or couple up in a private double or twin room. Whichever you choose, all have en-suite bathrooms, lockers, and free sheets. There’s free Wi-Fi on tap and plenty of USB sockets too to keep your devices juiced up.

he friendly team at our 24-hour reception is here to make you feel welcome – they’ll book tours and organize airport shuttles. Every morning, tuck into a free breakfast and help yourself to free tea and coffee throughout the day.

#10 Garden Lane Backpackers


Garden Lane Backpackers

Garden Lane Backpackers is a brand new, stylish and contemporary hostel in a convenient city center location, the Dublin Liberties area, a neighbor of Christ church area. The staff of this hostel does everything to make your stay in Dublin as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, making you feel right at home while providing a high-quality service at a budget price.

This hostel offers comfortable accommodation in 4, 6 and 8-bed dorms (including female-only dorms) each room with its own wi-fi router. Linen is free and providing high-quality mattresses and individual reading lights to ensure a high level of comfort. Each bed also comes with its own power socket, and an under-bed locker to secure your luggage. All the dorms are cleaned daily and the beds are always made with fresh linen.

On the top floor, there is a spacious kitchen with everything you need to cook your own meals spacious fridge/storage space and tea, coffee, hot chocolate at any time. There is also a free breakfast offered every morning.

21 thoughts on “Top 10 hostels in Dublin/Ireland

  1. I have only seen Dublin on the news, in pictures and over the internet, I have a relative who lives there also. I hear it’s a very beautiful place with lots of vibe and variety. I may want to travel there some day and this is a great introduction to what I would find there in terms of hostels and accommodation. These pictures shows that these hostels are super lovely plus your detailed descriptions of these places one would not be disappointed. Now I now the first best 10 places to look at for hostel accommodation if I ever get to Dublin. 

    1. Hello!

      Thank you for your kind comment and for visiting our website! This is our goal and our passion to write about the best hostels and offer the best selection so there is no need to go through a lot of websites. So we do the job for you, later on we will add more information so there will be easier to choose the best hostel for the travelers

      Hopefully, you will have the chance to visit Dublin soon and you can probably share your own experience, we will look forward to it!

      Have a great time!

      Bye Renata

  2. This is a great article about Top 10 hostels in Dublin/Ireland. If anyone goes to Dublin / Ireland this article will help him find a good hostel. You have described the hostel issues very well. My friend wants to go to Dublin and she asked me to suggest a good hostel. I will share this article with my friend. This is a good article.

    Thank you

    1. Hello Alam!

      Thank you for your kind words, we really appreciate your kind comment! We are happy to show the best hostels in Dublin or any other European city so if needed you can come back to us, later on, there will be a lot of posts about the best hostels within Europe (and maybe on another continent as well), so there will be a lot more information for the travelers.

      Thank you for stopping by and we wish you all the best!

      Bye Renata

  3. I loved your website, the design and the colors used on it.

    I know hotel rooms prices fluctuate depending on the season but it would be great if you can provide like average prices for the hotel rooms. Plus using the Rooms photos will be much preferable for the Hotel instead of the Lounge or Recreation area.

    Other than that I really enjoyed your website.

    1. Hello Michael!

      Thank you for your kind comment and for visiting our website! About the prices – it is not possible to provide all the prices due to they differ a lot based on when you make the order, some rooms could not be available and it is simply not possible to cover everything. We believe when someone is interested in the prices, click on the link we provide is the easiest way how to check the prices for the term he needs. Also, we don´t want to mislead the visitors as most of them have their plans and room requirements. But, we appreciate your kind insight, if there would be some clear way how to provide prices, we would do that, we assure you that.

      Thank you again and we wish you all the best!

      Bye Renata

  4. First off I want to say I’ve never come cross a website such as yours! This is a very great website you have created and Ireland is one of the places are seriously on my bucket list so I’m glad to read about this. I think staying in a hostel would be a great option if someone doesn’t want to spend a bunch of money staying somewhere because you still have so many other expenses to worry about. Also it’s a great way to meet others travelling as well! I’ve been wondering about doing this myself. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Hello!

      Thank you for your kind comment and for stopping by! We appreciate your kind insight and it is a truth that when traveling there are other expenses we need to check so saving money for accommodation is really not a bad idea and therefore also our website has been set. We hope you will choose some of the listed hostels when you go to Ireland and we wish you all the best!

      Bye Renata

  5. Many thanks to you for sharing an excellent article with us .I am a traveling traveler and I went to Dublin a while ago .Because it’s my very favorite city .Dublin is Ireland’s largest city and is a very popular city because of its environment, famous beer, pubs and sights. To get a better tour of this city, I went to your article at the Jacobs Inn Hostel .The hostel is very nice to see and the atmosphere is very good .En-suite shower and toilet facilities are great and there are two lounges for hanging out, free Wi-Fi available .The Temple Bar, Dublin’s main temple, is a place to visit .All in all, the hostel was very nice to me .

    Lastly I hope through your article everyone finds a great hostel in Dublin city and they will definitely be sharing their new experiences soon.

    1. Hello Shanta!

      Nice to hear from you, thank you for your comment on the best hostels in Dublin! The city is really worth to visit and we were happy to show the best and cheap accomodation properties you can appreciate. All the properties have so many great features and if you choose some of them you will get a great place to stay. Hopefully, you will share your experience with us after returning from Dublin! Have a great time and wish you all the best! Bye Renata

  6. Wow! This is beautiful! This is kinda confusing to select as they are all equally beautiful. It will put an unending smile on my face if I’m opportuned to visit Dublin and explore the amazing features of GARDENER HOUSE especially the fact that the beds has USB sockets and power. Thanks for the review!

  7. Hi!  I´m a frequent traveller and so are my teenage children, I have passed your site details to them.  This is a useful specialised resource for Europe.  Do you plan to just focus on Europe, or do you have plans to look at hostel’s in other parts of the world?  beyond the typical hotel dot and expedia type sites,  I think this sort of specialised advice is welcome. Also great for parents, wanting to keep a discreet eye on their back-packing youngsters! Do the rankings relate to the best to the least good? Are you going to increase the number of hostels for each location?   Or are they all similarly good?  Have you stayed in any or all of them? Abigail´s hostel looks particularly nice. Well located too.

    Do you have plans for feedback on the hostels?  How about a discount scheme for people booking these hostels via your site?  What about a frequent electronic user card for discounts?  Many congrats on a great resource.

  8. Hello, You have done a grate work for travelers. Now I know Dublin is the largest city in Ireland. It is also a very popular European destination due to its atmosphere, famous beer, pubs, and sights. We are planning to visit Dublin in near future and your post will help me to find the best hotels. Thanks for your valuable time for writing such useful article on hotels.

  9. Hostels is some where one is supposed to have comfort  so has to focus Top 10 hostel in Dublin. Dublin is and amazing place in Ireland  i hostelmania is a nice place to get a good hostel i love the jacob inn to the garden lane backpackers so many amazing places like the sky backpackers the times hostel -garden place Nice review thank you love to visit some day i will make sure to share hostelmania to friends and family 

  10. I would love to visit Dublin someday just for the beer and pubs. Hostels are the cheapest way to travel especially us roamers. Between Abby Hostel and Abigails Hostel, They look clean and safe to stay in too. I think Abby Hostel sounds more reasonable since there’s no curfew and they have a storage for you to put your things in. 

  11. I love the idea of staying in Hostels when travelling. When I was young, these were called Youth Hostels. In fact, I was a member of the Youth Hostel Association (YHA). The YOUTH was a misnomer as there was no upper age limit. 

    The offerings in Dublin are simply amazing! Having the option of private rooms as well as dorms were simply not done in the Youth Hostels I visited. In those, the open hours were from around 4pm to 11am. They were essentially places to stay overnight only. I suppose it is not different to rooms in hotels being available. But in the hostels I used, the whole facilities were closed.

    My most memorable hostel was at the city jail in Ottawa, Canada. Well it WAS the old jail that was converted into a Youth Hostel. the cells were so small the wider corridors were used to place the bunk beds.

    One of the great things about Hostels was the camaraderie between visitors. They came from all over the world. And we loved to make our meals together and chat. Yes, in these places cooking and dining facilities were provided for visitors to prepare their own meals. Just like the hostels you wrote about in Dublin. 

    Anyone who wants to travel on a tight budget, Hostels are the way to go. The offerings in Dublin appear to cater to most travelers needs.

    This was fun to read and brought back happy memories.



  12. Hey, thank you so much for this article.

    I had been planning for a long time to go around in Dublin But couldn’t go because I was looking for a hotel within budget but could not find it on the internet. But your article helped me to find the hotel within my budget. Finally, I decided I’m going to Dublin and stay at the hotel #Sky Backpackers. Your article really helped me a lot. You wrote a very informative article.

    Once again thanks for this great article.

  13. I really appreciate this article. Thank you so much for sharing this great article with us. I went on a trip to Dublin with friends on vacation last year and all but liked the four-court hostel for stay a few days. Their staff was very good to use, and their rooms were nice and comfortable. All the friends stayed together in a double bed. The facilities provided by the four court hostels included table tennis, board games, playing guitar, and we all enjoyed it a lot, I still remember today. Later, when I go to Dublin again, I will be stay in four court hostels.
    I will share this post with my social media . hoping that those who want to go to Dublin will benefit.

  14. What’s so good about Dublin  Could you offer us more about the Dublin backpacker experience. For example, I was once In Munich for the October Fest. I was at a camping ground. We were part of a raucous culture of campers backpackers and Combie drivers. Aussies and Kiwis. It was crazy. Australia and New Zealand invading Munich. There was a nice cool creek running past the camping ground, there was a standing wave you cold ride a surfboard on in the creek. I swam in the creek after jogging beside it, before the madness of the afternoon and evening. The Australian New Zealand Beer hall was by far the best. In it, I had great interaction with several nationalities.

    Could you give us more of a feel for the atmosphere in Dublin? What about James Joyce?

    1. Hello Garry!

      Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comment.

      In relation to backpacker experience, this is something we will add later on, after coming back from Dublin. We will also share the experience with some of the listed hostels so there is also personal experience shared. No worries, we will add it. For now, it is important to have the listed hostels in one post so other travelers have less work with looking for the best hostel. Also, the properties sometimes change and are setting new ones so we will update the properties as well.

      We wish you a great time and thank you again for the great tips and suggestions!

      Bye Renata

  15. I love these and now I think this would be more ideal for my upcoming tour of Ireland. From this list of the top 10 hostels in Dublin I am going to decide on either Abbey Court (#4) or Sky Backpackers (#2). Though it would be really cool to stay in the former recording studio of Def Leppard and U2, both favorite groups of mine, I really like the look and description of Abbey Court.

    Being I am someone who is a gamer and fan of games that are great for social gatherings like Cosmic Wimp Out and LCR, I can see getting some fun times in that Abbey Court game room. Plus the nightly pub crawl, nearby ATM and no curfew, this sounds like my type of place. Would you happen to know how far is Dublin Airport to Abbey Court and Sky Backpackers?

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