3 Best Hostels in Dublin - Cobbled Streets, Creamy Guinness and a cold morning Swim

3 Best Hostels in Dublin, Ireland – Cobbled Streets, Creamy Guinness and a cold morning Swim

There is currently no 5 Star Hostel in Dublin. But never fear, we are actually working on bringing you one. In the meantime, we bring you the 3 best hostels in Dublin, hand-picked by us.

Dublin, Ireland’s capital, sits on the mouth of the River Liffey. Stroll the cobbled streets, grab a Guinness and revel in the city’s rich history.

Quick overview:

  1. Jacobs Inn Hostel – best hostel for solo-travellers
  2. Gardiner House – top pick for female solo travellers
  3. Generator Hostel – great for couples and digital nomads

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This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Dublin.

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What about Northern Ireland? Check out our guide to the best hostels in Belfast.

Yes, even those looking for a great party hostel in Dublin are catered for. Just keep scrolling. We traveled around the country for a full month.

It is such a beautiful country, and it is said Ireland has the highest variety of green coloring. We urge you to head over to Dublin but also step out of the city and explore the land itself – from Cliffs of Moher to Ring of Kerry.

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One of our 3 handpicked budget places to stay in Dublin also happens to be our absolute favorite hostels! We also cover cheap hostels in Dublin.

Quick Introduction to Dublin Hostels

Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 14€ per night up to 25€ per night. This is a rough average price per night just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Hostel Location: All hostels mentioned in this article have a great location. In general, Dublin is really walk-able. It is not a big city like Paris or London. Therefore, I would not worry too much about it.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Dublin

So, are you ready for the best hostels in Dublin?

Let’s jump right in and take you on a tour of all 3 hostels for every type of traveler: From male and female solo-travelers, couples, families and groups.

Everything you need to know is right here in this article.

Have a read, gaze at the photos, check the map and get booking – Dublin is waiting for you.

  1. Jacobs Inn Hostel – best hostel for solo-travellers
  2. Gardiner House – top pick for female solo travellers
  3. Generator Hostel – great for couples and digital nomads

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Jacobs Inn Hostel
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Gardiner House
🥳 Party Hostel:Oliver St. John Gogarty Hostel
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: Generator Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Jacobs Inn Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Generator Hostel
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Gardiner House

1. Jacobs Inn (great location + for solo-traveller)

Jacobs Inn Hostel is a spacious, bright accommodation in the heart of Dublin city center.

This is our #1 recommendation for the coolest hostels in Dublin, especially for solo-travelers!

There are rooms suitable for every traveler. Choose between private, female-only and mixed dorms. Sleeping up to 12 people!

Read: overview of different hostel room types

In need of some down time but want the social vibe of a hostel?

Check out the pod-style dorms. The curtain adds that (sometimes) necessary privacy to a dorm stay.

A free continental breakfast is available every morning before you set off on an adventure around Dublin.

Get social at Jacobs Inn Hostel by making use of the common areas. There’s plenty to do including movie streaming, Foosball, pool and board games.

Also find:

  • Bike Hire
  • Secured lockers under the beds
  • Free WiFi
  • Tour booking
  • Free breakfast

Location is important and Jacobs Inn couldn’t be in a better spot.

There is a direct 25-minute link to the airport right outside the hostel. All main sights and attractions are within a 10-minute walk. Just around the corner is The Celt Bar – a perfect place to enjoy a cold Guinness.

Jacobs Inn is the best place to stay in Dublin for:

  • solo-travellers
  • groups
Book Jacobs Inn here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Jacobs Inn Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Dublin, Ireland

Jacobs Inn Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Dublin, Ireland

2. Gardiner House (excellent social vibes)

Hands up if you’re keen for a super social hostel that throws in a bunch of freebies! Errr, yes please!

Gardiner House is an easy choice to plonk in second place.

For one thing, this hostel is set in a historic Georgian building and offers the chance to sleep in converted church with stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings and a holy water stoup!

Tip: Ask the staff about their famous and highly booked “Chapel Experience”.

Let’s make it quick and easy for you with this list of the main reasons to stay here…

  • Awesome beer garden
  • Free tea, coffee & hot chocolate
  • Free breakfast
  • BBQs in the summertime
  • 24/7 reception & superb staff

We really like the common areas here which have been well set-up to encourage strangers to become friends.

The TV room comes complete with Netlix access and a huge range of DVDs for those wet days.

Yet, if you prefer to enjoy a chat or a few games, we suggest the living room. Here you’ll find a pool table and foosball, plus plenty of comfy sofas.

To make life easier (and cheaper), there’s a guest kitchen that coomes fully equipped for making tasty meals.

Other little perks include free wifi, no curfew, laundry room and a check out time of 11am.

As for rooms? Well, there are plenty to choose from that’s for sure!

Dorms come in all different sizes with 4, 6, 8, 12, 16 and 18-bed options! The 6-bed is strictly for ladies only.

Otherwise, you could treat yourself to a private room. The options include a twin and double room, both with shared bathrooms.

Location: Everything you need is within an easy walking distance. Temple Bar is a 15 minute walk, and Dublin’s main street is just 5 minutes. Easy peasy.

Gardiner House is a great hostel pick for:

  • Female solo travellers
  • Backpackers
Book Gardiner House here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Gardiner House is one of the best hostels in Dublin, Ireland
Gardiner House

Gardiner House is one of the best hostels in Dublin, Ireland Gardiner House is one of the best hostels in Dublin, Ireland

3. Generator Hostel (fun bar and design)

Generator in Dublin offers state-of-the-art facilities, a fun atmosphere and central location all for the right price.

The design is a real mix of modern and quirky, leaving the place feeling super hip.

Check out the freebies:

  • Free WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Lockers – don’t forget to bring your own padlock!
  • Walking tour

There are also FREE events happening every night, including drinks promotions. Get ready for karaoke, DJ’s, quizzes, pool competitions, monthly themed parties and more.

The famous Temple Bar district is also just a 10-minute walk away. Read more about the temple bar and the temple bar district below.

Read: Generator Hostels – a complete guide to this hostel brand.

Reception is open 24hrs – that helps, right?! Friendly staff are at hand to point you in the direction of all the major hot-spots in Dublin.

Also, on-site this boutique-style hostel is a bar and cafe.

Generator Hostel is a great hostel pick for:

  • Couples
  • Hip traveler
  • digital nomads
Book Generator Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Generator Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Dublin, Ireland

Generator Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Dublin, Ireland

Generator Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Dublin, Ireland

Best Party Hostels in Dublin

Let us talk a little bit about the best party hostel in Dublin for all the party animals out there.

If you want to be quite literally attached to a bar; Oliver St. John Gogarty Hostel is for you.

It’s located on the cobbled streets of Temple Bar area – the liveliest and most popular area of Dublin city centre.

Gogarty’s consists of 3 bars. It is, in fact, the only hostel in Dublin to have a public bar on-site!

Feeling peckish?

Indulge in a traditional Irish meal at the pub downstairs. Stick around for the nightly live music and then hit the 18th-century streets for buzzing nightlife.

24 hour reception = no curfew.

Enjoy a free continental breakfast the morning after the night before.

Read: overview of the 7 types of hostels

Oliver St. John Gogarty is the Best Party Hostel in Dublin, Ireland

Welcome to Isaac’s Hostel in Dublin. This beautifully design hostel will give you the sensation that you are staying at a wine store.

Located in the heart of Dublin, at just 200 m from Connolly Station and 100 m from the central bus station. Also, very close to the main sites in Dublin such as Trinity College, Dublin Castle and Temple Bar  which is located just at 10-minute walk.

What can you expect at this hostel:

  • Rooms w/ shared bathrooms
  • Hairdryers
  • Hair straighteners
  • Ironing equipment and
  • Sauna

Yes, sauna, luxurious, right!

This hostel is one of the best hostels in Dublin for couples that we have picked up for you. Why?

It also offers:

  • A communal kitchen (so you can prepare you own meals)
  • Free tea and coffee available all day
  • Free WiFi
  • Free breakfast

Isaac’s Hostel offers cheap accommodation in Dublin, best for backpackers as well.

Book Isaacs Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best hostels in Dublin for couples. Best hostels in Dublin for couples.

Best hostels for solo-travellers in Dublin

Hostels in Dublin and all over Ireland are the first choice for solo travellers as they make socialising easy and fun.

As for the Irish Capital, the coolest place to stay in Dublin as a solo-traveller is Jacobs Inn!

It has a perfect location to get a drink at night, it super safe, stylish and sparkling clean.

Oh, and of course they organize several events like movie nights, game nights etc for the people to mingle.

So again, make it Jacobs Inn when traveling solo to Dublin. You will love it and have a great time, like I did!

Book Jacobs Inn here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Jacobs Inn Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Dublin, Ireland

If you are looking for lodging in Dublin,  search no more, we have added one more to this guide: The Abbey Court Hostel in Dublin.

Located at the famous O’Connell Bridge this modern hostel in Dublin offers:

  • All you can eat breakfast
  • Game and music room
  • Relaxing lounge
  • Night pub crawls events
  • Snacks and drinks available 24-hours a day
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • And free guided walking tours every day

Yes, free walking tour to start your visit to Temple Bar, Trinity College, Dublin Castle and Christchurch Cathedral which are both just 15 minutes’ walk from Abbey Court Hostel.

This hostel is the best places to stay in Dublin if you are a social solo traveller who enjoys pub crawl events which they definitely offer as well.

See you there¡

Book Abbey Court Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best place to stay in Dublin City Center. Best place to stay in Dublin City Center.

What about cheapest hostels in Dublin?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels.

We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.


The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2), and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport. It is worth it to pick a hostel in the city center of Dublin to avoid extra transport costs.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Dublin.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Dublin
  2. Order the listing by price

Make sure you read the reviews carefully. Pay special attention to the extreme comments, meaning the best and worst.

These reviews usually give you a pretty good idea what expect; and what not to expect.

Fancy 5 sweet Hidden Gems in Dublin?

As mentioned in the beginning, we spend a whole month around Ireland. It was FUN! In the process, we experienced many different landmarks, landscapes and hidden gems.

Therefore, we created a Travel Guide including 5 Hidden Gems Dublin!

We have for you 5 unique recommendations for Dublin – by friends, for friends.

The tips include:

  • A hipster brunch place to get a creamy coffee
  • Our recommendations for a great restaurant with veggie options
  • An amazing fun pub inside a demolished-looking building offering good pizza – is there really a pub inside?
  • A great café with quirky decoration and comfy sofas – have a rest!
  • Beautiful views of Dublin Bay – get out of the city!
  • We also include the best gem: A spot to go for a morning swim in the Ocean! With a bit of luck you could run into Bono from U2. Okay, this is very unlikely, but this swimming spot is nearby his neighborhood.

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Things you need to know about Dublin

Okay, we have the hidden gems covered, but what about the things you need to know beforehand?

Dublin is the capital of Ireland, English is the language and EURO the currency. It is not the capital of Northern Ireland, that is a whole different story. Once you are traveling around here, you will for sure come across more information.

Dublin and Ireland as a country is not party of the United Kingdom, but Northern Ireland is.

The most famous bar in Dublin is the super popular “Temple Bar”. Now, everybody knows this bar or let’s say term.

Yet, it is interesting to know: Temple Bar is actually the very central neighborhood.

Again, Temple Bar is a name of an area.

A very smart business guy or girl picked up this name and called his/ her bar: TEMPLE BAR.

Now this bar “Temple Bar” is a tourist magnet and maybe the most photographed sight in Dublin. Since we talk about a bar, remember you have the Guinness brewery right around the corner – it is right here in Dublin!

It is said (and we can confirm) that Guinness beer tastes different inside Ireland.

Certainly true, we think. Give it a try!

Last but not least: We recommend to join a Walking Tour at the beginning of your stay.

There are many free walking tours to pick from. Just go with the one your hostel teamed up with. All of the top hostels in Dublin we recommend work with a Free walking tour, just ask the reception desk for more information.

Any Discounts or Promo Codes?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts or Promo Codes for hostels in Dublin.

But, you can always get the 35€ discount for Airbnb here.

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Map of Best Hostels in Dublin and Main Sights

For your convenience, we’ve added our top 3 Best Hostels in Dublin, plus the party hostel on the map below.

Along with some super cool sights, you should check out!

Can we assume you’ll be visiting the Guinness Storehouse? Save time and guarantee a visit that suits you: book tickets here

The absolute top Things to do in Dublin are:

Good tip: Guinness Storehouse has a super cool roof top terrace!


If you don’t know where to start, here we shared your most asked questions.

What are the best hostels in Dublin, Ireland?

The best hostels in Dublin are in this guide we have written for you.

Here's your shortcut:

  1. Jacobs Inn Hostel - best hostel for solo-travellers
  2. Generator Hostel - best choice for couples and digital nomads
  3. Sky Backpackers - best party hostel

What are the best hostels in Dublin for solo travellers?

If we have to pick up one from our list, we recommend visiting Jacobs Inn Hostel in Dublin.

This hostel in the center of Dublin offer female-only dorms, pod-style dorms and private rooms, so they have rooms for any type of solo travellers.

And if you are a social butterfly, make use of the common areas since there are plenty to do from movie streaming, football, pool and board games.

What are the best hostels in Dublin city centre?

If you are looking for the best hostels in the heart of Dublin, we recommend you check out our three we have picked up for you.

What are the best hostels in Dublin for couples?

If you are looking for the best hostel in Dublin for couples, we recommend you to check out The Generator Hostel in Dublin.

This hostel offers state-of-the-art facilities, a fun atmosphere and central location all for the right price. The design is a real mix of modern and quirky, leaving the place feeling super hip. Great for couples, at the heart of Dublin.

Flights to Dublin?

Your backpacking trip through Ireland kicks off most likely in Dublin. The Irish capital is well connected with major cities in Europe and you can score cheap flights.

Especially since Ryanair has their headquarter based in Ireland.

We enjoy Skyscanner, Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Dublin, London and more. This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

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Over to you

By now we have given you three super cool places to stay on a budget in Dublin. And we gave you a solid introduction to sights and what to explore.

Do you have any questions? Anything not clear?

Please please bother us with your question(s) and leave a comment below.

We want to make this guide to hostels in Dublin, Ireland as useful and detailed as possible. Your question(s) actually help us to improve and helps you to get your travels sorted out.

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

Enjoy this fine hostel selection and all 5 Star Hostels.

Safe travels!

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Best Hostels in Dublin guide for packpackers

CLOSED: Sky Backpackers (Backpacker Place)

Update: Sorry folks, this hostel has permanently closed its doors. We keep this content here for your information.

A former recording studio, Sky Backpackers has been recently renovated into a cosy, colourful, musical themed youth hostel in Dublin.

Super cool: big names such as Van Morrison, David Bowie and Sinead O’Connor recorded albums here.

All linen is included in dorm rooms, some of which have en-suite attached. Towels are available for hire.

What else..

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour reception
  • Free luggage storage
  • Free walking tour every day
  • Computers, books and games

The common room is the place to be – it used to be the rehearsing studio!

Meet fellow travellers and enjoy the free themed nights here. Sunday is perhaps the best with an offer of cookies and ice-cream.

I can practically hear your mouth watering.

Sky Backpackers is in one of the best Dublin city centre locations.

Just around the corner are Liffey River, O’Connell Street and Temple Bar area.

Sky backpackers is the best hostel in Dublin for:

  • party traveler
  • backpacker on a budget
  • solo-traveler

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