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.
We make sure all your comfort and safety needs are met in the midst of Dublin city center.
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.
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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Quick Introduction to Dublin Hostels
Average price for a bed: Quite pricey for European standards, yet a budget option. A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 12€ per night up to 20€ per night. This is a rough average price per night just to give you an idea.
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 walkable. 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.
- Jacobs Inn Hostel – best hostel for solo-travellers
- Generator Hostel – best choice for couples and digital nomads
- Sky Backpackers – best party hostel
1. Jacobs Inn (great location + design)
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.
This is one of the best hostels in Dublin 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.
- Bike Hire
- Secured lockers under the beds
- Free Wi-Fi
- 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 a great hostel pick for:
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2. Generator Hostel (fun bar and good price)
Generator 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.
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.
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:
- Hip traveler
- digital nomads
3. Sky Backpackers (the place of musical legends)
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.
- 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
Best Party Hostel 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!
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
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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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.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Dublin
- Order the listing by price
Hostelworld usually offers good rates as well as deals.
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.
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:
- Guinness Storehouse
- Dublin Castle
- Temple Bar (the bar itself)
- Giant’s Causeway Full-Day Tour from Dublin
- Jameson Whiskey Distillery
- last but not least: The most fun Pub Crawl in town
Good tip: Guinness Storehouse has a super cool roof top terrace!
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 is based in Ireland.
We enjoy 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.
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!
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How to book the 3 Best Hostels in Dublin?
We fully recommend every single hostel in this list as a top hostel choice for Dublin!
For every hostel introduced, we gave you the best ways to book them online. Please scroll back up to the hostel you are interested in to find the direct links.
Here you can find
Hostel Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries