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

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

We unravel the fascinating world of the absolute BEST hostels in Dublin. On top of that, I add for you my own super-duper secret hidden gem that I highly recommend doing.

For the intrepid traveler, the city presents not just popular landmarks such as the Trinity College and Guinness Storehouse but also holds the charm of secret gardens, hidden street art, and bespoke underground bars, revealing its secrets one layer at a time to those willing to seek them out.

Here’s a sneak peek into these hostels that offer much more than just a bed to crash on.

Our favorite hostels in Dublin are:

  1. Jacobs Inn Hostel - best for Solo Travellers
  2. Gardiner House - best for Female Solo Travellers
  3. Generator Hostel - best for Couples

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We make sure all your comfort and safety needs are met in the midst of Dublin city center. We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Dublin.

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This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

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.

What do we cover in this article?
  • Fun Party hostels in Dublin
  • best hostels for solo-travellers in Dublin
  • Cheap hostels in Dublin, Ireland
  • Discounts
  • Map with all hostels + sights
  • FAQs
  • Flights to Dublin
  • 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. That being said, hostels in the area of Temple Bar are popular.

    Pub Crawl and Free Walking Tours: We highly recommend joining pub crawls for the nightlife as well as a free walking tour on your first day. This is a big thin in Dublin. Any hostel offers them or has a tour partner.

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    The 3 Best Hostels in Dublin are …

    Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Dublin.

    1. Jacobs Inn Hostel – best for Solo Travellers
    2. Gardiner House – best for Female Solo Travellers
    3. Generator Hostel – best for Couples

    These are our favorite hostels in Dublin. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.

    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 Hostel (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 Hostel here

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    Jacobs Inn Hostel Common Space

    Jacobs Inn Hostel Dorm

    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

    Check prices at:
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    Gardiner House Common Space

    Gardiner House Dorm Gardiner House Outside Space

    3. Generator Hostel (fun bar and design)

    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.

    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

    Check prices at:
    Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

    Generator Dublin Common Space

    Generator Dublin Dorm

    Generator Dublin Living Room

    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.

    Jacobs Inn is the perfect place to stay. Located in the heart of Dublin, Jacobs Inn is a budget-friendly hostel that offers comfortable rooms, modern amenities, and excellent service. Jacobs Inn offers a range of amenities that make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. The hostel has a fully equipped kitchen where you can cook your meals and save some money. There is also a cozy lounge area where you can relax, read a book, or chat with fellow travelers. The hostel also provides free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, and laundry facilities.

    The hostel has its own bar AND runs its own Pub Crawl.

    • Free Walking Tour!
    • Dublin’s BEST Pub Crawl – with Free shots and FREE VIP Club entrance!
    • The hostel also runs live music events on a regular basis
    Book Jacobs Inn Hostel here

    Check prices at:
    Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

    Jacobs Inn Hostel Bar Jacobs Inn in Dublin, one of the best hostels in Dublin, Ireland

    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 Hostel here

    Check prices at:
    Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

    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 | Hostelz.com

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

    What about the cheapest hostels in Dublin?

    Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Dublin.

    1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Dublin
    2. add your dates
    3. Order the listings by price

    Simple as that.

    Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

    Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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    How to book?

    The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

    We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

    Read: Step-by-Step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

    We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Dublin best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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    Fancy my Top Hidden Gem 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 32 coolest things to do in Dublin!

    But what about my super-duper hidden gem?

    Discover the 40 Foot: Dublin’s Special Spot

    If you’re backpacking in Dublin, you must visit a special spot called the 40 Foot. This is a place where people come to swim in the open sea. It’s located in a nice area called Sandycove, not far from the city. A long time ago, only men were allowed to swim here, but now everyone is welcome. It’s more than just a swimming spot; it’s a place where you can feel the true spirit of Dublin, meet friendly locals, and have a great time.

    Getting to the 40 Foot is easy. If you are in Dublin city centre, take the DART train from any city station to the Sandycove & Glasthule station. The journey is quick, around 20-30 minutes. Once you get off the train, it’s just a short 10-minute walk to the 40 Foot. Follow the crowd or ask any local, and you’ll find your way to this hidden treasure.

    Grab your swimming gear and head to the 40 Foot for a fun day of swimming and making new friends in a beautiful setting!

    40 Foot Dublin

    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.

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    Our Favorite Hostels in Dublin put on a map + 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!

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    The absolute top Things to do in Dublin are:

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

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    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 use Skyscanner and Omio.com to find cheap flights and good connections all over the globe.

    Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.

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    Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Dublin in style and on a budget.

    If you’re road tripping around Ireland, be sure to check out our guide to the absolute best hostels in Ireland.

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    We also created a huge guide to hostels. Here we cover how to build lifetime friendships in hostels, the perfect packing list and more.

    We also have guides on the best hostels in Europe, the best party hostels in Europe, and the best coworking hostels in Europe.

    Over to you

    Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!

    Your question will help us to improve this Dublin guide.

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    This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.

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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

    CLOSED: Oliver St. John Gogarty Hostel (Party Hostel!)

    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.

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

    CLOSED: Isaac’s Hostel

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

    Coming in as #2 party hostels for Dublin: Welcome to Isaac’s Hostel. 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.

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

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