3 Best Hostels in Dublin, Ireland – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Secured lockers under the beds
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:
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
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!
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.
Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Dublin
add your dates
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.
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.
The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app
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!
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.
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.
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!
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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 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.
Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
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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.
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:
backpacker on a budget
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.
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
Ironing equipment and
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
Isaac’s Hostel offers cheap accommodation in Dublin, best for backpackers as well.
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