Best Hostels in Ireland

Hello and welcome to the best Hostels in Ireland. This list will help you backpacking Ireland like a boss. We found many fantastic hostels from Dublin, Galway, Killarney.

Are these the best Hostels in Ireland?

Is the pope religious?

The quality of hostels in Ireland varies a lot. You can find really worn-out, old hostels up to absolutely incredible places.

In this list we give you a wide range of hostels; from design hostels to Backpacker and Party Hostels. All are great! Just choose the right hostel for your own travel style.

Put on a map: best hostels in Ireland

In this map we show all 5 Star Hostels and destinations we cover. Please zoom in to Ireland and area to have a closer look.

1 hostel per destination

We only pick the #1 hostel for all destinations.

We unbox the hostels and check all their pros and cons. For each destination, there can be only 1 hostel a 5 Star-Awarded Hostel. This is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.

And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.

Update: We now cover as well curated 3-best hostels guides to cities like Paris, Barcelona, and Prague.

How to book Hostels in Ireland?

In every destination guide and hostel review we give you the options to book (Hostelgeeks does not offer a booking service).

All 5 Star Hostels are cheaper when booking through the official website. We give you the direct access so you can save some travel-money. Hurray!

For the other hostel-destination guides we give you the most popular booking platforms, and ways to get better prices. The websites are:

Read our guide on how to book hostels (with websites to use)

Hostel Guide

We know so many hostels in Europe, we actually stayed in so so many hostels across the world. We are traveling non-stop since 2007, discovering coolest places around. Therefore, we decided to put together this list of great Italian Hostels.

And not just that.

We also created a big guide to Hostels.

We will show you how to book your hostel in a smart way, what to take into account and more smart tips.

Here you find ALL our articles about hostels.

List of the Best hostels in Ireland

Enough of that. Let’s jump right into the cool hostels.

Best hostel in Galway: The NEST Boutique Hostel

Best hostel in Galway: The NEST Boutique Hostel

Experience the best of beautiful Galway at The Nest. The design is funky, industrial and function-al.

The environment is cozy, great for hanging out, reading a book and mingling with other guests. What about the design? Well, let us put it this way:

It’s an epic hostel! Stay here, enjoy the discount, thanks us later!

We traveled through Ireland, and visited Galway, Dublin, Killarney and more on our round-trip. We recommend staying minimum 2 nights in Galway.

At the Nest you have all the amenities on your doorstep, yet you are away from the noise. Only
2 min to the Galway Bay and its promenade, and 20 min to the city center. further along the street you’ll find coffee shops, a supermarket, numerous restaurants and a microbrewery.

  • Dorm beds start from 20€/ night
  • Private rooms start from 34€/ night

Compare prices at: | Hostelworld

 Best hostel in Killarney: The Black Sheep

Best hostel in Limerick: Ballyhoura Luxury

A luxury hostel, often referred to as a hidden gem, located in the picturesque mountain village of Kilnane , Limerick. The beds at Ballyhoura are made of solid hardwood, with extremely comfortable mattresses and 100% Egyptian cotton linen. The living room is large and cosy with an open re and big comfy couches.

The warm Irish welcome from Séamus and Teresa immediately puts people at ease and sets the tone for a comfortable and relaxing stay, where you can unwind and recharge your batteries.

Oh, and there is also a sauna - SCORE!

The central location in Southern Ireland make this spot an ideal base from which to explore all the hotspots and also hidden gems of Munster. Locat-ed in the mountain village of Kil nane with shops, pubs and restaurant just a stroll up the street. It’s a very friendly and safe destination, untouched by the Celtic tiger, remaining authentic and quaint.

Nestled in the Ballyhoura mountains, there are many lovely hill walks that can be taken directly from the hostel. Other outdoor activities include mountain biking, horse trekking, clay pigeon/air rifle e shooting and archery. The quiet road network here is perfect for road biking.

  • Dorm beds start from 25€/ night
  • Private rooms start from 35€/ night

Compare prices at: | Hostelworld

Best hostel in Limerick: Ballyhoura Luxury
Best hostel in Killarney: The Black Sheep

Really cool hostel created with the backpacker in mind. Custom created bunk beds with own privacy curtains and under bed lockers, personal lights and power sockets. In the sitting room you will nd a well stocked library and an open replace to relax, play guitar or some board games.

The Black Sheep has its own south facing garden with organic veggies and free range chickens. Guest are free to roam the garden and chill in the patio or bbq area. The hostel has an eco-friendly outdoor ethos and they love to meet fellow back- packers who love nature and the outdoors.

Located in the centre of Killarney, a small town in an amazing natural setting. From the world fa- mous scenic drives of the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula to Killarney National Park and the Lakes of Killarney there is plenty to see and do. Whether you like to walk in the park, cycle through the Gap of Dunloe or climb Ireland’s Highest Mountain Car- rauntohill you will never be short of activities.

  • Dorm beds start from 16€/ night
  • Private rooms start from 30€/ night

Compare prices at: | Hostelworld

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Hostel Packing List

Okay, after finding all these super cool places, it’s 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 need to pack.

The main things to pack are:

Read the full packing list here.

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Staying up to date

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