Dublin Is Full Of High Class Hostels With Plenty Of Freebies



Long gone is the norm of dingy hostels without sheets or security in the wrong part of town. Dublin's hostels are all furnished and equipped to the highest standards and as a result they are each trying to outdo each other in terms of fun activities and free added extras in order to make themselves top of the pile. 

Most of these hostels are located in or around Dublin's party centre, Temple Bar, and none are far out of reach of the city's main attractions. Excellent security facilities, free internet and linen combined with secure parking mean that you won't have to worry about your belongings while you take to the streets to soak up Dublin culture before hitting the pubs and clubs all night. For the nights you want to take it easy there is a wealth of cinema rooms, games rooms, special free food nights and walking tours for those who want some structured fun to see the city or simply walk off a hangover.

The emphasis seems to be very much on making friends, going out and having a good time and most of these hostels seem intent on making it possible for you to return at any time, day or night. Rest assured if you're drinking in Temple Bar you might be glad of the late night receptionist.

 



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The Generator is part of a chain of European hostels that pride themselves on good prices, a buzzing atmosphere and the Dublin branch has just been voted number 1. hostel in Dublin on TripAdvisor. The parties and events thrown on site include karaoke nights, movie clubs and live performances and facilities such as a cinema room, self-service Guinness stand and deals with the nearby Jameson Distillery mean that you're well catered for. En-suite rooms that are safe and clean with free wifi, bed linen and towels at excellent prices make this a great spot to pitch up.


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The Times Hostel offers everything a backpacker could possibly dream of: central location, ensuite bathrooms, free wifi and a litany of fun activities, tours and ideas to really make your stay in Dublin worthwhile. You'll be staying next to one of Dublin's most vibrant nightclub quarters and events like free ice cream parties and walking tours around some of Dublin's best attractions will make the hangovers seem even more endurable. If you're feeling homesick they also offer free phonecalls to landlines in over 40 countries so you can tell your Mom just how much fun you're having.


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If medieval Dublin is your bag then the Four Courts Hostel should be your base camp during your stay. Located near to Christchurch, the Jameson Distillery and Dublin's Oldest pub The Brazen Head this hostel offers plenty of communal space and free BBQs, walking tours and pub crawls for your enjoyment. Throw in free pancake and pizza nights, a book swap library and guitars on hand to jam away and you've got the ultimate fun house in the city's historical centre. This is definitely a hostel centred around going out and having a good time - the free bottled water catering to hangovers makes sure of that!


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Harvey's is more a guesthouse than a hostel and its lovely Georgian townhouse surroundings attest to that. Located on Gardiner Street just a ten minute walk from the O'Connell Bridge you can expect old Dublin charm and wonderful facilities from this 18th century building. There are beautiful sleigh beds, breakfast buffet and a private parking facility to ensure a peaceful stay and proprietor Eilis is on hand to answer questions and provide a more personal touch to proceedings. This is the perfect place to stay for those looking to get a great price without the rowdy hostel atmosphere.


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Barnacles Hostel Temple Bar

 

Voted number 1 hostel in Ireland for this year it's not hard to see why people keep coming back to Barnacles in Temple Bar. The rooms are spacious and immaculately clean and you really can't get better location-wise. However, it's the added extras that make Barnacles a top class hostel with ensuites, laundry service, pub crawls and a lounge with an extensive DVD collection for you to peruse during your downtime. There's no curfew so you'll have all the time in the world to explore your surroundings and get a real feel for the colorful neighborhood that is Temple Bar.


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Abbey Court

 

If a river view and 'spotless' interiors is what you're after then the Abbey Court is where to head. Situated opposite Temple Bar and nearby to O'Connell Street Abbey Court is an immaculate hostel with plenty of fun amenities to add to your stay. Stay in and avail of the cinema room, hammock room or games room complete with table tennis table, Xbox and Wii or make use of their Job Board to see what the city has on offer for you. Free towels and all-you-can-eat breakfast are just some of the reasons to choose the Abbey Court above others.


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Oliver St John Gogarty Hostel & Penthouse Apartments


 

If you want the value of a high-end hostel but with the privacy of your own apartment then the Oliver St John Gogarty Penthouses are for you. Located in Temple Bar above the pub of the same name these apartments cater for up to 26 people in adjoining apartments making it the perfect place to house large groups of travelers in the same venue. Your Dublin HQ consists of a fully fitted kitchen, TV, free wifi, outside communal seating area and secure parking nearby. You'll be right in the heart of the city so all attractions and pubs will be in walking distance and without a curfew you'll be free to enjoy everything as late as you please.


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Ashfield House Hostel Dublin

 

Ashfield House is another Dublin hostel that can boast a central location and nice finishing touches to make it one of the best budget places to stay in the capital. Located on D'Olier Street just minutes from both Grafton Street and O'Connell Street this is a nice, clean hostel that offers free luggage storage, fantastic cooked breakfasts and an 'Eat Me, I'm Free' cupboard for its guests to avail of. An 18 bed dorm means that it can accomodate larger groups and with a free guided walking tour of Dublin thrown into the mix it's a perfect location to house them.


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Avalon House

 

Avalon House is located near to the busy nightlife quarter around Wexford Street and Camden Street. This hostel is focussed around the social aspect and offers a large lounge with foosball, a table tennis table and a playstation while free films play each night in the movie room. Free walking tours, laundry service and bike hire are also available on site and if you're dying for a morning coffee then just pop next door to the Bald Barista which is one of Dublin's best loved caf?--s. Throw in the fact that the Avalon is powered through wind and solar power and you have a winning combination.


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Jacobs Inn - Hostel


 

Jacob's Inn is located nearby to Connolly Station which makes it super convenient for those travelling around Ireland either before or after their stay. All the rooms here are en-suite and previous guests often lovingly compare it to a more hotel-like feel. The rooms come complete with flat screen televisions and private shower facilities and there are two large lounge areas with free wifi, skype headsets and luggage scales. If you're looking for entertainment then there is plenty on offer with live music, Irish dance nights and big-screen movies on offer throughout the week.


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