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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.