20 COOLEST Hostels in Dublin (2019 • Insider Guide!)

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Backpacking Dublin is an absolute treat.

The city is surrounded by amazing sights, legendary breweries, great food, and enough history to fill a thousand fine print books.

The Irish capital is a bit out of the way of the typical backpacker’s trail, and because of this, it feels less congested and less compromised than other European backpacking destinations.

An evening out on the town in Dublin is bound to be a night to remember (or not).

But when the party ends, where will you lay your head? Where are all of the best hostels in Dublin hiding out?

With dozens upon dozens of hostels available, choosing where to stay in Dublin can be a real struggle. This is exactly why I made this list of the 20 best hostels in Dublin.

I’ve organized Dublin’s highest reviewed and most loved hostels into different categories so that you can find the best hostel in Dublin to suit your needs as a traveler.

Every backpacker is different. I am certain that somewhere in my list of the best hostels in Dublin you will find the perfect spot that stands out.

Whether you are looking to socialize, have some privacy, get some work done, or just save some money, this traveler-curated inventory of the best hostels in Dublin will save you some serious time and money, so you can spend time focusing on what matters – backpacking Dublin!

The Irish people are some of the easiest going, (dirty) joke-loving folks you’ll find anywhere. Spend more time hanging out with them and less time thinking about where to stay.

But first…

Let’s take a look at the 20 best hostels in Dublin…

 

Quick Answer – The Best Hostels in Dublin

Best Hostels in Dublin

Backpacking through Dublin? Our list of the best hostels in Dublin has got you covered!

 

What to Look for in the Best Hostels in Dublin

Most of the hostels in Dublin have good-to-great ratings, so what is best is completely up to your needs. But when it comes to what’s important when picking a hostel (all of which is covered in the Backpacker’s Bible) there are a few specific things to always take into consideration…

  • Location – The 40th most populated city in Europe, Dublin is a bit small when compared to it’s more popular European brothers, which is good for travelers. If you are looking to save a few Euros you can book a hostel outside the city limits and rely on Dublin’s impressive public transit to get you around.
  • Price – The Price of Travel puts Dublin at $71 a day, which sounds just about right to me. If you keep drinking and sightseeing to a minimum (entrance fees in Europe can be a bitch) then you can get this number much, much lower. Also, keep an eye out for…
  • Hostel Amenities –  The Irish are reputable for taking their brekkie VERY seriously, and when it comes to free breakfast – Irish hostels don’t disappoint! One of the is the most important lessons while traveling is the free-hostel-breakfast-hack, and the large majority of hostels in Dublin provide some sort of free breakfast. Take advantage and enjoy some rashers and bangers!
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tbb2-table__imageBest Hostel for Solo Travellers in DublinBest Hostel for Solo Travellers in DublinIssacs Hostel

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tbb2-table__imageBest Cheap Hostel in DublinBest Cheap Hostel in DublinKinlay House

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tbb2-table__imageBest Hostel for Couples in DublinBest Hostel for Couples in DublinAbbey Court

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tbb2-table__imageBest Party Hostel in DublinBest Party Hostel in DublinBarnacles Temple Bar House

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tbb2-table__imageBest Hostel for Digital Nomads in DublinBest Hostel for Digital Nomads in DublinAbigails Hostel

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tbb2-table__imageBest Hostel with a Private Room in DublinBest Hostel with a Private Room in DublinThe Times Hostel – College Street

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The 20 Best Hostels in Dublin

Overall Best Hostel in Dublin – Sky Backpackers

Sky Backpackers best hostels in Dublin

A solid hostel, Sky Backpacker’s is our top hostel in Dublin for 2019

– $$$

– Self Catering Facilities

– Free Events Daily

– Tours & Travel Desk

Sky Backpackers is the hands-down winner of the best overall hostel in Dublin in 2019. Sky Backpackers is actually in a former recording studio where superstars like U2, Def Leppard, and Van Morrison recorded their masterpieces; you get to sleep in a piece of living history! What makes Sky Backpackers the best hostel in Dublin is the daily free walking tours of the city and nightly free food events. Be sure to stay on a Tuesday to get in on free wine and cheese night!

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Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Dublin – Issacs Hostel

Issacs Hostel best hostels in Dublin

The best hostel for solo travelers in Dublin is Issacs Hostel

– $$

– Free breakfast

– Free sauna

– Free Walking Tours

Issacs Hostel is not only the best hostel for solo travellers in Dublin but one of the best backpackers hostels in all of Ireland! You get incredible value for money staying here, free wifi, free sauna and free daily walking tours, you’ll never want to leave. Issacs is a top hostel in Dublin and has been one of the most popular backpackers for decades. For solo travellers, Issacs is a great shout as they’re always busy so there’s always lots of new people to meet and hang out with. Issacs offers classic Irish hospitality, a welcoming smile and is truly a home from home.

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Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Dublin #2 – Spire Hostel

Spire Hostel best hostels in Dublin

Spire Hostel is another one of the best hostels in Dublin for solo travelers

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– Free Breakfast

– Self Catering Facilities

– Free City Tour

Spire Hostel comes as a highly recommended hostel in Dublin for its awesome location, and is one of the best hostel in dublin for solo travelers. Spire Hostel proudly claims to be the most central hostel in Dublin and they can’t be too far wrong. If you can time your visit to Dublin on a Saturday you’ll have the chance to be a part of their free events, anything from live music to free drinks. Be sure to take a look at the discounted tours and entry tickets offered at the tours and travel desk – great for meeting other solo travelers! Free wifi is available throughout the building including in dorm rooms, another reason to love Spire Hostel.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Dublin #1 – Kinlay House

Kinlay House best hostels in Dublin

Kinlay House is a great pick for a budget/cheap hostel in Dublin

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– Free Breakfast

– Self Catering Facilities

– Late Check-Out

Full of freebies and friendly faces the best cheap hostel in Dublin is, of course, Kinlay House. Free wifi, free breakfast, free walking tours and free late check-out you’ll fall in love with Kinlay House. Easily the best budget hostel in Dublin, Kinlay House has been serving backpackers for nearly 25 years and have got the hostel vibe on point. Right in the heart of Temple Bar, you’re never too far from an Irish jig or refreshing pint of Guinness while staying at Kinlay House.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Dublin #2 – Oliver St. John Gogarty Hostel

Oliver St. John Gogarty Hostel best hostels in Dublin

For one of the best cheap hostels in Dublin look no further than St. John Gogarty.

– $

– Free Breakfast

– Self Catering Facilities

– Bar & Restaurant Onsite

The Oliver St. John Gogarty Hostel leaves backpackers with a difficult question to answer; cook your own food in the fully equipped guest kitchen or be lazy and enjoy a classic, hearty Irish meal at the onsite restaurant. Call it a cultural experience and dig into a warming Irish stew, you won’t regret it! If you fancy a bit of an Irish jig you’ll love Oliver St. John Gogarty Hostel as they have live music every night! Oliver St. John Gogarty Hostel is a classic Dublin backpackers hostel loved by backpackers across the globe.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Dublin #3 – Dublin International YHA

Dublin International YHA  best hostels in Dublin

The Dublin International is definitely one of the best cheap hostels in Dublin.

– $

– Free Breakfast

– Free Parking

– Late Check-Out

You can never go wrong with a YHA hostel and Dublin YHA is no exception. Dublin YHA is a top hostel in Dublin for travellers on a shoestring budget, they have dorms for less than €12 a night, including breakfast! The free wifi throughout the building is perfect for digital nomads or those who want to share their Dublin adventures on Facebook or Insta. The sofas in the common room are easily the comfiest seats in the city and the ideal spot to curl up in and catch up on your travel journal!

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Best Hostel for Couples in Dublin – Abbey Court

Abbey Court best hostels in Dublin

Abbey Court is a top hostel in Dublin for all travelers (especially couples!)

– $$

– Free Breakfast

– Free Walking Tour

– Self Catering Facilities

Abbey Court is without a doubt the best hostel for couples in Dublin in 2019. If you and your beau want to escape the dorms for the night but not break the bank you have to head to Abbey Court. The free all-you-can-eat breakfast further sweetens the already affordable room rates. Every morning Abbey Court Hostel run a free walking tour of the city, the perfect way to find your feet before you get exploring on your own terms. Abbey Court is a great youth hostel in Dublin as they run free to join pub-crawls every night.

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Best Party Hostel in Dublin – Barnacles Temple Bar House

Barnacles Temple Bar House best hostels in Dublin

Barnacles Temple has a bar and great party-location, making it our pick for the best party hostel in Dublin

– $$

– Free Breakfast

– Self Catering Facilities

– Free Walking Tour

It doesn’t get much better than this, Barnacles Temple Bar House, the best party hostel in Dublin. Set right in the heart of Temple Bar, Dublin’s infamous drinking district, if you’re heading to Dublin for a good time be sure to head to Barnacles! As a highly recommended hostel in Dublin Barnacles offers guests a free breakfast and free walking tours of the city. They have everything the modern backpacker could need; laundry facilities, fully equipped kitchen, mini supermarket and a shuttle bus to the airport.

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Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Dublin – Abigails Hostel

Abigails Hostel best hostels in Dublin

Ample work space and free solid wifi make Abigails Hostel a great pick for all travelers (especially Digital Nomads!)

– $$

– Free Breakfast

– Self Catering Facilities

– Free Walking Tour

If you are a Digital Nomad, you know how important a workspace is, and the large common room and guest kitchen/dining room is what makes Abigail’s Hostel the best hostel for Digital Nomads in Dublin. Not only do Digital Nomads get unlimited internet access but a free breakfast to fuel them up for the working day ahead. After a long day on the laptop Digital Nomads will be happy to hear that Temple Bar is just a 1-minute walk away so you can reward yourself with a liquid refreshment and mingle with locals and travellers alike. As a Dublin backpackers hostel in Temple Bar Abigail’s has some tough competition but they rock regardless!

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Best Hostel with a Private Room in Dublin – The Times Hostel – College Street

The Times Hostel - College Street best hostels in Dublin

The Times is one of the best hostels in Dublin with a private room on offer.

– $$

– Self Catering Facilities

– Free Event Nights

– Laundry Facilities

The Times Hostel College Street is a classic Dublin backpackers hostel. Their staff are super friendly and have tonnes of local know-how to share with guests. They host a special, free, event night every evening of the week. Free cheese and wine on Tuesdays, anyone? Or perhaps a free dinner on a Wednesday? Backpackers love that The Times College Street offers free tea, coffee, and hot chocolate all day every day; especially important during the chilly Irish winters after returning from their free daily walking tour of Dublin city!

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More of the best hostels in Dublin

Ashfield Hostel

Ashfield Hostel best hostels in Dublin

– $$

– Free Breakfast

– Self Catering Facilities

– Free City Maps & Guides

Ashfield Hostel is a great Dublin backpackers hostel, they offer a free breakfast as well as free unlimited wifi to their guests. Only a one minute walk away from Trinity College, O’Connell Street and of course, Temple Bar, you’re right at the heart of the action. The Ashfield Hostel team are incredibly friendly and are on hand 24/7 to help out any guests in need. Their fully equipped kitchen is great for backpackers who want to keep the food costs down, this makes Ashfield Hostel a great budget hostel in Dublin in 2019.

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Gardiner House

Gardiner House best hostels in Dublin

– $$$

– Free Breakfast

– Self Catering Facilities

– Laundry Facilities

Gardiner House is a highly recommended hostel in Dublin, partly for their free breakfast and lovely staff, and partly for their super chill hangout zones complete with table football and pool tables. If you’re coming to Dublin to watch the rugby Gardiner House is perfect as it’s just around the corner from the Croke Park (aka Aviva Stadium), the team at reception can give you directions. Gardiner House has partnered with local tour providers to offer guests the cheapest rates on Dublin’s bucket-list attractions.

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Jacobs Inn

Jacobs Inn best hostels in Dublin

– $

– Free Breakfast

– Self Catering Facilities

– Late Check-Out

Jacobs Inn is probably the coolest hostel in Dublin as it’s the only purpose-built hostel in the city. Each dorm room has its own en-suite meaning guests don’t have to traipse through common areas in a towel and flip-flops! Colourful and modern Jacobs Inn is super chilled and has the hostel vibe on point. They host a tonne of free event nights, including traditional Irish dance. The Jacobs Inn team run free walking tours of Dublin daily, not to be missed!

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Generator Hostel Dublin

Generator Hostel Dublin best hostels in Dublin

– $$$

– Bar & Cafe Onsite

– Tours & Travel Desk

– Pool Table

Generator gives Jacobs Inn a run for its money as the coolest hostel in Dublin; the graffiti alone is a reason to visit Generator! If you’re a travel-holic Instagram-addict you’ll love Generator; the Jameson Irish Whiskey chandelier is super cool! There are so many quirky little hangout spots within Generator Dublin plus the spacious bar too. For digital nomads visiting Dublin Generator is certainly worth considering. Generator is one of Dublin’s newest hostels and everyone wants to stay here, be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Abrahams Hostel

Abrahams Hostel best hostels in Dublin

– $$

– Free Breakfast

– Self Catering Facilities

– Tours & Travel Desk

Abrahams Hostel is one of the best budget hostels in Dublin; as with almost all hostels around the world the more beds there are in the dorm the cheaper the nightly rate. So if you’re happy to share a room with 16-people you’ll save yourself some Euros to spend in Temple Bar! Abrahams Hostel offers guests a free walking tour of the Dublin every morning and this is a great way to learn more about this exciting capital city. Abrahman Hostel is well connected to Dublin’s cheap and efficient public transport network, the team on reception can help you with directions.

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Avalon House

Avalon House best hostels in Dublin

– $

– Free Breakfast

– Self Catering Facilities

– Bicycle Hire

Even if you have a big night out in Temple Bar be sure to set your alarm for 10am on at least one morning of your stay at Avalon House to make sure you secure your spot on the free walking tour of Dublin. Avalon House certainly deserves its place on the shortlist for best hostel in Dublin in 2019, backpackers love the chilled out vibe here. The hangout room even has Netflix so if you’re not in the mood for painting the town red you can kick back with a bit of Netflix and chill!

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Four Courts

Four Courts best hostels in Dublin

– $$

– Free Breakfast

– Self Catering Facilities

– Mini-Supermarket Onsite

Once voted as the best hostel in Dublin by Let’s Go Guides, Four Courts haven’t let their high standards slip. Still one of the most recommended hostels in Dublin, Four Courts is always busy. The free breakfast is the perfect way to start a day of exploring the Irish capital city. If you’re thinking about venturing further afield be sure to stop by the travel and tours desk to see if you can snap up a discount code or 2-4-1 offer on entry fees to Dublin’s top tourist hotspots.

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The Times Hostel – Camden Place

The Times Hostel - Camden Place best hostels in Dublin

– $$

– Self Catering Facilities

– Free Event Nights

– Laundry Facilities

With a sister hostel on College Street, The Times hostels rank well in this list of best youth hostels in Dublin in 2019. The Times Hostel Camden Place is ideally placed next to the 16A bus stop which can shuttle you to Dublin International Airport within 45-minutes, depending on traffic. With free WiFi throughout the building and no curfew, The Times Hostel Camden Place has everything a 2019 traveller could need.

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Garden Lane Backpackers

Garden Lane Backpackers best hostels in Dublin

– $$$

– Free Breakfast

– Self Catering Facilities

– Laundry Facilities

Garden Lane is a brand new Dublin backpackers hostel and is set to get more and more popular in 2019. If you want to stay at the newest, coolest hostel in Dublin you better get booking ASAP! The Garden Lane Backpackers team aim is to provide backpackers with an awesome quality of service while sticking within a shoestring budget. Tech-bods will be happy to hear every bed has its own power socket so there’ll be no bickering over who gets to use the extension cable next!

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Paddy’s Palace

Paddy’s Palace best hostels in Dublin

– $$$

– Free Breakfast

– Self Catering Facilities

– Free Day Trips from Dublin

No shortlist for best hostel in Dublin in 2019 would be complete without mentioning Paddy’s Palace. Be sure to check out their 10 commandments of a Dublin hostel, unsurprisingly they tick all the boxes! From Monday through to Thursday without fail the Paddy’s Palace team run free guided bus tours to Glendalough and Kilkenny, the film sets for Braveheart and PS I Love You…. you know, if that’s what you’re into.

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Why you should travel to Dublin

Overall the best hostels in Dublin are amongst some of the best in the world, and hopefully this list gives you some clarification of where you want to stay while backpacking Ireland.

That said, the hostel you choose on any backpacking adventure can easily make or break your trip.

The goal for this Dublin hostel guide was to leave no hostel-stone unturned, so that you are woke to of all of the best hostels in Dublin. I am aware that cold beer and Irish history are much more interesting than researching where to stay in Dublin.

There are seriously so many fun things to get into in the Irish capital that hopefully by now, your hostel questions are answered and you can focus your attention and energy into preparing for your Dublin backpacking trip.

Dublin is a fantastic city worthy of your time. Book the hostel that looks like the winner to you and enjoy the hell out of your expereince here!

Overall, all of these hostels are top notch, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. But if you still can’t decide, we recommend Sky Backpackers! Happy travels!

Sky Backpackers best hostels in Dublin

 

Travel Safety Tips for Dublin

Don’t forget to sort your travel insurance! We’ve put together a roundup of the best travel insurance for backpackers – check it out here, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads now, our favourite travel insurance provider.

 

More Epic Hostels in Ireland and Europe

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Dublin.

Planning an epic trip all across Ireland or even Europe itself?

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

For more cool hostel guides around Europe, check out:

 

Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Dublin has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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