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The 5 Best Hostels in Dublin (Updated 2023)

A sunny day in the Old Town of Dublin, Ireland as people walk around and shop

Posted: 8/21/2023 | August 21st, 2023

Lively Dublin is known for its rambunctious pubs, literary scene (William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, and Samuel Beckett all lived here), Guinness, and live music.

Dublin is quite compact and walkable if you stay somewhere central. Most hostels are relatively close together near Temple Bar, the riverside neighborhood known for its pubs and nightlife.

To help you plan your trip, I’ve compiled my list of the best hostels in the city, based on my numerous visits over the past 15 years.

Price (per night)

  • $ – Under 40 EUR
  • $$ – 40-55 EUR
  • $$$ – Over 55 EUR


1. Jacob’s Inn

A dorm room with pod beds at Jacobs Inn in Dublin, Ireland
This is one of the top-rated hostels not just in Dublin but in all of Ireland. All of the dorm beds are super cozy pods with thick mattresses, as well as individual lights, curtains, and outlets. There’s a bar and restaurant on-site too and every morning you can get bottomless coffee, juice, and porridge for just 6 EUR.

There’s also plenty of space to socialize, laundry facilities, lockers to store your stuff, and key cards to access the rooms (so it’s quite safe and secure).

Jacob’s Inn at a glance:

  • $$$
  • Cozy pod beds ensure you get to sleep
  • Bottomless breakfast
  • Bar makes it easy to meet other travelers

Beds from 57 EUR, private rooms from 269 EUR.

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2. Garden Lane Backpackers

Bunk beds with curtains in a dorm room at Garden Lane Hostel in Dublin, Ireland
This hostels feels like home. I love the vibe of the common areas and there’s a fully equipped kitchen in case you want to cook your meals, plus a rooftop terrace where you take in the view as you eat and drink with friends. The dorm beds have curtains and the mattresses are super thick so you can get a good night’s sleep. Each bed has its own light and outlet too.

Garden Lane Backpackers at a glance:

  • $$
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Chill rooftop terrace for hanging out and meeting people
  • Cozy, laid-back atmosphere

Beds from 47 EUR, private rooms from 143 EUR.

Book here!


3. Generator

Beds in a clean and spacious dorm at Generator, Dublin
Generator is a chain with locations all around Europe. Its properties are stylish and have more of a hotel feel, though this location does a great job of keeping things fun and social. There are nightly events to help you meet people, including quizzes, karaoke, DJ nights, billiards, and drinking games, It definitely has a bit of a party vibe. The comfy beds all have outlets, lights, and USB ports. There are no curtains for privacy, but there is a small divider.

Generator at a glance:

  • $$
  • Organizes lots of events
  • Female-only dorms
  • Restaurant…

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