Choosing a hostel in any city is tough, but picking the right one in a busy European capital can often seem like mission impossible!

You’re on the hunt for something that falls within your budget. A place that’s central, safe and clean.

The problem is, there’s often 50+ to choose from!

To help you on your quest to find the best hostels in Dublin City Centre, we asked the 98,000+ strong InstaIreland community where they’d recommend staying.


Out of the hundreds of recommendations that were posted, we’ve whittled down the list to help make your decision that little bit easier.

1 – Generator Hostel Dublin

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Inside the Generator, Dublin: Source

The Generator Hostel won the race by a long shot. It racked up an impressive number of votes, earning it the title of the best hostel in Dublin City according to the InstaIreland community!

Based in Smithfield, the Generator is a handy stroll away from some of Dublin’s top tourist hotspots like the Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar.

Boasting a cafe that’s home to one of the best burgers in Dublin and situated right next-door to the Jameson Distillery – the Generator won’t fail to disappoint.

2 – Barnacles Hostel Dublin

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Outside Barnacles in Temple Bar: Source

Barnacles Hostel is convienetly located smack bang in the middle of Temple Bar – an area known for its cobbled streets, lively bars and pricey pints.

Only a stones throw from the likes of Trinity College, Grafton Street and tonnes more city centre attractions, Barnacles is the perfect base for those looking to base themselves at the heart of the city.

The fact that all rooms are ensuite is the icing on the cake. 

3 – Abbey Court Hostel

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The view from the Quays: Via Hostelz

The Abbey Court Hostel is another residence that boasts premises just feet from the action – literally!

Situated on Bachelors Walk right beside the River Liffey, this hostel is located a cool 30 seconds from Dublin’s historic O’’Connell Street.

To top it off, the hostel also offers free breakfast along with some very, ehm, random martial arts training.

4 – Kinlay House Dublin

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A building fit for a king: Photo by William Murphy

Kinlay House is another hostel in Dublin that proudly calls the busy Temple Bar district home.

Similar to the other hostels above, Kinlay’s biggest draw is its location. That being said, if you’ve ever stayed in one of the other Kinlay hostels in Ireland, you’ll know they’re well run and reliable.

The accommodation ranges from private rooms that sleep 6 to dorms that can take 16 to 24 guests.

5 – Avalon House

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Inside the Avalon: Source

You’ll find Avalon House on Aungier Street in Dublin City centre.

Around a six minute stroll from Stephen’s Green Park and just over twenty from the Guinness Storehouse, this budget hostel is another winner for those looking to explore Dublin by foot.

Interestingly, Avalon House is one of Ireland’s only eco friendly hostels. It uses wind energy to power the hostel and boasts full recycling facilities along with solar powered water heaters.

6 – The Times Hostel

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A hostel you’d swear was a pub: Photo by Anja Henze

The Times Hostel is quite literally a stones throw from Trinity College and conveniently neighboured with the Doyle’s – a cosy pub that serves a smashing pint of Guinness.

As is standard with many hostels, The Times provides guests with access to a kitchen, common area and laundry facilities.

Oh – there’s also a weekly ice cream party!

7 – Jacobs Inn Hostel

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Via Jacobs Inn on Facebook

Although it’s a great location to base yourself if you’re exploring the capital, Jacobs Inn is the perfect place to stay if you need somewhere to rest your head in Dublin before heading off elsewhere in Ireland.

This hostel is just a couple of minutes walk from both Dublin’s central bus station (Busaras) and Connolly Street train station (2 minute walk).

Great for those flying into Dublin for a night before beginning an adventure across the island.

Have you stayed in one of the places above before or is there a great hostel we’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below! 

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