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The Cobblestone Hostel
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The Cobblestone Hostel
Ranked #99 of 130 Speciality Lodging in Dublin
Reviewed 2 September 2009

We stayed at the Cobblestones not expecting it to be anything but basic- in fact it was dreadful. We were greeted by a receptionist who demanded cash up front- no cards accepted. The whole place stank of stale grease from the pizza place next door, and it was dirty, dark and grim.

Our private room was big and bright, but grimy round the edges. Our sheets were at least clean, but the bed was a ramshackle, uncomfortable nightmare. The decor of the room was set off well by a rusting garden chair in the corner.

The windows didn't shut properly, so it was noisy and would have been freezing in winter. In fact, it was pretty cold in summer. The bathroom next door was filthy and it made me feel sick to use it.

In short- you would be mad to stay here. It was terrible value (£50 a night for a private room!) and filthy. The only one small bonus was that it was in the centre of town. But that was very small consolation when you consider everything elseQ Don't do it!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2009

The Cobblestone hostel in the temple bar region was an experience all on its own, which i would classify as terrible.

however, i will start with a positive(the only one at that). this was the location (you are very central to the main tourist attraction and the pubs on temple bar). the location allows easy walking distance to the guinness store, jameson distillery and many of the local stops for the bus tours. which was great!

now moving on to the many negatives. Firstly our welcome was awful. as our flight landed into dublin at 11pm i decided 10 days prior to arriving to notify the hostel that we would be late and wondered what the policy for this would be. i got a pleasant email back saying that it was good of me to let them know and somebody would be on the main desk for our arrival and not to worry (problem solved you think). So you can imagine our frustration when we arrived at the hostel at 11.45 (due to passport control) and it was all locked up with nobody on the desk, so we were stranded out in the cold streets of dublin. after ringing the bell and trying the telephone numbers in the window for almost 45 mins we decided to contact the police (garda in ireland, when two of the most helpful of people came and dealt with our problem). the police managed to get in contact with the owner who said that someone would be there in "10 mins".....so 2 hours later they arrived and the manners of the two people were awful....not even a sorry!!!!!as you can imagine i was raging.

secondly, they say hot showers 24/7. thats a joke!they have set the temperature thermostat at 4/10 setting so for those people that like a hot shower (which i am one) then you are in for a unpleasent experience. also the power of the shower is not great so its like standing under a leaky tap

next, the private double rooms. are very basic and very drab. i guess you can describe it as a bit of a prison cell. the double bed is very very low (almost like a matteress on match sticks) the table and chairs in the room looked like it should be in a garden. and if you like the decore of cracks in the wall then that really somes up the room.

on the cobblestone website, they say a light breakfast is in the price. so if a breakfast of sod-all is what you are looking for (good for those that ate to much at christmas i guess) then this is your place.

the owners must also manage the apache pizza shop next door, but there is a link corridor into the hostel from the store that the staff leave open so there is a strong smell of pizza.

having been touring europe for sometime and staying in hostels this was the worst one and i wouldn't even say that you get what you pay for because although some reviewers say its at a great price i feel that it was way over priced. i have stayed in cheaper places that was luxury compared to this hell hole.

i have to be honest before some else experiences this place.

Stayed: December 2008
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 29 Eustace St, Dublin, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin > South City Centre , Temple Bar
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Ranked #99 of 130 Speciality Lodging in Dublin
Number of rooms: 24

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