Really enjoyed the last few days at the Times. As far as facilities go the place is great; fully equipped kitchen, common area, free WIFI - which is great (in places). The rooms also come with a massive lockable cage underneath which will lock up pretty much everything - including full sized luggage. In regards to cleanliness; no complaints - sheets were clean and the houseman came in and did a good job of the rooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Best part about this place really was the staff though. I've worked in luxury hotels for eight years so I always have a pretty high expectation around service - even at hostels. Leah, Ciara and Nicole(Nicola?) were always really helpful with directions, information and just great to chat with. (+ the lobby music was always awesome)
Couple minor things with this place that I will mention as this is a review. The breakfast isn't included, which it isn't always with hostels. I thought it was lacking a little bit as far as value - being 3 euro for a continental (cereal, toast, etc). That being said. The hostel does put on free kitchen events most nights at 20:00 such as free ice cream, dinner, wine and cheese - so that was pretty great too.
One thing that can't really be helped here in noise - which is what you sacrifice for a central location - as it is located on College Street there is constant traffic throughout the day/night. There's also these cheesy viking tours that pass by screaming throughout the day - oh Dublin. I did end extending my stay and moving rooms to the inside of the building on the bottom floor. The WIFI barely worked from here but it was much cooler and quieter than the south facing rooms. I would definitely recommend putting in a request for this side if your planning on staying.
Times Hostel = Killin it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a beautiful old fashion building, in a fantastic location, The Times Hostel is the perfect base for all tourists and backpackers, to enjoy "The Most Lively City in Europe!" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Times Hostel - College Street Hotel Dublin