My daughter and I stayed in hostels all over Ireland during our holiday in February and Avalon was easily our favourite.
We had a twin room with shared bathroom and paid 20 euros each per night. It was a bargain. You will not find better value anywhere else,
The room was small but warm, the beds comfy, included sheets and towels, very good free wifi in room, great location, friendly staff, and cheerful, bustling atmosphere that made us feel right at home.
Breakfast is included - served inside Bald Barista cafe downstairs; toast with butter, jam, honey and chocolate spread, muesli, weetbix, milk on tap, tea, coffee, hot chocolate - as much as you like. There is the option to buy other food and excellent coffee for very reasonable prices in the cafe but most people seemed to take advantage of the freebies, and for us it was more than adequate.
The location is within 5 (or at most 10) minutes walk of attractions such as Temple Bar, Grafton Street, St Stephens Green, National Museums and Gallery, Trinity College, Chester Beatty library and Little Museum of Ireland. The Guinness Storehouse is an easy 20 minute walk away.
Getting there from airport, number 16 Dublin bus (yellow) stops opposite and cost us 2.90 euros. Returning to airport, number 16 departs from stop on same side of street as Avalon (right next door), runs every 11 minutes, and cost 3.05 euros each -possibly because we were in peak hour. Allow an hour, traffic was busy.
The only hiccup was a cold shower on our first morning but we soon figured how to get a hot shower. If you are on the fourth floor like us the hot water takes a LONG time to run through the pipes. It is a push button system and you might need to push 10 or more times. Also, guy on reception said water starts heating at 6 am, so don't attempt a shower before about 7am. Follow this advice and you will have hot showers!
There is a Dunnes food store 5 minutes walk north, same street, which carries everything you could possibly need; we saved money and cooked in the kitchen, a very sociable place.
The building is old and has a certain grunge factor but cleaning happens every day so in spite of appearances we felt it was clean. Another plus for older travelers like me - there was a sprinkling of other "mature" guests, so you will not feel out of place if you are older than the average back packer.
Great place, well done, Avalon is doing everything right.
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