When we arrived in Dublin after traveling for nearly 24 hours, Avalon House did not allow us to check in early. They had lockers available for 2Euro per day with a 10Euro deposit, so we were able to leave our luggage at least. The cost for a double room with no attached bathroom was around 75Euro per night. There was a sink in our room, but barely enough floor space for our luggage. The location of Avalon House is by far the very best thing about it. It is located in a central area, with all of the major attractions in Dublin within walking distance (or a quick bus ride). The main common areas were also quite cozy. "The Bald Barista" coffeehouse located in the downstairs of the hostel has excellent espresso drinks and is a nice spot to relax for a while. Our room was literally at most 10x5ft. Just barely big enough for 2 twin beds that could not possibly be pushed together. There was one small window that did not open and had a broken blind on it, so we had no way to block out the light. There was no air circulation and without being able to open the window our room smelled very stale and musty. The mattresses and pillows are extremely thin, with mysterious stains and hairs on them. However, the absolute worst part was the communal co-ed showering and bathroom areas. How hard would it have been to create a separate male area and a separate female area? In the shower, there was no shelf so hopefully you don't have anything you don't mind getting wet. The water is cold (there is no way to adjust the temperature) and literally comes out in 10second increments, so you have to keep pushing the button to get water. We stayed 3 nights, and on the last night we switched to a room with our own bathroom attached. That room had two big windows that opened, blinds that worked on the windows, and much more floor space. The staff was all very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was: cold cereal with milk and toast with butter or jam. Oh. and nasty instant coffee. So don't get excited thinking you're going to have some great, delicious breakfast.
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