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Avalon House
Ranked #24 of 105 Speciality Lodging in Dublin
Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Meh”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

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.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Avalon H, General Manager at Avalon House, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Hi There,

Thank you for taking the time to review our property, I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the first part of your stay our standard rooms are small however when you book with us direct these rooms are about 50 € per night. Our Linen is done by a professional outsourced company also so it is to a very high standard, we do apologize if you thought otherwise.
All showers and taps are fitted with push buttons to reduce water wastage, part of our on-going green policy :)
Delighted to hear the reception team helped you out we pride ourselves on customer service so we hope next time your in Dublin to see you back

All the Best
Team at Avalon
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

This place would be workable IF THEY KEPT IT CLEAN. It is quite pricey for a hostel. We paid 60 Euro a night for a TINY private room and community bath, and it was definitely not worth it. Maybe the private baths are better, but the communal facilites are disgusting. First of all, they are coed facilities, and the young men, who are only in Dublin to party, make it filthy. The staff's version of "cleaning" is simply taking out the trash every few days. Toilets and floors were not cleaned once! Same with the showers, which only spray tepid water for 20 seconds at a time. The facilities reek of stale urine and feces which drifts out into the stuffy hallways. The room itself was okay, but the bed linens were sparse. I'd recommend a sleeping bag or bringing your own twin size linens. Shower shoes are a MUST!

Also, it is a place for college age kids who like to party. I'm that age but sleep is a priority for me! The other guests come in drunk at all hours of the night and morning, loud and running into walls. I only slept when I wore strong earplugs. The breakfast is worthless; untoasted sliced bread and an economy sized bucket of cereal. I just paid for nice breakfasts around the city.

So if you like to party and don't mind filthy bathrooms and prison showers, you could stay here. It is still way overpriced for a hostel. I'd rather pay a little bit more for a small, boutique hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Avalon H, General Manager at Avalon House, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Hi,

I am sorry you didn't enjoy your stay with us here at Avalon House, we accommodate a wide range of Pack packers from families to student groups so we provide free ear plugs at reception in case of noisy situations - Our night team are very on top of this as well especially at the wkds. Our Linens are provided by a professional linen company here in Dublin that also provide Hotels so they are to a very high standard :)
Our accommodation team are also cleaning our Bathrooms and shower Facilities 3 times per day of which I spot check myself and they are always up to par.
Our breakfast is Included in all rates along with WIFI- we provide 4 choices for cereals and toasters are also provided for the bread along with a selection of toppings for it.
Again I do apologise if you did not enjoy it, do get in contact directly if you ever wish to return

All the Best
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

The front desk staff was super friendly and helpful, providing directions and maps and advice. It was well located so easy to get to many sights by walking. Great shopping nearby. We had 2 rooms: the twin room with shared bath was really nice-on top floor and quiet. My daughters enjoyed it. The rest of the family shared a four bed dorm with private bathroom. The beds were hard, our room was right over the entrance and it was noisy most nights until 3-4am. Hard to sleep. The bathroom smelled and I didn't use the shower. The breakfast was free, but it was pretty basic with cereal and bread. It was nice that it was attached to a local café that was very popular and had good food if you wanted to pay the money. I felt the cost was pretty high for the rooms, based on the accommodations.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Avalon H, General Manager at Avalon House, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Hi There, Many Thanks for taking the time to review our property, we are happy you enjoyed your stay with us, we apologize of it was noisy, this can happen from time to time at weekends as we accommodate a wide range of backpackers :) however we do provide ear plugs complimentary at reception and when we do get complaints our night porters respond straight away.
Hope to see you back again soon
Team at Avalon :)
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2014

This hostel wasn't to bad. A short walk from temple bar district. Close enough to get anywhere... Far away enough to avoid the crowds and noises. The 6 bed dorm I stayed in was nice enough... The mattress hands a little bit over the actual frame so at one point I almost rolled down the side of the bed. The window in our room was also partially broken so it wouldn't close completely which was annoying when you had to sleep right next to it. Generally pretty clean as well. The ensuite attached to the room was missing an actual toilet seat which made it hard if you were a woman such as myself. The showers had excellent pressure and were hot. Good light breakfast included and ok Internet...
The kitchen was nice and big, making room for multiple people to cook at once and the staff were fairly helpful.

Room Tip: Bring ear plugs! If your room faces the road there is quite a bit of traffic noise and you do hear p...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Avalon H, General Manager at Avalon House, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Hi
Thanks for the review, I am sorry about your window as you should be able to open it we will be rectifying this straight away, I am delighted to hear you found our staff helpful we pride ourselves on good customer care and have a great little team :)

Hope you will visit again soon

All the Best

Team at Avalon :)
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2014

This hostel is in a good location and with Dublin being such a small city all major attractions are a short walk away. The hostel was clean and pleasant enough. The free continental breakfast was good enough and there is a cafe also where you can purchase different items if you desire. The bed was not the comfiest bed I've ever slept in, most likely because the pillow was very flat, but for the cheap price you can't really complain about that. The free wifi was also a nice added extra. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Avalon H, General Manager at Avalon House, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Hey, Thanks for lovely review, we recently got the WIFI upgrade so glad you enjoyed it !!

Hope to see you back soon

All the best

Team at Avalon
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Friendly Staff, great location and good price. Is located in Dublin Downtown/City Centre easy to go around , close to parks and tourist attractions. Public transportation right in front of the Hostel and free Wi-Fi.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Jubba13
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Avalon H, General Manager at Avalon House, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Thanks for much so the kind review :)

Really appreciated from the Team here in Avalon House- hope to have you back soon

Best Wishes

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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

I had a pleasant, though short, stay at Avalon house. There is a 24 hour reception, friendly staff, the front door stays locked, and there are lockers you can rent for 2 euro a day. The breakfast is decent.The twin room was small but not crampy. The pillows were extremely small, but that seems to be the case in a lot of hostels in Ireland. There's a towel, and bedlinnen. 5 showers and 4 toilets for one floor, which was absolutely sufficient. There's a pooltable and a basement where you can sit or watch movies. The hostel itself organises bar crawls and (walking) tours through the city. I probably will book there again if I decide to stay in Dublin again. Oh yeah, the TempleBar is a ten minute walk away.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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1 Thank Duke S
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Avalon H, General Manager at Avalon House, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Thanks so much for the lovely review :)

We are always delighted to hear guests have enjoyed their stay and our facilities

Hope to have you back soon

All the Best

Team at Avalon
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Property: Avalon House
Address: Avalon House 55 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #24 of 105 Speciality Lodging in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Avalon House 1*
Number of rooms: 70
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