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Isaacs Hostel
Ranked #6 of 118 Speciality Lodging in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

Isaacs Hostel was the great stay for a twenty four hour trip to Dublin. The second we walked in the door we were given a map and recommendations for how we should spend our day. We signed up for the pub crawl (A MUST) and were on our way. The rooms were a bit empty and the bright blue bunks were really old. We only slept for maybe four hours. For the price and the location this was the perfect stay.

Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Isaacs-hostel, Guest Relations Manager at Isaacs Hostel, responded to this review, 3 September 2012
Thanks so much for your great comments . As a hostel the rooms we offer are quite simple which works well for value and atmosphere our guests like. We do offer ensuite rooms at Jacobs Inn our sister hostel for those preferring more hotel like bedrooms
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Georgina, Canada
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

I spent 2 nights in Isaacs and I found it to be comfortable but a lower grade version of their sister hostel Jacobs.

I found the dorm showers to be quite gross, there were no individual drains in the stalls and the water just pools at your feet. Not very hygenic and put me off a bit, but you can go downstairs to the sauna bathrooms and use the showers there! Much more private too.

It was really packed with young travelling groups, and as it's been mentioned, the bedroom doors are REALLY poorly designed and slam and creak even when you're trying to be quiet. This would be an easy enough change that I hope they add in ASAP.

The kitchen was well stocked, but poorly organized food shelves meant a lot of strangers rooting around for food. Also, what is up with all the broken hot plates? Real stove tops would have been more efficient.

No access to the patio for unknown reasons. That would have been fun!

My first night I could have sworn my bed linens smelled funny, even prior to me sleeping in them...but hey, in a dorm with 13 other people it could have been something else...that's what I'm telling myself anyway.

To add some positives to this review if you're looking for a bed for the night this would be suitable. The common rooms downstairs are actually quite nice, I spent a lot of time surfin' the net in the old cellar room.

The staff is excellent and very helpful so that was a definite plus to staying here.

Breakfast is included! Wake up early and enjoy some cereal and toast, it definitely helped get me through the day.

Room Tip: Use the toilets near the sauna, you'll thank me later!
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Isaacs-hostel, Guest Relations Manager at Isaacs Hostel, responded to this review, 3 September 2012
Thanks for your useful feedback and delighted you found the staff helpful and our common areas good.
Jacobs our sister hostel is purpose built as a hostel whereas Isaacs has loads of character of a hostoric buiding so with that can come some trade-offs. Sorry if the showers were not up to scratch for you -we are looking into the plumbing currently .The bedroom doors have an automatic closing mechanism for security and as we recently addressed the issue of creaky doors they are perhaps more difficult to close quietly - another challenge we hope to have sorted pretty soon.
Bed linen is changed for all guest arrivals and we would of course be happy to replace if you advise us of any problem. The kitchen is as you say well stocked and on your suggestion we will look at organisation to see if there are improvements to be made. In the self- atering kitchen we ask guests to helping to keep things tidy but with the best will in the world some are less organised than others!

Do hope you will give us another shot ,or if not let is know next time you are back at Jacobs Inn
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

Isaacas has everything we need and more: clean sheets, comfy beds, good free breakfast, wifi, excelent location, friendly staff...

I stayed on 8 female bedroom and was awesome. The cleaners go there everyday and so the bathrooms and common areas are always VERY clean and smeling really good. The recepton is 24 hours and they are really kind out there.

The kitchen is not so good, but you´ll probably get your meal really ok if you cook there. They have plates and everything, but some ovens don´t work fine.

The common area by the reception is amazing and you´ll always find nice people there. If I return to Dublin, I´m sure I´m gonna stay on Isaacs, because it is the hostels I´ve been so far.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Isaacs-hostel, Guest Relations Manager at Isaacs Hostel, responded to this review, 3 September 2012
Lovely feedback - we really appreciate it.
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Bunbury, Australia
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

Isaacs Hostel was the best place I stayed in Dublin out of 3 comparable hostels, it was also the cheapest. The staff were excellent, the room was clean, dark, and quiet, and the location couldn't be better, right next to the bus station and cheap food places, though quiet. The basement is like little hangers which is a very classic design and provides a great place to relax. The sauna was very good during typical Irish weather too.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Isaacs-hostel, Guest Relations Manager at Isaacs Hostel, responded to this review, 24 August 2012
Thank you so much for your lovely comments - that's great for us to hear.
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

We stayed at 3 hostels in Dublin. This was the worst. I am not normally negative, but here is why we did not like this hostel:
One staff member was rude. There are few common areas, only one great hall when you enter. Some room (ours) are very noisy. There is no air conditioning meaning you have to leave your windows open, and hear the partying and trains in the street.
There are NO LOCKERS in the room, and renting one is extra. Important to know!
When we arrived, in the hallway to the room, there was the smell of one of those outdoors toilets... Finally, the area itself is not near the action (though it is walking distance) and in a seedy neighbourhood.
I dont know how this got a high rating on other websites. Look into Four Courts or Kinlay house hostels instead. They are superior in every point and the same price.

Room Tip: Do not choose a dorm with window facing the street.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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North East, UK
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

I've stayed in much worse HOTELS! (Did stay in the private rooms though so can't comment on the dorms). Great, cheap base for a couple of nights in Dublin. Everything in walking distance. Locker facilities after check-out are great especially if you have an evening flight!

Room Tip: Try and avoid a room facing the railway line - can be a little noisy but I sleep through anything so...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Isaacs-hostel, Guest Relations Manager at Isaacs Hostel, responded to this review, 14 August 2012
Glad you liked the " Hostel " Experience ! ( and yes we think we offer quite a bit more than some hotels ! )
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2012

This is not the Ritz, but it is comfortable. Bit noisy, but that is generally the people who are booked in more than the hotel itself. Small rooms, adequate for a night or two but not for a longer stay. Staff were reasonably helpful.

Central, close to everything you need, meals, attractions, buses and the like.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Isaacs-hostel, Guest Relations Manager at Isaacs Hostel, responded to this review, 14 August 2012
Many thanks for your great comments - Yes we are definitely not the Ritz but we are a really good value Hostel ! ( sorry about the noisy guests - we do ask for consideration for all our guests )
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Property: Isaacs Hostel
Address: 2 - 5 Frenchman's Lane, Dublin 1, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 118 Speciality Lodging in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Isaacs Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the original and most famous backpacker hostels in Dublin, Isaacs Hostel has a warm, relaxed atmosphere and is a quirky, fun, full of character in a 19th century converted wine store. City centre location close to central Bus Station,Dart Station,Connolly station and Luas tram Tram. Great modern amenities with large guest kitchen with plenty of plates, cutlery & storage space. Onsite laundry, Sauna, Dorms and private rooms, Library, basement common rooms, Attractions such as Temple Bar,O'Connell Street, 3 Arena, Croke Park,Jameson Distillery, Trinity College,Jeannie Johnson Famine Ship are all close by. FREE STUFF includes;Free Light Breakfast,Free Tea and coffee and filtered water, FREE Bed linen,FREE Wifi,FREE Sauna,FREE Walking tour of Dublin every day,FREE Board games,FREE Pizza night, FREE games of Table Tennis, FREE use of Guitars, Discounted tickets, Airport bus Plus FREE Smiles, Hugs and Craic (within reason !)Information, tall tales and Irish wit!** ... more   less 
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