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“Good enough for a short stay”
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Isaacs Hostel
Ranked #5 of 130 Speciality Lodging in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 October 2013

PROS. Very close to LUAS stop and the bus station, short walk to DART station, so the location may be perfect for those who commute or leave the city early in the morning. A minute away at Talbot street there are different shops where you can buy food/drinks. Reception is 24/7 and I noticed that there always were staff members. Kitchen looked OK (though I didn't use it). My dorm was of average size (not so small as in some hostels) and there were useful bars/holders for clothes to dry. Showers were nothing special but rather clean and there were no lines in the morning. Wi-fi worked OK. The basement was really nice to have a rest and use your laptop or read books, something like a library. Staff was friendly and informative. Breakfast was basic but good and enough for me. Tea/coffee are free of charge when the kitchen is open.

CONS. It's a large and youth hostel so it was noisy. Additional source of noise was DART railway right outside my window. I didn't like non-stop and loud music in the lobby. The kitchen is closed regularly for cleaning, and it wasn't good that it was closed after 11pm. Refrigerators were full of not-so-fresh food and dirty; this is probably common for a youth hostel but additional cleaning is necessary. Power outlets in my dorm were at the other wall then beds so it was a bit risky to leave any device to charge (always afraid that someone could step on it). Wi-Fi works only in the lobby and in the basement.

Will stop there again in case some other hostels aren't available.

Room Tip: Choose room not with windows facing the railway if available.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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NiamhBro, Owner at Isaacs Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2013

Thanks so much for taking the time to post your review. You were very honest with your comments and we are glad you enjoyed much of the hostel.

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Reviewed 9 October 2013

I stayed at Isaacs for 2 nights.
The best thing about this hostel is the newly refurbished bathrooms.
Now the bad... On both nights I had people checking in the middle of the night (I was staying in an 8 bed female dorm) the second night people checked in at 3:30am!!!
Otherwise the location was good and the hostel was clean.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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NiamhBro, Owner at Isaacs Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2013

Thanks for your review. So sorry your room mates disturbed you with their late arrivals. It is a downside to sleeping in shared accommodation unfortunately.

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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Stopped here for 3 nights for a Stag Party - there were 14 of us - standard rooms, but clean and tidy - rooms were hot and the train track were annoying - but most of us were that drunk we dropped off straight away. Ironing facilities were a god send and the location was brilliant - Nice Cafe at the end of the road and not to far from the nightlife - no trouble and no noise and cheap as chips! Would stop here again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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NiamhBro, Owner at Isaacs Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2013

Thanks for your positive review. Glad you enjoyed your stay.

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Reviewed 4 October 2013 via mobile

My partner and I have been travelling around europe for 6 weeks staying in hostels along the way. This place is the best hostel by far with great kitchen, common room and bathroom facilities and helpful, friendly staff. We originally stayed for three nights in a private room but came back for 1 more night and stayed in a 6 dorm room. Have stayed at 10 other hostels since and this is by far the best.

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NiamhBro, Owner at Isaacs Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2013

Thanks for your great review - we love customers like you. Please do come back again.

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Reviewed 26 September 2013 via mobile

Loved staying here! The rooms were great, we stayed for 2 nights so the only disadvantage was hauling our luggage from the basement up to oir room.. Lockers would have been handy! The atmosphere in this hostwl was amazing and the staff were great! The hostel is a 2 minute walk from O'Connell street so its perfect for shoppin.. Would definitely stay again, thanks for a great stay:)

  • Stayed: February 2013
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NiamhBro, Owner at Isaacs Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2013

Thank you so much for your great review - we agree that lockers in the room would be good but there just isn't enough space for them. Sorry - but we are delighted you loved the hostel - we love it too!

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Reviewed 18 September 2013

I only stayed overnight, but I would happily have stayed longer. As you enter it has a great feel about it, people of all ages chilling out in the large lobby.The staff were very friendly and helpful.For my evening entertainment I popped down the road to O'SHEAS Hotel for some traditional Irish music.Great.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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NiamhBro, Owner at Isaacs Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2013

We are so delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. Please come again - we love guests like you!!

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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Nice price, decent location and good security (at least it looked like it). Once checked in they give you a key card that gives you access first to the stairs and then, after a second door, to the floors. A third card swipe is necessary to enter the rooms. I felt pretty safe here, I also left my bag when I went one entire day to Galway. The whole building could use a better aeration, during the night the rooms gets pretty hot, I have to admit. I also have to comment that showers could be little more accessorized, just a couple of more hangers would do the trick. Beside this, nothing to complain about: nice staff, nice location, nice price. Internet worked fine in the main hall, even thou was not very usable from my room.

Room Tip: Internet in room 119 does not reach.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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NiamhBro, Owner at Isaacs Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2013

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. The Wifi actually doesn't extend to the bedrooms - we want people to start talking to each other again - that's what hostel life is all about - meeting people not sticking your head into a computer!! Do come again.

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Additional Information about 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 #5 of 130 Speciality Lodging in Dublin
Price Range: £17 - £98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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