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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Isaacs Hotel Dublin