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“Great location, decent rooms, internet access and more” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Kinlay House
Ranked #15 of 105 Speciality Lodging in Dublin
San Francisco, CA
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great location, decent rooms, internet access and more”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2011

This place doesn't have an elevator, so pack light because you'll have to lug your belongings up a few staircases. The rooms are not super cozy, but they're clean enough for you to rest easily. We had our own private bathroom which was great, the place wasn't too loud and I didn't see any bugs during my entire stay (always hope for this during every hostel stay). Kinlay house also has a community kitchen if you want to cook and a computer/ game/ movie room where you can meet other travelers. I'd recommend this to all of the world traveler's who are just looking for a decent and cheap place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
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ronanbrady, Manager at Kinlay House, responded to this review, 22 September 2011
Thanks for the review. We've added lots more to the hostel since you were here so make sure to come back and check us out again!
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2011

Very nice staff, laid back and friendly atmoshpere. Perfect location for the bars on temple bar and the tourist attractions. Really good price and loved having a kitchen to use! Nice, basic room!!
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  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank angelic079
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ronanbrady, General Manager at Kinlay House, responded to this review, 22 September 2011
Thanks for the feedback - delighted you liked us.
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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2010

Met a lot of great people while staying here. The people who work here are really friendly and helpful. The rooms were nothing spectacular - the ensuite bathroom did leave something to be desired, but then again this is not a four-star hotel. The beds were comfortable (I would recommend doubling up on pillows or bringing your own) and the room warm. The TV room is awesome and your stay will include a continental breakfast, which in Ireland means toast with butter or jam, sometimes cereal, tea and coffee. The location of this hostel is really great. We found it to be a central point for everything we did while there.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank EKherson
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ronanbrady, Manager at Kinlay House, responded to this review, 22 September 2011
Thanks for your great review. We love hearing good reviews about the hostel (as well as the bad) - look forward to seeing you again!!!
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2010

Kinlay House is located close to Temple Bar, near the center of Dublin and the main sights, in an unbeatable location. No need to take the bus to see the city, everything is close to the hostel.

We had reserved a room for 16 people, but we got a room for 5 people, a lovely attic bedroom, spacious, clean and cozy. The best thing is that we didn't have to pay the price difference. I think we were lucky because our room is one of the best in the hostel!

The bathrooms and common areas were fine but usually crowded, so if you travel to Dublin alone, you can meet people and make friends. The breakfast is basic but adequate for the price paid. In short, a good option if you don't want to spend much money on accommodation.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
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ronanbrady, General Manager at Kinlay House, responded to this review, 22 September 2011
Thanks for your review and glad you enjoyed your upgrade. We've changed our free breakfast menu since you were here so there is a lot more on offer - cereals, toast and loads of condiments and tea and coffee as well as optional extras such as breakfast rolls for only €2.50. Hope to see you again soon!
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2010

I stayed in a 4 bedroom dorm for 4 nights in July. Our room was a good size, the stairs were a bit of a pain (no elevator) and so were the showers (timed, sometimes no cold water). The staff were absolutely lovely and I would recommend the hostel to others because of it's central location, cheap beds and free (or almost free) facilities i.e internet (free, 6 computers - I never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes to access the web), towels (1 euro), washing, drying and laundry powder (7 euro per load) and long term lockers (12 euro for 7 days) for big bags/suitcases which were great for when you go on 5-7 day tours. I've stayed in one of the 20 person dorm rooms too and it was just as nice if not nicer than the 4 bed female dorm.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank HayleyRenny1
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ronanbrady, General Manager at Kinlay House, responded to this review, 22 September 2011
Thanks for the positive review - always nice to hear. See you again soon we hope!
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England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2010

Stayed at Kinlay house with a group of 6 friends for a 3 day sightseeing/drinking trip, after looking through lots of various hotels and hostels for the best deal with the best location we werent disappointed after choosing Kinlay.
We got a really good deal, and when we arrived our room got upgraded so that we had our own bathroom, which was handy although with 6 of us we still ended up using the shared bathrooms which were clean and of a good but basic condition. The rooms were basic but we only needed somewhere to sleep which was fine. The hostel staff were very helpful with directions/suggestions for places to go and the hostel is literally in the heart of where you need to be, the tourist hotspots are all in a walkable distance as are all the shops.
We brought the dublin pass before we arrived which was very useful as we visited tons of tourist attractions and really got the use out of it, but if you are only planning on visiting the guiness storehouse for example its probably not worth it.
The restaurants and bars were pretty expensive but we were prepared for this, there were lots of early bird deals in the restaurants which we took advantage of and if all else fails theres always places like pizza hut to go where you know what price to expect.
The nightlife was lively and fun especially as we visited during the week so were not quite sure to expect.
Overall a brilliant stay and would definatley reccomend to others as a base for the city.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank becks4211
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ronanbrady, Manager at Kinlay House, responded to this review, 22 September 2011
Great review - thanks for the feedback. Hope you'll be back soon.
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2010

After deciding to take a last minute trip to Dublin, I had a very short time in which to find somewhere to stay on a very tight budget.
I decided on Kinlay House after a bit of research and reading a couple of reviews and it completely surpassed my expectations.
I usually hate staying in hostels, prefering to save up a bit more money and book a hotel but in this situation that wasn't possible. Kinlay House was really central to all of Dublin's attractions and was really easy to find. After being caught up in all the flight cancellation drama due to the Icelandic volcano, me and my friend arrived late after a long day of travelling and the staff checked us in quickly and gave us directions to the room.
I was staying in the 24-bed dorm which was massive! All the other residents were really courteous and it was a great atmosphere (but quiet when you wanted to sleep!) and the beds were really comfy.
I never had to queue for the showers and although the water pressure was quite weak, they were always warm and adequate.
The hostel was clean and had great facilities - towel hire for 1 euro, hairdryers, toast breakfast and internet free of charge. The receptionists were great and very knowledgable about the area.
When my return flight to the UK was cancelled, they were happy to extend my booking for an extra night.
If you want 5* accommdation, pay for it, but otherwise Kinlay House was great and I wouldn't hesitate to return (and I'm a girl who loves my home comforts and a bit of luxury!)

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank back2reality18
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Additional Information about Kinlay House

Property: Kinlay House
Address: 2-12 Lord Edward Street | Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin > South City Centre , Temple Bar
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 105 Speciality Lodging in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Kinlay House 1*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dublin’s most lively hostel, in the vibrant Temple Bar District – friendly, safe and clean! Free WIFI & Internet access and free light breakfast. In the famous Temple Bar district, Kinlay House is surrounded by the best selection of Dublin’s bars, cafes and restaurants and within easy walking distance to all of Dublin’s top attractions, including Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle, and Trinity College. We have a great team that go out of their way to make sure you enjoy the ‘Irish craic’ and we have all of the facilities you would expect from a leading hostel. ... more   less 
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