Dublin is one of the smallest European capitals. But don’t let its size fool you: this is a city that dreams big. Many tech giants like Facebook, Microsoft, and Google have chosen to call Dublin home in Europe, transforming the area around the Grand Canal Docks into a hub of innovation (something that has earned it the nickname “Silicon Docks”.) The whole city is an exciting melting pot of heritage and modernity, where magnificent Georgian buildings give their place to stunning concrete and glass design. No matter how much Dublin changes, it will always be the perfect place to have a pint at the pub!

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If you want to explore the city with fellow backpackers and find out best things to do in Dublin, staying in the hostel is the best option. Check out our list of the top 10 hostels in Dublin for backpackers!

Isaacs Hostel

Best for Digital Nomads + Affordable HostelWorld (*8.8) Booking.com (*8.2) Map Starts at ($21) for 16 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

One of Dublin’s most consistently high-praised hostels, Isaacs Hostel is also the easiest to find. Located right next to Connolly and Busaras stations, it provides fantastic connections to the rest of Ireland. Temple Bar and all the major attractions are just a stone’s throw away, while the hostel organizes pub crawl, offering a unique opportunity to meet fellow travelers.

Isaacs Hostel provides many affordable sleeping options, mainly in four to eight-person male and female dorms. The prices are quite low considering how convenient it is, while there are many fun common areas for backpackers to relax and unwind. Don’t forget to ask for directions from the hostel’s super-friendly staff. They will let you in on some of the city’s best-kept secrets!

Abrahams Hostel Dublin

HostelWorld (*8.1) Booking.com (*7.7) Map Starts at ($20) for 16 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

The beautiful Abrahams hostel is situated in a beautifully restored Georgian Townhouse, located in Dublin City Centre which is just a short stroll away from all the great attractions of the city. This hostel is very unique and has a reputation as one of Ireland’s most popular hostels because of its location. It is located in the heart of Dublin City.

The apartments at Abrahams Lodging are a very financially savvy alternative for the free voyager and for gatherings. All rooms have ensuite shower/latrine facilities, and the beds are agreeable and the rooms are perfect, splendid and roomy. For the uninitiated, when you reserve a spot at Abraham Inn, you for the most part book a bed and not a room. You’ll wind up dozing in agreeable lofts, imparting a roomy quarter to other similarly invested world explorers.

There is room in the residences to store your packs and garments and you likewise approach gear stockpiling and security store boxes. All visitors are allowed to utilize the self-cooking kitchen, lounge area, and social areas to meet other travelers.

The facilities/services of this amazing hostel are free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, linens, free city maps, adaptors, cable tv, hot showers, hair dryers, key card access, 24-hour reception, 24-hour security, housekeeping, tours, towels for hire, tea and coffee making facilities, vending machines, and board games.

Ashfield Hostel Dublin

HostelWorld (*8.6) Booking.com (*8.1) Map Starts at ($21) for 18 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

The brilliant Ashfield Hostel is the most centrally located (Which is great) hostel in Dublin. It is situated between the great Trinity College and O’Connell Bridge. This sublime hostel is considered as the best hostel due to its perfect location. All the city attractions are nearby such as shopping, parks, monuments, memorial sites, and fun activities. These things make it the perfect place for visitors to stay.

This terrific hostel has the best staff as they go out of the way to help their guests. They welcome international visitors the same way as they welcome their own local visitors. This place has a 24-hours reception service.

The rooms in this hostel are magnificent. At this place, you’ll have mixed rooms, plus double and twin rooms for duos who are after a bit of privacy – and some even come with en-suites. The place also offers female-only dorms that are for the privacy of the females. All the rooms and dorms are equipped with attached bathrooms.

The facilities/services of this hostel are free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free city maps, linens, book exchange, cable tv, common room, hot showers, hair dryers for hire, elevator, safe deposit box, security lockers, self-catering facilities, 24-hour security, housekeeping, tea and coffee making facilities, luggage storage, and DVD’s.

Sky Backpackers

Best Party Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.1) Booking.com (*8.5) Map Starts at ($33) for 6 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Sky Backpackers is one of the most central and hip hostels around Dublin, located two minutes away from the Temple Bar, Area the fun center of the city. Music runs through the veins of the buildings, as it used to be a recording studio used by legends such as U2, Van Morrison, Def Leppard and more!

Sky Backpackers has been lauded for its extraordinary cleanliness, friendly staff, and the range of free events running throughout the whole week! Meeting fellow travelers is effortless in the common room, while there are no curfew times for guests. You can select among a four or six-bed ensuite dorm or book a whole 6-bed private ensuite room for you and your friends at value rates.

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The Times Hostel

Best Hostel for Solo Travelers HostelWorld (*8.4) Booking.com (*8.1) Map Starts at ($28) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

The Times Hostel is located right at the heart of Dublin’s old center, making it the perfect place to be for all backpackers and digital nomads looking for a clean and fun hostel. Right across the road from Trinity College, Times Hostel is in an area bustling with life during the whole day.

The Times Hostel offers triple and quadruple private rooms, as well as four-bed to eight-bed dorms. All of the rooms are en-suite, and showers recently renovated. The common areas and kitchen offer some amazing opportunities to socialize and have a few pints with fellow travelers. The hostel’s staff organize frequent pub crawls and walking tours around the area, so you can get to know the city with the help of a local!

Gardiner House

HostelWorld (*8.8) Booking.com (*8.6) Map Starts at ($20) for 16 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Located in an impressive historical building, Gardiner house used to be a Victorian convent back in the day! Nowadays, it has been converted into a state-of-the-art hostel, but as you can see, it still retains much of its original charm!

This is one of the most budget-friendly options around Dublin, 15-minutes away from the heart of Dublin. Gardiner House offers many opportunities for socialization and meeting other backpackers, as there are many common areas to enjoy dinner or a drink. FREE breakfast is included and comes with different breads, marmalades, butter, nutella, cereals, juice and more.

There are also pool and foosball tables, as well as board games. There are many dorms to choose from ranging from four to 18 people for an average of €29.70 per night. All beds come with built-in USB ports and lockers for your maximum convenience!

Jacobs Inn

HostelWorld (*8.7) Booking.com (*8.3) Map Starts at ($32) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Jacobs Inn was rated as one of the top-10 Irish hostels on Hostelworld and for a good reason. It is located near the main train and bus stations, while it hosts one of Dublin’s best walking tours. Built primarily with comfort in mind, Jacobs Inn offers single, twin, double, triple, four-bed and multi-bed rooms in some of the largest dorms in the country. All of the rooms are ensuite, and all beds are equipped with private lockers.

You can find man opportunities to socialize in the hostel’s common areas, where you can enjoy a game of pool or a movie on the 60” widescreen TV! If you ever feel like you need a pint, just walk down the road to the Celt Bar. There, you’ll find the best beer on tap and friendly people to meet!

Garden Lane Backpackers

 HostelWorld (*9.2) Booking.com (*8.7) Map Starts at ($23) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Garden Lane Backpackers is one of the newest additions to the Dublin hostel scene, offering stylish and modern accommodation near the Liberties neighborhood. Combining quality service with low rates, this is the perfect location to stay if you want to visit attractions such as the Dublin Castle, the St.Patrick Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse.

There is a wide range of comfortable accommodation in four, six and eight-bed dorms (including female only dorms). Each dorm has its own router, while linen change is free of charge. Being a modern hostel, Garden Lane has included individual power sockets on each bed and private lockers for your belongings. Bathrooms are shared and cleaned three times a day to ensure they are spotless throughout the day!

Abigails Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.6) Booking.com (*8.2) Map Starts at ($24) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Abigails Hostel is one of the highest-rated accommodation options for backpackers in Dublin. Offering en-suite rooms and a free breakfast to start your day, Abigails Hostel is located in a very central position, just a short walk from the Temple Bar area and the Trinity College.

There are many accommodation options to choose among three, six, eight and 10-bedrooms (including female only dorms). Reception is open 24/7, and the helpful staff is ready to help you with anything you might need to make your stay in Dublin unforgettable!

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Barry’s Hotel

HostelWorld (*9.4) Booking.com (*7.1) Map Starts at ($146) for 3 bed-private

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

One of the oldest hotels in Dublin, Barry’s Hotel was first opened in 1889 by Mrs. Barry, whom it was named after. Legend has it that, before it was turned into a hotel, it was a house for wealthy Dublin merchants.

Barry’s is located at the heart of the city center, just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Temple Street and the busy O’Connell street. All of the city’s main attractions and shopping districts are within walking distance. With 32 fully-equipped ensuite bedrooms, Barry’s Hotel is not a traditional hostel, as there are no dorms to be found. However, there is a nightclub on the premises that is open during the whole weekend, making mingling with the other guests easier!

Harvey’s Guesthouse

HostelWorld (*9.2) Booking.com (*8.1) Map Starts at ($170) for 4 bed-private

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Harvey’s Guesthouse is located in a reasonably central location, just a 15-minute walk from O’Connell Bridge. Rated as one of Dublin’s cleanest and most comfortable guesthouses, you really can’t go wrong with it. The timeless Georgian building in which Harvey’s is housed was erected in 1787 by Lord Mayor Gardiner. Of course, many things have changed since then, as the current owners have completely renovated the insides to offer all the necessary modern facilities and comforts. However, the exterior and decoration still retain much of the original picturesque charm of the building.

Harvey’s Guesthouse has no dormitories, but it is one of the cheapest options for a private room. The management has a strict policy regarding partying, making this a great option if you need some peace and quiet to focus on work.

Abbey Court Apartments

HostelWorld (*8.7) Booking.com (*8.4) Map Starts at ($129) for 1 double bed-private

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Abbey Court apartments is an excellent choice for groups of 2-3 who want to spend their Dublin holiday in style. Rooms are fully equipped with a TV, living room and a kitchenette, only a short walk from Dublin’s famous Ha’Penny and O’Connell bridges. All of the major tourist attractions, such as the Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and Guinness Storehouse are a few minutes away.

For those who don’t want one of the private rooms that Abbey Court Apartments has to offer, there is a sister hostel located right next to it (Abbey Court Hostel). The hostel offers a broad mixture of dorms, accommodating 4 to 28 guests at the same time at very affordable rates. Both facilities overlook the river Liffey and are perfect for backpackers who want to socialize with fellow travelers.


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