Reserve accommodations at least a week in advance, especially during Easter, other holidays, and the summer. Hostel dorms range from € 10-24 per night. Quality B&Bs blanket Dublin and the surrounding suburbs, although prices have risen with housing costs; most charge €20-40 per person.
Dublin’s hostels lean toward the institutional, especially in comparison to their more personable country cousins. The beds south of the river fill up fastest; they also tend to be more expensive than those to the north.
13 Four Courts Hostel, 15-17 Merchants Quay (672 5839), near 0’Donovan Rossa Bridge. First-rate hostel with clean rooms (most with showers) and a very friendly staff. Breakfast included. Internet €1 per lOmin. Dorms €15-22; doubles €54-65. Globetrotter’s Tourist Hostel (IHH), 46-7 Lower Gardiner St. ( 878 0700). A dose of luxury awaits the weary in these beautifully designed rooms. Beds are snug, but there’s plenty of room to store your stuff. Irish breakfast included. Internet access. Dorms €19- 22; singles €60-67; doubles €102-110.
Avalon House (IHH), 55 Aungier St. (475 0001). With a good location close to many nightlife spots, Avalon House hums with the energy of transcontinental travelers. Large but not overwhelming, Avalon has top-notch security for its guests. Breakfast included. Internet access. Dorms €15-30; singles €30-37; doubles €56-70.
Kinlay House (IHH), 2-12 Lord Edward St. ( 679 6644). Snuggle into soft couches in the TV room, or gaze at Christ Church Cathedral from your room window. The many icon posters lining the walls offer a crash course in Irish culture. Breakfast included. Laundry €7. Internet €1 per 15min. Dorms €15-26; singles €40-46; doubles €50-60. Brown’s Hostel, 89-90 Lower Gardiner St. ( 855 0034). Glistening decor with closets, AC, and TV in every room. Dorms are named after Irish rivers; be sure to ask for the Shannon room. Breakfast included. Internet access. Dorms €13-25.
Oliver St. John Gogarty’s Temple Bar Hostel, 18-21 Anglesea St. (671 1822). Joyce once roomed here with Gogarty. The location is unbeatable if you’re frolicking in Temple Bar. Internet access. Laundry €4. Dorms €13-23; doubles €46-56; triples €63-75. Abbey Court Hostel, 29 Bachelor’s Walk, O’Connell Bridge ( 878 0700). Great location and a knowledgeable staff compliment the clean rooms of Abbey Court. Laundry €8. Internet €1 per 15min. Dorms €17-28; doubles €76-88.
Isaac’s Hostel, 2-5 Frenchman’s Ln. (855 6215), off Lower Gardiner St. behind the Custom House. With a bustling cafe next to the lobby, Isaac’s attracts a young crowd. Laundry €8. Internet €1 per 15min. Dorms weekdays €13-19, weekends €15-21; doubles €60-6462-66; triples €78-8480-86. O
Barnacle’s Temple Bar House, 19 Temple Ln. (671 6277). Right in the hopping (and noisy) heart of Dublin. Crawl home to your bed from Temple Bar pubs. All rooms with bath; some with skylight. Dorms €13-23; doubles €62-74. O Browns Hotel, 90 Lower Gardiner St. (855 0034). Elegant Georgian building with newly refurbished rooms and a professional staff. Hot breakfast included. Singles €65- 75; doubles €70-100.