If you haven’t seen my last few posts you might not know that this weekend I stayed for a brief overnight in Dublin, Ireland before I headed to the United States to visit with family. I’ve never stayed in Dublin city center before, only in nearby Swords and Malahide, so this was my first experience both staying in and booking accommodation in the capital.
The length of my stay and budget determined that I stayed in the Temple Bar district of the city in the Four Courts Hostel. If you’re interested in reading more reviews of hostels hotels across other European cities or further afield, you can see my bank of posts here.
For one night in a 10 person mixed form I paid €15, however when I looked for the evening before I was quoted €45 for a 4 person mixed dorm. If you can get the cheaper option, this is definitely one of the cheapest places you can stay in across the whole of Dublin. For the location and quality of the accommodation you can’t argue with the price.
I have to be honest when I say the decor was a little reminiscent of the interior of a nursery school. There were a lot of primary and secondary colours being used which clashed a little strangely with the building’s period features. Beyond the colour scheme, the four story spiral staircase, the wainscoting and the chandeliers in the halls were beautiful and I’m glad the hostel decided to retain these beautiful elements of the building.
The ground and lower floors have an open plan living and design concept with an industrial kitchen that is available for use during selected hours of the day. The bedrooms share the same bizarre colour scheme as the other areas, but in all honesty it’s not about the decor for this particular review.
The wonderful thing about this hostel is it’s proximity to so many of the wonderful sights Dublin has to see. Trinity Castle, Temple Bar, Dublin Castle and St Audoen’s Church are all less than a mile. It lies directly on the riverfront and is less than a 5 minute walk from the nearest stop to the Dublin Airport Express. O’Connell Street is around a 15 minute walk ,as are the major shopping sheets on either side of the River Liffey. I will say that there were a few untoward characters hanging around the doorways beside the building both the night before and the morning after.
There are an unbelievable 11 room types in this hostel, ranging from a twin room to a 16 person mixed dorm – with prices varying progressively between those two room types. The dorms are also male and female only dorms in multiples of four.
The mixed dormitories consist of bunk beds sleeping the number of people it holds, with two rolling cages underneath the bottom bunk and a fixture above the metal headboard with a plug socket and two USB ports to charge whatever you need to charge. There are pegs to hang coats or jackets but the rooms have no hanging space.
Family and twin rooms have a private external shower room come toilet that is key accessible whilst the dorms have an en suite as well as toilets in the hallways.
One of the tidiest hostels I’ve ever stayed in, with a great system in the kitchen of cleaning your own dishes as you use them. The rooms, common areas and bathrooms were all clean and tidy.
The staff were quick to answer queries both pre-check in and during the stay. I encountered three shifts in my little over twelve hour stay which leads me to believe that although the reception is open 24/7, staff are circulated fairly which I’m sure attributes to their demeanor. Everybody was helpful and super friendly.