It is in a fantastic central location that is hard to beat! The staff were welcoming and friendly and I had a good bunch of people to stay with
I think Abigails Hostel would have been an amazing hostel in its prime. Unfortunately the building seems a little tired and in need of a major uplift. While we were making our beds a hairball fell out of one set of sheets and tissues out of two others...In the common area the tables were always filthy (usually egg shell) and the couches need a bit of maintenance. The bathroom in the shared mixed dorm was pretty unclean with mould all underneath the shower grate and hair everywhere. But that is what you expect from a budget hostel I guess.
The only thing that REALLY annoyed me was the silly key system. We were given 1 key between the 4 of us. Which is fine. When you leave, you leave the key at reception. That all worked really well, except when you go out and return at different times. The key is given to the first person and then the door has to be opened by the receptionist for the other 3. The receptionist told myself that they would be 'expecting me'. I don't think after a few pints that anyone is 'expecting' anyone once they are asleep. So not only was I made to walk up to my room and knock on the door. I had to go back down to reception to get him to open it for me. (which he had to do 2 more times!) They would really cut out so much work if they just had a different key system and not a silly slip of paper!
All-in-all I had a good stay in the heart of Dublin!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recently converted from a hotel, Abigail's Hostel is located in Temple Bar, overlooking the River Liffey and Ha'penny Bridge.All our rooms have private bathrooms, central heating and hairdryers. Our reception is open 24/7 and our friendly staff are happy to help you with tourism information or anything you might need to enjoy your visit to Dublin. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abigails Hotel Dublin