This was my first time staying in a hostel and I was definitely impressed. There was 3 of us, so we booked out a 4 bed room between us, so had a room to ourselves. The room and bathroom were both clean. If I were to be picky, the window and radiator area cold have done with a good wipe down as there was a lot of dust. There were two bunk beds in our cosy room which overlooked the main street. We didn't really venture into he kitchen/social area as we were so busy experiencing Dublin! One negative (which I'm sure is the same in most hostels) is the noise. Sometimes it was very hard to sleep at night, and if you did get to sleep, you were likely to be woken up again!! It sounded like someone upstairs was constantly dragging furniture across the floor, however we decided it couldn't be that as it happened so often! This didn't really matter to us as we were there to go out every night.
All staff were lovely, pleasant and helpful. We left our bags with them on departure day as we had a late flight, however there was a sign stating they do not always have room to do this, particularly on busy days.
Now to the exciting part... the location of this hostel is absolutely amazing! 'Gogartys' next door is full of life from noon (or before) with live Irish music throughout the day. The atmosphere is superb and you really get a taste of their culture- most of the bars in 'Temple Bar' play host to live music! The hostel is also close to the river and lots of lovely cafes and shops... so there is always somewhere to go if you need to pick something up! We also walked to the Guinness Storehouse from there which took about half an hour.
This hostel is definitely not for the faint hearted, but if your looking for some great nights out immersed in traditional Irish culture its prefect!
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