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Barnacles Hostel Temple Bar
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Reviewed March 14, 2008

Dublin was an interesting city. If you want to see it from the inside out, Barnacles offers that opportunity.

The security is tight. My husband and I were slightly bemused by the constant checking of ID cards every time we entered the building, but I guess they have problems with people sneaking guests in and out as they please.

We also realized why the security was tight once nighttime hit. The streets in Temple Bar come alive with amateur street performers. They're all a little frightening and worrisome, as they toss around flaming sticks with half empty bottles of liquor at their sides, but they also keep the people happy.

Be prepared, as the night continues, to have a whole lotta smashed folk about you. The Garda (police) will empty out your bottles in the cobblestone gutters, but it doesn't stop many from going to the closest corner store to buy another six-pack.

The hostel works for what it's purposed to do: pack folks in nice and tight for a drunk-fest of a weekend. We (newlyweds) were rooming with a young, post-pubescent football (soccer) team from England. It was a bit smelly and noisy, but just make sure to bring your earplugs and face mask. Hopefully you'll be able to sleep through first, the bottles breaking against brick walls at night, and next, the daily morning street-washing machines that hit the road at about 4am.

Over all, Dublin is a happy-hardcore little place full of a lot of booze. The hostel was clean enough, and one of the brighter, better decorated ones we saw along our European travels. The breakfast crew is efficient, but make sure you wake up early enough to grab your OJ and toast. If you find it hard to endure seeing teens lose their contents in back alleys at 11 in the morning, however, Temple Bar might not be the place to stay.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2008

I organised a trip for 20 people to Dublin for a weekend and Barnacles was brilliant. Its in a great location and the staff made booking for 20 easy as they were so helpful.
We had 2 dorm rooms, both of which were clean and had their own bathrooms.
A great place for groups to enjoy Dublin.

  • Stayed: November 2006
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Reviewed February 4, 2008

Loved it! Super clean, great staff, nice common areas, great location, loved the storage lockers, loved the private bathrooms for each room, loved the price. I stayed in a 6 bed all female dorm room. It wasn't super quiet, but with jetlag, sleep debt, and alcohol from the nearby pubs, I had no trouble sleeping! Probably a good idea to bring earplugs to any hostel though, if you're a light sleeper.

They charge for towels, but not bed linens.

They have a free breakfast, but I slept through it unintentionally, so I can't tell you anything about it!

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled solo
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Thank spamforjac
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Reviewed January 28, 2008

I stayed in a mixed 10+ dorm room w. ensuite, smack in the middle of the infamous Temple Bar area. The other guests were very friendly and even let me use their toiletries (My liquids weren't more than 100ml each, but the bottle was bigger). Though reviewers always say this hostel is surprisingly quiet, it was such a hot night we slept with the window open and there was snoring, so earplugs served me perfectly. The sheets were very clean... I loved the fact you could lock your bag beneath your bed (you can leave your bags with reception for free too) and hot water ran hot. A friendly receptionist explained the way to the train station. Well worth my 20 euro... I'll definitely stay again.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 22, 2008

I was in Ireland in Fall 2006, and stayed there for almost a week. Rooms are clean, service is basic but ok, you can lock your travel bags underneath your bed. If you see it as a drop point, and a place only to sleep, i think this is really fine. Well situated in Dublin, right in the heart of the city, you can walk all around for attractions. Because it's in Temple Bar, expected to be crowdy and noisy at night.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled solo
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Thank Buzzrenton
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