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“Good to party - not always good to sleep”

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Generator Hostel Dublin
Ranked #5 of 105 Specialty Lodging in Dublin
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Darmstadt, Germany
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30 reviews
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“Good to party - not always good to sleep”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

We stood in the Hostel for four nights with friends in a 6-bed-room (1st floor) and afterwards for one night as a couple in a 2-bed-room (4th floor).
To start with the negative experience we had: The hotel seems to organize from tome to time a party, what is good for party-people but bad for people, that wants to sleep. The ridiculous thing is, that the party starts at 3 o'clock in the night (to 6 o'clock) and is clearly audible in the sleeping rooms (Furthermore a quite unfriendly clean-up lady wanted to asure our check-up time at 10 o'clock the following morning.)
Beside that, the place is a very good hostel. It makes a very safe impression (one needs cards to enter and use the lifts, ...), the personel at the reception is friendly. The rooms are very tidy, but there is no clean-up during the stay, what could become unlovely, if you stay in a 6-bed-room for a longer while. Due to the size of the hotel, the place is very clinical.

The quality of the rooms are different from the 6-bed to the 2-bed rooms.
6-bed-rooms:
- the double beds are very modern
- there are nor hooks for clothes nor shelves nor any kind of funriture anywhere, what would be very usefull especially in the bathroom
2-bed-room:
- Almost like y hotel room!
- A lot of hookes, even towels and a table

Generally the hostel is a quite good place to stay in Dublin.


All in all a nice hostel to stay in Dublin.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Generator_Dublin, Manager at Generator Hostel Dublin, responded to this review, May 24, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent review on the Generator Dublin. We appreciate all your feedback and I have passed all your comments onto the team.

We do hold parties every now and again which we do try and keep the noise to a minimum but I do apologise that you were kept awake.

Thank you again for taking the time to write the review.

Kind regads

Maureen Meegan
Operations Manager
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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

Amazing. That's it. Adorable people and nice place to stay. Where is a food-store nearby and many good pubs, f.e. Cobblestone with live irish music. Comfortable rooms: soft bed, warm blanket and shower.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Generator_Dublin, Manager at Generator Hostel Dublin, responded to this review, May 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent review on the Generator Hostel. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards

Maureen Meegan
Operations Manager
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

Hostels are everyone things but everyone should try a Generator!

The location is walking distance to the city centre. The rooms were very clean and beds very comfortable. The whole concept, design and atmosphere is what you go for and it's cheap!

Love it

  • Stayed May 2013
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Generator_Dublin, Manager at Generator Hostel Dublin, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent review of the Generator Dublin. We are delighted that you enjoyed your second stay in a Generator and hope to welcome you again in one of our properties.

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Maureen Meegan
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 14, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here in May 2013. There were 11 of us on a stag do and on previous similar occasions we have ended up hostels which resemble third world accommodation. However this time, we arrived at the Generator and I was shocked from the off. The building is modern and clean. Everywhere you'd go you'd see wet floor signs because the staff were so attentive keeping it to a high standard of cleanliness. The communal areas resembled more of a hotel than a hostel. There was a fantastic bar which served homemade, fresh and affordable food. A couple of pool tables, loads of comfortable and quirky seating areas. All in all it was very inviting and I could understand why there was always so many people relaxing downstairs. The only draw back to me was that on the Saturday they had a nightclub in the communal area which was blazing out the music until 6am. Perfect for some but when you just want your bed you don't need the noise.

The bedrooms themselves were comfortable. Fairly spacious with modern aesthetic bunk beds. The bathrooms were clean and well equipped once again. There is an option to hire a safe downstairs although in the bedrooms under the bed they had storage boxes which you could padlock anyway.

All in all, the hostel was far more like a hotel than a hostel and I was very impressed. Because of this I will always look for generator hostels if I'm going away especially if they're all this standard.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Generator_Dublin, Manager at Generator Hostel Dublin, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent review on the Generator Dublin. We are delighted you and your group enjoyed your stay and thank you for such lovely comments.

Check out our website - generatorhostels.com - for all our other European destinations for your next stag trip :)

Kind regards

Maureen Meegan
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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is more like a hotel than a hostel. I stayed in a 7 bed dorm with a private bathroom and it was very comfortable. The hostel has an excellent bar downstairs and does a great breakfast too. It was clean and the bed was very comfy for a hostel. It can get a bit loud on the weekends with live bands and DJ's in the bar area but what else would you expect in Dublin. Wifi was very fast and even worked in the room.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Generator_Dublin, Manager at Generator Hostel Dublin, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent review on Generator Dublin. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back in the future.

Kind regards

Maureen Meegan
Operations Manager
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Wales
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Could not believe it! I have never been to a hostel as clean as this one! You could smell the cleanliness. Fair play the staff were very polite, well minus one reception staff a polish lady (she didn't know anything, she needs training!) haha!

But the rooms were very very clean, plenty of sockets! Me and the girls loved our stay. And we will be returning again. Good value for money!

Plus you get free wi-fi (Only down side that we had to go to reception to get the signal, but can't complain as it was free.)

We will be returning

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Mansi_wyn
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Generator_Dublin, Manager at Generator Hostel Dublin, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent review on Generator Dublin. We are delighted you and your party had a great stay.

We hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards

Maureen Meegan
Operations Manager
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

While planning a family trip to Ireland, I had convinced the other members of my family to stay in hostels, but with some reservations on their end. Within twenty minutes of arriving at the generator in Dublin, these reservations disappeared. We were all impressed by the lobby, bar and rooms, from the perspectives of both cleanliness and design, and the breakfast sun room was a great way to start the day and check emails. As the hostel was a ten minute walk from temple bar, right by a train and bus station and on a great little side street, myself and my family could not have asked for more from a hostel. The whole family were hostel-converts by the end of our trip.

One note, the shower seemed to drain very slowly, so you had to watch to ensure that water did not overflow, but other than that, the bathroom was clean and new, as the rest of the hostel was.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Generator_Dublin, Manager at Generator Hostel Dublin, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for your recent review on Generator Dublin. We are delighted that you and your party enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back on your next trip to Dublin.

Kind regards

Maureen Meegan
Operations Manager
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Property: Generator Hostel Dublin
Address: 28 Smithfield Street, Dublin 7, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 105 Specialty Lodging in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Generator Hostel Dublin 2*
Number of rooms: 106
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You’ll find Generator Dublin in the heart of Smithfield Square in central Dublin. This newly fashionable area located between the developing museum district and the Four Courts District has plenty to do and see. Next door you’ll find the Jameson Distillery, one of the most popular attractions in the city. Dublin is a compact city and the best way to explore is on foot, so you don’t miss a thing. You’re a short walk from the infamous Guinness Storehouse with its un-missable 360 degree gravity bar, Temple Bar and the Spire. But while you are here make sure you soak up the atmosphere of the hostel. It’s a destination in its own right. Head to the bar and chill out areas and get yourself a well deserved drink or two and soak up the most eclectic and authentic entertainment for miles around. We have recently added a wide range of specialist craft beers both from local and afar. We’ve also great beds for sleepy heads and of course you’ll be enjoying Dublin life in the most stylish and authentic surroundings. Choose from a great selection of rooms, from Dorms, to Quads, to Private en-suites with innovative mod cons. Fast and free Wi-Fi is all yours too. To get the most out of your stay speak with any member of our team, their city expertise will help you devise an itinerary that will take you to all the hidden treasures this dynamic city has to offer. We’ll see you there soon. ... more   less 
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