Finding the best hostel in Ireland for your stay can make or break your trip. No matter the reason behind your visit, be it business or pleasure, selecting the right place to stay can make all the difference.
Most Irish hostels have a selection of both dorms and private rooms. Some have only private rooms, and tend to be smaller hostels. The largest hostels in Ireland have more than 200 beds. The best hostels typically range from €13-19 per night for a dorm room. Private rooms usually fall into the €20-50 range.
Like hotels in Canada, most hostels in Ireland offer a free light breakfast and free Internet access and Wi-Fi. The staff is also very knowledgeable about the area, and they can make reservations for you. Unlike hotels, however, hostels usually offer access to a fully-equipped kitchen. They also have lobbies and lounges with DVD collections, video games and other activities for guests. Some organize nightly pub crawls or tours of local sites.
Avalon House (www.avalon-house.ie), located on Aungier Street in downtown Dublin, is one of the oldest hostels in Ireland. It has both private and dormitory rooms and offers many activities for guests. Its location is near many of Dublin's best pubs. Rates begin at €16.00 per night.
3 Mountain Ventures Hostel is in Donard, County Wicklow. The hostel was converted from an old farmhouse. Is located in the shadow of Leinster's highest mountain and is surrounded by old paths and roads for hiking and biking. Rates begin at €16 per night.
5 Dun Chaoin Hostel, in Ballyferriter, County Kerry, is on Ireland's western-most coast. The small, quiet hostel offers views of the Blasket Islands and the Atlantic Ocean. Rates begin at €14 per night.
Most hostels accept advance reservations. Reservations are recommended any time your scheduling allows. This is especially important from May to October, which is tourism season in Ireland. Weekends also fill quickly.