Though Ireland's placement in the EU may be a question in the near future, the country remains one of the best places to travel in the entire world due to the island's history, stunning beauty, intricate culture, and friendly populace.
Recently voted the top hostel in all of Ireland during 2012 and the seventh best in the entire world, the Barnacles Temple Bar House in Dublin has a massive reputation to go along with their quality and service. Located on Temple Lane in the entertainment district of the Irish capital, visitors staying at the Barnacles Temple have access to some of the best pubs in the entire world and cultural attractions that are second to none.
Location is a major advantage of this hostel, but the features like twenty-four hour security, free Wi-Fi, and breakfast included in the fee all make it an excellent stay. With staff that are critically acclaimed, the Barnacles Temple room rates start at fifteen dollars (US) per night.
Abigails Hostel, built only four years ago, features all the amenities that a recently renovated building can offer. Unlike hostels that are older and creaking, Abigails is a bright and vibrant place to stay during a vacation. Electronic security passes and unlimited Internet access are just some of the modern conveniences that guests can expect during their stay.
Boasting a ninety-eight percent approval rating, some of the guests say that the best thing about Abigails is their breakfast in the morning, with Irish dishes like scones and eggs that could not be found elsewhere. Rates start as low as thirteen dollars per night per person.
The sights of Dublin, ranging from the Christchurch Cathedral to the Guinness Storehouse to the Brazen Pub (the oldest pub in the city), can easily be accessed from the Four Courts Hostel. With staff that specialize in seeing the city's sights and a large movie room where groups can relax after trekking through the city, the staff offers insight to the city's secret locales along with providing free pub crawls and walking tours. Rooms start at sixteen dollars per night.
The Times Hostel on College Street offers a wealth of small amenities, such as free calling from a Skype video conferencing phone, ice cream bars, pancakes on Sundays, and tours of the city center. This modern, clean hostel is well known for its home cooking, but with higher rates (starting at nineteen dollars a night); it is a bit pricier than the average.