Where to stay in Dublin: Generator Hostel Dublin

Posted on 06. Jul, 2012 by in Europe Travel, Ireland, Reviews

A hostel? Really?

Trust me, I was surprised too. I’m not the biggest fans of hostels, and 20 bed dorms and flips flips in the shower, but I am definitely a fan of the Generator Hostel Dublin. But when Hostelworld offered to sponsor the first night of my trip in Ireland, I gave it a second thought.

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Generator Hostel Dublin’s location

The hostel is located in the newly refurbished Smithfield area, just outside the hustle and bustle of Dublin‘s hyper center, but close enough that it’s not a hassle to get in the heart of the action. It’s right next to the famous Jameson Distillery! And if you get hungry there’s a supermarket right across the square.

Also, if the weather isn’t on your side or if like me you are incredibly lazy, there’s a tram station right around the corner that will get you to O’Connell Street in no time.

The rooms

The rooms at Generator Hostel Dublin

That’s the best part of the hostel. I’ve experienced both the private and the 6-bed dorm, and both were incredibly spacious, modern and comfortable. Of course, I preferred the private ensuite room, where I got a huge bed to myself, funky wall art and a nice view over the Smithfield square.

Even the dorm rooms were nice - each bunk was equipped with a small light and a power socket - very useful to play Tetris until the wee hours if you suffer from jetlag.

Both rooms were absolutely spotless and to be honest, despite how cool the rest of the hostel was, I barely ever left my room. I was so comfortable there!

The common areas

The common rooms at Generator Hostel Dublin

You know the minute you step in the hostel that this isn’t your average hostel - starting with the huge whiskey bottles chandelier in the living area, or the 20+ feet tall art in the dining room or the two bars areas. Saying that the Generator Hostel is cool doesn’t even begin to cover it! There’s also enough computers to please everyone, and free wifi throughout.

Also, very important: there’s a giant screen in the living area for all you sports fan out there. I watched one of the Euro 2012 games and the atmosphere was electric!

My verdict

I really, really don’t have anything to say against the Generator Hostel. Honestly, if all hostels were this high-quality and cool, I’d be a much bigger fan of hostels in general. If I am to return to Dublin  in the future, I will definitely book this place again without giving it a second thought. And I suggest you do too!

Room prices start from as little as €15 per person per night, which also is a huge bonus.

Disclaimer: Hostelworld kindly sponsored my stay at the Generator Hostel Dublin. As always, all opinions are my own.


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2 Responses to “Where to stay in Dublin: Generator Hostel Dublin”

  1. Must for Wanderlust

    07. Sep, 2013

    Plans have changed last minute for me & it looks like I’ll be booking a hostel for the week I arrive before I can settle in. Been looking for a review of this one & yours was the first I found! I know this post is quite old, but just wondering… Are there lockers or anything like that? I’ll have my snowboard & suitcase with me (moving to Ireland) & wondering how safe it would be to have them with me! Thanks in advance : x

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      08. Sep, 2013

      I’m not sure the lockers are big enough to fit a snowboard but I’m sure you can leave it at reception while you are there. There are lockers in the rooms and in the basement as well for extra storage. :-) Overall an awesome hostel!

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