We recently embarked on a trip to Dublin, Ireland on a budget. Helen and I are planning on becoming full time travellers later in 2017 and really wanted to test the hostel waters as a couple.
The Generator Hostel seemed like the perfect place to do just that. I’d stayed in hostels previously, Helen hadn’t and we’d never done it as a couple so it was going to be an interesting couple of evenings.
- Location - 85%85%
- Room - 85%85%
- Facilities - 75%75%
- Value for Money - 90%90%
The location is fantastic, a ten minute walk and you're in the hustle and bustle of the city. Considering the size of this hostel it's super clean - I'm talking cleaner than some hotels I've stayed at in the past. Unfortunatly, what lets this place down is the lack of a kitchen. When staying at a hostel I want to be able to save money and cook, instead it seems like the Generator maybe taking advantage and charging instead for them to cook food for you instead.
In the end The Generator Hostel Dublin turned out to be the perfect place for us to experience hostel life, so good in fact I decided to write this post telling you all about it.
Dates: 26th March 2017 – 29th March 2017
Price We Paid Per Night: €12.80 per person
Room Type: 6 bed mixed
Booking Platform: HostelBookers
Generator Hostel, Dublin is situated in Smithfield Square, central Dublin. It’s around 25 minutes from the airport via taxi and costs around €30. However, you can also opt for the much more affordable Airlink 747 which takes just an additional 10 minutes.
We decided on this particular hostel as it hit the balance of affordable and within walking distance to the city centre (11 minute walk to O’Connell Street. So much so we managed to visit all of the tourist hot spots on foot.
Especially the Jameson whiskey distillery which is just a one minute walk around the corner of the hostel. If you decide to opt for the official Do Dublin hop on, hop off bus tour then you’ll find stop number 20 just outside of Smithfield Square.
We opted to spend our three nights at The Generator Hostel, Dublin in a 6 person mixed room.
The room was clean, stylish and fully functional. You have to make the bed yourself, but that’s about it.
There wasn’t one night where the room was entirely full, and in this instance most people kept themselves to themselves.
My personal two favourite features of the room were firstly, the beds. These beds were AMAZING. I’ve stayed in five-star luxury hotels that don’t have beds that good.
Next, the pull out ‘lockers’ under the bed. These were an ideal place for us to store our bags. Just remember to bring your own padlock so you can use it to lock away any valuables.
Each bed also had two plug sockets and a nightlight. An ideal place to charge your phone and camera overnight whilst planning where you’re going to visit the next day.
Let me get out of the way the only facility I found to be missing from this hostel… a kitchen.
Food in Dublin can prove rather pricy, and it’s not helped by the inability to make something at the hostel. Now, I’ve got that off my chest we can talk about the good stuff.
Each day the hostel provides a free walking tour leaving at 10.30am and covering sights such as Dublin Castle and Temple Bar. The walking tour lasts approx 1 and a half hours.
The hostel provides complimentary wifi. It wasn’t the best wifi I’ve experienced, but it sure wasn’t the worst either. Now, let’s talk about evening entertainment.
The Generator Hostel, Dublin has plenty on offer. Including game nights, quiz’s, live musicians and much more. This is a great addition and a fantastic way to meet new people in the hostel, and win some free drinks whilst you’re at it!
In conclusion our time at The Generator Hostel, Dublin was a pleasant one. In the terms of value for money, it’s fantastic and saved us around 75% on accommodation whilst visiting Dublin. We’d not only visit this particular Generator Hostel again, but are looking to visit others across Europe in the future.
If you’re planning an upcoming trip to Dublin, then be sure to check out my list of things to do in the city.