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Avalon House Hostel (Dublin)
Member Name: hot_rock_chick
Avalon House Hostel (Dublin)
Date: 30/01/01, updated on 30/01/01 (311 review reads)
Advantages: Wide range of guests, good prices
Disadvantages: Some hygine problems!
This was the first ever hostel I stayed at in Dublin, and I have to be honest, my inital impression was not a fantastic one. However, having experienced more hostels in Dublin, in hindsight I would say Avalon is a good bet for a comfortable stay.
The staff are a mixture, we found some coldness witht he receptionists, though it was no where as bad as in some other hostels (see Litton Lane). There were some other friendly members of staff though, notably the cleaners and chef who were very helpful. We also found the friendliest people staying here, and also the widest mix, from small children, to older, mature visitors. The area made for people to "mix" was only a small area with a few chairs but as it was near the reception area, everyone had a chance to chat to each other. The hostel did make an effort to put us with people of a similar age.
The rooms at Avalon house are bigger than most, and although there are some unforgivable features, most notably the mould on the celings and a creaking window, the room is sectioned off so that you do have more of a personal space.
The bathrooms are situated at the end of each floor, there are a lot of showers and toilets, so there is very little queuing but males and females do share the same space.
There are lockers which cost a few punts to hire, which is not bad, and you can basically use the locker room whenever you wish. There is also food vending machines in the reception area, which believe it or not, is not always avalible in all hostels. The internet is also avalible in the hostel though like in most hostels it is expensive, approximately a pound for a hour.
The location is fairly good, depending which side of the Liffey you want to spend most of your time on. Avalon is on the south side of Dublin, nearest to Grafton Street. Most of the hostels tend to be on the north side, slightly away from the bridge, Avalon is singled out in it's location. Still
it is close enough to walk around to all the key areas of Dublin, and it is also very close to Harcourt street, where a lot of the good clubbing and bar locations, away from Temple Bar can be found (and the better going out spots if the truth be said.)
Avalon is affordable too, and it is comfortable in general. The worst thing is the general state of the room, such as the mouldy celings whch really make this place seem worse than it is. The best feature is the location, the price and the friendly and interesting people you meet here. All in all a good hostel.