15/17 Merchants Quay, Christchurch (Adjacent to Temple Bar),
Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 01 6725839. Fax: 01 6725862.
Open from: 1 January to 31 December „
I booked this hostel in February 2011 when myself and 3 friends decided to go to Dublin for a weekend, we heard about how fun it was and decided to have a weekend, as we were students we couldnt afford a hotel or a premier inn so a hostel it was. It cost about 15 euros each and we paid for a private room. The location was perfect looking onto the union canal and along from temple bar (on the same side of the river). Along the canal and across a bridge to O'Connell street, it is in a good location.
When we arrived we had to press the bell on the front door, someone then pressed the buzzer and let us in. The reception was immediately on the left hand side, it was full of men working on the computers and it had a lot of information books and leaflets both on the rack and beside the desk on the reception. We were given our keys so we could enter our room. The room was quite large and had four sets of bunk beds which gave us eight beds in total, although we only needed four, we had ample space.
The room was clean and tidy and had a large windo to let lots of light in, it was however very noisy and very bright during the night so getting sleep was very hard. There was a small shower/toilet room on the left as you came into the room, it was very clean and tidy just like the room. You had to pay 4 euros for towels if you wanted them, where as toilet roll and soap were supplied which is always good, as you never expect to pay for these. We also had to make the beds ourselves which I dont mind doing. As there were eight beds in total we were able to have an extra pillow each which was good. There was also a mirror in the room but it was not full length this was awkward, as you like to see what you look like in full. There was also one chair in the room, this i felt was unneccesary as there was no table or anything in the room.
The hostel also had a canteen, but you had to spend money for anything in there, there was also a games room with an xbox etc in, with computers for the internet and various vending machines and a bar. This was good but as we were there for the nightlife we headed out. It was a good ten minute walk from temple bar, the main clubbing, drinking and eating part of dublin. It is also 5 mins walk from the main shopping street in Dublin, which is good for both during the days and nights.
Overall I would definitely stay in this hostel again as it was cheap, clean and tidy and it was good value for money. It was also very welcoming, friendly and warm, we all said we would stay here again if we went to dublin.
Another year, another ISTO. And that means another trip to Dublin, and another hostel. The Irish Student Trampoline Open, following a spell in Cork, was back in Dublin this year, and we went along for 4 days of bouncing, drinking and site-seeing. Our home for the trip was Four Courts Hostel.
I dont really like hostels that much, but I can tolerate them when travelling in a group, and when someone else is paying. However even then, there are a few things I need a hostel to have in order for me to rate it highly. These include a decent location, safe storage facilities, reasonably equipped rooms and a few facilities. Im not going to compare Four Courts with full service hotels, because that is unfair, but I will compare it with the other hostels I have stayed in, particularly those in Dublin.
We got the bus from the airport and got off at OConnell Street. From there we decided to walk to the hostel, which was perhaps not the best idea. With luggage, the walk took more than 20 minutes, though we later shaved 10 minutes off that time when we were just going back and forth to the bus stops sans-suitcases. Other than that, the location of the hostel is not that bad. Its on the south side of the river, right near the Temple Bar district which is full of bars, restaurants and shops. The cathedral is nearby, as is Dublin Castle, and the hostel overlooks the River Liffey. The DART train line is about 25 minutes walk, and you can use it to get from the hostel to the beach in under an hour. There are nearer bus stops too, which take you back to the main street in a couple of minutes, handy if you have a Rambler bus ticket which gives you unlimited travel. We didnt end up cooking in the hostel, but there were several supermarkets and convenience stores within easy walking distance.
We arrived around 9pm and checked in easily, though there was confusion over whether or not we had paid a deposit. We had, the hostel werent aware of this, etc etc, but we had a print out from the booking website which supported what we were saying so they let us just pay the balance. When we checked in we got electronic keys (set for the whole stay, so we didnt have to get them re-done every day) and also security passes which had to be replaced each day, and without which you could not get into the hostel.
We had seen on the website that all rooms were en suite, which seemed quite swish to us. We were in a mixed dorm of 12, and took up 10 of the beds. The other two belonged to an American brother/sister couple who were charming and had no problem with us walking around semi-naked, talking about bouncing at all hours and, one night, dressing up in army gear and re-enacting dubious war scenes prior to our fancy dress social. However, one thing we hadnt counted on was the room next door, another 12 bed dorm. Though this room had a separate entrance, they shared our bathroom which was only accessible through our main room, which meant we had randoms traipsing back and forth at all hours. Essentially, this felt like we were in a 24 bed dorm since 24 people had access to our room, and this seemed a bit of a con given wed paid for a smaller one. Also, the bathroom which seemed ok when we arrived soon proved to be rather small, as the two showers and two toilets suddenly had to serve twice as many people.
The rooms, though sparsely furnished (3 chairs and a mirror being the only inclusions beyond our bunk beds) were clean and comfortable. I especially liked the wooden floors, a huge step up from the manky carpets you often get. The only real downside was being at the front of the hostel, overlooking the main road and river, and having single-glazed windows which gave us a cold and noisy room at times. The bathrooms were cleaned daily but still got a bit gross quite quickly, and the showers only had attack-you-while-you-lather curtains rather than proper doors. The loos did not flush all that well, and we ran out of toilet paper too, but that could have been down to the copious amounts we used trying to remove the camouflage make-up.
The hostel prices included breakfast, though Ive learnt not to expect much from this promise, as in one place we stayed in Dublin this consisted of a cup of coffee and a big fairy cake. I was pleasantly surprised at Four Courts, though. The large dining room transformed into a self-service buffet from 7am 10am daily, and included as much as you could eat
- Orange juice, tea and coffee
- Cereals (choice of 3)
- Nice bread for toasting (not the cheap tasteless kind), plus butter and a selection of jams, all in nice single-serve sachets, rather than generic, crumb-filled tubs
If youve not slummed it recently, this may not sound like much to you, but for a hostel its quite impressive, and we went down every morning to stuff our faces.
The kitchen area was big and well equipped, with plenty of space to cook meals. The hostel had a few other facilities: there were safety deposit boxes for rent, a reading room (no books though!), a TV room (next to the reading room, and loud enough to be heard through the walls, rendering the former a little useless), and a games corner with a pool table etc. There was also a luggage store, useful for first and last days. In the dorms, there were cages for keeping your stuff in, but you had to provide your own padlock (or rent one of theirs for a fee), and there was only one for each set of 2 bunks, which was a bit odd. We didnt use these, but our stuff stayed safe nonetheless I suppose its luck of the draw, depends on who you are sharing with, and may or may not be a risk you wish to take. The safety deposit boxes were secure, but too small for more than a passport and wallet, and also cost 1.50 per day.
I was quite impressed with this hostel, found the staff friendly, the other guests not too rowdy and the rooms spacious and airy. The only downside was the location from the bus-stop, as we were schlepping ourselves to UCD each day, which is some way out of town.
I would recommend staying here, but I would ask when you book which room you will be in and who has access to it as that annoyed me a bit and I think the other room got a better deal as they walked in and out of ours, but we never ventured into theirs.
Check in from 3pm, check out from 10.30am, not curfew.
Linen (quilts and sheets) provided, and beds are made up for you on arrival, so it actually feels like a holiday.
The hostel has a range of rooms from twins to 16 bed dorms, with prices from 15 EUR to double that per person per night.
Four Courts Hostel
15-17 Merchants Quay
Tel: 353 1 672 5839
Fax: 353 1 672 5862
My recent trip to Dublin saw me spending one night at the Four Court's Hostel on Merchant's Quay, situated beside the River, and really only a stone's throw away from the main shopping areas, Four Courts is obviously a very popular hostel. Checking in is from 3pm, but there is a luggage room where you can store your bags should you happen to arrive earlier and not want to trail your belongings half way around Dublin. This luggage room uses a ticket system whereby only you will be able to retrieve your bags. There is a safe available for £1 a day, but as we never used this facility, I am unable to comment on it. We found the staff all to be very friendly, whilst being aware of security. Only those who have a yellow security slip (which is given when you book in) can enter the building. The whole place is decorated in a very "fun" way with murals drawn over the walls, all of which contain something humorous. A lift is available as there are quite a few stairs to go up, but if you do decide to go by foot, the walls are covered in more murals making the journey upstairs less tedious. Now onto the main thing - the room! We decided to book a twin room, which cost us £42 Irish for the room, a measly £21 each! Having stayed in other hostels, we weren't expecting too much, but we were pleasantly surprised with our room. The floors were all wooden, looking very modern and clean, the walls were freshly painted. Our room, although it was a twin room, had bunk beds, but the bottom bed was also a double bed, meaning that the room could easily sleep three. The room was not all that big, and did not have any storage space for clothes but as we were only staying one night and not really going anywhere that we needed to dress up, this suited us fine, as did the one wooden chair. The biggest surprise of all was that there was an en suite toilet - brilliant! Gone are the days of sha
ring a toilet with anyone and everyone, and a little wash hand basin - no more running out in your PJ's to try and clean your teeth, while trying to remember to take the room key with you! There is a shower on each corridor, which is always kept very clean. A light breakfast is included in the price and the rooms are supposed to be vacated by 10.30 am. All in all, out of the two hostels that I have stayed in so far in Dublin, I would have to say that Four Courts wins hands down - mainly for the fact that there is a toilet in the room - it makes things more private. It's a cheap, friendly way of seeing around Dublin - great for students, single travellers and families, whatever your reason for travelling to Dublin.