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Cheap and Cheery - with ensuite toilet!
Four Courts Hostel (Dublin)
Member Name: Belfastgirl
Four Courts Hostel (Dublin)
Date: 14/07/01, updated on 14/07/01 (446 review reads)
Advantages: Ensuite toilet, Clean, Cheap
Disadvantages: Not exactly 4 star - but what do you expect for £21?
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.