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Isaacs Hostel (Dublin)
Member Name: tekk
Isaacs Hostel (Dublin)
Date: 18/06/01, updated on 18/06/01 (622 review reads)
Advantages: If full they tell you to go to Jacobs Inn which is affordable, comfortable, clean and well located
Disadvantages: Dirty, un-friendly, horrible kitchen and to be honest rather stressful!
After spending a fortnight travelling around Ireland when ended up back where we started… in Dublin.
On our first visit we stayed in perhaps the most well known hostel, Isaacs, and for the life of me I couldn’t see why the place was always packed out. I found the staff abrasive and unhelpful, the rooms dirty and mouldy, and no sense of atmosphere. We had reserved dorm beds for the last three nights of our stay however the first two of those nights we decided to stay at the Dublin City Hostel.
However, when we arrived wearing big backpacks they kept us waiting for more than fifteen minutes whilst the staff made and drank cups of coffee… both my wife and I were getting a bad feeling and really fed up so we decided to go back to Isaacs.
The bad news was they were full up. Since we did the only decent thing and cancelling our reservations we were now left with nowhere to stay.
This is where is starts getting good… :)
There was a flyer for their sister Hostel – Jacobs Inn – which was only IR£1.50 a night more and was just round the corner. So without a lot of options we trundled off over there and I found the best hostel I have ever stayed in!
The entire place had a very new and modern feel and I instantly felt relaxed and at home… although that may have had something to do with ‘Yes we have room’ after worrying about what we were going to do that night! :)
The building cnetrally located and only about three minutes walk from the bus and train stations. Everything is key card operated allowing for total security and there is even a lift to all floors! With all this and the lobby type construct of the entrance hall it felt a lot more like a hotel than a youth hostel!
The rooms are spacious, comfortable and en-suite! The bathrooms are the nicest and cleanest I have encountered and the shower was the biggest I have ever had the pleasure of be
ing in… and as most of you know after a few days on the road a hot comfortable shower is one of the best things on this find planet… :)
The Kitchen is spacious and easy to use although there were no sharp knives or chopping boards and only one or two saucepans and frying pans around. This was pretty inconvenient – especially when trying to chop garlic on a dinner plate using a butter knife! :) The cookers were pretty good although three quarters of them seemed to have the knobs missing which made life just that bit more challenging! :)
There is a restaurant and pretty funky café on site and complete with a common room featuring video games, a pool table and a TV, you may never actually need to leave the hostel!
The hostel is open 24 hours although there is a room lock out between 11am and 3pm. There are safes available in the room for a charge and you can even leave your baggage for free in a room round the back if you want to do some exploring after you’ve checked out! The only downside is that it’s only open every half hour on the half hour so if you miss the time slot you’ve got a while to wait!
All in all I’d recommend this hostel to anybody… young or old… single or partnered… the only really bad thing I will say about the place is that they also let Americans stay… but hey no where is perfect… :P
Okay I’m sorry, that’s unfair… we just had a run in with a couple of really loud ones who wouldn’t consider the fact that there were other people in the room!
Anyway the dorms start at IR£9.95 / £8 off season and IR£11.95 / £9.50 peak season going up to twins and doubles at IR£22.00 / £17.50 per person and IR24.00 / £19 per person peak season with about a IR£1 supplement for weekends. They also offer breakfast!
For further information check out http://www.isaacs.ie/jacobsinn/
Dublin is a pretty c
ool place to visit and I’m sure I’ll go back again one day… and when I do… I know *exactly* where I’m staying! :)
The two stars mentioned are for Isaacs itself... Jacobs Inn gets the full five!