“ Address: 81-82 Marlborough Street / Dublin 1 / Ireland „
The Marlborough Hostel was one of the highlights of our trip to Dublin. In this overly rushed and expensive city we found a great hostel with clean rooms, friendly stuff and comfy couches in the common area.
Every wall is painted in bright colours and the whole hostel has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
The location is what appealed to us the most; just off O'Connell Street (the central road in Dublin) and 300 meters walking from the Spire the location of the hostel is amazing. You are directly in the heart of the city but as it is located on a side street it is still quiet and you can sleep at night without being disturbed by party-goers or traffic noise.
As I said it's 300 meters from the Spire, half a mile to Trinity College and 10 minutes walking to Templebar. Spar, Subways and BurgerKing are just around the corner.
Buses leave at O'Connell Street - the main bus stop area of the city. Buses from and to the airport leave/arrive there as well. The number 41 stops right in front of the hostel, it's a normal bus and it takes roughly 50min depending on traffic. (2.90 Euro)
The express bus is more expensive (6 Euro) but is quicker and runs more frequently.
Address: 81/82 Marlborough St.,
The room prices vary on the season and if it is weekday or weekend.
These are the prices from now to the end of August, I guess it's getting cheaper in winter again so check their website for the latest room rates.
The prices are given in Euro - check www.xe.com for a currency converter.
May - June
Mon - Thurs -- Fri - Sun
4 Bed Room 22.50 -- 28.00
5 Bed Room 22.50 -- 28.00
6 Bed Room 22.50 -- 28.00
8 Bed Dorm 22.50 -- 28.00
July - Aug
Mon - Thurs -- Fri - Sun
4 Bed Room 28.00 -- 28.00
5 Bed Room 28.00 -- 28.00
6 Bed Room 28.00 -- 28.00
8 Bed Room 28.00 -- 28.00
We paid 12 Euro per night on a weekday in march so I guess the prices will go down quite a lot in winter.
Rooms & Facilities
In total the Hostel offers 76 beds in 4 to 8 bed dorms. None of them is en-suite but there are plenty of showers and toilets on almost every floor.
The beds were really comfy and not too small. There's a locker under each bed and you get a padlock for free - that was great as I forget every single time to bring mine when travelling.
Windows and central heating are in every room.
Showers are in the basement. You have cabins with a door between the actual shower and the place where you can keep your stuff save and dry.
Showers are clean and with hot water.
Toilets with wash basins are on every floor. They are clean and plenty, so you'll never have to wait.
The community kitchen in the basement is a great meeting place and every night full of people who cannot afford the horrendous prices in Dublin. The kitchen is fully equipped with oven, cooker, microwave, toaster and plates/pans/cutlery. You can take one of the provided baskets to keep your food in or store it in the community fridge.
Breakfast is served every morning between 7 and 10 am. You can get toast, jam and marmalade, cereals, fruit and coffee. It's basic but nice and we were happy about it every morning. Of course you can also prepare your own stuff and have baked beans to your toast.
Lots of hostels advertise with free Internet but you'll need your own laptop and you don't have connection in your room. Not so here, there are 3 modern computers you can use and you have WiFi in every corner of the hostel. Internet use is unlimited.
Community areas are plenty, a small TV room, a bigger room with comfy couches and a billiard table and another room with chair and vending machines for a quick snack. Board games are available from the reception.
Bed linen is free and you can hire towels and hair dryers for 1 Euro.
The reception is open 24 hours and there's no curfew.
Where to book?
Booking a room is easy via the website www.marlboroughhostel.com or all major hostel search engines such as hostelworld.com. You can pay with Visa or Master card - 1.00 Pound service charge is added when booking online.
You can also just turn up and see if they have rooms left - but that's not really advisable as all beds were booked when we stayed there and that was in march.
The staff was exceptional friendly and helpful. Upon arrival they gave us free city maps and marked all the highlights for us. During the whole stay they were friendly and answered ever question we had. They even let us stay for 5 hours in the common area after we already checked out - it was raining and we were running short on money so it was better waiting for our flight in the heated common area that sitting in a Mc Donalds for 3 hours.
Aehm, I'm still thinking about it and in the unlikely case I find something I'll tell you asap - but I wouldn't wait for it :-)
We has a great time there, cooking every evening with people we met in the hostel, watching a DVD or playing 'Who wants to be the Millionaire' before going out for a pint of Guinness. The room was great with a comfy bed, enough space for all our stuff and with thick walls so we could sleep even though we had a stag-party in the room next door.
I'd chooses the Marlborough Hostel directly again - yes, there are cheaper option to stay but you wont get this friendliness, cleanness and comfort there.
For me it's a 10 out of 10!