Staying at the Abbey Court Hostel in Dublin, Republic of Ireland

“In Dublin’s Fair City where the girls are so pretty I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone.”

Molly Malone Statue (which has moved recently) in Dublin's Fair City.

Molly Malone Statue (which has moved recently) in Dublin’s Fair City.

I’ve been to Dublin a fair amount of times down the years. Rock concerts (including Oasis in 1996 and 1997), nights on the town and more Guinnesses than Arthur ever expected to sell. These days I use the city as a chill out base and a stop over city rather than the backpacking beast of days of yore. This time I wanted somewhere central to stay, near the River Liffey, near to a load of pubs and just a cool quirky hostel to chill out in.

A night out in Temple Bar, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

A night out in Temple Bar, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

I found the Abbey Court Hostel which is one of the most popular hostels in the city and also recommended in the Lonely Planet. We booked in for 2 nights on my return to the Emerald Isle after a year of hardcore backpacking through 25 countries and almost reaching my 100 country mark milestone.

Staying at the Abbey Court Hostel in Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Staying at the Abbey Court Hostel in Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Before you go backpacking in Dublin, Ireland’s largest city and the capital of the Republic, you should get yourself booked in here to the Abbey Court. Here are 5 top reasons to stay here.

The Abbey Court Hostel - best place to stay in Dublin.

The Abbey Court Hostel – best place to stay in Dublin.

1. Location
Quite simply the location of the Abbey Court Hostel is hard to beat. It sits on the Liffey, round the corner from O’Connell Street, where the famous Spire and Post Office sit. Also opposite the river is the famous Temple Bar area and within walking distance of the Oscar Wilde Statue, Grafton Street, the Guinness Brewery and the Jameson Distillery.

Outside the famous/infamous Post Office on O'Connell Street.

Outside the famous/infamous Post Office on O’Connell Street.

Oscar Wilde Statue, Dublin.

Oscar Wilde Statue, Dublin.

2. Choice of Rooms
The Abbey Court Hostel suits all types of travellers as it has a choice of rooms. What’s even cooler is the rooms are all different and with different names and quirky art!

The hammock room, the shamrock room.

The hammock room, the shamrock room.

My personal favourite!! The Guinness Room!

My personal favourite!! The Guinness Room!

I was travelling with my girlfriend again though and we had a nice cosy double with an ensuite instead of a dorm room for a change.

Our cosy double room.

Our cosy double room.

3. Free Breakfast
Get down to the kitchen and dining room between 8 and 9.30 am to get your free breakfast.

Enjoying my free breakfast in the Abbey Court Hostel in Dublin.

Enjoying my free breakfast in the Abbey Court Hostel in Dublin.

There is a great range of fruit, cereals and toast as well as water, tea and coffee. Always a bonus to get breakfast included as so many hostels ignore this simple concept.

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4. Fast Wi-Fi
Ireland is a good spot for Wi-Fi these days and the Abbey Court doesn’t disappoint. In room Wi-Fi for us! Blogging away from the comfort of our room.

Our cosy room with Wi-Fi.

Our cosy room with Wi-Fi.

5. Social Life and Tours
While staying at the Abbey Court you will meet lots of fellow travellers and can sign up to all sorts of tours and events. The pub crawls round the city are epic and there are even tours available to the Blarney Stone, Galway and easy access to Belfast and Northern Ireland. All the information for your onward travel is found at the Abbey Court in leaflets, notice boards and by asking the staff.

Information and leaflets at the Abbey Court.

Information and leaflets at the Abbey Court.

The information board at the Abbey Court.

The information board at the Abbey Court.

Cracking night out in Dublin with my mate Martin.

Cracking night out in Dublin with my mate Martin.

There are a load of other reasons to stay at the Abbey Court, one of which was the fact that the bar a few doors down, the Bachelor Inn does awesome €3 Euro Irish Stout on Happy Hour. A bargain for Central Dublin.

My 3 Euro Beer at the Bachelor Pub.

My 3 Euro Beer at the Bachelor Pub.

€3 Euros for a Stout in the Bachelor Inn!

€3 Euros for a Stout in the Bachelor Inn!

Here are the ways to contact the Abbey Court Hostel and get it booked:
29 Bachelors Walk , Dublin 1, Dublin, Ireland
01 878 0700
+353 1 878 0700 (for callers outside of the Republic of Ireland)
Contact Page and Book on Agoda.com

Here are a few quick videos from my time in the Abbey Court Hostel in Dublin:

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About Jonny Blair

I'm Jonny Blair, a travelling Northern Irishman. Since leaving my hometown a decade ago I have managed to visit over 100 countries and over 600 towns or cities across all 7 continents. Along the way I have worked in countless jobs! Join my journey on Don't Stop Living - a lifestyle of travel as I provide you with tips and inspiration to live your travel dreams! Safe travels! Follow me on Jonny Blair Google Plus
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