Stayed 2 nights at Ashfield Hostel on a backpacking trip. It's central location meant that transportation from the airport and train station was easy, and that we were able to walk or take buses to anywhere we wanted to go in Dublin. We were only a block from the river, and around the corner from Trinity. Staff was very friendly and willing to help. They offered many suggestions of things to do, see, and places to avoid. Facilities are clean and they have a lot of options for breakfast than most hostels. Not a ton of room in between bunk beds in our dorm but the beds were comfortable and the room kept warm. Overall, good value for the price.
I booked this hostel online. And communicated via email. They were very responsive! they have a 2 day(48 hour) cancellation policy. You can cancell without penalty provided it is 48 hours before you are supposed to check in. Lobby is small but neat. At the lobby are paid, lockable storage bins that you can use before or after you check out. Check in was quick and without hassle. Could have been quicker if the person at the reception decided to take care of us first than what was on his computer screen. However, he was friendly after that for the rest of our stay. Breakfast is simple but filling Continental. No meats; Coffee,juice, tea, hard boiled eggs, pastries. Something to get you started. I have no complaints. We stayed in a private room on the second floor facing the main road. It was a bit noisy especially in the early evening but otherwise bearable later on, especially with ear plugs. We closed the window because it was cold and that helped reduce the noise somewhat. Bathroom was clean. Shower in a glass cubicle. Water pressure was adequate and hot water was hot, not lukewarm. Liquid soap dispenser for washing hands. No soap for bath,. Room was a tad small but that was expected since it is a hostel!. They have a small electronic safe which we used for our valuables. One thing though, is that the walls are utterly bare! Bare as in not about paintings and pictures, but devoid of any place to hang our jackets or clothes. None at all. Luckily I always travel with a hanger or two and I hang my jacket on the doorknob. Also note that there is no space under the bed. It is solid shut. I wasn't able to slide my luggage under the bed and as such had to leave them on the floor and taking up valuable space. As a contrast, we just came from Belfast and had stayed at easyHotel. Floor space wise, easyHotel was smaller but the beds underneath were open and we could slide our luggage underneath the beds. They also had hangers fixed to the wall, allowing us to hang our jackets. I will be writing a review on it. You could look at it for comparison. Same thing with the bathroom. There is literally nowhere, other than the top of the potty water closet, to put our stuff. It really does not take a lot of investment to put a little shelf, or some hooks on the wall. I had to use a plastic container and tape it to the wall to hold our toiletries. Location was excellent. This is where they shine. My wife's cousin lives in Dublin and she said how did I ever find this place as it was literally central to everything. Buses stop in front. Trinity college was just right around the corner. It is a 5 minute walk to O'Connell street. Facing the entrance of the hostel, on the left is a bar or nightclub if it is what you fancy ( kinda noisy and full of really young teenagers lining up early in the night). Next to that is a Spar where you can buy food and other essentials One funny thing is that there are few electrical outlets. One was way up high; the other was awkwardly placed near the safe such that it only one outlet can be plugged in tight. The other plug would be somewhat hanging out. I normally bring a small extension but for some reason I decided not to this time! Bummer! Beds were ok. Pillows soft enough. Not those rock hard ones you find elsewhere. And the comforter really kept us warm. If my wife can sleep,then its fine. She is the pickier person between the two of us. Just note that (for summer season) there is NO AC that I can see. So could be hot for picky people. There is a heater though and it worked pretty well. Staff overall were quite friendly. As usual, there is a common kitchen for use for the guest. We never cooked thought but have seen people do it. Elevator is a bit small but it works. No problem or question about it. Place is secure. You have to use your keycard to enter your room. The main entrance you have to press a buzzer and they will buzz you in. It is not simply open to the public. The area: There are lots of places to eat within a 5-10 minute walk. Can't even mention them as they are so many. There is a nearby (5 minute walk) stop for the Airport Bus run by Do Dublin- the Airlink express. Incidentally the hostel also offers early morning (only) shuttle service to the airport for not much more money than the Airlink Express. As our flight was in the afternoon, we did not avail of this service although I did ask about it. Over all I would go back to this place. Just too central- outweighs the negative. If only they would put some shelves or hangers in their private rooms! Just note- the noise is from the outside. Not inside the hostel. It is NOT a party hostel. That is clearly mentioned in their website and that suits me very well. Quiet time is 11 p.m.…
Nice place for stay in Dublín. Really good staff and location. Literally, you don’t even need to use any transport, if I come back to Dublín, I’ll stay here again for sure. Thanks for making us feel that confortable! 😊
This is a decent hostel with friendly staff. Breakfast was okay, and the room and bathroom were clean enough. There was a bit of mold smell on my floor, luckily not in the room. Ventilation was a bit of an issue, but it was not so cold, therefore the window was left open and did the job.
Allright, if one needs a budget hotel, go here. At least it's honest, I must say. If you want a breakfast, go somewhere else, like Kilkenny's (10 minutes walk). Here its simple and do it yourself. The room had everything, inculding the street noise though. There is a bus stop and a large traffic crossing near, and the street is cleaned from very early in the morning until day light. So its noisy on the road side. If you can sleep well through this, all is fine :) The staff is very friendly and always wanting to help and asking if everthing is still allright.