I stayed here for about 9 nights whilst I was visiting Dublin, and opted to pay a bit extra to stay in a female-only three bed dorm. Firstly, the location is perfect! Located on the south side of the Liffey and in the heart of Temple Bar you won't have a problem walking to anything and everything -lots of pubs and restaurants, as well as shops, a big Tesco and a great laundry place on the corner (5€ per kilo, and 3€ each kilo after- plus a discount for staying at the hostel).
The room itself was clean and tidy when I arrived and I had the choice of either a single or a double bed (all were free when I arrived) and the linen was already put on the bed, and a towel was provided (which I didn't know so I wasted 1€ on hiring a towel on arrival). The bed was comfy and the pillows were pretty good - I'm fussy about pillows but these were great. We also had three individual in-room safes which made up for the limited bag storage space in the room. The bed I chose had its own bedside table and lamp, and a power point however the other two beds had to share one power socket, one table and one lamp (although sometimes the lamp was sacrificed for charging phones etc). Our room radiator was broken and would only work sometimes, however there was a portable heater in there for us to use. But overall I had a great stay in my little corner, it almost felt private with the other beds on the other side of the room, and no one above you in a bunk!
The bathroom was good enough and an ensuite, a bit dated but clean enough and the hot water and pressure was perfect. A good amount of space too, so you weren't cramped up trying to get dressed and do all the bathroom things haha. I found the cleaning of the room a bit odd... For my first six or so nights my towel was taken away and replaced with a fresh clean one (amazing and totally unexpected) but then this was stopped for the last bit... So I'm not sure if this was a normal thing or not? Additionally I don't think the floor was swept or vacuumed the time I was there as I noticed quite a bit of grit on my feet following my exit from the bathroom which wasn't ideal after showering!
The common room (to me) felt a bit meh, I've been in much better and more welcoming ones in other hostels but there were lounges and a tv there if needed. The staff were nice but would only engage with you if you went up to them and asked questions etc. They were definitely not rude, and very helpful when needed. Brekky was included and was your typical continental- toast and cereal and eggs I think. I didn't really take advantage of this but when I did it was satisfactory- not many hostels offer free breakfast!
Wifi was fantastic!
Overall I would stay at this hostel again- it might be worth looking into a room with less beds as it seems by paying a little more you get a better experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recently converted from a hotel, Abigail's Hostel is located in Temple Bar, overlooking the River Liffey and Ha'penny Bridge.All our rooms have private bathrooms, central heating and hairdryers. Our reception is open 24/7 and our friendly staff are happy to help you with tourism information or anything you might need to enjoy your visit to Dublin. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abigails Hotel Dublin