Generator Hostel Dublin
The Dublin branch of the expanding Generator empire of hostels is an impressive place. It's funky, centrally located, has all-day food and drink on offer and provides a sociable base with a youthful feel: if this is what you're after, then it's perfect for an economical city holiday.
- Neil Hegarty, Destination expert
The hostel stands on Smithfield Square, with its dramatic lamps and air of edgy urban chic. The city centre is a 10-minute walk to the east (or take the LUAS tram, which runs along the southern edge of the square), and the green expanses of the Phoenix Park lie just to the west. A range of excellent facilities are nearby, including the Cobblestone Bar (centre of traditional Irish music), the marvellous Light House cinema, the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks and lots of good bars and restaurants (try Wuff for eats, and The Dice Bar for drinks). Both Connolly and Heuston rail stations are directly accessible by tram. As with any urban location, do be aware of personal security.
Style & character
A degree of industrial chic: exposed timber, brick and metal, teamed with interesting light fittings and wall murals. But the style is by no means tiresomely fashionable: this is a hostel, after all, and the watchwords are relaxed and eminently casual, with a buzz and people coming and going throughout the day.
Service & facilities
Very good: this is a long way from spartan fittings and curfews. There's a hot tub and cinema room, and that's just to start. You'll find plenty of staff around, with comprehensive information on local activities and attractions, and day-trip offers elsewhere in Ireland; plus lockers, laundry, games room, a pleasant outdoor seating space, 24-hour reception, and – on occasion – live music. One point to be aware of: there are no self-catering kitchen facilities: if you're looking to cook for yourself, then you'll need to go elsewhere.
Generator offers lots of choice, from singles to 10-bed dorms, from luxury rooms to female-only spaces. Think clean, white accommodation with wooden floors, large windows and plenty of light; no balconies, but good views. Private and smaller rooms offer en-suites as standard, plus complimentary toiletries and wardrobes; larger rooms feature shared bathrooms. Linen, lockers, sockets, reading lights and mirrors are provided. Bunks are partially screened. Towels are complimentary in private rooms; and are elsewhere available at a minimum charge.
Food & drink
Food is available all day in the sofa-spangled café-bar, from breakfast to late at night; plus there's a full bar, with a decent selection of Irish beers and spirits, open into the early hours. Breakfast (served from 7am-10.30am) begins from €4 (£3) for a continental offering; heftier cooked versions are more expensive (prices vary). The atmosphere is good, and there are lots of healthy options alongside the ubiquitous burger: try a sweet potato and goat cheese salad (€7.95/£6.50).
Value for money
Double rooms from €44 (£39) in low season; and from €95 (£84) in high. Shared rooms from €12 (£10) in low season; and from €27 (£23) in high. Breakfast excluded (from €4/£3 for the continental breakfast). Free Wi-Fi
Access for guests with disabilities?
The property is fully accessible.
Yes: good menus and family rooms: note that children must stay in family rooms only. Generator is youth-oriented; a degree of night-time noise may be expected.