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Isaac's Hostel in Dublin: Thistles and Coos Review

Updated: Jan 20, 2021

This hostel is high on our recommended list: It's easy to get to, the staff are super friendly, clean, the luggage storage, and huge continental breakfast.

Converted in a 19th Century Wine House, this hostel has so much to offer the weary traveler. It's not exactly in the heart of the city but it is easy to find and in a just a few minutes of walking, you can be anywhere in this compact city.

This lively hostel was pretty packed with all kinds of travelers ranging from young to old, solo and family travelers. You name it, it's like the movie, Field of Dreams, if the hostel was built, the people will come. And they have. No wonder this award-winning hostel was a constant hustle and bustle of the comings and goings. Even though there were crowds, it never felt crowded.

Sign up for hostel events, like Trivia night, pub crawls, or free pizza night. They offer lots so make sure you sign up! If you need a quiet night, there are reading nooks in the renovated wine vaults.

As for our room: we opted for the private room with a shared bathroom. Our no-nonsense room came equipped with comfy beds, hooks for clothes, a desk, linens, and towels. Bring your flip-flops if you are staying in a hostel for the showers. No one wants a foot fungus on their vacation! Just saying..

We like to keep things simple and precise so, here's our review in bullets:

What we liked:

  • price

  • location to public transportation

  • great customer service

  • easy to book

  • clean and comfy beds

  • lockers: refundable deposit, lock provided, and available to use before check-in

  • linens provided at no extra charge

  • private room spacious

  • well-respected noise curfew

  • continental breakfast

What we didn't like:

  • at night, the alleyway, little sketchy (but not unsafe)

  • not in the city center

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