Abbey Court Hostel Review: Dublin Hostel For Budget Travelers

Abbey Court Hostel
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Abbey Court Hostel is a popular, budget-friendly hostel with en-suite bathrooms in Dublin, Ireland. Although there are many hostels in Dublin, I chose to stay at Abbey Court because at 38 € a night, it had the most affordable four bed, female dorm in Dublin. The hostel is also near lots of public transportation options (buses and trains) and offered free breakfast (which is always a plus). During my last trip to Dublin I stayed at the lovely Mespil Hotel but on a tighter budget, Abbey is a great alternative.

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Abbey Court Hostel Review

From Dublin Airport (DUB), getting to Abbey was very easy. Regardless of if you decide to hop on an airport shuttle bus or use public transportation, within 30-60 minutes, you’ll arrive at Abbey Court Hostel which is right next to the busy O’Connell Street.

Getting off the bus, the slender Spire of Dublin greets you. This large stainless steel Spire stands at 390 feet tall and towers over Dublin’s skyline.

From the outside, Abbey’s facade is covered with colorful art by Brutto. The yellow sunflowers and beehives as well as the deep blue, purple and red flowers makes Abbey one of the most colorful hostels in Dublin. According to Lonely Planet and Hostelworld, Abbey Court Hostel is one of the most instagrammable hostels in the world!

But the art doesn’t stop there, the hostel also has large floor-to-ceiling wall murals of a variety of artists like The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. You’ll also spot the occasional political leader like Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama and the Clintons.

Although there was construction happening during my stay, one of first murals that you’ll see when walking inside the hostel accurately depicts busy city life in Dublin. You can find this bright mural by the reception desk.


Abbey Court is conveniently located within walking distance to a ton of attractions including Grafton Street (for high end shopping), Trinity College (Ireland’s oldest surviving University founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I) and the Molly Malone statue.

Do you know the Molly Malone song? Personally, it is one of my favorites!

Abbey Court Hostel is also two minutes away from Temple Bar, Ha’Penny Bridge and a variety of restaurants, shops and supermarkets.

Supermarket Tip: If you decide to shop at a supermarket in Dublin, make sure to bring a backpack, tote or reusable plastic bag. If not, you’ll have to carry all of your items in your hands.

Temple Bar

Overall, Abbey Court Hostel offers the perfect location for exploring Dublin. There’s even an ATM machine conveniently on-site right next the main entrance.


When booking your hostel stay with Abbey, don’t forget to check the Abbey Court Hostel website to compare rates with hotel comparison sites like DirectHotels. You can also get a 5% discount from booking directly on the hostel site.

Checking In

Reception is open 24 hours a day with friendly staff that speak English as well as Spanish. They answer all of your questions and can help you navigate around the city including finding a good spot to eat or getting to the airport inexpensively.

At the reception desk, you can conveniently buy bus tours to the Cliffs of Moher, Glendalough or even to Belfast, Giant’s Causeway and Carrik A Rede!

You can also get more information about joining the insightful 2-hour free walking tour which starts at 10:30 a.m. or the Backpacker Pub Crawl which takes you to some of the best bars in Dublin.

Forgot your charger at home? No sweat! You can buy adapters and ear plugs at the reception desk. And if you decide to leave your luggage in the luggage room during check-in or check-out, you’ll pay 3 €.


Breakfast was complimentary and included bread and all types of jams, mini pancakes, cereal, ham, cheese, coffee and tea.

My Dorm Room

At Abbey Court, I stayed in a standard 4 bed female dorm ensuite but Abbey Court has 6, 8, 10, 12, 20 and 24 bed dorms starting at 13,50 €.

It’s also important to mention that there aren’t any elevators inside the hostel so you have to go up flights of steps with your luggage. Luckily, I only had to go up two flights of steps since my room was on the 2nd floor.

Inside the room I could adjust the temperature with touch of a button and with an en-suite bathroom, I didn’t have to leave my room to use the bathroom or take a hot shower. Although the bathrooms were compact, it fit a shower, toilet and sink. And if you’re like me and forgot your towel, rent one at reception for 2 €.

Lastly, there was plenty of storage space underneath our beds for luggage.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I enjoyed my stay at Abbey Court. I would certainly stay here again because it provides great value for budget conscious travelers – a central location, affordable price and free breakfast! Not to mention the on-suite laundry, hammock room and game room. Despite undergoing extensive renovations during my visit, Abbey had everything I needed for a memorable stay in Dublin’s fair city.

Looking for an affordable place to stay in Dublin, book a night at Abbey Court Hostel.


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3 replies
  1. Ryan Biddulph says:

    Good deal that this place is in walking distance Danielle. This is a huge factor wherever my wife and I stay. SO agreed on bringing your backpack for the supermarket too. Whenever I forget mine, since we shop for 2 and we do long term travel, my hands are hurting from carrying 8 bags filled with food LOL….often days after. A backpack is worth 2-3 bags of groceries, easy. Fab post buddy.



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