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Generator Hostel Dublin

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel service was great since the moment I arrived. The staff was very helpful and profeessional. For many that stay at hostels you know there can be a wide range of experiences. This one is on the good side. Very clean and well kept. It is also a great location, within walking distance of everything in the Dublin area. This is a great hostel choice for a the solo/couple traveler on a budget.

We enjoyed our trip, forgot the towels but for 2 euros the office will get you one. Need rugs for the bathroom

Nice place. Never stayed in one before, I'm 73. Very clean and well maintained. Cold Guinness, good burgers, very friendly staff. OK even if you are older but you wouldn't want to be climbing down at 2:30 in the morning to use the loo. If you are older and adventurous this could be for you.

Booked this for my 24 year old cousin after a hotel flibbed our reservation I tried to make across the world and it was the best experience and he loved everything about it. Would recommend to anyone looking to be social and also be centrally located while not burning a hole in your pocket.

We had a family room since we were 2 adults and 2 kids. So we had 2 bunk beds. But don't expect any towels or soap. It's close to The Old Jameson Distillery. For little more, we should have stayed in a hotel. Try Belvedere hotel. We stayed thereon our way back and loved it .

The place is really nice in general the bathroom in the room needs to be clean every day when you share with 6 people... The location is great and all type of transportations and restaurants are around.

I enjoyed the Generator Hostel Dublin and would recommend it to others. Great atmosphere and lots of young travelers. An in house bar open after hours and a coffee shop in house for the morning. Perfect location!

This place is located perfectly in the heart of Dublin. Easy access to everything from the Hop On, Hop Off bus to the Jameson Distillery and tram nearby. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. The only thing that didn't work well was the key card, but that was fixed quickly and such a minor thing it didn't really matter after this great trip.

3 of us booked a room with 3 beds for 2 nights, and when we checked in they gave us a room with 2 bunk beds since that's all they had. We definitely didn't mind the extra bed! Love the first floor layout, the bar has a nice ambience, lots of comfy couches to sit on and do your own thing or socialize. It's right by the Luas too which is awesome. The room was very clean, the sheets and pillows and comforters seemed to be new and fresh. We had a great time. Just think checkout time should be 12 instead of 10.

Located in the up and coming Smithfield neighborhood Dublin, I selected the Generator Hostel because of its great reviews and reasonable pricing. This was my first time staying in a hostel and I expected and overall no-frills experience. However, I was still left disappointed even with low expectations. The Generator has a very club-like feel with spacious bars, neon lighting, and trendy fixtures. The lobby and ground floor is the best feature of the Generator with a breakfast cafe, bar, internet computers, pool tables, and vending areas. As told by the staff, the Generator property is less than one year old. However the property feels much older and unkempt. There are floorboards loose throughout the property and the fixtures are worn. The guests room are where the property really shows wear. The location is was also a sticking point for me. On the positive side, it is close to the Luas tram stop, the Jameson Distillery, and some restaurants in Smithfield Square. However as far as most City Centre attractions, shops, and restaurants, it is about a 1.5 km walk to nearly everything. We stayed in a private room with an en suite bath. It was a room with two bunk beds to sleep four guests but we had it for just the two of us. The bunk beds were surprisingly comfortable with cozy linens and individual lighting for each cove. Other than the cozy beds, there were few positive notes about the guest rooms. The bathroom was by far the worst feature of the Generator. There was ZERO counter space to place any items down. The towels had to be retrieved from the front desk, even in the private rooms. No wash cloths were provided. there was also only two hooks to hang towels in the very bare bathroom. The shower was tiny and the tile was filthy. There was visible mold up the walls of the shower tiles. The floor of the shower was stainless steel which felt cold and dirty. The shower faucet was fussy and water pressure was weak. The water temperature was unpredictable and generally cold. I understand that this is a hostel but there was no place to set down items, not even a cabinet and certainly no closet to hang your clothes up. The staff at the Generator was somewhat friendly although guests are basically treated as numbers, not guests. You have to request just about every amenity from the front desk which let long waits at the counter. The staff essentially did the minimum job possible and was barely helpful most of the time. The did have laundry units available for guest use although it was very steep at 7 Euros per use. The daily breakfast was much more reasonable at 4 Euros. Overall, I wouldn't recommend staying at the Generator Hostel. Unless you favor a very-budget, no frills experience, the Generator Hostel is mostly a hassle. Our stay was not very comfortable and the location is inconvenient to most City Centre attractions.

Smithfield Square Dublin Dublin

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Old Jameson Distillery and Christ Church Cathedral
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge
  • Laundry facilities

Located in City Centre North, Generator Hostel Dublin is adjacent to Old Jameson Distillery and within a 10-minute walk of other popular attractions like Four Courts. This 108-room hostel welcomes guests with conveniences like a bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café, and free in-room WiFi. It's in central Dublin and also a short walk from Christ Church Cathedral and Vicar Street.


Dining

Start your day off with continental breakfast, available for a fee. Get an energy boost at the coffee shop/café, or grab a drink at the bar/lounge.


Rooms

Guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Housekeeping is available once per stay.


Property features

Generator Hostel Dublin features free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and coffee in a common area. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a computer station, an arcade/game room, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Quadruple Room, Ensuite

Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

1 bed in 6 bed mixed dormitory Ensuite

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

1 bed in 8 bed mixed dormitory Ensuite

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Standard Room, Ensuite (Private Room 6 Beds)

Twin 6 | Sleeps 6

Guest reviews for Generator Hostel Dublin

Everyone (2) Couples (1) Students (1) Family (1) Other (4) Friends (1)
4

great hostel experience

Everyone

The hotel service was great since the moment I arrived. The staff was very helpful and profeessional. For many that stay at hostels you know there can be a wide range of experiences. This one is on the good side. Very clean and well kept. It is also a great location, within walking distance of everything in the Dublin area. This is a great hostel choice for a the solo/couple traveler on a budget.

By , from NYC on Aug 3, 2017

4

close to city center, friendly staff

Everyone

We enjoyed our trip, forgot the towels but for 2 euros the office will get you one. Need rugs for the bathroom

By , from Florida on Jul 12, 2016

Review comment responded on Aug 29, 2016

Querido convidado, Obrigado por sua recente estadia e revisão de Generator Dublin. Estamos felizes em saber que você tenha desfrutado sua estadia recente. Esperamos recebê- lo de volta em sua próxima viagem para Dublin. Atenciosamente

5

it's a hostel after all

Students

Nice place. Never stayed in one before, I'm 73. Very clean and well maintained. Cold Guinness, good burgers, very friendly staff. OK even if you are older but you wouldn't want to be climbing down at 2:30 in the morning to use the loo. If you are older and adventurous this could be for you.

By , from Pompano Beach, Fl on May 1, 2016

Review comment responded on May 10, 2016

Dear Guest, Thank you for your recent stay and review of Generator Dublin. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay. We hope to welcome you back on your next trip to Dublin. Kind Regards

5

booked this for my 24 year old cousin

Singles

Booked this for my 24 year old cousin after a hotel flibbed our reservation I tried to make across the world and it was the best experience and he loved everything about it. Would recommend to anyone looking to be social and also be centrally located while not burning a hole in your pocket.

By on Dec 22, 2015

3

nice hostel

Families

We had a family room since we were 2 adults and 2 kids. So we had 2 bunk beds. But don't expect any towels or soap. It's close to The Old Jameson Distillery. For little more, we should have stayed in a hotel. Try Belvedere hotel. We stayed thereon our way back and loved it .

By on Jul 15, 2015

2

definitely i will come back!!!!

Singles

The place is really nice in general the bathroom in the room needs to be clean every day when you share with 6 people... The location is great and all type of transportations and restaurants are around.

By on Aug 1, 2014

4

dublin visit

LGBT

I enjoyed the Generator Hostel Dublin and would recommend it to others. Great atmosphere and lots of young travelers. An in house bar open after hours and a coffee shop in house for the morning. Perfect location!

By on Jun 24, 2013

5

great place to stay!

Singles

This place is located perfectly in the heart of Dublin. Easy access to everything from the Hop On, Hop Off bus to the Jameson Distillery and tram nearby. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. The only thing that didn't work well was the key card, but that was fixed quickly and such a minor thing it didn't really matter after this great trip.

By on Aug 4, 2012

5

great time!

GetawayWithFriends

3 of us booked a room with 3 beds for 2 nights, and when we checked in they gave us a room with 2 bunk beds since that's all they had. We definitely didn't mind the extra bed! Love the first floor layout, the bar has a nice ambience, lots of comfy couches to sit on and do your own thing or socialize. It's right by the Luas too which is awesome. The room was very clean, the sheets and pillows and comforters seemed to be new and fresh. We had a great time. Just think checkout time should be 12 instead of 10.

By on Jun 28, 2012

2

a hostel, yet still disappointing.....

Couples

Located in the up and coming Smithfield neighborhood Dublin, I selected the Generator Hostel because of its great reviews and reasonable pricing. This was my first time staying in a hostel and I expected and overall no-frills experience. However, I was still left disappointed even with low expectations. The Generator has a very club-like feel with spacious bars, neon lighting, and trendy fixtures. The lobby and ground floor is the best feature of the Generator with a breakfast cafe, bar, internet computers, pool tables, and vending areas. As told by the staff, the Generator property is less than one year old. However the property feels much older and unkempt. There are floorboards loose throughout the property and the fixtures are worn. The guests room are where the property really shows wear. The location is was also a sticking point for me. On the positive side, it is close to the Luas tram stop, the Jameson Distillery, and some restaurants in Smithfield Square. However as far as most City Centre attractions, shops, and restaurants, it is about a 1.5 km walk to nearly everything. We stayed in a private room with an en suite bath. It was a room with two bunk beds to sleep four guests but we had it for just the two of us. The bunk beds were surprisingly comfortable with cozy linens and individual lighting for each cove. Other than the cozy beds, there were few positive notes about the guest rooms. The bathroom was by far the worst feature of the Generator. There was ZERO counter space to place any items down. The towels had to be retrieved from the front desk, even in the private rooms. No wash cloths were provided. there was also only two hooks to hang towels in the very bare bathroom. The shower was tiny and the tile was filthy. There was visible mold up the walls of the shower tiles. The floor of the shower was stainless steel which felt cold and dirty. The shower faucet was fussy and water pressure was weak. The water temperature was unpredictable and generally cold. I understand that this is a hostel but there was no place to set down items, not even a cabinet and certainly no closet to hang your clothes up. The staff at the Generator was somewhat friendly although guests are basically treated as numbers, not guests. You have to request just about every amenity from the front desk which let long waits at the counter. The staff essentially did the minimum job possible and was barely helpful most of the time. The did have laundry units available for guest use although it was very steep at 7 Euros per use. The daily breakfast was much more reasonable at 4 Euros. Overall, I wouldn't recommend staying at the Generator Hostel. Unless you favor a very-budget, no frills experience, the Generator Hostel is mostly a hassle. Our stay was not very comfortable and the location is inconvenient to most City Centre attractions.

By on May 6, 2012