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Generator Hostel Dublin

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.


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.


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

Twin Room, Ensuite (2 single beds or bunk beds)

Twin 2 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

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