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The Holyhead Hostel

1.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The location was excellent, it's close to the city centre, lots of shops and some supermarkets like Tesco, which was very convenient to me! Staff are very helpful and kind of them! I was staying on the ground floor and my room was a bit hot, so I slept with the window wide open but I didn't feel insecure at all!

Firstly, the staff at the hostel were super friendly and accommodating. We got a very early flight to Dublin and were worried about having to carry our luggge around however we arrived at the hostel in the hope that they would hold our bags for us. Despite waking the staff member up he was more than happy to do this at no extra charge. We also left our bags here after we checked out so we could continue exploring and the staff had no issue with this either and even stored them in their private office. Throughout our stay we were very welcomed. The pictures that we saw prior to arriving at the hostel were very deceiving. The building is in need of a big refurbishment. At present it looks/is grubby and could do with freshening. Having said that, it is a cheaply priced hostel so you get what you pay for. We explained to the staff member present that the room we were given was not at all like the room we had seen in the pictures, he kindly offered to swap our rooms however after looking at the other rooms we decided to keep the one we had. We went as a couple and had a room with 4 available sleeping places so there was plenty of space for us. Although there is no en suite there was a sink in the bedroom. The bathroom was next to our room however as we shared this with our neighbours it was a little awkward as we could hear every sound in there. The shower wasnt as clean as I had hoped but it was nice and hot so did the job. The location of the hostel was in a perfect location for us, it was only a short bus journey from the airport. We were able to make our way to the major places of interest by foot from the hostel which saved travel expenses. If you only need the hostel as a place to sleep and aren't fussed about anything else then it will do the job. If not then get your wallet out, pay extra and find somewhere else.

Don't go there. Dirty room, dirty shower, dirty toilet. I wouldn't recommend this place to anybody. Very expensive for what they offer. Very old building with people living in the room next to you "hotel room". The only good thing is the location.

Stay away, sleep on a park bench! This is not worth one star, it's a disgusting joke! Its not even cheap, one room for 3 of us, 150 euros a night!!!!!!!. Can I find ANYTHING good to say? well in all honesty yes, sheets were clean, NOTHING else, anywhere is!!!!!

I traveled to Dublin with my mother and booked The Holy Head Hostel before. It was one of many hostels I had checked. The location was the only good thing. We arrived and rang on the bell, some guy came and opened, he offered us coffee (from who knows what year) or water that has been out there for hours. It looked like really bad hygien and dirty. We got to the room, I had booked and double bed room, this was A single bed room. The bed was OK. In the bathroom outside the room there was wholes in the wall, the water was cold, it was dirty and I didn't know if it was safe (locked). I got a mail from booking regarding this hostel so I went to check the prices for the exact same dates and it was suddenly 160 euros cheaper. I questioned that but I never really got an answer why I was paying the double for a room that is smaller than what I booked. And 2 months later no words from them.

Got to the place a nice welcoming women was at the door to let us in.. Pre booked online. I said I've to leave for a ferry in morning for 6.30 and she told me its impossible boss dosent allows u to leave until 11am. It wasn't the lady's fault but I was actually really shocked. So I had book in to D1 hostel and that was pretty much disgusting bed bugs bite me. Blood on matress ... Now I think I've to pay 45 for Holyhead even tho didn't stay and then had pay 50 for shiity D1

I'm used to staying in hostels but this place was terrible. There was poor communication from the staff, as they explained about teas and coffees he mumbled something and sat back into the office and I never saw anyone again after 3 nights sleep there. On Sunday when we checked out, it was explained to us by the cleaner that we can't leave bags at the hostel and pick them up later because no one works on Sundays. Who doesn't work on Sundays? How can a hostel run if there isn't anyone working there? Anyway, that aside, the shower room was terrible, unclean, dark and dingy. There was no water pressure on any taps or showers and the hot water didn't kick in for over 10 minuets. The bedroom was okay, it had large windows and big curtains. But was overpriced for what we got. We needed more than one plug though. Location was great but not worth the state of the place.

The only thing going for this place is the location but saying that I stayed in another place a few days up and that was amazing and similar price. Uncomfortable bed. Dirty bathroom and toilet. For what it is, overpriced.

Location is 100% in that it is very central. Only two minute walk to O'Connell Street. The bedroom I git was appaling, it had dust all over the floor and could of badly done with a lick of paint. There is a sink in the bedroom. The toilet on the ground floor was out of order so had to use the one on the 1st floor. The Toilet and Shower are two separate areas. The toilet was fine, bar the lack of a sink - not great in terms of hygiene. The shower, I don't make this comment lightly, smelt like a really disgusting public bathroom. There was a stench of urine even though the toilet was separate and across the hall. I have my suspicions that some of the guests have urinated into the shower, it really wouldn't surprise me 😡. Like I said great location, but standards of hygiene are below par.

I made the check-in and left the hostel immediately, going to my room only at night to sleep. When I laid on the bed, I realized it was soaked with piss, probably from a former guest. There was no one to complain, since the it has no 24h clerck. It was useless to turn the matress around; it was wet anyway. I had to sleep on somebody else's piss, covering it with just one towell. On the next day, they said they couldn't do anything because all other rooms were full. Oh, and the toilets were disgusting.

42 Gardiner Street Lower Dublin Dublin

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Garden of Remembrance and Trinity College
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas

Located in City Centre Dublin, The Holyhead Hostel is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Abbey Theatre and Custom House. This 14-room hostel welcomes guests with conveniences like free in-room WiFi. Garden of Remembrance and Trinity College are also within a short walk.


Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Bathrooms are shared.

Property features

Guests of The Holyhead Hostel enjoy features like free WiFi in public areas. Helpful staff can provide tour or ticket assistance and luggage storage.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Quadruple Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

47.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 147 reviews