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The Times Hostel - College Street

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Spent three nights at the hostel and would definitely repeat with them. One of the cleanest hostel I've ever been at, nice staff and free tea and coffee at any time. Nice lounge area and they even let me use the kitchen once checked-out.

I was traveling by myself and stayed in a 10 bed dorm. Everything was clean, the dorm was quite large with two windows a table and chairs, quite spacious. Only down side to the room was that it was one bathroom for the 10 people but everyone was out at all hours so really didn't ever have to wait for the bathroom. One good thing about this hostel was the security, there were two doors you have to go through just to get into the dorm part of the hostel, and you needed a key for both. The guys at the counter were so nice! They helped me with maps and tickets, whatever I needed. The location of the hostel was great, within walking distance of Temple bar district, right next to Trinity College. Would stay again for sure.

Great super location. Close to everything, temple bar minutes away and close to the shuttle to the airport. The wifi is great. Was in room 3a: double plug to charge, nice warm shower and spacious but very noisy no sound proof and busy noisy street and room very bright but overall quite a nice stay with a pub attached to the hostel!

It was 1:40 AM when I wrote the original review.... from the road and sidewalk below a cacophony of sounds easily penetrate the windows of our adequate room. Jack hammers and concrete saws from road works below resonate off the wonderful historic buildings. The mechanical is mixed with the organic Trinity College and Temple Bar revelers from the pub located below immediately next to the hostel. Road construction and pub patrons below = no rest for the weary. We spent seven nights in the hostel. Every night was accompanied by the roadworks (I’m assuming they will finish the work eventually but the locals report this has been going on for over a year…) Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were the high-water mark for the reveler cheers, jeers, and cries into the pleasant nights. Room = OK Once roadworks are complete and assuming you're out with the revelers enjoying Temple Bar this may be a great spot for your crew.

Beds were decent, at best. The window is the only source of air circulation which is counterproductive to sleep since it is directly above a pub. There was mold in the shower, it's a bit disheartening to feel dirty after a shower. The room had an overall "dusty" quality about it, probably given the open window situation. Breakfast, can't really be qualified as such. Would not recommend.

I stayed at the Times hostel for 3 nights. After the first night, sleeping in the awful bunk beds where I could feel every spring in the mattress, my back was ruined. I already have an illness that causes chronic pain so the bed caused me even more pain. I had to triple my dosage of pain killers to bear it. I went to the reception (great service at the reception) and asked for a an other mattress but they didn't have any spare, instead I got an extra thick duvet to sleep on. Sure it made sleeping a bit better but it was still awful. Another issue I had with this hostel was the thin walls. I could hear every single word said outside my window. It was okay during Wednesday and Thursday night. Only a few people and cars would make sounds during the night but I could still sleep okay (excluding the bed issues). But during Friday night it was absolutely dreadful. From about 1am to 7am drunk people right outside of the hostel would laugh loudly and shout. It was impossible to sleep. And when I finally fell asleep I was woken up by another screaming drunk on the street. There was a really weird floor plan. I stayed in room 29B and to get to my room I had to walk up two floors from the reception area, walk through a narrow corridor, and walk down a floor. Not an optimal route if you're carrying luggage. The breakfast was a bit lacking. Not a lot of options so I got breakfast elsewhere. The best thing about the hostel was the service and the staff. They were really friendly and tried to help the best they could. I also utilised the "rent a towel" service which was definitely worth it. The cleanliness was great and the common room/kitchen was really nice. A really nice touch with the "events". The internet was great as well. Good to see a lot of security cameras around the place, it feels safe. And another great thing was the closeness to everything. Temple bar is a great place for finding restaurants and shopping and the hostel was really close to the bus stops and the sightseeing buses. All in all I will not stay at this hostel again. The bed is a deal breaker for me.

What's good,situation,right in the middle of the city,on the bus route from the airport,5 min walk to bars and food outlets of Temple Bar.Good pub next door.Excellent staff very friendly and helpful.Rooms clean,nice communal area,breakfast adequate,good showers( no towels).What's bad,the beds,why does anyone buy such poor mattresses to put in an establishment meant to provide somewhere to sleep?Such a shame because although there was only one gripe that stopped this being a 5 star review ,it is an important one.

I stayed at the Times Hostel for three nights in a 8 beds mixed dorm. The dorm has two private bathrooms and places to keep our luggage (but you have to bring your own locker). This was the sixth time that I've stayed in a Hostel and I can assure you that it was the best experience that I've had so far. The staff is really nice and friendly. I had the opportunity to experience the free breakfast that they have and it's a nice breakfast. Must say that the hostel is really well located just in the center of Dublin and really close to the most popular attractions. Even though the hostel is located in the center of the city, inside you can't ear any outside noise. I would choose the same hostel again.

The staff were very kind from the second I walked in in the morning to store my bags, even let me go up to the kitchen to get some coffee before I'd checked in. From there, the room was clean and not over cluttered, breakfast was okay, the daily events in the kitchen were fun. I can't think of any problems I had here.

The location of this hostel is great. Walking distance to most things in Dublin. The Hostel is average. We had a private 4 bed room. The room was very cold and not very clean. There was years worth of dust under the bed. The facilities were OK and the common area was a nice place to meet other travellers

8, College Street Dublin Dublin

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Trinity College and The Book of Kells
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Laundry facilities

Located in City Centre Dublin, The Times Hostel - College Street is next to popular attractions like Trinity College and The Book of Kells. This 29-room hostel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a coffee shop/café, and free in-room WiFi. It's in central Dublin and also a short walk from O'Connell Bridge and The Spire.


Continental breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. Get a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or entertain your taste buds with a beverage at the coffee shop/café.


The 29 rooms are air-conditioned and have free newspapers and free international calls. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi.

Property features

Guests of The Times Hostel - College Street enjoy free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and laundry facilities. Airport transportation is made easy with a shuttle from the airport to the hotel for EUR 7 per person. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables.

Room options

Twin Room, Ensuite

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

1bed in 4 bed mixed dormitory ensuite

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

1bed in 6-bed mixed dormitory ensuite

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

1bed in 6-bed female dormitory ensuite

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

75% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 497 reviews