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The Times Hostel - College Street

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Visiting Tradfest in Temple Bar, the location of the hostel was excellent. My check in was efficient and welcoming despite there being an issue for my 3rd nights stay. This was easily resolved though. The dorm was spacious, though sometimes there was a wait for the bathroom, but that's to be expected with us girls. The common area had ample seating and facilities for cooking your own dinner. I would recommend this hostel and would have no problem staying here again.

Location Excellent How to reach Can easily reach from airport Taxi takes 30 Euro Air coach at airport takes 7 Euro 30 min travel vl drop u near bank of Ireland it's 1 min walk to hostel Staff V friendly Cooperative Always available Clean washrooms Heating had some issues Rooms V small Every room has bunker beds Spring mattress which make it difficult to sleep entire bed moves when u move while sleeping Even twin sharing & Double bed has same spring mattress Price Very Ecnomical for this location if you stay in shared rooms Kitchen Breakfast for 3 euros 7am till 9 Kitchen is clean has 2 fridges Free food is served sometimes You can cook stuff easily It's always open Luggage storage is available V good WiFi As it's in city center so all sorts of restaurants r nearby

Perfect experience at the Times Hostel. Staff really look after their guests, making your stay and visit to Dublin really easy. The rooms are comfy and clean, with ensuite toilet, and located right in the city centre. Couldn't ask for anything else. Thanks everyone!

Rooms are comfortables and cleans but noisy at night. Beds are a little uncomfortable and the pillow is too thin. Anyway it’s in the center of the city! That helps a lot when it is your first time here.

Our plan was to stay at The Times Hostel in Dublin for 5 nights from November 18-November 23. It's currently, November 22 and I'm writing this from a new hotel in Dublin having had a very unpleasant and frustrating experience at The Times. The location may be great but it is not worth saving the few extra dollars to stay in a place that is unprofessional and does not care about the guest experience. I realize it's a hostel and we were not expecting frills but I was also not expecting many of the things we encountered. Let's start with dirty floors (tip - don't walk barefoot or in socks in your room, they will turn brown and be covered in dirt.) I'll also mention the bed that squeaked anytime you moved on it and we're not talking a minor creak, this is a squeak that is high pitched and jarring. There are also the pillows, do yourself a favor and steal your pillow from plane, it will be thicker, larger and provide more support than the tiny lifeless one left on the bed. Be warned that towels are old and small and there is no proper place to hang them up so they will be damp everytime even you use them. There are also no shelves in the room, only the bathroom (but keeping clothes there will give you damp close), so if you want to unpack at all be prepared to hang everything up. Don't bother paying extra for breakfast, it's toast and cereal, you can get a much better experience for under 10 Euros almost anywhere else in the city. Finally, you'll notice a bucket with ear plugs at the front desk for " noisy roommates." Take a pair, it's not just roommates, we had to listen to a loud, off key dance party from the room next door. The walls are so thin we could every lyric and every word of dialogue spoken. The final straw and the reason I'm now writing for another hotel is because last night at 4:00am we realized our room was leaking. It was raining (not a surprise in Dublin) and we woke up to a splashing noise on our window sill. We realized that there was a crack above the window sill, rain was coming in, hitting the sill and creating a flood on the floor. My husband, ran down 5 flights of stairs (no lift)to the front desk to get towels. The night person gave us extra towels and did offer to move us to a room 1 floor down with bunk beds. Since it was 4:00am we declined but were told that the next day the other room with a double bed would be opening up and if maintainance couldn't fix the leak we could move to that room. We agreed that was a good plan and tried to return to sleep. In the morning we packed up all of our belongings, just in case they determined we would need to move while we were gone. We confirmed with the girl at the front desk that maintainance would be looking at it and hopefully fixing the leak and that we could move to the other double room. We left assuming everything would be fine. We returned nearly 11 hours later, checked in at the desk to find, not only did this worker not know about the situation but that no note had been left. Needless to say, I did not have a good feeling walking up the stairs to our room. When we entered our room we immediately noticed that no one had been in there. The towels we used to soak up the leak were in the exact spots and even more wet. My husband went back downstairs and returned with the reception worker who offered us a room with two bunk beds, saying the other room with the double bed, the one we had been promised, was now occupied. He also had no power to make the situation better and could only give us the email of the manager. At this point management has not responded to email attempts to rectify the situation. Very Disappointing!

This is the typical above the bar hostel! I have stayed in many a hostel in my time and this one doesn't stand out in any impressive way... it was expensive for the quality of the stay which was loud, and the beds were not comfy - the sheets looked clean and the duvet style cover was nice but it was a little on the small side and so my sister found that it didn't cover her entire body. The breakfast in the am is very basic at a cost of 3 euros - juice, bread or cereal. Nothing fancy here but a nice option to have! Definitely would not stay here again - but do not have another downtown hotel to compare it too.

I’ve spent 3 nights in this hostel with some friends and the room was very clean with a private bathroom. People very friendly and welcome. Breakfast was really good. I will recommend it 100%!!! If I would have to go to Dublin again I wouldn’t think twice. good location also, the bus from the airport stops closer.

Being next to Trinity College, in a clean and comfortable place with a lovely staff made our stay an excellent one. Bathrooms are new, beds are fine but most of all everything in set to be in a friendly atmosphere, the kitchen gives access to anything we could need for free if we don’t forget to wash what we use. I wish I could find that kind of hostel in every place I visit !

Solid hostel for backpackers and travelers. Pros: Convenient location near Trinity College, Temple Bar neighborhood, and other attractions. Friendly and helpful staff. Friendly atmosphere - people in common room watching movies, cooking food, eating breakfast. Cons: Price can get expensive on weekends. Lots of noise and light on weekends from bar next door.

My sister and I overall enjoyed our stay here at the Times Hostel in the 6-bed female dorm room. We met a lot of very nice people from all over the world! The location is perfect: so central to everything! We found our room to be quiet (minus a few of the girls coming in and out--but that's a hostel for you!) and comfortable, and the bathroom was very clean and modern. The staff are hit or miss: we had one incredibly unfriendly woman check us in, and then a super friendly woman help us book our tour. We also wished that the kitchen opened a bit earlier so that we could have made our breakfast before leaving for an early tour! Finally, at nearly $50 per person per night on the weekend, the price is very steep for what you get.

8, College Street Dublin Dublin

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Trinity College and The Book of Kells
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Laundry facilities
  • 24-hour front desk

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 coffee shop/café, free in-room WiFi, and coffee/tea in a common area. It's in central Dublin and also a short walk from O'Connell Bridge and The Spire.


Start each morning with continental breakfast, available for a fee from 7 AM to 10 AM. You can get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


The 29 rooms are heated and have washers/dryers. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi.

Property features

The Times Hostel - College Street features free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and microwave in a common area. Offsite parking is available for a fee. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a refrigerator in a common area, laundry facilities, and a TV in a common area.

Room options

Double Room, Ensuite

Full 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 526 reviews