Hostels are particularly popular in tourist countries. In Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland alone, there are already more than a hundred established hostels. Hostels are perfect for the budget conscious and they are definitely cheap accommodation. Compared to a hotel, you only rent a bed in a hostel, not a room. You share a common bathroom, a lounge area, and sometimes even a kitchen with other guests of the hostel. They are more like open dormitories and are favored by frequent travelers and backpackers. Also, unlike a hotel, a hostel is very informal and relaxed. You get the chance to meet other travelers and tourists and possibly create friendships along the way.
Hostels are regulated by organizations in Ireland, and we recommend that you only make reservations in those types of hostels. As part of our hostels reviews, we will only tell you about best hostels in Ireland, all of which are regulated, well-staffed, and secure. The IHH (Independent Holiday Hostels), for example, has over 100 member hostels that are approved by the Irish Tourist Authority. Their hostels are generally found in the larger cities like Dublin, Belfast, and Cork, among many others; but still there are some that are found in the countryside. Much like any other accommodation, booking early is essential for weekend stays and most especially holiday lets. Check out our article on Bed & Breakfast to find out which dates to book earlier than usual.
Most hostels also offer private rooms, some of which are even en suite and come complete with hotel facilities. They come in single, double or even quad occupancy rooms. This is especially fit for big groups of friends who don’t mind sharing common areas with others. There are also hostels that have bathrooms in each room, which is a great plus for this type of accommodation. Most hostels nowadays offer the same facilities as hotels like TV, DVD players, free Wi-Fi access, luggage storage and security lockers – some of which are found in common areas while some are included in each room. Speaking of common areas, there are lots of things to do in these rooms and all hostels make sure that their lounges are well-equipped with entertainment facilities that can be shared with others. There are some hostels that also offer light breakfast everyday which they include in the daily rate. Bed linen, towels and toiletries are almost always supplied for free.
Most tourists are gonna spend their days outside so they prefer to pay cheap for lodging and save for the Ireland tours. Also if you want to cover as much tourist destinations as possible, it’s ideal to book at a hostel for a short stay. Security and noise level is always an issue when it comes to hostels, but we will supply you with the best and most honest hostel reviews so you would know which ones to trust and which ones will let you sleep comfortably each night. You can book online and early with our comprehensive hostel listing.