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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Some hostels are noteworthy for their enormity; others for their quirks or beyond-the-call staff. The Kinlay House hostel, located barely five minutes from the Temple Bar action, is remarkable first and foremost because it is housed in a beautiful building.
The big dorm rooms at Kinlay House aren’t earth-shattering one way or the other, but against Dublin type the metal bunk beds are painted red, not blue. Dorm rooms come in a dizzying range of configurations, from singles to 20-bed monstrosities. Some of the smaller rooms have private bathrooms. The rest share facilities.
The hostel’s lovely brick building, located across the street from Christ Church Cathedral and the Dublin Castle, was constructed in the 1860s as a trade school for country boys. Grand 19th-century touches, such as sweeping staircases and high wood-beamed ceilings, made us appreciate Ireland's strict preservation laws.
The Kinlay House public rooms are capacious and attractive. All the hostel basics (shared kitchen, TV lounge) are in place, and there are also some less typical amenities on offer: free calls via Skype, a bike rental service (at €10 per day) and a free pasta dinner on Tuesday nights.
A light breakfast is included in the nightly rate, while a cooked breakfast is available for a charge. Wi-Fi is free, as is the shared Internet station.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
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About the Kinlay House Dublin neighborhood
Located south of the Liffey, the historic area around Christ Church Cathedral is marked by cobblestoned streets and, um, Christ Church Cathedral, one of Dublin’s top tourist draws. The church's finely manicured grounds attract lounging locals and tourists alike. Just around the corner is Dublin Castle, and the Guinness Brewery (a house of worship to some) is a little further west along the river.