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Kinlay House 2.0

Dublin, Ireland

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  • Top central location, less than a five-minute walk to Temple Bar and Dublin Castle
  • Free simple breakfast and full communal kitchen for preparing meals
  • TV lounge with Netflix and DVDs
  • Daily events including live music, walking tours, and pub crawls
  • 24-hour front desk with small shop
  • Luggage lockers and safes (fee)
  • Laundry and bike rentals at nearby sister property
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout


  • Location can be noisy at night
  • Larger dorms lack charging points and privacy curtains
  • Shared bathrooms could be cleaner
  • Towels must be rented and toiletries cost extra

Bottom Line

Kinlay House is a top choice for travelers wanting a centrally located budget option. On the edge of Temple Bar, this hostel is right in the heart of Dublin's lively nightlife scene, and within easy reach of its major attractions. Don't expect much when it comes to style and substance, though -- it's a hostel, after all. As such, it includes a TV room, a full kitchen, and plenty of social activities. A free simple breakfast and Netflix on the communal TV are welcome extras. Rooms are humble, but colorful, and include dorms and private options, some with their own bathrooms. Location is key here, but can mean it's noisy at night, so travelers looking for a quieter spot could check out Avalon House -- which also has an on-site cafe.

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Historic property with a bright, multi-colored interiors and a lively atmosphere

Kinlay House is located in a protected historic building that dates back to 1850. Inside, it's been decked out from head to toe in bright colors, though the original woodwork and structures remain intact. That colorful style reflects the energetic clientele, though most are here to partake in the more lively goings on happening in Temple Bar, the nightlife neighborhood where the hostel is located. Even so, the hostel can have a hub-like vibe. The sunny yellow and blue lobby opens into a large lounge with table seating and sofas -- where guests kick back, watch TV, and eat. It's an upbeat place with regular live music and a bubbly young crowd -- including school groups, backpackers, and students. 


Set in the heart of the city within a five-minute stroll of Temple Bar and Dublin Castle

Kinlay House has a superb location right in the heart of Dublin. It's set between buzzy Temple Bar and Christ Church Cathedral, just a five-minute walk to attractions like Dublin Castle and Dublinia. It's pretty easy to explore the city on foot from here -- it's a 10 minute walk across the river to the Jameson Distillery and about 15 minutes to shopping on Henry Street. St Stephen's Green and the Natural History Museum are also about a 15 minute walk. The Guinness Storehouse is a bit farther but can be reached in 20 minutes -- or buses run along Lord Edward Street, outside the hostel, and take about 10 minutes. Buses also connect directly with the airport in about 50 minutes -- it's around 30 minutes by car to make the same journey, and the hostel has a shuttle service (fee).


Brightly colored and simple, ranging from private rooms with en-suite bathrooms to dorms

Rooms -- as with the rest of the hostel -- are brightly painted, often with several different colored walls in each room. It certainly helps lighten the mood, as they're otherwise incredibly spartan. Furnishings are generally limited to just hanging hooks and small desks, meaning that storage and seating space is limited. Configurations range from private rooms with en-suite bathrooms to 20-bed dorms -- many do have shared bathrooms. The dorms feature metal-framed bunks and some have under-bed storage. It's a shame there are no privacy curtains in the larger dorms, and guests have found they lack enough outlets as well. En-suite bathrooms are small and include showers, in a wet-room layout. Shared bathrooms have a tendency to get dirty quickly according to previous guests. Towels and toiletries must be rented or purchased. The central location means it can be noisy at night. Keep in mind that this is a budget property through and through, so there are no features like air-conditioning or TVs, though Wi-Fi is free. 


Free light breakfast, plus TV room with Netflix and DVDs, evening entertainment, and free Wi-Fi

Kinlay House is a typical hostel, and its features match its category. There's a bright communal lounge that has tables, sofas, a TV with DVDs and Netflix, and PCs. A light breakfast is free to all, and includes toast, cereal, and fruit. The full kitchen has several ovens, kettles, and toasters, plus tableware, coffee, and milk machines. The hostel puts on regular evening events like movie nights with popcorn and live music. They also organize daily walking tours of the local sights and nightly pub crawls. The reception is manned 24 hours a day and has a good selection of essentials, including toiletries and chargers. Wi-Fi is free throughout. Safes and luggage lockers are available for a fee. Sister hotel Avalon House is a couple of minutes away on foot, and offers bike rentals and laundry services.

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2-12 Lord Edward Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Province of Leinster 2, Ireland

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