Barnacles Temple Bar House

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Barnacles Temple Bar House

Hostel address
19 Temple Lane South, Temple Bar, Dublin
Bus 39B, 49X, 50X, 65X, 77X (stop: Dame Street)
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(01) 671 6277
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Dorm bed €18–35
Double room €45–60
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User Reviews (16)

Hannah Emerson
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26 January 2010
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Had everything we needed - great fun, great location and very secure. Would absolutely recommend to anyone!

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Great place to stay
25 February 2009
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Had a fun time
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I stayed here for a total of two weeks in jan 09 . I found it great and welcoming . the staff is wonderful and helpful and go out of their way to make you feel welcome . i was first put in a longtermers room it was small and too many people for how much space there was . i walked downstairs and told the guy that it would not work and to move me for the night he then moved me to a 6 bedded dorm and i stayed there for the remainder of my time in dublin . the location is great and you can walk everywere in dublin . the only downside is the noise at night but just get a pair of ear plugs and you well be fine . :)

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Victoria Staff
safe & secure in the city centre
16 November 2005
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Female only rooms, own bathroom, great TV room and kitchen which has everything you require, even a DVD player. Helpful staff and really nice guests. The only place to stay in Dublin - this is from a well travelled English woman that travels alone.

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Melissa
Brilliant
19 October 2005
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I found this hostel fantastic. It was clean, everything was modern and the location was brilliant. We were there the night before the Ireland vs Switzerland football match so the hostel was fairly noisy most of the night from all the people partying into the early hours, however staying in a hostel you expect that. I would definitely stay there again and could not recommend it enough.

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Vikram
Great place - as expected by the reviews here
20 September 2005
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I spent 3 nights in total in the Barnacles. Everything was excellent - the location was easy to find, very clean facilities, en suite bathrooms, comfortable bunker beds (each bunker bed had it's own mini light), safes, electronic card keys for added security both at the entrance as well as your room. Most importantly, and contrary to what others may think - despite this hostel being next to *THE* legendary Temple Bar in Dublin and the heart of all activity on weekends, you don't hear any noise inside the hostel rooms. It's perfect in that, you get to stay in Dublin's trendiest area and yet you can sleep like a log if you wish! (And note - the 3 nights I spent were 2 Friday's and 1 Saturday. Could there be any busier or noisier nights?!) The kitchen is well maintained, breakfast is like any other backpacker hostel - bread and coffee. The area and neighbourhood is very safe. Despite people thinking that Temple Bar can get a bit tipsy during nights and all, most drunks I met were pretty much to themselves, no one would bother me or anything. It has easy connections to major bus stops as well as the Hop On/Hop Off buses, and is a hop, skip and jump away from both River Liffy (O'Connell Street) and Grafton Street. If I could be nitpicky and complain about anything, I can find only 2 things - 1. Most receptionists I spoke to were rude. Not rude, but not as willing to help as I've seen in other hostels. It's like, any question I asked them, they'd immediately spit out a "I don't know" in a flash. It's almost like they just didn't want to help. I can understand if I asked them a tough question, but asking them questions on location of the nearest Post Office isn't such a tough 'un, is it?! 2. Too many stairs! Like St.Christopher's Inn, Edinburgh and YHAs in London, the Barnacles team ought to consider having lifts in their hostels. Climbing to the 3rd floor was like hiking up Mt.Everest for me! But overall thumbs up. I'd love to return here. alongside London's YHA St.pancras, this has to be one of the better hostels I've stayed in, in Europe.

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starrysteph01
Goodgoodgood
27 December 2004
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CLEAN and NICE. Polished wood floors, warmly lit check-in place. Ditto for the common room-- felt like a ski lodge and it was there that I met all the people that I hung out with for the weekend. Stayed in 10-bed dorm-- beds are most comfortable EVER after experiencing precarious creaky gross ones in London. Thick-ish mattress and pillow-- I felt like I was in luxury! Under-bed storage things that you can lock w/ your padlock. My only complaint was that there is one bathroom/shower for 10 people-- you must time it right. I would definitely stay here again!!

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martinaclancey
good trip
23 December 2004
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my friend and I stayed at Barnacles at the beginning of the month and we found it to be a really good place to stay. Its clean, well run, with very good security and nice staff. The breakfast is ok, and as the staff will tell you when you arrive, it wont fill you up but it will get you started for the day! Another good point about Barnacles is its location, its right in the centre of town and near loads of great pubs

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quirk
I won't be planning on returning
23 July 2004
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You can't fault the location if tacky, Irish themed pubs are your thing, if they are not then make sure you stay the hell away from this place. I know I will be in the future. The main reason though that I won't be returning here again is one morning I was rudley awaken by that talantless no-mark, Ronan Keating. He was shooting the video for one of his crappy songs in Temple Bar, the no-mark couldn't get the first line of HIS own song right and for the best part of an hour that was all I heard, him repating the first line over and over again. It wasn't much fun. The hostels not all that bad though, its clean, has a common room, above a pub etc...

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dhara
Disappointing
29 May 2004
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We stayed here from 25/05 to 27/05 in a double room and, after reading all those reviews, we expected more than we got. We arrived before 12 pm and we were told the room wasn't available till 3 pm! We both are ISIC student card holders and were supposed to obtain a discount for the first night (one mail from one responsible there confirmed us so) but they told us it was no valid in high season... sigh.... We came back after 3 and.... the room wasn't still available! Lucky that we could leave the luggage there... Finally at 5pm we were able to enter: second floor and nice double room. The bathroom was ok (although the washbasin seemed to be sized for a little child...) and the breakfast quite well too. You can use the kitchen to prepare your meals and it is usually clean. There are two computers with internet in the common room, but it's not free: you have to buy a pre-pay card to use them. The Temple Bar is just on the corner, and you are in the middle of the fiesta, but we got quite a lot of noise from the outside at nights. We had no curtain in our window which didn't close at all (lucky it didn't rain those days!). It's said they lend you a hair dryer, we didn't ask for it, but we hardly believe it. Well, it's not that good place to stay, better try other hostels.

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normalone
Very nifty place to be
19 May 2004
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This was my first youth hostel, so I may not be the one to comment...but here we go. This was a very nice hostel...the staff was quite helpful. We arrived early, so they let us store our baggage until the technical check-in time. The rooms were clean, each with its own shower. The beds were very comfortable and had their own light for those returning late. Full service kitchen also helps out a great deal when trying to save money. A quick hint about the pubs...while most guide books direct you to one of several locations, I would recomend going to O'Shea's on the northern side of Dublin. If you're looking for real music, this is the place to be. It was recomended to us by a man in the youth hostel and proved to be really nifty. Several of the others seemed to be pandered to the London tourist...i.e...sing along with a guy in a buisness suit.

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Inspecter Nalgitas
Comfy
6 January 2004
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A little pricey, but come on. Were only talking about a couple euro more than other places and youre smack in the middle of Temple Bar, right next to The Temple Bar, and youve got clean rooms with nice beds. I stayed in a 10 bed dorm. There was a bathroom and a separate extra shower room. I thought there was plenty of space in the rooms and there were a couple semi-wall partitions so that every bed isnt out in the open, and you get a bunk wall-light. The kitchen is big and very useful. And the lounge is smoky but nice and not a bad place to hang out. The ONLY negative is that no alcohol is allowed. This is only a problem because Dublin is expensive and drinks are no exception. But for a place so clean and central, and whose staff hooked up free concert tickets for us 2 times (was there 4 nights), I can overlook that.

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Stefanie
Wouldn`t call it a "Backpacker"
9 December 2003
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Barnacles Temple Bar is probably the most expensive hostel in Dublin, but it`s very, very clean and the staff is friendly. There are showers and toilets in every room. The kitchen is spotless, the best ever!! Breakfast is also great! The only thing is that for some reason you don`t really get to see the other guests... There is one common room (the only place in the hostel you can smoke) with TV and comfi armchairs, but it`s on the 3rd floor. It`s true that people doesn`t seem to talk to each other. I wonder why! The hostel is located in the heart of Temple Bar, the best and most famous pubs are right there! Unfortunately that means that there`s a lot of noise at night... If you`re lucky, you get a room on the top floor. The place is very well run, super-organized and the cleanest I stayed at. But somehow it`s more like a cheap hotel. It`s not a typical "Backpacker".

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Ben
one of the better ones
10 February 2003
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Pro's: location - temple bar is fantastic!; rooms are great - all linen provided and private bathrooms; very helpful and friendly staff; breakfast is free (toast and juice/ coffee); easy to find. Con's: common room is full of smoke as it is the only place where people can smoke; bit pricier than other hostels in dublin.

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D Robbins
Clean, Central and Friendly
27 November 2002
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Great little place with friendly helpful staff, clean rooms and a great location. Especially happy with the onsuite bathroom and lockable draw under the bed for anything valuable. Highly recommendable.

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Ann Boyle and Rose Edmonds
This is what Good Hostels are all about!!!!!!!!!!
7 June 2002
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Well What can I say to my fellow travelers! We spent four days in Temple Bar and had a whale of a time. The place is clean friendly and in the centre of Temple Bar. This was the third hostel visited by my friend and I in Dublin city, and I know if we come back to Dublin we will stay here. We Traveled from London not knowing what to expect of hostels but after a bit of seraching we were turly happy to stay in here. We were in a six person room with its own large bathroom then we managed to get a bright ensuite double room with a balcony!! looking out to the streets of Temple Bar,If you are looking for where it all happens then check out Barnacles!! It has the coolest people staying here young and old!

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Maya
Can't beat the location (and, maybe, the name)
22 July 2001
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Excellent location, right smack in the middle of Temple Bar. Rooms are incredibly narrow and definitely on the cramped side (especially the 10-bed rooms) and bathroom conditions aren't the greatest (expect waits in the morning), but the hostel has good common spaces including a fairly large kitchen/dining area and a ski-lounge-like TV room. The staff is friendly, too, and the place is always full of rowdy Aussie long-termers. The best place to stay in Dublin, methinks.

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