As I mentioned in my previous posts, I took a trip to Ireland in the first two weeks of May, which involved doing a Contiki tour for 8 days, and then staying in Dublin over the weekend to really soak up everything I could of the city I wanted to return to for so long. I was happy to have three days there following my countrywide tour, but because the time was fairly limited and planned out, I wanted to make the most of it. This included finding the ideal budget accommodation that would be clean, close to the city centre, and would also reflect the history, culture and attitude of the city. This may seem like a tall order, but I found the perfect melding of all these elements in Generator Hostels.
Generator Hostels operate out of several European cities, including London, Rome, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Amsterdam, and next month, a new location will be opening in one of my favourite cities – Stockholm! (I will definitely be checking that one out ASAP.)
Generator Dublin is situated in Smithfield, a cool industrial area just north of the Liffey, adjacent from the old Jameson Distillery. This is about a 15-minute walk from Temple Bar and the city centre, and is very easy to find (just walk along the river!)
I stayed in a 6-bed female dorm, which was fantastic, as I had recently stayed in a mixed dorm in a “less nice” hostel in the city, and found the room at Generator to be clean, cozy yet spacious, and full of friendly ladies who also wanted to go to sleep early after a long Dublin weekend! Not to worry though, even if you are around on a Sunday, there is plenty going on – just step into the bar/restaurant on the first floor and check out live music, pool and other young travellers relaxing, or prepping for a night out on the town. Generator Dublin also offers other types of dorms and private rooms, depending on your needs and budget.
I called it a night pretty early (hey it was my first night of rest after an 8 day Contiki Ireland trip, and weekend on the town with university friends). The next morning I was very grateful for the Full Irish Breakfast offered by Generator in the café. This was delicious, and much-needed!
I had a pretty packed day, crossing off some big items from my Dublin bucket list, so I was in and out of the hostel after breakfast, but from check-in to check-out, the staff was incredibly helpful. I had a lot of questions as a frazzled solo traveler, and the front desk staff and café staff never batted an eyelash. Everyone was very genuine, knowledgeable and helpful.
On top of the friendly staff, I also found the location to be fantastic, because while I wasn't quite in Temple Bar I was within walking distance to everything on the north and south sides that I wanted to do.
A lot of the character of Generator Dublin stems from the local area, and the way the hostel uses the beautiful distillery setting, and adds to it, instead of destroying or messing with the historical aspects of the building and neighbourhood. It reminded me of our own Distillery District in Toronto, because of the way the architecture has been preserved instead of being paved over. Like Toronto's Distillery District, there are condo developments springing up nearby - however everything works together, reflecting a growing city that is very much moving forward, but preserving elements of the past that made it what it is today.
This was the kind of experience that will make it hard for me to stay anywhere other than a Generator in my future travels through Europe.
To connect with Generator Hostels, or to find out more, visit them here.
Tel: +353 1 901 0222