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Jacobs Inn: A Funky & Friendly Hostel in Dublin

In Ireland by Sheena6 Comments

With a modern style & youthful atmosphere, Jacobs Inn delivers the goods – find out what else makes it one of the top hostels in Dublin!

Location of Jacobs Inn

Jacobs Inn has a fantastic Dublin location, just up the road from the Busaras bus & Connolly train stations – for me here at DIY Travel HQ, it made arriving & leaving super-convenient!

There are also plenty of nearby tram (Luas) & bus stops for getting around the city.

Trinity College is across the River Liffey, along with the city centre & Temple Bar nightlife district – all within a 15 minute walk from Jacobs Inn.

Jacobs Inn hostel

Welcome to Jacobs Inn!

Dorm Rooms at Jacobs Inn

I stayed in a 6 bed mixed dorm room at Jacobs Inn, which was really spacious & clean. The room also included a dresser with a mirror and a small table & chair setting.

The bed & duvet were comfortable although the pillow was a little flat – this seems to be the norm in most Irish hostels though.

My favourite feature was the personal fittings that came with each bed. It was awesome to have my own light, plug & USB sockets so I could charge my electronics securely in bed. I also loved having a curtain for a touch of privacy.

I was able to store my whole backpack (and valuables) in a large caged storage locker under the bed.  It had wheels on it which made for easy access.

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Jacobs Inn dorm

Clean & spacious dorm rooms at Jacobs Inn

The ensuite bathroom was huge and also kept very clean. The shower & sinks have automatic timer settings, which I felt actually wasted more water, especially when brushing your teeth!

Apart from 6-12 bed dorms, Jacobs Inn also offers private rooms for 1-4 people.

Bathroom Jacobs Inn

Ensuite bathroom in the dorm room at Jacobs Inn

Kitchen & Free Breakfast at Jacobs Inn

Jacobs Inn is a large hostel & it has an industrial-style kitchen to match! It’s a huge, functional space with multiple fridges, ovens, stove top burners and sinks.

There’s plenty of counter space to prep your food and all types of pots & pans. What’s more, it’s also kept very clean & well-organised.

Breakfast is served every morning between 7:30am to 9:30am. There’s a lot on offer including:

  • Toast
  • Cereal & muesli
  • Butter & jams
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice & milk

The dining room is bright & spacious, with lots of communal tables & chairs. There was always a great atmosphere at breakfast time.

I really liked starting each day in Dublin with some coffee & toast and chatting to the people around me about the day ahead.

Breakfast at Jacobs Inn

Enjoy free breakfast every morning at Jacobs Inn!

Social Spaces at Jacobs Inn

Whether you need some alone time or are keen to make new friends, there are plenty of places to chill-out spaces at Jacobs Inn:

  • Games Room

The Games Room is awesome! It looks like it’s been newly renovated with a fresh coat of paint, funky wall art & lighting.

There’s a pool table, foosball table, TV, corner sofas & scattered beanbags.

It’s away from everything else, which is just as well for those noisy competitive types! Or if no-one is playing, this is a great quiet corner of the hostel you can have to yourself.

Games Room Jacobs Inn

Games room w/ big screen TV at Jacobs Inn

  • Home Cinema

Beneath the Games Room is a home cinema with a big screen TV & comfy couches to sink into. It can be divided from the rest of the hostel by a curtain to really set the mood!

Feel free to put something on at any time of the day – movies are usually shown every night.

For the more intellectual types, there’s also an awesome giant chess table, board games & a book swap in this area.

TV room Jacobs Inn

Home cinema at Jacobs Inn

  • Living Room

Next to the Games Room is an open living room with 3 different areas to hang out in.

There are sofas & coffee tables in the middle of the room, as well as booth style seating along the walls with individual outlets. And near the window, there’s a high table with bar stools & more outlets.

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Open living room at Jacobs Inn

  • Rooftop Terrace

Take the stairs or elevator up to the 4th floor & you’ll find a large rooftop terrace with nice views of Dublin!

There’s plenty of space with long wooden tables & benches.

It’s a great place to hang out at any time of day with a drink, book or laptop if you’re a digital nomad like me 🙂

Jacobs Inn rooftop

Hang out on the rooftop terrace at Jacobs Inn

Other Features of Jacobs Inn:

  • Free Walking Tour

There’s a free, 3 hour walking tour of Dublin starting at Jacobs Inn every morning at 10:00am. I didn’t do it, but I heard a lot of good things from others & it sounds like it’d be a great introduction to the city, especially if you’re short on time.

River Liffey Dublin

Strolling the River Liffey on a sunny Dublin day!

  • Pub Crawl

The legendary Jacobs Inn Pub Crawl happens every night! For €12 you get a pint of Guinness, free club entry, free shots & discounted drink specials all night. I believe you meet up with backpackers from other hostels in Dublin so it sounds like a lot of good craic!

  • Security

Swipe cards are used not only to access your room but throughout the hostel. This was a little annoying but it did make me feel very safe, especially in such a large hostel. There’s also someone at reception 24 hours a day.

  • Tour Desk

If you’re looking at making any daytrips from Dublin, tours are the way to go as they’re often cheaper than making your own way there by public transport. There are plenty of brochures you can go through in the lobby or the staff can give you suggestions & make bookings for you.

24 hour reception Jacobs Inn

Tour desk & 24 hour reception at Jacobs Inn

Know Before You Go

Address: 21-28 Talbot Place, Dublin

Prices: 12 bed dorm from €16 to Private double from €78

Contact Information:

Read Jacobs Inn’s Tripadvisor reviews here

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*** The Final Word – Jacobs Inn is a convenient & comfortable budget choice in Dublin! *** 

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* Thank you to Jacobs Inn for hosting me. We only recommend great value accommodation that we would believe our readers would enjoy. All opinions & photographs are our own.

June 2017


  1. Hostels that take privacy into consideration are always nice. My favourite hostels across New Zealand all had curtains on the dorm beds, along with a shelf, socket and usb charging port in the bed.

  2. This definitely looks do-able, even for a Zoomer like myself. Love all the different communal spaces, the free breakfast and that gorgeous rooftop.

  3. Clean, a curtain, and a personal outlet sell me on most hostels but the extras at this make it even better!

  4. This looks like a great hostel! For me little details like the curtain & personal plug socket make a real difference. I like the games room too – will check this out when I go to Dublin!

  5. I love funky hostels. Ill have to look this one up if I plan a trip to Dublin!

  6. Looks like a very nice, comfortable and clean place to spend a few days in good company.

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