Generator Hostel, Dublin

Smithfield, Dublin 7, Ireland (show on map)

Expert reviews

The Guardian review:

“This hostel offers everything from cheap, breezy shared rooms to design-focused single and twin rooms and higher-end deluxe rooms. The restaurant serves a mean burger, too.”

Telegraph review:

“The Dublin branch of the expanding Generator empire of hostels is an impressive place. It’s funky, centrally located, has all-day food and drink on offer and provides a sociable base with a youthful feel: if this is what you’re after, then it’s perfect for an economical city holiday.”

Guest rating

This an aggregated customer review rating of Generator Hostel, Dublin. We have taken customer review ratings from hotel booking sites, search engines, the official hotel website and other travel platforms. This is the average of all those ratings. We only list places that have a customer review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5.0

4.1 out of 5.0

Ranked 13th in Dublin


What guests liked

All you need to know

Located on Smithfield Square, this luxury hotel offers the best accommodation for guests in the city. The hotel offers comfort and maximum satisfaction for guests in its stylish rooms while the excellent location of the hotel makes it the ideal departure spot for tourists and travelers. Landmark buildings and other places of interest are located near the hotel.

The Jameson Distillery is located right next to the hotel while the Smithfield LUAS tram station is located next door to the hotel. The Dublin Castle is just a 10-minute walk away from the hotel while the lively and popular Temple Bar is just 2 tram stops away from the hotel.

The hostel is well-furnished and provides guests with the best of modern amenities. The hotel rooms are styled with modern decors and the finest furniture ensuring that guests live in the best condition. Amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV with cable channels and air conditioning are available in the hotel. The hotel rooms also come with a private bathroom where guests can make use of conveniences and thoughtful touches provided by the hotel.

The hotel provides a traditional breakfast buffet daily where guests can sample several local dishes and start their day on the right note. The hostel also offers light snacks for refreshment and as an appetizer. This is provided at the bar.

Guests can partake in activities such as movie night and quizzes to have the best of experience in the hotel.

Enjoy the best of Dublin in the Generator Hostel.


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Recent guest reviews


13 April 2024

Lovely hostel, except for hidden charges.

The member of staff who checked my in was very friendly and helpful. Very clean and the facilities they do have a very good.

You need to pay for luggage storage, pay for every day and hour, not just once of or per week. Most hostels have free or else reasonably priced luggage storage. And despite paying this, they still cannot confirm the safety of your luggage nor accept responsibility for it. some hidden costs such as that. The guy who checked me out was very rude and tried to instantly dismiss me. I had a basic question about luggage storage that I asked nicely. He snapped at me, as if for just asking him something. Ĺ


13 April 2024

Overall, it was a good time at the Generator. The communal areas and location were great.

The hostel was super fun! From the moment we walked in, we were greeted with a lively atmosphere and friendly staff. The bar on site was a huge plus, playing great music and offering a variety of drinks at reasonable prices. We decided to grab some food in the bar area and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food.

The noise levels during the early hours of the morning and late at night were a bit excessive. It made it difficult to get a good night's sleep and left me feeling a bit tired during the day… but then again it is a hostel… Additionally, I was disappointed to learn that we weren't allowed to bring any outside food into the hostel. This meant that we couldn't enjoy any late-night fast food after a night out, which was a bit of a bummer. It would have been nice to have the option to bring in some snacks or takeout.


10 April 2024

Would stay again, everything a hostel should be!

Location, great places to eat nearby, lively lobby at night, comfortable room with bathroom.

A lot of random people outside of the hostel going in and out of the lobby at times.


2 April 2024

Cool place to stay in

Cool bar and the whole space, spacious rooms, good location, comfy beds

Toilets too far from the room, you have to take an elevator, no blinds on the beds, a bit difficult to climb on the top bunk compared to other hostels, hairdryer with only cold air


2 April 2024


The receptionist by Name Mariana is so amazing. She's a top notch with her job. Her customer relationship is excellent 👌.


29 March 2024

Very good

Great location, friendly staff, very comfortable bed. Great to meet new people.

The toilet in our room wouldn't flush when I used it. Very embarrassing!


28 March 2024

Great value for money

Great bar area and overall layout. Staff were helpful and a good location.

Nothing stands out


26 March 2024

It’s nice

The area

It’s okay just that the convenience is on the next floor


26 March 2024

Budget Accommodation in a good location

The location is about 20min walk from temple bar (also LUAS Stop right there), so that's a bonus. I stayed in an 8-bed mixed dorm, the room was alright if not a little small. Whenever I went to reception the staff was very friendly and helpful and my checkout at 4 a.m. was no problem since someone is there 24/7.

When they say the Hostel doesn't sleep that's what they mean. There's events in the bar downstairs every night (which can be very fun) with a DJ and everything. What that means for everybody else who's not down there partying but trying to sleep - well, it's very noisy. Especially since you absolutely have to leave your window open to let in some air, otherwise you'd probably choke in your room. All in all my stay was pleasant, and the noise is just something to be aware of.


25 March 2024

Great location, excellent facilities. Perfect for a short stay in Dublin

Property was in a great location and had amazing facilities. Great value for money. Bed was comfortable. Staff were for the most part very helpful.

The bathroom wasn’t the best - shower head moved when using it which made showing awkward! Corridors were very noisy on a night time


22 March 2024

Place was dusty and drunk people were noisy and loud wouldn’t recommend for a family

It was a good vibe in the place

Not clean for a family room was dusty


22 March 2024


Clean room and clean corridor

The price of the locker


21 March 2024

Very good

The staff .excellent both reception,bar,kitchen awesome

Top bunk am too big to go up


19 March 2024

Great stay, great place to come back and recharge. Safe hostel

Convenient location, next to Jameson distillery.

Beds were not very comfortable. But for the price was ok.


17 March 2024

Was okay for the money

Location was alright for the price, had to do some heavy walking to get anywhere that offered cafes or shops. but that was about max 15 min

Staff was so mean. I work at a hotel both full and part time, and I understand if they are stressed by all the french kids, but Im just one person, I come across nice and i respect staff. But on multiple occasions they just were cold and rude. Tried ordering breakfast and was told i could only get a continental breakfast, but they say they offer a full menu. after a long night of being ill and sleeping 12 hours because of it, i accidentally locked my bag up in my container and was met with a lot of hostility so i just had to be stern and say "okay then how do i fix my situation?".


13 March 2024

Quick and comfortable.

Checkin and checkout were very smooth.

Wish there was curtains.


13 March 2024

Very good

The staff was super nice and it is a good choice for students and groups. It is not that close from the centre of the city, but is a nice place with restaurants around.

The music is too loud during the whole day and the rooms whre not that clean. The Ladies Showers were not fully equipped -there is only a hair dryer, for example, and no plugs-.


6 March 2024


Price, Front desk staff Zara , environment


4 March 2024

Did the job for an overnight stay, friendly, comfortable but not for me

I enjoyed the building - it had many floors but not too broad so you got lost. The bar area was very sociable with events on (not sure if private or for anybody to attend).

The check in wasn’t ready at 2pm and as I was only staying for a short amount of time, I would’ve preferred to have been able to get to my room and back out to explore Dublin. The bunk bed in down were very low - compared to other Generator hostels, as a 5”5 female, my head touched the above bed frame. The neighbourhood I felt unsafe as a solo traveller - although the main road is well lit, in order to get to the hostel, it is a brief walk down two back streets, before it opens back up into a lit area. I wish I had known before booking


29 February 2024

Great Value for Money

The location is ideal for access to the city centre, the rooms are nicely laid out, security is strong with the need for keycards and the staff are helpful.

If noise isn't your thing, then I wouldn't recommend the location.


27 February 2024

Great for a quick stay. Brilliant as has locker options

bery affordable. very central . 5min walk to luas redline

top beds were dusty. but , staff are lovely and accomodated my request to rransfer to a lower bunk bed


26 February 2024


The location was good, the property has a nice entertainment area with pool tables and a bar. Easy check in and easy check out. Friendly staff. Electronic lockers to leave your luggage for early arrivers.

I didn’t feel it was clean enough, it wasn’t terrible but I didn’t think the bathroom was very clean and we had a private room with en suite bathroom. I felt that it wasn’t great for the money spent.


22 February 2024

Good place to stay and mingle in Dublin !

Great location, 3 min walk from the Luas stop, Tesco Express and a few restaurants in the area. Great help from Agostina, Mariana and Anabel .. always nice and helpful with a couple questions.

Pillows are a bit thin, making a bit difficult to find a confortable position. There was a small mishap on the bathroom, but hope maintenance can fix it asap.


20 February 2024

Hostel needs an upgrade! (But overall not the worst)

The bed is comfortable, the room is warm, I like that there are female only rooms. Laundry and other essentials available onsite.

This was my second stay within a short amount of time, I was dissapointed again with the cleanliness and noise. I understand it’s a large hostel and a party hostel but people are also there to sleep and I think there needs to be more monitoring and respect around that, there were people next door constantly knocking and slamming the doors and people running through the hallways, there seems to be lots of young groups who don’t know how to act in a shared space. The bathrooms need an upgrade they are old and don’t work properly are not suitable for sharing, there’s no where to put your toiletries, there is lots of mould and grime, the toilet flush didn’t work properly, water gets all over the ground and there is no shower mat, there is also zero soundproofing for the bathroom which isn’t great when people are going to bed late or waking up early. I think the standard of the hostel needs to be revisited especially as it’s not a dirt cheap hostel, and has potential. I think a lot of it comes down to lack of care because it’s a hostel and it would be nice if there was more care because hostels can be a good experience and most people still want a clean and comfortable space. Also why have doors the naturally slam and are impossible to be quiet in a building without soundproofing?


20 February 2024

Very good

Billiards table

Uncomfortable beds

Hotel facilities

Food & Drink

  • - Restaurant
  • - Bar
  • - Snack bar
  • - Special diet menus (on request)
  • - Wine/champagne (additional charge)
  • - Fruits (additional charge)
  • - Coffee house on site

Business facilities

  • - Meeting/banquet facilities (additional charge)
  • - Fax/photocopying (additional charge)

Reception services

  • - 24-hour front desk
  • - Express check-in/check-out
  • - Tour desk
  • - Luggage storage (additional charge)
  • - ATM/cash machine on site
  • - Private check-in/check-out
  • - Lockers
  • - Invoice provided


  • - Non-smoking rooms
  • - Facilities for disabled guests
  • - Family rooms
  • - Lift
  • - Safety deposit box (additional charge)
  • - Packed lunches
  • - Heating
  • - Non-smoking throughout
  • - Designated smoking area
  • - Vending machine (drinks)
  • - Vending machine (snacks)
  • - Shared lounge/TV area


  • - Games room
  • - Billiards (additional charge)
  • - Nightclub/DJ
  • - Evening entertainment
  • - Pub crawls (additional charge)
  • - Movie nights
  • - Walking tours
  • - Bike tours (additional charge)
  • - Live music/performance
  • - Live sport events (broadcast)

Cleaning services

  • - Daily housekeeping

Entertainment and family services

  • - Board games/puzzles


  • - 24-hour security
  • - Key card access
  • - Security alarm
  • - Smoke alarms
  • - CCTV in common areas
  • - CCTV outside property
  • - Fire extinguishers
  • - Breakfast takeaway containers
  • - Delivered food is securely covered
  • - Access to health care professionals
  • - Face masks for guests available
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