The Grapevine Hostel, Dingle

8.9
592 Reviews
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Grapevine Hostel in Dingle stands out for its unique style and relaxed atmosphere located in a wonderful area.

The Location

Grapevine Hostel is located quite in the center of Dingle, a small town on the Dingle Peninsula, Kerry. Even though Dingle relies on tourism and offers therefore many things to do and see, it is not as crowded with tourist buses as the Ring of Kerry. The Dingle Peninsula is a very unspoiled, beautiful area with a lot to discover.

As it's reachable by car and buses from Tralee and Killarney, it is easy to get here. The bus station is only a couple of minutes walk from the hostel itself. There is also the possibility to rent bikes in Tralee and cycle on a well-made cycle track to Dingle. The bike is a good way to get around on Dingle Peninsula.

The next supermarket is only around the corner. From the hostel it is about two minutes to the sea and the harbor, where you can take a boat to watch out for the famous and very old dolphin Fungie.

Slea Head Drive, the most popular drive around the peninsula, starts and ends in Dingle. Taking it, you will pass beautiful scenery with mountains, cliffs, and beaches; Gallarus Oratory (an early Christian church with very interesting architecture); and the famous Conor Pass, which is the highest pass in Ireland at over four hundred fifty meters high.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are dorms (eight-bed and three-bed) as well as private rooms (twin rooms and double rooms). Each room is en suite. The dorms are very nice and clean just like the bathrooms. There is carpet on the floor and a heater, which makes the room warm enough. The beds are standard loft beds that are not very big and comfortable. There are enough sockets.

Common Spaces

There is a cosy common room with a chimney, comfortable couches, and a very good atmosphere due to the decoration and lights. You will find a guitar, games, and books to give you a nice time staying here. But if you decide not to stay in the hostel for the evening there will be lots of traditional Pubs and live music waiting for you. There is free Wi-Fi in the whole hostel. The kitchen and eating room is as nice and embellished as the common room and very unique. It is well equipped and everything necessary is provided (microwave, freezer, cooker, oven).

Summary

This hostel not only provides a very good service (good, relaxed atmosphere, nice staff, laundry service, free Wi-Fi) but also is it located perfectly for looking around the beautiful Dingle Peninsula.

RebeccaM
2013-05-03
kitchen common room dorm

Great place, very welcoming

Stayed in the grapevine for 3 nights in october. Great place to explore the peninsula, drink a beer, watch sports and surf in the bay on the other side of the pass. Very friendly people and good facilities. Recommend!

Thijs
2011-10-18
Dutch

Clean, comfy, friendly

An easy walk from the bus station, even on a rainy night, and a stone's throw from the Dingle main street and hotspot pub An Droichead Beag. They were flexible about check-in time, had a cute sitting room where I was invited to hang out several times, and the beds had really warm comforters and the sturdiest, quietest bunk-bed ladders I have ever climbed at 3am.

Megan
2011-09-10

A Far Away Home

I came just off the bus, not intending to stay past a couple of days. It was winter and the whole town was quiet but for the evening music from the pub just around the turn of a couple of corners. I stayed more than two weeks, content to sit by the fire at night and near the big picture window by day, watching as town folk and travel folk passed, listening to stories spun by the owner. It was a wonderful place from which to strike out and explore the area. Coming back each evening, just as night set in and the sitting room began to fill with the warm light of a new fire, felt like a far away home that had been waiting for me all along. It has been a year and I feel a pull to return. I hope my path takes me back soon.

Melissa
2011-02-03
USA

Pretty good

This hostel has an excellent location, right by all the pubs and about a five-minute walk to the harbor. The rooms are ok, I stayed in a four-person bedroom (female) with an en-suite bathroom. That was nice, the shower did get hottish but the pressure sucked. The lady who runs it, while not overly friendly, was nice enough. If I come back to Dingle (which I hope I will) I would stay here again. Take the Scuird Archeological tour with Michael Collin. He's hot!

Katie
2007-12-07
USA

Friendly, Laidback Vibe

The Grapevine is a great place to stay and is close to everything in Dingle. It is quiet, and there are always people hanging out in the common areas. Both the dining room and the fireplace room are very cozy. If you have anything valuable (which you should not travel with anyhow) you may not want to stay here as there are no locks on the room doors. We did not have any problems with this though.

J9
2007-07-25
USA

The Grapevine Hostel is right in Dingle's City Centre. From the bus stop, go right through the Supervalu grocery store. Turn right out the front door, and take your first left up Dykegate Lane. After a short walk, you'll find the hostel on the left.

The hostel is in a large blue building, but has a cozy feel inside. Dorms have four or eight beds, and are ensuite. Clean sheets/duvets are included, and the beds are comfortable. Both the dorm rooms and the bathrooms are clean and bright. The bathrooms are a little cramped, and could use a few hooks or shelves to put clothes on, but there is plenty of hot water for a shower. The building has three stories; dorm rooms are on the second and third floors, accessible by a staircase.

The ground floor is where you'll find the kitchen, dining area, and lounge. The lounge is small but cozy, with a fireplace and a bookcase. It's a nice sitting area but was, in my experience, often empty. The dining area is a simple but bright room, with a pretty grapevine design painted around the top of the walls. It's stocked with solid wooden picnic tables. The kitchen is small but adequate. It's very convenient to use if you're the only one in it. In busier times, its small size can make cooking dinner into a bit of an awkward dance.

Probably the biggest drawback of this personable hostel is that there are no laundry facilities. It is only a short walk to the town where there are three laundrettes, but they may be closed on holidays/Sundays and aren't cheap.

In short, Grapevine Hostel is in a remarkably convenient location for those wanting to explore the pubs and shops of Dingle Town, and the nearby bike hire is handy for tourists who want to venture farther afield. It may feel crowded in the busy season, but feels cozy and comfortable nevertheless.

Review by Kristen Eaton

Kristen Eaton
2007-04-16
USA

I absolutely loved staying at the Grapevine. The live-in wardens were very friendly and welcoming, always happy to see me whether on my way out to a pub or just waking up. The rooms were bright and clean, and the common rooms were set up well for meeting new friends. The cosy feeling of the place was much closer to a B&B than a hostel and I would love to stay again at the Grapevine.

Katie McKeogh
2006-09-25

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The Grapevine Hostel Reviews from the Web

I stayed for 5 nights in this fabulous little Hostel right in centre of Dingle .. Staff so friendly and helpful, kitchen fully stocked , I stayed in 8 bed dorm with en-suite and although small was airy and very clean . Many different nationalities in and out making it a warm and friendly place to stay and hike the mountains or enjoy Dingle.

olivemcwade7367
2022-07-24

The Grapevine was the perfect hostel for stay in while in Dingle. The location is perfect, the staff were beyond helpful and kind, the location within the town, were great. Only does side would just be not having a place to lock up your belongings, however that being said, I wasnt nervous about leaving anything in the room and being out. I would recommend staying here anytime!

megchoun3906
2022-07-01

Perfect location, nice facilities

ianwikarski7742
2022-06-20

A classic hostel in my view. It has a unique identity and holds that up with pride. This is not a "party hostel" and it makes no apologies for that which is refreshing given the very central area (the streets can be noisey). Staff are fantastic. The kitchen factilies are fantastic. The rooms could do with lockers or an area to put your valuables however the coded door helps to keep things secure. I think towels would be fair to offer or provide too along with soap dispensers for showering.

Philkirwanmech
2022-06-10

The staff was incredible! They are helpful, welcoming, and shared great local insights.

kmulli
2022-06-10

Awesome people! I wish I had felt more secure though, one of the roommates was high and staring at people, nobody did anything about it

axelchang1582
2022-06-06

Good location

jeaniewake
2022-05-24

Thanks to Chloe for telling me about Foxy John's.

dooneys7708
2022-05-18

I love this place! So cute and homey, such a good vibe all around. Definitely one of my favourite hostels Ive been in.

aislindowney5154
2022-05-16

Good value for money hostel

geofferinho
2022-05-06

The Grapevine Hostel was by far the best hostel we stayed at during our time in Ireland. We stayed at 2 other hostels, and two air bnbs, and the Grapevine was our favorite. Julius is the man, helped us get everything figured out and recommended some things to do. The place was clean and cozy, we wished booked it for another night. I highly recommend this hostel.

matthewromans588509
2022-05-05

This is a really nice hostel. Were a few minutes far from the city center and from the shops as well (Lidl, Supervalu). The staff is super friendly ! The rooms are cozy and it fells like home. The common areas are lovely (My favorite is the living room) !

The little patio is nice when you want some fresh air ; small lights at night, flowers and mostly birds singing in the morning.

The hostel is very clean and has a old house charm as well; the windows, fireplace etc !

I recommend it ! Thanks to Julius

aSyQs2oYKkXrLq6U
2022-04-15

Could do with a few additions to kitchen n a bit of maintainance /repairs to showers (in fairnance is being done). Enjoyed the stay. Will definitely look them up next visit to Dingle. Highly recommend.

johorejalill1680
2022-04-14

Julius was very welcoming & helpful. Would def stay there again. Good luck with the hostel. Everything has been lovingly attended to and the breakfast, presided over by Luisa was perfect for our needs. The bed was super comfy too. Loved the pillows.

josephinemccourt4123
2022-04-01

Great casual atmosphere, very close to pubs and shops, and the staff is very friendly. A great hostel to meet new people to explore the city with, although the rooms are quite spartan and the walls are very thin. Had no trouble sleeping while I was there, but I imagine it can get noisy very quickly. Perfect for outgoing, social travelers.

twee-af
2022-03-23

Julius and staff at The Grapevine were as inviting as the hostel itself is. Definitely my favorite hostel in Ireland.

cgtook8274
2022-03-16

Grapevine is in a great location right in the city center. Free street parking for cars on main road. Hostel was nice and quiet, as it's the off season, but the volunteer working there - Lothaire - was great - very friendly, welcoming, and accommodating. Very homy hostel, great for long-term travelers looking for a cozy space with a well-equipped kitchen and a bit of a break from the hustle and bustle of larger hostels.

melissaahouston1594
2021-11-22

Was only there 1 night during the week but staff was very kind. Probably nothing happens in Dingle but the security was pretty lax, no locks on bedroom doors or for your stuff. Otherwise, great location and comfy bed.

blksamri5739
2021-11-16

it's so small and cosy and homey! also the best equipped kitchen I've ever seen in a hostel, and location is unbeatable.

alindejeurink5068
2021-11-05

Great place to stay, centrally located.

martatywanek788
2021-10-30

Description

The Grapevine is a friendly, clean ,cosy centrally located place from which to explore Dingle. We are close to all amenities. The kitchen is open 24 hours and has free coffee tea, sugar etc. We have an open fire in the sitting room .No TV but lots of conversation, guitars, cards and general relaxing.Our hot showers are famous and hanging out in the patio on fine evenings can carry on til the early hours.We are pretty popular so you should phone ahead (353 (0)66 9151434) to book a bed .

Location and Contact

Location

We are in the center of town just off Main Street. From the bus stop go through Supa Valu supermarket, turn right at the front door and take the fist turn left. We are at the end of that street.

Map

Map

Address: Dykegate Street, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland

The Grapevine Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

Website The Grapevine Hostel Dingle www.grapevinedingle.com
Phone Number: +353 669 151 434
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Luggage Storage

Towels

24 Hour Security

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Credit Card Payments

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: all year except 23rd to 27th December

Reception Hours: 9.30am to 8.30 pm

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)

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