The first thing to note as someone that doesn't know Dallas well, is that Irving is not at all in Dallas city centre. It's necessary to get a taxi out to it, which for me was an unexpected cost. It's in what appears to be a very residential area, though within about a 10 minute walk there's the train station and adjacent bus stop which have maps and guides to getting around, and also a McDonalds and some convenience stores beside it.
Rooms and Bathrooms
As a fairly small hostel, there aren't many people staying in it at once, which meant being one of two people in a room for 6. Although this makes for good conversation with those people, it's not ideal when hoping to meet travel companions throughout a trip.
Every two dorm rooms has a bathroom between them, which are in the style of a standard home bathroom: bath with shower over it and a curtain, toilet, sink and tiled floors. It is clean enough to feel comfortable barefoot, but noticeable grime and hairs in the corners of the room and around the bathtub. There are also a couple of cracked tiles on the bathroom floor, which care should be taken to avoid.
There is one main room for the hostel. It is a fully equipped kitchen in one corner with the option to store and share food, and dining table for guests in the centre, a bookshelf for visitors to share their books, sofas, benches, and a small desk in the corner for when staff are actually around - which is not often. We had to wait for two hours after calling upon arrival for a staff member to check us in and be allocated a bedroom.
Due to the lack of hostel options in Dallas, don't write it off as a result of this hostel, but if there are other options available to you; take them.
Although all of the parts of the hostel in itself are quite normal, somehow the combination of it all is overwhelming and unfriendly. The atmosphere is unwelcoming to a non-texan, the cowboy signs over the walls and invitations to barn dances come across too strongly, and travellers feel quite unwelcome.