Ashfield House City Centre is a reasonably big hostel right in the heart of Dublin, with all the necessities for a comfortable stay, including a great buffet breakfast each morning.
Ashfield House is located in the heart of the city and is a prime location for exploring Dublin, with Trinity College, O'Connell Street, and Temple Bar footsteps away. It is easy to find, as it's on one of the main streets, just metres from the River Liffey, and is well sign-posted. You need to buzz to get in, and will need to do this every time you want to enter the hostel. The train stations are a bit of a walk from Ashfield House, however there are a number of buses stopping within walking distance to the hostel, which makes you well connected to the airport, Galway, and Belfast.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are a range of different size rooms in this hostel, with the option of private rooms as well. The rooms are very basic, and there are no lockers available. There are some in the common room but they are priced per hour. There is free luggage storage provided by reception, though. The rooms are locked with keys, which with your sheets you are given on your arrival. You need to hand back your key each time you leave the hostel, and then show your check-in slip to get your key. Some of the rooms can be accessed with a lift, others with stairs.
The rooms have en suite bathrooms, and we found ours to be small and musty, with most of the water from the shower head spraying against the wall rather than on ourselves. The cleanliness is a little questionable, but there is hot water, and the facilities do get the job done. There are also some washrooms off from the common room, which is great if you are hanging out downstairs.
The common room is also the lobby of the hostel, but it is a large area equipped with couches, chairs, and tables. There are lots of flyers available about tours and information on the area. There is a kitchen that is well equipped, and also computers to use (but you need to pay for internet access). Wi-Fi is free throughout the hostel, and works reasonably well. There is a good atmosphere about the hostel, and the common area makes it easy to meet other travelers. There were a lot of groups while we were there, though.
Ashfield House has a great location in Dublin, and with a good breakfast and comfortable couches, it's a good choice.