The Dublin outpost of this trendy chain of boutique-style hostels is the perfect base for a social, affordable getaway. Accommodation options range from budget bunkrooms to simple ensuites. The hen party suite complete with hot tub, pink sofa, and dressing tables is the closest thing to luxury (albeit still shared) lodging. High ceilings, exposed brick walls, leather settees, vibrant murals, and Jameson-bottle chandeliers lure travellers and locals alike to Generator’s industrial chic café-bar. Light snacks are on offer all day, but the breakfast menu’s famous burger is the true gastronomic highlight. When guests can tear themselves from the scene, there are free walking tours of the city and an on-site shop with tickets to the main attractions.
Time Out tip: All Generator Dublin guests get 10 - 25 percent discounts at both the Jameson Distillery and Guinness Storehouse.
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