Barnacles in Press


Temple Bar wins big at Hostel Oscars

Temple Bar is due a welcome boost of tourist revenue with the news that Barnacles Temple Bar House has been voted one of the best hostels in the world. The thriving hostel, popular with backpackers and families alike,also won The Best Hostel in Ireland and The Most Popular Dublin Hostel at an international awards ceremony organised by leading budget travel website Hostelworld.com.

The number of overseas visitors coming to Ireland has neither increased nor decreased since 2011, according to Tourism Ireland’s most recent Situation and Outlook Analysis Report. Having one of the world’s best budget accommodations at the centre of Dublin’s tourist areas can only improve Ireland’s reputation as an accessible and economical travel destination.

Barnacles Temple Bar House has been located on Temple Bar Lane South, next to the iconic Wall of Fame,since 1997 It was voted the 6th Best Large Hostel in the world based on over 1 million traveler ratings on Hostelworld.com. The ratings are based on six categories: fun, cleanliness, staff, security, location and character.

Shane Cahill, Barnacles Temple Bar hostel manager, acknowledged the perfect timing of this announcement; “This is tremendous honour for our hostel! We are delighted to win these awards, especially in the year of The Gathering. We hope this recognition will encourage more budget travelers to Ireland as well as to The Gathering parties we have planned for later in the year “.

He went on to thank all past guests saying: “We are especially thankful to all of our guests who have taken the time to share their experiences at our hostel. These awards are truly representative of customer opinion, which is of extreme importance to us”.

Despite the accolade, Barnacles Temple Bar House, as well a ssister property Barnacles Quay St Galway, are not resting on their laurels as both are upgrading their decor and facilities to remain ahead in a very competitive market. Both hostels are committed to providing excellent customer service, as well as unsurpassed value. Rates start from only €10 per person per night, inclusive of free light breakfast, free wifi & internet, free city tour and free hugs.

Although the hostel mostly caters to tourists from Europe,America, Australia and Asia, it is also popular with Irish people organizing group weekends or shopping trips in the capital.

Some of the recent reviews:

“I absolutely loved this place. In is right in the heart of”Temple Bar” with a million possibilities to do something. The staff was super friendly and very helpful at any time. the kitchen and common room were awesome as well. If you are looking for cheap but also cool place to stay this hostel should be your first choice.” marinabrands1346, Germany,Female, 25-30

“Good location, clean, friendly staff. I will stay here next time!” Anonymous, Taiwan,Male, 41+

“It was one of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed! I will come back to the same one, that is for sure.”

Anonymous, Mexico,Female, 18-24


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