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The Generator Hostel, Smithfield in Dublin

Myself and 5 other Americans traveled to Ireland from December 22nd to New Years Eve this past year, and we visited Dublin for the first two nights and the last night of our trip. My friend who had studied abroad at Dublin Business School, had recommended The Generator chain of hostels as a trendy and quality place to stay with affordable hostel prices. He had spent time in the downstairs bar and had heard great things from fellow travelers that had stayed there. I was very impressed in the 3 nights that I stayed there. This was my first ever hostel experience and I got very lucky! The rooms were just as clean and modern as any Marriott Hotel I have stayed at in the US and Canada. The food on the menu was quality, there was a cheap and satisfying breakfast buffet available, the bar had a great selection of classic choices along with local Irish brews, the staff was friendly, the WiFi was free and reliable, free city maps were available, and the people at the front desk could help you book special tours around the city and country. I stayed in a private twin room with a bathroom and a view of the street. It was very comfortable and I loved that I could hear the seagulls in the morning and smell the River Liffey. Two of my friends stayed in an 8 person dorm style room, which was clean and good for socializing. Within a short walk from the front door there are two city bike stations that my friends and I took advantage of when we wanted to explore Phoenix Park. Also within sight of the front door is "The Cobblestone" Pub which usually pops up on top ten lists for best bars in Dublin. Overall The Generator in Dublin had a friendly, modern, and stylish vibe with decorations that included graffiti style murals. The price was just right and I will definitely stay at The Generator next time I'm in Dublin or any of the other major cities in Europe that have The Generator.

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