Accommodations in Dublin

Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
Trip End Oct 03, 2010

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Sunday, June 20, 2010

So far our accommodations have been great. The first place we stayed, as I mentioned before, was warm and welcoming. The rooms were pretty basic but they were clean and had everything we needed. The only real down side was that we had to walk up 4 flights of stairs. But hey at least we will be toned. The water pressure was also a little low, but at least the water was warm.

Even our hostel stay has been comfortable. It has also been quite the experience. The day we got here we found out that we each had security cards that we must present to the front desk every time we come in and that change day to day. It was a great comfort to know that they are so tight on security. So once we get our keys we headed up to our rooms. I was shocked to find that people had their stuff strewn everywhere. There obviously is a lot of trust and not a whole lot of concern over "sticky" fingers. So we find our beds and learn that the security lockers are meant to be shared by bunk mates. Well, since A-team and I are in separate bunks both of our security lockers are being used. Well darn. However, I really wasn't that worried to leave my backpack there since so many other people had theirs out. Besides, I had all my money and electronics with me so if people really want my clothes they can have them.

So we left the hostel and our bags and everything turned out fine.  No one touched anything, everyone actually pretty much keeps to themselves.  I'm even impressed with how quiet everyone is.  I had this image in my head of me trying to get to sleep while all the drunkards come in late at night making a lot of noise.  But no.  On our first night we were the late comers, as everyone was already in bed when we got back.  Crazy.  Even in the morning, when people rustle about as they get ready for the day, the noise isn't that bed.  I'm surprised at how easily I have fallen asleep both nights (despite the pillow that is about as fluffy as cardboard).  The comforters are amazing though.  So fluffy and warm.  I try not to think about how many people have used them.  Eww.

Another interesting thing about this hostel is the shower situation.  I haven't run into any lines for taking showers.  Then again I've gotten up after what would be considered shower rush hour (9 am).  No, what's so fascinating about the showers is that fact that you have to push a button and you will get water for about 20 seconds and then it turns off.  Of course I get in the shower where the button is broken and every time I push it, IF I get any water at all, it's just a mere trickle.  Do you know how difficult it is to shower when all you're getting is a light mist?  Really difficult.  I finally switched over to the other shower to rinse out my hair.  Don't worry, I put a towel on first.  Oh, and did I mention that the only thing that divides the shower from you and the rest of the world is a curtain? A curtain that doesn't have a hook or any kind of device to prevent Pete the pervert from looking in on you.  Yeah.  With that said I have not had any problems nor have I heard of any.  People seem very trustworthy here.  And yet, I still wake up every time I hear someone rustling through their stuff.  I actually had a moment with the guy in the bunk next to me.  He was looking for something in his bag but it sounded like he was looking through my bag so I turned really quickly in my bed and stared him down.  Only to find him looking up at me from a few feet away with a confused look on his face, frozen from rustling through HIS bag.  I tried to play it off as me merely turning over in bed and then drifting off to sleep.  I don't think he bought it.

So, anyway, the accommodations have been good for what we have paid and I would recommend them to anyone.  Both have excellent security and excellent staff and the sleeping quarters aren't too bad either.  Four Courts Hostel also has a lot of great entertainment.  As I write I am using one of their computers, where they offer 1/2 hour of free Internet everyday.  They also have free Wi-fi, two big screen TVs, a full kitchen, Dining room/hang out area, pool table, Game room and reading room.  Unfortunately the DVD player and Wii were unavailable when we wanted to use them, but they are normally there.  So good times to be had, if you rather spend your evenings in the hostel rather than at a Pub.  But who would do that?
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