I used to think that hostels were to be unclean, with rooms filled with people with barely any floor room. In 2006 when I went to Australia, the group I traveled with stayed at a hostel in Darwin and it certainly made me realize that hostels weren't these massive rooms filled to the brim with people. It was very clean and had four persons rooms. They were however extremely strict banning men from the women's floor and vice versa. The mattresses had rubber lining and the shower was a shower head on the wall of the bathroom. My view on hostels were better, but not as great as a hotel.
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If you go to Strandhill (found right outside of Sligo) or Portugal I suggest that you go to these three hostels, you will gain so much from staying there and they are all very affordable. The best place to book these hostels is on hostelworld.com, where you can read other people's reviews.