As someone who does a lot of cycling both around Ireland and also around the world I stay in a lot of random places on my travels. For the most part I try to keep it as cheap as possible and either couch surf or stay in a hostel. Hotels around Ireland are very cheap and range from just €12 a night up to about €30 for busy periods in some of the nicer hostels. I would also recommend doing an air b&b if there is enough numbers to make this up but when traveling alone I think a hostel is the way to go. Most hostels have some form of entertainment but when you tour as much as I do then I get pretty bored of the same stuff over and over again. I also try to stay away from the younger crowd as they are usually out partying whilst I have to continue on my journey the following day.
To entertain myself I picked up an android TV box for cheap when in Australia. I came across them one day online and as it was only in and around $100 I said I would order it and give it a go. Turns out that an android box can let you watch movies and TV for free so it was just what I needed when traveling around. All you need is an internet connection which most hotels have and you can use it then with a TV with a HDMI cable.
I don’t know a whole lot about them but I go my android box in Australia as I said and the crowd I got them from are at android TV box Australia for anyone over there who is interested.