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Latest figures from the Dublin Homeless Regional Executive show 246 complaints were made in 2016 by residents of hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts.
This is up from 123 in 2015.
The complaints raise issues around dampness, mould, cockroaches, unhygienic and sometimes dangerous living conditions.
Drug use is also a problem - with one report detailing the ''smell of crack being smoked ... carrying through a vent to the other room with children present".
Another couple claimed they were pricked by a needle.
An inspector later found the needle of a syringe was "lodged in the seam of the mattress with the tip of the needle protruding outwards".
One mother described the difficulties of family life. "I asked for a commercial microwave because I was refused to heat up some mash potato from Tesco for my one-year-old. She's can't live on a chipper like me".
Another 19-year-old mother says there is "nowhere for my baby to sleep ... I'm terrified as there are punch holes in my room, broken plug sockets and constant shouting".
Another resident said: "My son has missed a number of days from school ... I have to take an hour bus journey with a child who suffers with travel sickness".
Cold and hygiene are recurring themes. One resident said: "I have no heating, it is freezing, I am getting chest infections".
Another said: "The smell of raw sewage in the bathroom was horrific".
The Dublin Homeless Regional Executive said its aim is to ensure all people who access accommodation have a safe and clean environment.
It said all complaints were fully investigated and resolved in a timely manner.
Focus Ireland said the doubling in the number of complaints is not a great surprise given the increase in the number of homeless over the last 12 months.
The charity also said hotel accommodation is totally unsuitable for families and children and said more needs to be done to keep people in their existing homes.