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Barnacles Hostel Galway

Quay Street House, 10 Quay Street | The Latin Quarter, Galway, Ireland (Formerly Barnacles Quay Street House)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I hate hostels. I had terrible experiences in Australia with them and was permanently turned off from them until I stayed at Barnacles as part of a 2 day Tour of Galway. The rooms and bathrooms were clean and the location was AMAZING. What truly made the visit exceptional were the people at reception. They were very friendly and kind... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spacious kitchen, comfortable bed, very secure and probably the best location for a hostel in the whole city. You literally step out the door and you are in the heart of all the social buzz. No need for a map, you are already where the party is happening! The only downside is the staff. They aren't unpleasant or purposefully awful... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great spot, I've stayed here twice with big groups of lads for a stag do and a birthday. The location of this hostel is absolutely ideal. Just off the main street of Galway from all the nightlife and bars. Very clean and well kept, decent service. If I'm ever going to Galway as part of a group this is my... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had reservations when told by my mates that we were staying in a hostel. But being honest had a great experience here. Staff polite and helpful. Rooms were clean and one of the best locations in the city to stay in. Would definitely stay here again

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Nice staff and good location what counts the most! Just a bit of noise as the walls are not great. Clean kitchen and other facilities, so would definitely recommend it while staying in Galway. Close to all the best pubs in the City. Overall great place! Thanks

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I've been in this hostel with a friend for 2 nights. Everything was clean and tidy and staff was very kind. Perfect lacation in Quay st. and free breakfast in the morning are great! We also did a tour recommended by the staff.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Had been looking forward to staying here for a long time as I often visit Galway-v. disappointed w/my stay. Room was tiny(couldn't even sit up on my top bunk bed). Leak in our bedroom-staff although friendly just gave us towels as if the leak was expected. Absolutely everything was an extra cost-shower towels , luggage storage after check out. Not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Great time at Barnacles! Super cute and great location. Also, I must add how awesome they were when my husband accidently left his e-reader behind. We called and got Veronica on the line and she was amazing. She checked the room and found it right where it was left. She worked with us to recover it, check costs of postage... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

If you stay at Barnacles you will fall in love with Galway... My 1-day booking slowly turned into 5. The staff is so great whether you're planning day trips, figuring out travel to your next stop, or just looking to chat. The central location is perfect whether or not you're looking to party. The kitchen is the cleanest and most... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The hostel was fantastic to say the least. The location was top notch, the common room was well designed (although both the guitar and ukulele were missing the G string) and the music and atmosphere surrounding it all was great. However, the pillows were not the best. They were an excuse of pillows if I do say so myself. I'd... More 

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