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MacGabhainns Backpacker Hostel

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24 Vicar Street, Kilkenny 0, Ireland
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bakersfield, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Cozy and sweet hostel in a great place. Can't get any better than that! I stayed in the girls dorm and the beds were excellent. Staff is nice and charming. Thanks for the stay, guys! Will stay again. :)

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Mio, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We were quite pleased with this hostel in Kilkenny. I was traveling with my teenage son and daughter; we had a four-bed room and private bath to ourselves, and had plenty of space for the three of us with our luggage. Fergus and the staff were very friendly, everything was clean and quiet, and the location was an easy walk... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The owner/manager is wery kind and the hostel is quiet even thought close to the city center. A large kitchen to eat, a quiet backyard to have a drink with other travellers, and rooms are OK. PS : no keys, digital code access only

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Good location as it was close to where I was working. Beds were comfy. Showers were great. The staff were friendly and helpful. Shop was next door. Is great for solo and group trips. Highly recommended

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Stayed here for two nights while I was on placement as a student nurse in Kilkenny. It is very affordable which I found great as a student. Very friendly staff and lovely environment, very homely feeling with the fire lit in the stitting room. Well worth a visit!

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This hostel is situatd in the very heart of Kilkenny, in the "Irish Town" area. Great and helpful Staff, clean and cosy rooms. All the famous pub, St Canice's Cathedral, the Black Abbey, the Smithwick's experience, are at few meters from this lovely place. Just Perfect!

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Cranford, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

For the four of us, this was our final night in Ireland. We arrived in Kilkenny and parked on the street just off of center center. After a late lunch we popped into the hostel to get checked in. Although no parking is provided, we were informed that parking is free on the street after 5pm(??) but that really isn't... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a great hostel to stay in. Fergus was really welcoming and friendly. Its an excellent place to stay for a night out in Kilkenny as your in close proximity to the city center. Would recommend this hostel highly!

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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This is an great Hostel to stay in. There was a group of four that reserved a room with a private en suite (bathroom). The rooms, kitchen and meeting area was clean and comfortable. About a 5 minute walk to the downtown area, shops, restaurants and pubs. They had information were and when there would be live music playing. A... More 

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Orangevale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This review is coming super late. I stayed here for a night last May, and it was wonderful. This was my first stop when I got to Ireland and the staff made a great first impression. Close walk to city center made this place even better. No real complaints about the place, aside from I remember one of the bathrooms... More 

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