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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you visit Kilkenny I definitely recommend staying here. Great atmosphere and relaxed vibe. Ferguson and Edwinna were great. Friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Also Ferguson offers a cycling tour to give you a broader look at Kilkenny city. Overall a great time and a great place to stay.

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Morez, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Some reviews said the hostel wasn't clean: wrong! It was very clean, very quiet, very well situated, near the city center. The staff is friendly and tells you everything you need to know about the hostel and the town. Only one problem: it's small and you might have to wait to use the kitchen or the bathrooms. Nevertheless, I would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Really nice hostel - cheap and cheerful. Good location, and there's a carpark around the corner for 2 yoyosa day! The checkout time of 10.30 am sia bit early, but that's the only grumble!The highlight of the hostel was the lovely Fergus, he was an absolute gem! He really went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and ensure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Had the best time in macgabhainns. The staff were very friendly and helpful, especially Fergus who also brought us on the funniest cycling trip ever! Place is cosy and clean. Location is amazing, parking available for 2 euro a day up the street was a bonus. Would highly recommend staying here :)

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Had a fantastic stay in MacGabhainns hostel in Kilkenny! Big thanks to Fergus who was a great help and showed us the fantastic sites around the city! Brilliant location and very clean. Would definitely recommend this hostel to anyone visiting Kilkenny 👍🏻

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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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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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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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