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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 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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6 helpful votes 6 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This hostel was found upon stumbling!! When we called looking for accommodations, Fergus was super friendly on the fone and told us to come right over. When we got there, he showed us the hostel, gave us a great price and even chatted with us for a bit. He truly represents the hostel as the first face you see (or... More 

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University Park, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

First time hostel experience and this place made it worth the while. Clean, cozy and has a warming environment. about a five minute walk to city center. Definitely got your money's value out of it. The staff is also very friendly and helpful.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I stayed here for 2 nights and it was absolutely wonderful... the staff was very welcoming and helpful!!! The hostel has a very "At Home Feeling" with cozy rooms and nice clean bathrooms..It is situated on a quiet street and is close to everything... Perfect hostel if you're not looking for a big party scene!

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