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Glenmalure Hostel

Greenane, Wicklow, Ireland
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Cork, Ireland
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hostel is a perfect break from modern life ... no modern conveniences, no electricity, no running water and poor if any mobile reception ... this is the last house in Ireland's longest glacial valley with just hills to climb, the sound of the river and the stories told around the fireplace. I've stayed here many times. Some fall in... More 

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Roy M, Head of Marketing at Glenmalure Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for the review Hugh. We are delighted to hear that you are a returning hosteller. We will be sure to have the kettle on should you return again. More 

Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Glenmalure is a special place. Peaceful and charming. A house as it was in 1903, without electricity or running water. A beautiful glen with just the sound of the river and the good stories and conversation around the fireplace. Not for everyone, but if you love nature, the mountains, and can switch off from the modern lifestyle this is an... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just an hour from Dublin it is a pleasure to find this Gem. A historic house in a beautiful peaceful setting. The sound of the river, the views down the valley, the walks in the mountains, the stories around the fire. A perfect way to relax and digital detox. Thank you volunteers. We will be back!

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dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent the august bank holiday weekend at the hostel and it was as we expected. It was fancy camping as it had a port a loo, it also had warm cosy bunk beds at the end of an evening sitting by the camp fire by the fast flowing river. it had a nice kitchen to cook our food when... More 

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Roy M, Head of Marketing at Glenmalure Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Rosanna, Thank you for your review and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay at the hostel. Sounds like you had a great bank holiday weekend. Regards, Roy More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and 2 friends stayed here last Sunday night. After having walked for 45km and 9hrs we finally arrived at the hostel. We were welcomed by a lovely lady who volunteers to keep the hostel going. Very rustic and cosy. There is no electricity or running water but there is plenty of candles and a stream running by it. Overall... More 

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Roy M, Head of Marketing at Glenmalure Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Noemi, Thank you for your review and we are glad that you enjoyed the long hike. The volunteers will be delighted to hear that you appreciated the experience of authentic hostelling. Regards, Roy More 

Marietta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Be prepared for outdoor toilets, no electricity, running water, no cell phone service, and bunkbeds, but also interesting conversations with other guests, a surprisingly efficient kitchen with gas stoves and fridge and a beautiful location. It's hard to find unless you know where you're going - don't trust GPS or google maps. The website directions are also pretty sketchy. We... More 

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Roy M, Head of Marketing at Glenmalure Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Marietta, Thank you for the review. The hostel volunteers pride themselves on getting interesting conversations going. Thank you for your helpful suggestions on directions. We are working on changing the directions on the website so that they are clearer for travellers in the future. Regards, Roy More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This hostel is an absolute gem! The perfect hide-away, ideally situated for hiking & climbing. Tranquil, idyllic, stunning scenery. The hostel had all the basics we needed: warm beds, a gas cooker, a gas powered fridge & lots of boiled water to replenish our stores. Portocabin toilets out of order and no wifi/ telephone reception though. The warden, Billy, was... More 

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Roy M, Head of Marketing at Glenmalure Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Elle, Thank you so much for the lovely review. Billy will be delighted to hear that you enjoyed his cooking! We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your adventures. Regards Roy More 

Wicklow, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This historic property was owned by W.B. Yeats’s femme fatale, Maude Gonne McBride, from 1919 and was the setting for J.M. Synge’s play, 'Shadow of a Gunman'. It attracted a number of famous people including Éamon de Valera. In 1955 it was bequeathed by the then owner, Dr Kathleen Lynn, to An Oige in whose care it remains. Sited at... More 

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bray ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

It's a old quaint hostel , has very good place to cook , a chat at the fireside with the warden and other guests is a must to experience , beds not really cold but cosy warmish I found , lighting is by candle light and gas lamps which adds to its mystique , good base to walk the surroundings... More 

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Roy M, Head of Marketing at Glenmalure Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Kelly, We are sorry that you had such a terrible experience. Unfortunately we have searched our records and have no evidence of your stay. If you are willing, can you please contact me privately (roy@anoige.ie) so we can get to the bottom of the matter. Regards, Roy More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

This little hostel is a historic house, with connections to important Irish nationalists, including Maud Gonne, WB Yeats and Eamon deValera. We stayed there as part of a group of six hikers. There is no electricty or running water, which seems to be part of its charm. Mobile phone reception is patchy. The warden on duty had a lovely fire... More 

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