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“Excellent hostel” 5 of 5 stars
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Derry City Independent Hostel
12 Princes Street, Derry BT48 7EY, Northern Ireland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Derry
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Excellent hostel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I stayed two nights in this hostel in a mixed dorm, 5beds, the room was pretty large! No closet for the luggages but a locker for your valuable belongings.

The bed was perfect, no noisy and clean! The breakfast is minimum but perfect, with a large choice of jam!

The guy at the front desk was very welcoming and show you every part of the hostel, and he can indicate too the places to see in Derry.

The hostel is maybe ten minutes from the bus station and close to some shoppinf center, bars, restaurants...

Stayed May 2015, traveled solo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The hostel was clean, well equipped, a nice space to socialize in and had friendly & helpful staff.

We also took the walking tour of Derry. Ruairi the tour guide collects you from the hostel and shows you a very interesting aspect of the city from a locals point of view. I'd well recommend it!

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Staff keen to help, lovely place with interesting artefacts all over, great facilities. Breakfast included In price :) Take the tour around Derrys iconic walls you'll be surprised what you will learn about the history of Derry! Check out the nightlife and music at the local pubs also for proper Irish music.

Stayed March 2015, traveled solo
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Athens, Greece
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This place is an excellent example of what a true hostel should be. It's warm, welcoming, and relaxed. I really enjoyed my stay here, and I've worked in the hostel industry for years.

The Cholmcille Walking Tour with Ruairi was wonderful and I absolutely recommend it. It's only £4/person and it's hugely informative. Ruairi was extremely knowledgeable and presented a balanced and well-informed look at the city and it's culture/history.

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Galway, Ireland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This place is so lovely and cozy so was perfect last week when it was raining. I had a lovely time here as there is a guitar, movies, nice place to cook and a cozy living room. The Copenhagen girl working there was so lovely. I travel a lot and this was one of the nicest hostels I have stayed at. Stay here if you come to Derry! :) :) :)

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Moncton, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

It's always a bit hit and miss with hostels but this one I would go back to and recommend in a heartbeat. Location is perfect; 2 minutes from the City centre yet far enough that it's very quiet at night. The hostess is beyond kind and very interesting to talk to; she's travelled a great deal and is always happy to share her stories. On my 2nd morning there she had made fresh bread for us and the continental breakfast includes eggs, which was a nice surprise. Everything is clean and there's a surprising amount of space for the number of rooms. Overall, I wish every hostel I went to was just as nice and if I ever go back to Derry I won't think twice about where to stay.

Stayed October 2014, traveled solo
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Castleknock, Ireland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Stayed here with a large group of friends. We were split between 3 rooms which was fine. Girl who greeted us was friendly & welcoming.

Bedrooms, bathrooms & kitchen all very clean & well looked after. Plenty of bread, eggs, yoghurts & juice for breakfast.

Only area for concern related to unexpected extra guests. As one managed to access our room after reception had closed & while we were out. They obviously had access codes from a previous visit. Their presence was not welcomed by the guest (not part of our group) who found the extra guest in their bed. I feel the hostel needs to review it's security & introduce a policy of changing door codes on a regular basis.

Beds are comfortable & as this hostel is set a couple of streets back from the busy city centre we enjoyed a quiet nights sleep.

Stayed October 2014, traveled with friends
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Address: 12 Princes Street, Derry BT48 7EY, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Londonderry > Derry
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Derry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to one of Ireland's best backpackers hostels. Our hostel is suitable for backpackers, travellers or anyone who is travel minded. We welcome people of all ages. We aim to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible. We offer lots of little extras to try and entice you to stay longer with us. Eg breakfast goes way above the standard hostel breakfast. Here you will get eggs , youghurt, fruit juice as well as the normal tea, coffee , cereals etc. The biggest dorm size is 5 people. More chance of an uninterupted sleep. We also have a twin triple and double as well as an all female dorm. If you book directly with us through our own website , we will offer free towel hire if you stay 2 days, free laundry service and free towel hire if you stay 3 days. We also offer these extras to anyone who extends their stay while staying with us. Our movie collection has over 400 movies. Our library has lots of travel books as well as many irish classics. Our little library is a great place to while away your time or plan the rest of your trip. We hope that this site give you an idea of what to expect when you stay with us. ... more   less 
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