Aaran House Tourist Hostel is run a by a nice lady called Tracy, witha little help from her mother and a dog called Riley. They are a good lot, very friendly and helpful, they give the place a homely feel and really try to look after the people who come and stay. This hostel seems more like a bed and breakfast than your typical hostel, which isn't surprising when you find out Tracy and some of her family have small B&Bs elsewhere in Cork. There are a few criticisms I could make about Aaran House, but the good generally outweighs the bad to such an extent that I would recommend this place with no hesitation rather than recommend any of the larger more modern hostels in town. The showers are old, the push button kind which come on for around thirty seconds and then turn off again, but this was not a problem really. Some aspects of the kitchen could be a little better maintained, some of the burnes on the stove do not work and stuff like this, but the truth is Tracy keeps everything very clean and tidy, and the fact that the kitchen and TV room are available around the clock is very convenient. There is a microwave in the kitchen, as well as pretty well everything else you'd need, except an oven. The TV room is very comfortable and clean, a nice size TV and a shelf of books for reading. People will complain about the walk up the hill from the city centre, but unless they are in wheelchairs or really really fat there's not much to complain about -it's not as far out as people make it seem, and the hill is not very steep, also the hostel is located very close to the train station. The bus station is in the city centre, but shouldn't take more than 10 minutes for a slow walker. Unfortunately there is no internet in the hostel, and the pay phone is a confusing beast not worth using, but just down the road is an internet cafe offering very cheap wireless and international calls - Tracy will tell you how to get there. The rooms are quite nice for a hostel, and when we first arrived we had the small three bed room up the top of the building, and had it to ourselves the whole time, so it felt like a private room. When we decided to stay longer we had to move to another room right down the bottom of the hostel, a four bed room, but this had an ensuite shower/toilet at the same price as the old room, and we had this to ourselves for the majority of our days in the room. On the last night one bed was taken by a friendly, mature, responsible guy in his late 20's, of Polish/German descent who was studying computer science (or something of this nature) in Dublin and had come down for a day trip to have a look around. This is typical of the people who stay at the hostel, many international travellers, but no large tours groups, and a good mix of other kinds of people as well. There is a friednly feel to the people, and although the place has cenrtainly seen more than one or two good parties in it's time, not everyone who stays there is the Contiki-tour-traveller-clone that some of us get tired of dealing with in hostels. Many are lone travellers or pairs, or even people from Ireland who are having a look around. While we were there a family of three even came to stay while they were attending some event in the town. The security is quite good, and there is no curfew. I think I've covered most of what I needed to, but any questions and people can feel free to contact me through tripadvisor and I'll do my best to answer them. If you can afford to have a drink while you're in Cork, drink the Smithwick's and Murphy's, but make sure you try the Rebel Red, it's the local ale and is really tasty. Beware though, everything seems very expensive in Cork for travellers, due to the conversion rates. Paying your hard earned dollars or pounds in a bar seems like a huge ruip-off, and it is, but when working in Ireland you can enjoy one of (if not the) highest minimum wage rates in the world, so it kind of balances out if you're working. If you're not working then unfortunately you will find Cork to be very expensive to eat and drink.
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Cork > Montenotte
Ranked #3 of 15 Specialty lodging in Cork
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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