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Kinlay House Hostel
Bob & Joan's Walk | Shandon, Cork, Ireland (Shandon)   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #12 of 14 Specialty lodging in Cork
Lisbon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“you get what you pay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

It's a nice simple hostel. We booked a double private room which is around the corner from the hostel. Basic double room with tv no wardrobe and not refursbished. But we only paied 55 euros for two people, 10min from the centre. Breakfast time finished at 9h30 which i found early for a saturday morning so we skipped it, as check out time was 10.30. Overall good location and cheap, but I wouldn't choose it again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We recently stayed in Kinlay House, in Cork and we loved it. First, the hostel is really well located. It’s a quiet spot in the historic neighbourhood of Shandon, 7 minute walk to the city center. It’s close enough to everything but still, away from the noise at night.

The staff was really nice and helpful. Their knowledge of the city was really accurate and they advised us well on where to go for a good session, a creamy pint, or even just a nice local spot to hang out.

Our room was nice and clean, with a view on the street and the park. The common area upstairs was big and cosy. The kitchen was clean and equipped. The breakfast was quite small (tea and toast) but at least it was included. Plus, since it’s Ireland, you should really go for a full-Irish breakfast anyway.

The place felt very safe. Someone was at the reception all the time. It was a bit annoying to leave our key at the reception and ask for it every time we came back, but on the other hand we knew that only guests were aloud in.

We’re planning on going back to Cork soon and Kinlay House is definitely where we’ll be staying!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Killeshandra, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

The folk in Kinlay House were very helpful. They facilitated our group who were doing the "Cycle against Suicide" in April 2013. They couldn't do enough to make sure that our stay well like clockwork. I was silly enough to leave my wife's "Yoga Mat" in our of the rooms at the Hostel and they went to every effort to make sure it has been returned to me. Keep up the great welcome and thanks so much for making that extra effort to ensure that we had a great stay at your Hostel. Tom Taaffe

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Stayed here a few months back with a group and was well taken care of. The receptionists pointed out a couple of places to eat and have a drink that I would never have found otherwise, an d gave a good price!
This time me and my missus booked a double ensuite, which worked out about €20 less than the B&B's we were checking. Too our surprise our room was in one of the houses adjoining the hostel which was a B&B more so than hostel. Nice bright room and Moroccon type art in the halls and stairs. Pics to follow!!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Celbridge, Kildare, Ireland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Stayed here in April, rooms were excellent, well maintained and very clean. Staff were very helpful even to the point of posting keys to my home address that I had left behind. Will definitely go back as great value for money and so central to shops and bars.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here over st paddy's weekend... The staff were so helpfull ... My luggage was lost and the manager drove me back to the airport to collect it... The room was clean warm and every thing that I needed ... Cheers guys...

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

The hostel is perfect in the sense of it provides a secure room / bed for the night at a low rate,the best thing about staying here on this basis is the fact that you can cook your own food, which saves even more money,downside on this level was the standard of the kitchen,the gas burners on the cooker would not come on unless you had a lighter,as long as you meet someone who smokes you are laughing otherwise you are left hanging around.the frying pans could do with replacing also,I am sure my oil was leaking through one of them.

The staff were friendly and helpful whenever you asked for directions,but the moment they had a problem,if it be with a guest or a booking the whole calm atmosphere goes out of the window,while waiting in line at reception I was witness to members of staff literally ignoring guests or telling them that they were too busy to deal with them now because of their problem on the phone,you have to remind yourself at this stage that you are paying a low amount and that if you wanted high standards of customer service you should go search and find it,and then be happy to pay for it.

The room and the whole hostel was very clean,top marks for this,which is a huge BIGGY considering how many dirty students stay there throughout the year.

I would stay again

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Kinlay House Hostel

Address: Bob & Joan's Walk | Shandon, Cork, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Cork > Shandon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 14 Specialty lodging in Cork
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
City centre Hostel with friendly relaxed vibe. Free Light Breakfast, Free Wi-Fi. Facilities include - a wonderful TV Lounge, large self-catering kitchen, garden, secure bicycle lock-up, net cafe, laundry service.Day Tours to the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle / Cobh / Kinsale, the Ring of Kerry depart daily... ... more   less 
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