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“Great Hostel :)))” 4 of 5 stars
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Kinlay House Hostel Galway
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Merchant's Road | Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #3 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Galway
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Great Hostel :)))”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012 via mobile

I would say that this hostel is the best hostel on all of my trip through Ireland. The staff are super friendly especially Frank. The hostel has free wifi. The beds are comfortable. Most importantly the atmosphere is awesome. I made so many friends in this hostel. If you are a solo traveler you won't be lonely staying here. The location is awesome in the middle of all the action.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Seveso, Italy
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

This place is great for many reasons, the main one is that it is a hostel with very low fares and yet they have the cleanest place, staff helping in washing dishes, and every facility you need: WI-FI (free, as the access to THEIR computer, which is always charged in the other hostels), instruments you can play, tv room etc... seems more like a hotel where you are being spoiled by the delightful staff :)
The only suggestion I dare to make - it's a silly one, but I think you can appreciate - is to get a piano tuner to get the piano fixed... it's quite flat!

Comodo, sala comune carinissima con tanto di strumenti e giochi da tavolo, colazione self service ma con lo staff che lava i piatti, stanze pulite e persone davvero interessanti che bazzicano per i corridoi... Ottimo!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

I found a 10 bed dorm for 12 euros and found it to be pretty good value. Beds were super comfy and nice duvet covers and sheets included in the price. With a free breakfast and free wifi included it felt really great value for such a central location. It was also nice and quiet at the end of the corridor. Staff were nice and helpful and good hangout space available too.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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centerville, oh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

After 5 days of hostel travel with 35 students, we were all so pleased with the communications to make arrangements, our arrival and the million questions and needs our students had, and the accommodations themselves - clean and nice; lots of space and free WiFi! Location was perfect. We stayed 2 days and could have stayed longer. Frank is the best! University of Dayton Study Abroad Students will be back!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Kinlay House is very central for Galway's nightlife. My friend and I shared a private twin room, which was incredibly good value. The staff are very friendly too.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

I stayed here with a Shamrocker tour, and had a private room. It was a nice, comfortable hostel in a great location, but the only hostel on our trip where we didn't have a private bathroom - the bathroom was quite dirty, e.g. cotton buds, tissues makeup etc on the sink area and benches, which was frustrating. It needs to be cleaned more regularly. The showers were annoying, in that you push the button in, get 1 minutes worth of hot water, then have to push it in again over and over when washing your hair.

The breakfast was very good though, with staff to wash our dishes for us. We had cereals, juices, scones, toast and coffee - not too shabby. The reception staff were very friendly and gave us all bottles of water when we arrived.

Overall it was nice, but the bathroom needs to be modernised, cleaned regularly and the tap situation fixed.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012 via mobile

Great location with excellent rooms and friendly staff, highly recommend along with the Shamrocker tour that brought us here! :D

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 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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Address: Merchant's Road | Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Galway
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Galway
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Kinlay House Hostel Galway 2*
Number of rooms: 224
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the newly refurbished Kinlay Hostel Eyre Square Galway!This newly refurbished Hostel reopened after extensive renovations in Jan 2012. Since then, Kinlay has been voted "Best Hostel in Ireland" and has also been voted as one of the Top Ten Hostels in the World.Kinlay caters for everyone from solo travellers to holiday groups. Over looking Eyre Square and with first class facilities its no wonder Lonely Planet Guide 2012 announced Kinlay Hostel as their "Top Pick" when staying in Galway. ... more   less 
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