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“Very close to everything and good travel community” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kinlay House Hostel Galway

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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
Dublin, Ireland
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Very close to everything and good travel community”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

A great place to meet new people, very clean cheap and affordable. Ideal to cross paths with other like minded travelers. It's fun and even has a breakfast included. There is private options if you don't want to share a room too. Lots of space to relax and friendly staff.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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Rating summary
  • 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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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

My wife and I wish don't stay in hostels all that often, but we would more if all of them were this nice. Staff was very friendly and helped with booking tours and buses. We'd return here in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Ghent, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

I really liked the hostel. The kitchen is very well supplied. Rooms are clean and you get a towel. Bathrooms could sometimes be a little bit cleaner. They also try to keep it quiet in the hallways were people are sleeping. I really appreciated that. The sitting room is very cosy and the computers with free internet are great! I also liked the tv room with movies you can watch. Breakfast is very good. You really get value for your money in this hostel. I recommend it to everybody!

  • Stayed September 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

This hostel is well worth your money! The staff are always very friendly and very helpful, it's centrally located, has clean showers and good beds and during the night silence is assured so that you can recover from an evening at the pub :). Very cozy place with a great vibe!

  • Stayed September 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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Dublin, Ireland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

A really well run hostel. Friendly staff and efficient service. It's a great central location in Galway.
Decent breakfast of cereal, juice and toast included.

We stayed in a double room with shared bathroom.
It's a very very basic room. Poor soundproofing so it's quite loud at night - we were woken up lots.
Its a little overpriced for a room with no bathroom - almost as expensive as a hotel.

Hostel communal areas are well presented and clean.
The shared bathrooms and bedrooms are much more basic and poorly finished.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Was really close to the train station, so super convenient, especially nice that we didn't have to carry our big bags very far. The reception staff were helpful and friendly - especially when suggesting day trips. The breakfast was good and free. The kitchen was quite well equipped and easy to use. Lots of chilled communal space - like the huge tv room. The rooms were clean, as were the bathrooms. Would stay here again!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Spain
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012 via mobile

We were looking for something a little different so my husband, five children (4 month old baby included) and I went to stay in a hostel. I knew things were great when I saw the HUGE laundry machines working constantly to churn out constant clean sheets and towels. Breakfast was great... however, I'm hoping that my suggestion of a museli option will be there the next time that I stay. The staff were fantastic, friendly, relaxed, helpful, attentive. A great extra was the selection of musical instruments left in the common area for everyones use. The children learnt how to play 'Happy Birthday' on the piano and are begging to start piano classes because of it. What a great hidden treasure!!!!

  • 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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Additional Information about Kinlay House Hostel Galway

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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