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“Don't even consider staying here!” 1 of 5 stars
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Celtic Tourist Hostel
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Queen St | Just off Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland (Formerly Claddagh Hostel)   |  
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Ranked #37 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Galway
Australia
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Don't even consider staying here!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2009

We stayed here for two nights after booking at very short notice online. The room was tiny you could barely open the door with your bags inside, it was like being in prison cell. The worst part was the state of the bathrooms, they were horrible and dirty and looked like they were never cleaned. The kitchen was not much better and the TV/lounge room was shabby and old. The only decent thing about this place was the free internet but for the price you pay for the room it's not worth it! Stay away, do your research and find somewhere else to stay. This place really put a dampener on our Galway visit and overall hostel experiences.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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English first
limerick, Ireland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2009

My stay in this hostel was a terrible experience, the first of the problems began when my boyfriend and I entered the property to make our bookings and found the receptionist did not speak fluent English making all sorts of issues in our booking and organising of rooms.
Then when we arrived at our rooms we were appalled to discover that the walls were damp, the wall paint was dated, chipped and dirty, the windows are all outdated and ancient making the paint on the frames cracked form the build up condensation (they should've been replaced years ago) and worst of all our bed clothes were not clean and unchanged. The price that customers pay is clearly only for the free internet connection and breakfast and not put back into maintaining the dorms.
The common room is cramped (as are the dorms) and the place has an unfriendly air.
The bathrooms in the building are all serviced at the same time and so should you need to go to the toilet or have some kind of emergency in that time there is none available for use.
The entire stay in general was an unhappy one due to the unfriendly atmosphere, the poor quality of the rooms and the poor hygiene. All in all I was very unhappy with my stay in the Claddagh Hostel and would advise all to avoid it.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Everything..
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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emiliaromagna
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2008

Not so bad, but also not so good.
Dorms are big enough, even if they're for ten people. Not too dirty, but also not so clean! Shower is shared with many people and taking one could become a problem. There's free internet but the common room is not so big and it's not easy meeting people.

  • Liked — Free internet
  • Disliked — People
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2008

After travelling around the UK and Europe for more than 2 years, this wins the award for The Worst Hostel. It was dirty, smelly and mouldy!! The twin room was smaller than a prison cell. The showers were either not working at all or broken. Totally gross - 1 night was far too much! Never recommend this to anyone.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — dirty, smelling, showers not operating
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Montana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2007

We spent one night here last month and were dismayed by the lack of cleanliness and our over-priced closet-sized room. We booked online and paid far too much for a room that was not as described.

There were, at one time, a lot of good reviews of this hostel floating around the web. There's no way that I would ever recommend this to anyone travelling to Galway.

The only consolation was that it was relatively quiet at night.

  • Liked — Nothing!
  • Disliked — How dirty it was!
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Montreal
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2007

This hostel is very dirty, I don't know if they clean the showers and the dormitories... The showers were cold. The kitchen is big, but when we were there, nobody washed his dishes. The dormitories are not safe, we have one key but it was unuseful because we couln't lock the door... You have free internet and free breakfast but it doesnt' worth the price we paid...

  • Liked — Big kitchen and great location
  • Disliked — It was so dirty !
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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dallas
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2007

I spent two days here in December, it was by far the cheapest place in town and free breakfast and internet. Mabey next time. Its a small hostel and very friendly as well. I did not win one of the 3 ipods though that they give away to travelers each year, other bigger hostels never give you anything......

  • Stayed December 2006, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Queen St | Just off Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland (Formerly Claddagh Hostel)
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Galway
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Ranked #37 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Galway
Number of rooms: 20

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