When arriving at the hostel it was all WOW at first sight.
A beautiful old house in a nice - well - kinda park, quite remote, quiet, just what I've been looking for.
18 Euro per night for a 12 bed dorm was the first time I thought about having made the wrong choice. But I hadn't seen the dorm yet.
The beds old & uncomfortable, definitly not worth the already mentioned 18 Euro.
Luckily I was the first to arrive in the room so I could mix & match a clean bed. Not only the linnen I recieved at the reception were dirty. "We send them away & don't clean them ourselves" this may be an excuse for the linnen, but even the sheets, that the STAFF put on, were filthy. And I'm talking "Please-let-this-only-be-a-chocolate-stain!"-filthy.
On the not too clean-hoovered carpet in my room there were all in all THREE chewing gums to be found (Yes, those CAN be removed even from a carpet!).
And the best part is yet to come: after my first night in the doorm two beds were removed. Guess, where the sheets were put? Right: without any cover on the floor under the remaining beds.
So it's no wonder, another reviewer wrote about the strange smell in the room.
If I hadn't been too exhausted to look for another hostel, I had left the minute I had seen the dorm.
All in all it's a real shame since the hostel is beautifully located near the Killarney National Park & one can start some nice walks from the hostel.
But I'll definitly never visit this hostel again nor can I recommend it to any fellow travelers - pick another one in the town. It can hardly be more expensive or dirtier.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ring of Kerry Youth Hostel is an impressive 17th Century mansion, set in 75 acres of lawns and forests, overlooking the Lakes of Killarney and the Macguillycuddy's Reeks. If you want good food, a good night's sleep, washing and drying facilities and a great atmosphere, then Killarney International Youth Hostel is the place to be. The Hostel was renovated in two phases, early 1999 and early 2000 to include smaller rooms and family rooms, a very large self catering and catering area and very comfortable common areas. This hostel is the centre for exploring the impressive scenery that is the Ring of Kerry. The 'Ring of Kerry Tour', the 'Dingle Tour' and the 'Gap of Dunloe Tour' depart daily from the Youth Hostel and show the visitor some of the most impressive scenery in the world ... more less
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