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“Bed bugs and poor service.” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Finnegan's Holiday Hostel

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Finnegan's Holiday Hostel
17 Denny Street, Tralee, Ireland   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #8 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Tralee
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Bed bugs and poor service.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011 via mobile

Stayed here recently due to work. God awful place. Came home one night to find my room door unlocked and all my propery on show for the world and it's mother to take. Sheets were stale. Windows were plugged wit newspaper because they wouldn't close properly. Heating oil ran out on a sat, and it was tues night before there was any hot water or heating. Eillen (owner) was patronising and unhelpful. There was very little security, anyone could wander in off the street and every night there was a strange man in "living room" and noone seemed to know who he was. Quite disturbing. Would not recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 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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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2011 via mobile

Thank heavens for places like this, very affordable, esp compared to any other place. Ignore the whiners reviewing this place, Holiday Inn is where they belong. Gracious host, funny staff, and a great location. Authentic.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

emailed re accommodation no contact back as their phone and internet down
accomodation well what you pay for, did wonder if bedding had been changed...was smelling a little stale...
well the room would of been grand if the room didnt have 3 sets of bunkbeds in it.
how 6 people with backpacks would fit in the room....
bathroom clean
didnt seem able to work out who actually worked in this place and who where staying as residents interfered when tryng to sort accomodation.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

My boyfriend and I booked for a week a double en-suite via booking.com and paid the deposit online. As soon as we got there though, we found a boy outside the door (whom we later found to be working there) who without even greeting us just asked if we'd booked. He didn't know who we were nor how long we were supposed to stay. He tried to charge us MORE MONEY than the expected amount. We paid during chek-in and had to insist in order to get a receip (a piece of torn plain paper with the number of nights and cost written in pen and the boy's signature - fiscally useless).
Then there was the room. Incredibly dusty, smelly and with dirty sheets (they didn't change them after the former guests, I guess!!), the bathroom was very small and I had to clean it before using it. The bed was oblique and crooked.
After a couple of nights spent sleeping with our clothes on (one night we even woke up with itchy legs!!), we decided to change hostel, and asked to talk to the landlady (Eileen) to get our money back in order to pay only for the number of nights we actually spent there. She said we coul check out at any time but we COULD NOT HAVE OUR MONEY BACK, and tried to convince us that we already exploited the occasion of paying less since we booked for more than one night (which of course was not true). As no receip was ever issued, there was nothing we coul do.
So we left Finnegan's and lost 200€.
Terrible service, zero hospitality. This hostel is as far to Irish kindness and warm welcome as one can ever imagine.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bundaberg, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

I would thoroughly recommend this hostel for the following reasons:
Eileen is an excellent host
The tariff is very reasonable
The hostel was once a stately home with plenty of room
There is an excellent restrauant in the basement of the hostel, with a great chef
You could relax in this hostel and not neet to leave. I would certianly recommend this to anyone wanting to lay aside for a while in a relaxed, casual environment, right in the heart of Tralee and next to a brilliant park, filled with the roses of Tralee

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Halmstad, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2011

Two tired travellers slipped into Finnegans to look for somewhere to stay for the night. Our bus westbound for Dingle had already gone for the day by the time we arrived to Tralee with the train.

Despite us not being very sociable as exhausted as we were, we were welcomed with open arms. It didnt take long to find that smile on our lips again. And still this was on a, as it seemed, very busy knight, as the hotel also have a restaurant. Finnegans seems to crawl on their knees to satisfy their customers.

If you want personal serive, to say the least, Finnegans is the place for you.

  • Stayed May 2011, 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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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2011

My team and myself stayed here for two nights! And it was great! The food was wonderful! The beds were comfortable. We had a bit of minor problems with our shower and not having bathroom stuff but it was all resolved on our arrival. Eileen is so wonderful and so welcoming. A very enjoyable place to stay!

Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Finnegan's Holiday Hostel

Address: 17 Denny Street, Tralee, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Tralee
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Tralee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Finnegan's Hostel, Restaurant and Mary Anne's Tea Rooms, 17 Denny Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry was built by the Denny family in 1826 from the stones of the old Tralee Town Castle. It was converted into a cute quaint hostel whilst making the most it's original features. We have a mixture of dorms and rooms with forty beds in total. All the private rooms are en-suite. We also have two big rooms with open fireplaces, perfect for those winter days! Our cellar restaurant serves fresh seafood and steak and offers great value for money. We are just five minutes walk from the train (Irish Rail) and bus (Bus Eireann) station and we are just off the Main Street of Tralee town so its perfect for visiting the sites, or heading out at night! Across the street from us is the amazing Tralee town park. We are only thirty minutes by car from Dingle, the Ring of Kerry and Killarney. The history of the famous Kerry landmark Mary Anne's Tea Rooms (17 Denny Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry): Mary Anne Hickey and her husband Bartholomew came from a farm in Crinne outside Castleisland, Co. Kerry. She had ten children and fifty-four grandchildren of which I am one. She loved baking and entertaining friends & family at her home and these tearooms are dedicated to her memory. Eileen Nolan (Owner) ... more   less 
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