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“Excellent Hostel,” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kenmare Failte Hostel

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Kenmare Failte Hostel
Shelbourne Street, Kenmare, Ireland   |  
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cork
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61 reviews 61 reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Excellent Hostel,”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

This hostel is the best we have stayed in, this is our 4th year returning here, we love the atmosphere. it is so friendly, our room was spacious with a comfortable bed, the kitchen is very clean and tidy, with two dining areas, there is a spaciousTV lounge, also an outside area with seating. it is in the town centre, very close to all amenities, great location as a base for touring kerry. I Highly recommend this hostel.......

Room Tip: I would recommend that you book in advance for a private room with en suite, you cant beat it...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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
    5 of 5 stars
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Kerry
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2011

I stayed here in June for 3 nights while cycling in the wild Kerry countryside and hiking one of the days with some friends. Lovely clean hostel, town centre location. Hosts are very friendly and enjoy a chat. Kenmare is a great town and a good base for discovering Beara or South Kerry.

Room Tip: if 3 singles get family room plenty space and choose en suite.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2011

4 bed dorm big and light with 2 nice beds rather than bunks (get there early!). Plenty of common room and kitchen space, and very close to town.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cork
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

The Fáilte Hostel in Kenmare has it all. It's in a great location right in town. The rooms are spacious and mostly en-suite, with very comfortable beds. The kitchen/dining areas are really well equipped and there is a big lounge too for a quiet read. Outside there's a BBQ area as well as bike racks. The wardens are really friendly, helpful and accommodating. We stay in many hostels regularly but this is our favourite. And it's by far the cleanest hostel - it's really spotless. The Fáilte is just a great place.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

Failte hostel was the cleanest hostel I've ever stayed in, with the most pleasant atmosphere. The kitchen and dining area for guests is perfect. This is a great place to relax after a long day of hiking!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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kenmarefailtehostel, Owner at Kenmare Failte Hostel, responded to this review, July 6, 2011
Thank you for your nice review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay...thanks, Aoife.
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Herrin, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011

Hostel was clean and in great location. Cannot rate kitchen or communal areas as we did not use them. That being said, for the 68 euro we paid for our family of three, I would have chosen to pay a bit more for a more comfortable stay.
There are no real amenities to speak of. This was the only place we stayed in Ireland that did not supply towels(other hostels we stayed at did). There was no morning meal supplied(again there was at least sparse fare offered in other hostels).
The warden was not available when we arrived, only a note on the door to call the warden's cell number, telling us to walk down the street a block or so to a pay phone to contact him so that we could check in. Shower was a push button timed flow so that one was constantly pressing the button to restart the shower(or taking as sea shower like I was back in the Coast Guard). Beds were hard and uncomfortable. I do not remember if laundry services were available. Parking was provided at a public lot up the street, but it was full when we checked in, so we had to park across town.

I understand this is a hostel and as such, one shouldn't expect much. As a place to stay for a backpackers or those on a strict budget, it works, but for our family vacation it was a bit sparse. For a bit more I think we could've stayed at a bed and breakfast, and had the added value of a morning meal. I only recommend this if you are on a budget.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Delft, The Netherlands
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011

We stayed here for two nights while walking the Kerry Way, we picked Kenmare as a resting day. Couldn't have picked a better hostel to spend 2 days in. Clean, nice rooms. Good kitchen. Perfect location just 3 minutes walking from the main square. Would definately stay here again.

Thanks for the nice stay and warm welcome.

Room Tip: Book the 4 person room, it had its own washstand!
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Kenmare Failte Hostel

Address: Shelbourne Street, Kenmare, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Kenmare
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Kenmare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Recently awarded 'The Best IHH Town Hostel in Ireland, & Failte Ireland approved since 1986, Kenmare Failte Hostel is family-run and 'A Home from Home', situated in the centre of Kenmare town - across from the Post Office on the corner of Shelbourne Street. We provide private rooms en-suite as well as dormitory rooms for a very reasonable price. There is a fully equipped self-catering Kitchen with Aga Cooker which is always on creating a very welcoming atmosphere, where you can cook - have a cup of 'free' tea or coffee, and have an interesting chat with the hostel team & other guests...and if that doesn't interest you - there is a sitting-room and dining room with many reading material to choose from, along with board games, and 'free to air' satellite stations. There is also a DVD player with a selection of films to watch. The latest releases can also be rented from the local DVD shop. ... more   less 
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