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“Cottage-style luxuries - feels like home.” 5 of 5 stars
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Aille River Hostel
Fisher Street, Doolin 1234, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #5 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Doolin
Jena, Thüringen, Germany
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Cottage-style luxuries - feels like home.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

The Aille River Hostel has definetly earned every single award it got so far and I'd even give them another one. With the nice and warm common room, the cozy wooden bunk-beds and the enourmously friendly staff it has been the perfect place to spend some November nights in. I recommend it without hesitation!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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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Denver, Colorado
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

My husband and I stayed here in the middle of March, and even in the off season Aille is jam packed with many different visitors from many walks of life. The music scene in Doolin attracts a varied audience, and my husband and I enjoyed meeting people here. The rooms were clean and comfortable, the toilets were all shared, and there is free laundry on site! All in all a lovely stay.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Paris
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5 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Clean
Very beautiful (with its little garden and river)
Comfortable matresses
Well equiped kitchen
Hot showers
Karl is like the nicest guy, always bery busy but eager to help you.

Could have stayed a whole week!

Even months after staying in this hostel, I still consider it as number 1. And believe me, I have seen +30 hostels, from Ireland to Germany, from England to Spain!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Paris, France
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

A lovely stone cottage right on the banks of the river Aille, complete with cosy fire-warmed common room and an expansive kitchen to potter about in. This hostel has all the right energy and seems to attract the right sorts of travellers too! I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and had real opportunity to unwind and get to know the town, surrounding scenery and resident feline. One of the most chilled out and ambiant hostels i've been to. Walking distance to all the music filled pubs, it's a perfect choice for Doolin nightlife. Free washing machine and 1.50Euro breakfasts are a bonus. The mattresses were a bit on the springy-side and reminded me a bit of school camp... but that wouldn't stop me from booking to stay here again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kefar Sava, HaMerkaz, Israel
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

The hostel is situated in a cozy, beautiful stone building. The staff is friendly and the facilities are good - they have a computer, a washing machine and a dryer, and the common room is equipped with a stove (which is great after getting soaked with rain :)). The kitchen is big and well-equipped, so you can cook comfortably.
The room was a bit small, but good for our needs, and even though there were only two bathrooms+showers on our floor, we never had to wait to long to get in.
The hostel is situated just across a pub, so you can go there and enjoy the food and the traditional music.
It's a great place to stay in if you're in Doolin.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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St. Paul, MN
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We loved the friendliness of the staff, helping us to find a great place for dinner, as well as providing great breakfast options: 1.5 Euro for toast and eggs! There were some other visitors and everyone was friendly and shared what they brought. I coulnd't believe what a great community they have there. Plus, we loved our room! So cozy! There is also a free common-use computer with internet, as well as free laundry services! Amazing!

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ireland
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48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

This beautiful stone building stands on the river ailee right in the centre, if it had one, of Doolin.
Lovely layout and while the room we had was small and lacking in elec points, it was more than adequate for our needs. Cosy fireside communal area and well equipped kitchen. Stevie was welcoming and chatty and recommended McDermott's who serve wonderful food in half servings so is a great budget option. Our american neighbours next door were snorey so def bring ear plugs if you like your sleep. Steep steps so requires a little bit of puff.

Lots to do in Doolin, its not all about the Matchmaking Festival in September. ;o)
Will def be back next year.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Fisher Street, Doolin 1234, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > The Burren > Doolin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Doolin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Aille River Hostel is a 300-year-old cottage lovingly renovated to retain its old world charm while offering modern comforts for our friends and guests. Located by the banks of the Aille River, the Aille River Hostel is a quiet oasis right in the centre of Doolin. Voted Best Hostel in Ireland in 2009 by IHH customers and Number 1 Hostel in Ireland in 2008 by Hostel World customers, Aille River hostel is recommended by the Lonely Planet travel guides as “The best of the bunch” and has been given the Thumbs Up by Let’s Go travel guides. ... more   less 
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