Our family, couple and 3 children, had a wonderful time here in August. It was a very cool summer and the heat was programmed to come on every night for several hours to take the chill off. Hot water was plentiful in the shower. The kitchen was well stocked with milk, eggs, tea and anything else could be found at very good prices at the Spar which is a short walk away. As there were only 3 or 4 bedrooms. The rooms all had individual keys so security was not an issue. You also have a key to the main hostel door. The lady running the hostel was very helpful. She stopped by once or twice a day to check up. When she found our children's clothes were wet (it rained during our stay) she took them and dried them in the dryer for us. She made sure we had extra duvets in case we were cold. The Aran Islands can be cold and damp but we never felt that way in our beds here. We definitely had no issue with any bugs or bites. The sitting room is lovely (TV and books) and we had no problem having a quiet beer there should the mood take you. The hostel also backs onto one of the best children's playgrounds I have ever seen. It adjoins the island elementary school and the playground has activities for every age from 2 to 18. There is a basketball court and an area that looks like a handball court as well as lots of active equipment for climbing and playing. This was fantastic after a day of sightseeing when we were cooking dinner. We could easily pop back to the sitting room every few minutes and see the our children playing in the playground. They had fun meeting some of the island children there. I would definitely stay here again.
- Also Known As:
- The Artists Lodge Hostel Aran Islands/Inishmore, Ireland