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MacGabhainns Backpacker Hostel

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Free Wifi
Breakfast included
Non-smoking hotel
Family Rooms
Laundry Service
2 Star accommodation
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Reviewed February 11, 2019 via mobile

This hostel was everything I could wish for - clean, secure, friendly staff, beautiful decor. It is also very affordable with additions like free breakfast, TV room, board games etc. I highly recommend it.

Date of stay: February 2019
Thank KatieReviewsYous
Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

It was alright due to the cheap price for one night and two beds. Although we recognised that some parts of the floor upstairs was broken and covered with mats. Probably won’t live here again whenever in Kilkenny, but don’t see why others wouldn’t. In...More

Date of stay: January 2019
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Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

Hi everyone. This is a great place to stay. It's the most reasonable and excellent price for a hostel. The staff are exceptional as well as the owner Ray. A big thank you to him and his employees Sam, fergus, Lucille, ignacious and Margue. They...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Niall G
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

I arrived and I was very unpleasantly by Ferghal. I was overcharged for the night before, I was trying to explain to him and he didn't want to listen, instead, he was asking me to get away from his face. I spent €20 on a...More

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank CarlinhaMartins
Reviewed May 17, 2018

From the moment we checked into this accommodation we were made feel unwelcome and unsafe. This was primarily due to the behaviour of the host who welcomed us by shouting rules as we walked through the door. Later in the evening, the host stood at...More

Date of stay: May 2018
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Property Information:Proudly voted best hostel in Kilkenny in 2011 Macgabhainns Backpackers Hostel is a small hostel located in the heart of the city centre, just ten minutes' walk from Kilkenny Castle, close to More the railway and bus station.We offer a comfortable and friendly atmosphere for weary travellers.We have lots of free facilities, such as free breakfast, parking, security lockers, internet access, Wi-Fi and even a free map of the city! Breakfast includes porridge, corn flakes, toast and tea or coffee; you can also have as much free tea and coffee as you want, all day long. We even wash your dishes for you!There's a cool barbecue area in our garden. We're also located near pubs with traditional Irish music and some fine restaurants that are quite inexpensive.We were voted the best hostel in Kilkenny in 2011, and one of the top hostels in Ireland. We were approved by the Irish Tourism Board in 2012 and are recommended by Lonely Planet, Routards and Let's Go.We look forward to seeing you soon! Less
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Laundry Service
Non-smoking hotel
Room service
Free parking
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-smoking rooms, Family Rooms
Hotel class
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-smoking rooms, Family Rooms
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$23 - $96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kilkenny > Kilkenny
Hotel class
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-smoking rooms, Family Rooms
Number of rooms
Price range
$23 - $96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kilkenny > Kilkenny


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Dining (3)
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January 12, 2015|
Response from Cosmonaut80 |
It takes approx 20 mins to walk from the Kilkenny train station, depending on how much gear you have to carry/pull. There are several routesto get to the hostel from the station. not sure about the bus. There are a couple... More

Room Tips

"The 4-bed room I stayed in had a fire exit (very convenient so you could let some air in) and a great view..."
Aug 3, 2016
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"I recommend rooms with private bathrooms as the price difference is quite small"
May 6, 2016
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"Pick any of them :)"
Nov 19, 2014
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"The rooms near the bathrooms can be noisy, as people would be going in and out of them throughout the day..."
Feb 23, 2014
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