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Glenmalure Hostel

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This hostel is a must for the adventurous traveler and hiker. It's a small old house, without running water or electricity, but the atmosphere and scenery are fantastic. In the living there's a fireplace and all the travelers get together and share stories. No distractions. For the mountain hikers: it's a similar experience as in the mountain cabines.

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Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

What a unique experience . This house exudes peace and tranquilitty from every corner .. Be prepared to switch off the gadgets and let nature be in charge . The staff are all volunteers and all seem passionate about Glenmalure and making guests welcome .. Beds are clean warm and comfortable . . There are plenty of cooking rings and...

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Roy M, Digital Marketing Manager at Glenmalure Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Donardlass1, Thank you for making the journey to Glenmalure and for taking the time to leave us a review. It is hard to get across the peace and tranquility of this location without actually being there as so much of it is created by the absence of modern amenities. We hope that you return again.

Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

The best thing about this hostel is the location, really out of the way, beside the river with a lovely garden. It's very basic and the toilet stinks but to wake up in the middle of the mountains its worth it. And the beds are comfortable. The warden was really friendly too. Would love to come back in the winter.

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Reviewed July 19, 2016

The warden, Joan (and her dog Coco!) was welcoming and it was great to spend a candlelit evening playing games, drinking wine and listening to her stories in the living room. She also woke us up just in time so we could drive back across the river as the water was rising after a night of heavy rain! The place...

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Reviewed May 9, 2016

The hostel is located in the heart of Glendalough, which is very handy for hiking. It is comfortable. There is a living room with a cheminey and lots of books. Not too many things to do otherwise, but happy for one night. Breakfast is not included but good quality. Friendly staff.

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Roy M, Head of Marketing at Glenmalure Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Jean-Marie, Thank you for your review and we are delighted that you got to experience this wonderful hiking area. I will pass on your comments to our volunteers who look after the place.

Prague, Czech Republic
Reviewed September 4, 2015

This place is an absolute gem! Not for everybody though... No running water except for the bubbling creek, no power, no phone reception. If you want to visit, be ready to disconnect. We booked our stay for 2 nights and I have to admit I was looking forward to it but at the night of our arrival ended up not...

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Roy M, Head of Marketing at Glenmalure Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Anna, thank you for taking the time to review Glenmalure Hostel. We are delighted that you found your "inner peace" in the end and enjoyed your stay. We hope that the rest of your adventure was what you were hoping for too.

Cork, Ireland
Reviewed August 22, 2015

This hostel is a perfect break from modern life ... no modern conveniences, no electricity, no running water and poor if any mobile reception ... this is the last house in Ireland's longest glacial valley with just hills to climb, the sound of the river and the stories told around the fireplace. I've stayed here many times. Some fall in...

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Roy M, Head of Marketing at Glenmalure Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for the review Hugh. We are delighted to hear that you are a returning hosteller. We will be sure to have the kettle on should you return again.

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed August 20, 2015

Glenmalure is a special place. Peaceful and charming. A house as it was in 1903, without electricity or running water. A beautiful glen with just the sound of the river and the good stories and conversation around the fireplace. Not for everyone, but if you love nature, the mountains, and can switch off from the modern lifestyle this is an...

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Roy M, Head of Marketing at Glenmalure Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for the review Laurie. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time here and found it peaceful. Hope to see you again.

Galway, Ireland
Reviewed August 20, 2015

Just an hour from Dublin it is a pleasure to find this Gem. A historic house in a beautiful peaceful setting. The sound of the river, the views down the valley, the walks in the mountains, the stories around the fire. A perfect way to relax and digital detox. Thank you volunteers. We will be back!

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Roy M, Head of Marketing at Glenmalure Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Sean. The volunteers are great there and would be delighted should you return.

dublin
Reviewed August 11, 2015

I spent the august bank holiday weekend at the hostel and it was as we expected. It was fancy camping as it had a port a loo, it also had warm cosy bunk beds at the end of an evening sitting by the camp fire by the fast flowing river. it had a nice kitchen to cook our food when...

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Roy M, Head of Marketing at Glenmalure Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Rosanna, Thank you for your review and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay at the hostel. Sounds like you had a great bank holiday weekend. Regards, Roy

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Address: Greenane, Wicklow, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Wicklow > Wicklow
Price Range: $28 - $36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 321
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“Don't hesitate to ask for a bit privacy if you want it, we ended up having our own room.”
 of 5 bubbles AnnaPolanska, Sep 4, 2015 | Read review
“all the rooms are lovely, again its fancy camping”
 of 5 bubbles rosanna52, Aug 11, 2015 | Read review
“We found the cabin's warm and cosy.”
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 of 5 bubbles SeanOBrienGalway, Apr 11, 2013 | Read review
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