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“Nice and easy.”
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Go Explore Hostel
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Co Mayo
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice and easy.”
Reviewed July 29, 2014

Visited Clare Island as part of 'team building' exercise with work. 9 of us travelled out on a Thursday afternoon for a one night stay. For most of us it was the first time to visit the Island and from the offset we were made feel welcome. the hostel is a short stroll from the pier, and does live up to its title of 'Go Explore'. The weather was overcast but cleared in afternoon to reveal a cliff face drop at front of hostel to rival Croatia. Beautiful clear water lapping against the rocks. Carl (the manager) is an industrious sort of fellow, eager to help and advise on where to go, and what to see. Some of the gang took strolls around the island while us older folk relaxed after lunch and enjoyed the Clew Bay views from Sailors Bar. The food was excellent, and I say that as one of those 'restaurant moaners' as I have intolerances and there are some foods I just cant eat. This was not a problem for the wait or kitchen staff who were very very helpful. Rooms were clean and comfortable and the bathrooms were spotless. Have you ever been to a place to stay and realised you were on a conveyor belt?
Go Explore is not like that, the people we met, were proud of the Island and the 'Go Explore' business.

They should be.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

Really really nice hostel...friendly, awesome staff, clean rooms, close to the ferry, gorgeous, gorgeous views across Clew Bay. It didn't really feel like a hostel at all. The food in the attached bar is delicious and fresh and most important the Guiness is go han a mhaith ar fad (most excellent)! Watch out for the lessons from the salsa dancing priest!!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Bobcaygeon, Canada
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101 reviews
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Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

This was our first stay at Go Explore Hostel and this should be on the top of your list. Carl O'Grady and his great staff offered a wsrm Irish welcome and made us feel right at home. The room that we were in had 4 bunk beds and an ensuite washroom with shower. It was clean and the beds were comfortable. The room had a fabulous views over Clew Bay. The restaurant and bar were excellent with a wide variety on the menu. All meals were tasty and really well prepared and presented. There is always fresh fish and Carl's batter fish is an excellent lunch. Clair Island offers some nice hikes through the high hills. A trip to the lighthouse is a must with absolutely stunning views. As the Irish would say...great crac.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Doug H
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

I don't normally write reviews but I said I would make the effort because the folks at Go Explore Hostel were very accomodating to our group. I would totally recommend the place to friends. In my opinion it's probably the best hostel I've stayed in because of it's stunning views, friendly staff, cleanliness, food quality and warm atmosphere. All the lads in our group had a blast over the weekend and were pleasantly surprised by the standard of the place.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Moe K
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Te Anau, New Zealand
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2013

This used to be a hotel but has been changed to more basic, but spotless and very practical hostel type accommodation. So ideal for families or travellers on a budget. Lovely small clean rooms with great views from every window. 3 bunks in the room i was in, but I had it all to myself, (which the owners are very happy to do if they're not too busy). So I did have my own en suite room. At a very reasonable price. There's a nice cosy pub downstairs, with a bar menu. So great if you're there on a stormy windy night and you don't want to go looking for food. Check out the frescos on the lounge ceiling ; a local young artist took her inspiration from the wonderful Abbey on the island, where Granuaile, the Pirate Queen, is buried.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Zaandam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We didn't stay here but had dinner and a few pints. Carl is a gent and the American couple staying there were really nice too. The food was great and the couple we met said the room was extremely clean and comfortable. We will be sure to recommend to our friends if they ever head this direction!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Louisburgh, Ireland
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

My husband and I stayed one night in this hostel. We arrived on the early morning ferry in a heavy mist and were very happy to be able to get a great cup of coffee to warm us up as we sat in the beautiful Common Room. We watched the mist clear through the huge windows. The food in the Sailor's Bar is great, fresh and imaginative. The bedrooms are spotless with firm mattresses, immaculate bed linen and a clean modern bathroom. Carl and Sabrina were helpful and friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The atmosphere in the hostel echoes that of the whole island - relaxed, safe and friendly; We will definitely visit again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Go Explore Hostel
Address: Clare Island, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Mayo > Clare Island
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Clare Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
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