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“Definitely not a Palace”

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Paddy's Palace Belfast
Ranked #23 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Belfast
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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“Definitely not a Palace”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

Stayed one night as part of a Paddywagon tour. There was one shower for our whole tour - it was cold and a trickle - filthy too. They were painting at the time and there was paint, ladders, and rubbish everywhere. The kitchen was absolutely filthy and had a puddle of water covering the floor - which we discovered was leaking through the light fixtures from the upstairs bathroom. Nasty.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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PaddywagonTours, Guest Relations Manager at Paddy's Palace Belfast, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
Hi, Thank you for sharing a review of your recent visit. We apologize for the inconvenience of the paint and ladders as we are working to improve the hostel for our guests. These improvements will include ensuring that Ireland's frequent rain stays outside where it belongs. We hope you enjoyed the remainder of your trip through Ireland!
Le meas / with respect, Paddy's Palace Belfast
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Loved this place! Does need a little work but its getting there! Small walk into city centre! The two girls that run the hostel are very friendly and willing to help out! So much fun we had with all the staff! Lots of tours available! Kitchen was great for a cook up! Rooms were in good condition! Very cool hostel

  • Stayed July 2012
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PaddywagonTours, Guest Relations Manager at Paddy's Palace Belfast, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
We love that you had such a great visit! We are working to make this the best hostel in Belfast, and look forward to you returning someday! Thank you for recognizing our staff, it's great to hear they were part of what made your trip memorable! Le meas / with respect, Paddy's Palace Belfast
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

I stayed here one night and it was disgusting. I know hostels are not luxury hotels or anything and I've stayed in other hostels so I can compare. This was the nastiest I've ever stayed in. I wanted to just pay the extra money and go to the B&B. I stayed with about 10 other people and not one of us felt comfortable showering there. The ceilings leaked on us constantly and in every room it seemed like. The "breakfast" is a joke. It's toast. Wow... There are not near enough bathrooms and only half of those there actually work. Totally gross! And the staff acted like we were the worst thing. She didn't speak to us after her rude introduction and no one spoke to her. What a dump!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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PaddywagonTours, Guest Relations Manager at Paddy's Palace Belfast, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
Hi, Thank you for sharing a review of your recent visit. We apologize that you didn't have a great experience. We are working to improve the hostel for our guests, and are addressing all of the things you listed in your review. These improvements will include ensuring that Ireland's frequent rain stays outside where it belongs.
Le meas / with respect, Paddy's Palace Belfast
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

This place was fine for us (we were dropped off late at night and didnt have anywhere else booked), but I wouldnt recommend it - there are much nicer backpackers for around the same price. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The decor is dated, bathrooms are not the nicest and the whole place has a strange layout. We moved to another place the next night.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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PaddywagonTours, Guest Relations Manager at Paddy's Palace Belfast, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
Hi, Thank you for sharing a review of your recent visit. We apologize that you didn't enjoy your stay. We are taking your review seriously and are working hard to improve our hostel for our guests. Thank you for recognizing our staff, we are sure that once our renovations are complete, we will be one of the best hostels in Belfast.
Le meas / with respect, Paddy's Palace Belfast
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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

I've been staying in Paddy's Palace in Belfast for two months, and I'll be staying here the whole summer. It is very well located in a nice student area and only a ten minute walk from the city center. There are very nice places to visit within a 5 minute walk such as the Botanic gardens and the Ulster Museum. There are also loads of very nice pubs nearby! The hostel has a nice lounge room where u can watch tv and meet up with new interesting people! I've had so many new friends during my stay here! The rooms are nice and theres a big kitchen where u can cook your own food it you want to. Breakfast is included in the price which is awesome! Paddy's might not be the most deluxe hostel in town, but it doesn't really matter because the athmosphere and the people make up for everything! This has been my home for a while now, and I have really enjoyed living in here. The absolute best thing about the hostel is the staff! I can't thank them enough! They made me feel very welcome from the start and they are always ready to help with any problems you might have. They made this place feel like home for me. I would definitely recommend this hostel to everyone looking for a cheap accommodation and a good time!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Ihkis
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PaddywagonTours, Guest Relations Manager at Paddy's Palace Belfast, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
It was so wonderful to have you staying with us! We love that you found a place you could call home in Belfast. We are so happy part of the reason you have stayed is our staff, we agree that they are pretty great! Le meas / with respect, Paddy's Palace Belfast
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2012

No complaint's other than a bit loud. Not really the fault of the hostel. We had a room in the front and were woken up several times by loud voices outside. Bring ear plugs and you'll be fine. The showers worked and the place was clean for the most part.

  • Stayed May 2012
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PaddywagonTours, Guest Relations Manager at Paddy's Palace Belfast, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us! We know that outside noise can affect a good night's sleep, so thank you for recognizing it was something out of our control. We hope you will choose Paddy's Palace on your next visit to Ireland. Le meas / with respect, Paddy's Palace Belfast
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Armstrong, Canada
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

I have to say that my first overall impression of this hostel was not good and then it got even worse. I have never seen anything so horrifying in my life. The filth of the place is only the start. No hot water, no toilet paper anywhere, kitchen should be condemned (as should the entire hostel) If the owner doesn't want to cough up money to fix it, I'm sure a lawsuit dealing with E.Coli or Staphlococcus is not far behind. Do the hostelling world a favor and condem or close this hostel.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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1 Thank Nikki S
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PaddywagonTours, Guest Relations Manager at Paddy's Palace Belfast, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
We are sorry you didn't enjoy your visit. We are working very hard to improve the hostel for our guests, and hope to be one of the best in Belfast. In your future travels, never be afraid to discuss any issues you have with a staff member. Their number one job is to make sure the guests have a great stay (and toilet paper). Le meas / with respect, Paddy's Palace Belfast
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Property: Paddy's Palace Belfast
Address: 68 Lisburn Road | University district, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > Belfast > Queen's Quarter
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #23 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Belfast
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Hotel Class:2 star — Paddy's Palace Belfast 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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