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“Good location, friendly and quiet” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kinlay House Hostel
Ranked #10 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Cork
Clermont, France
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good location, friendly and quiet”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

Kinlay House is definitely a good value.
I shared my 4 beds room with 2 other people, it was very clean and so were the sheets.
There is always somebody at the reception desk, even during night time. Moreover, the staff is very friendly and helpful. If you have a question about what to visit and where to have a drink or to eat on a budget, ask! They know good places.
The location is ideal. It’s located on the historical part of Cork and it is 5 minutes walking distance to the city centre, where is all you need. It’s also far enough away from it, to be quiet.
You can enjoy free wi-fi in the TV room (which is really cosy by the way) and in the internet café.
You also can have a good breakfast with tea, coffee, toasts, etc.
I would definitely come back in this hostel next time I’ll be in Cork!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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1 Thank JulietteMia
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

Two friends and I stayed here for 4 nights as part of our spring break. The rooms were very clean, as were the linens!! We had our own shower which was very nice. The staff was extremely helpful in pointing out fun places to visit and good places to eat on a budget. It is located in the heart of the oldest part of Cork and is in walking distance to EVERYTHING. We also got discounts on our Paddywagon Tours for staying in this hostel. Only downsides, breakfast was lacking (just toast), and the wifi was only accessible in the tv room/computer room. I would definitely stay here again though!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Hana B
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

After lodging at this hostel for two weeks subsequently - four days a week for 20€ per night. on booking same accomodation for this i was advised i will be paying 5€ per night extra for same accomodation, suprised i questioned this but was shocked by the attitude of the receptionist who was rude telling me i should get with the program and implied i was lying. I was so dissapointed i decided to find alternative accomodation. Having stayed in this hostel 10 years ago and the memory of nice the owner was when i was in CIT I am extremely dissapointed by the attitude of the receptionist whose action was ignorant and rude. Time of incident 7pm.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

Kinlay house is good value. The staff were quite friendly and helpful. The rooms are neat and comfortable. The hostel is very clean, warm and well-managed. This place is recommended for those on a budget.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

I recently stayed at Kinlay House Hostel Cork with one of my friends, in January. As we walked into the hostel I was greeted by two friendly members of staff in the reception area , who welcomed us to the hostel and to the city. We were given our key and showed personally to our room. We stayed in a four bed dorm room which was very clean and bright. As we walked through the halls of the hostel, I was immediately struck by the beautiful clean fresh smell in the halls. I felt this was a great reflection on the hostel. Our linen was clean and we had plenty of towels.
That evening we enjoyed the free Wi-Fi which was available in the hostel and visited the common room which had bright decor, and had a very traveller friendly feel to the place. We met other people from all parts of the country of Ireland in the common room and students from the USA, Europe and Australia.
The next morning we got a light breakfast and had a lovely cup of tea. It was also possible to book a Paddywagon Tour at the hostel reception , so my friend and I decided to do the Blarney and Cobh Afternoon Tour. We were so glad we could book the tour in Kinlay House and even got a slight discount on this tour , as we stayed there. This was really value for money in our eyes! This also included the entrance into Blarney Castle. We had a wonderful time on the tour and really enjoyed the tour and our guide -Mike. He was very knowledgeable on the history of the local area.
When we returned in the evening from the tour , we decided to explore the city a little more. We asked the staff at reception a few questions on attractions and they were more than helpful and obliging to point us in the right direction. They gave us a map of the city centre and showed us attractions to visit the following day in the city.
That evening we went to the Bodega for dinner and I have to say I personally loved the cod and chips which came with a dreamy tartare sauce and mushy peas! The dinner was fantastic!
All in all, we totally loved our experience at Kinlay House Hostel Cork, and we most definitely will be back in the future! We cannot wait! The staff were excellent, the tour was brilliant to Blarney and Cobh and the hostel itself is so centrally located in Cork City! Thank you Kinlay House Cork!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank lally7
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Cork, Ireland
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

I stayed in Kinlay House last week, and thought it was a brilliant hostel. it smells lovely and clean when you first step in the door, and the reception staff were very helpful and friendly. The room was very comfortable. I got a four bed room with my 3 friends and we had our own spotlessly clean bathroom. The bedding also smelled very clean and were so comfortable. The view from the room was nice, and luckily it was sunny when we were there. the common areas of the hostel were nice, and there was no problems with cooking any time we wanted during the day. Breakfast was also very nice. The location of the hostel is very central and is only 5 minutes from all the best bars and restaurants in Cork! it is a lovely hostel, very reasonably priced and i would recommend it to anyone going to Cork!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Lisa M
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Limerick, Ireland
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Although the place is large and spacious enough....
I would not recommend it purely on the basis of shocking customer service - in example, the manager of the place seems to lack the basic customer relation skills, in fact he seems to give of the impression that another student at the hostel is nothing important - rather just one of many, a drop in the ocean if it were.
Secondly, their signage isn't clear, in example, they state on the kitchen door that breakfast ends at 10AM, but they close at 9:30 instead. This can be frustrating when one actually plans their sleep-in to coincide with waking up for breakfast. Furthermore, changing the sign the same morning after raising concern about it, purely to back up their argument that the sign does in fact say 'breakfast' closes at 10 rather than 9:30...... slightly deceptive perhaps.
Not going back there, EVER.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dan H
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Additional Information about Kinlay House Hostel

Property: Kinlay House Hostel
Address: Bob And Joan's Walk | Shandon, Cork, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Cork > Shandon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Cork
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
City centre Hostel with friendly relaxed vibe. Free Light Breakfast, Free Wi-Fi. Facilities include - a wonderful TV Lounge, large self-catering kitchen, garden, secure bicycle lock-up, net cafe, laundry service.Day Tours to the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle / Cobh / Kinsale, the Ring of Kerry depart daily... ... more   less 
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