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Cork International Hostel
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Cork International Hostel
Ranked #10 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Cork
Albany, New York
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
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“It was okay”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

I stayed for close to a week but didn't spend a ton of time at the hostel. It is quite out of the way if you are walking- about 25 minutes from the bus station on Parnell. There is a bus stop outside. I used that as my landmark when coming home as Redclyffe is the name of the house and not a street. I agree with the statement about there being no duvet cover. Due to the fact you only bring your sheets down, I don't suspect the rest is cleaned often. It was a bit noisy, and difficult to navigate around in the morning. The staff was okay. The room I was in had few outlets, one which was broken, making charging between 6 strangers a chore. The light switch for our bathroom wasn't even near the bathroom, adding to the noise factor of drunk stumbling girls. The facilities was fairly clean and the lawn was very lovely to sit and have dinner upon. The facilities didn't really make up for the distance, however. At least I got a lot of exercise.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights and were pleased with what we got overall. The staff were very friendly and helpful and there was both a kitchen available for our use or the option to buy breakfast. There is a small grocery/convenience shop just across the road and the hostel is just a 3 minute bus journey to the city centre or a 15 minute walk. If coming from the airport and there's 2+ people its cheaper to get a taxi than the bus. It worked out as €14 for our taxi.

The only slight hygiene issue with the hostel is that they only give you two sheets and a pillow cover, but no duvet cover... So if you move out of your sheets in the night you can end up using the same duvet cover that the last person used.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Atlantis
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

This hostel offers good clean and spacious en-suite rooms with modern showers and toilets at a very reasonable price – less than 15 Euros per night. There is a nice common area and a beautiful garden. Unfortunately the hostel is situated about 2 kilometres outside the city centre. But there's a bus stop in front of the hostel and it's no problem to walk. Also the Bus Eireann long distance service stops in front of the building.
If you want to use the self catering kitchen, you shouldn't forget to buy your food in one of the supermarkets in the centre of Cork, because near the hostel are only a few very expensive small grocery shops. Beside the location, the kitchen is also a little con of the hostel: It's very clean and well equiped, but is just to small for a hostel of this size. There's only one large fridge and a small one, both were overloaded with food.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Stayed here 2 nights with friends. Nice staff, surprisingly clean rooms, warm showers. A little bit too far from the center, but otherwise very okay. First hostel where I stayed in Ireland. Really good one!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Don't rely on the Sat Nav co-ordinates in the 2012 YH brochure - they are wrong for this hostel (and the Bluestack Hostel).

Hostel was fine - but expensive for a single room - 30 euro. Plus 2 euro per half hour for wifi - and 5 euro for breakfast - makes it an expensive hostel....

Everything was very clean, & warm, and the staff were friendly and helpful !!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Penang
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

At some point and in some places, one will feel that one is getting too old to stay in youth hostels. This place is one of them. Placed on a higher floor, we were faced with quite a lot of stairs at the Cork International Hostel, and this is a point to consider when making a reservation. It's no fun either if you have small kids and you are not able to get a room on the lower floor. The set up is not great. Too many doors, too many steps. The place is a labyrinth. It hasn't got a central feature to make it interesting or inviting.

Also the kitchen locks for the night and does not open until about 8.30 am. Surely that is rather late for people on the road? I agree with Seamus E. This place does feel like an institution. It is also quite a walk from the town center and is tricky to find.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Cork
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2012

Want to have fun in Cork? Stay somewhere else!

The staff are Really Conservative and frown on people of opposite genders getting together. In addition it's got an institutional feel that makes you feel like you're in hospital rather than on holiday. It's almost a mile from the centre of town and there are cheaper places closer by.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Cork International Hostel
Address: 1 & 2 Redclyffe, Western Rd, Cork, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Cork > Mardyke
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Ranked #10 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Cork
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Hotel Class:3 star — Cork International Hostel 3*
Number of rooms: 96
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