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“Awesome backpackers” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kinlay Hostel Galway

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Kinlay Hostel Galway
Ranked #1 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Galway
Certificate of Excellence
New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Awesome backpackers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

This was an awesome place to stay if you are backpacking. The staff are friendly and helpful, breakfast and wifi are included, and the location is very central. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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S.C.R., Limerick, Munster, Ireland
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15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

I stayed here a few weekends ago and was delighted with my stay. The hostel has recently been renovated to a high standard. There are excellent amenities on site and the hostel is precisely 10 yards from Eyre Sq so everything is on your doorstep. The rooms are lovely, fresh and clean. It's great value and the staff are extremely pleasant. It books up quickly as i found out so book well in advance. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Canada
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45 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

I loved my stay at Kinlay Hostel. It's very conveniently located, next to the squares and the shops and the pubs. The common rooms are spacious, inviting and relaxed. The Internet works perfectly well and is free of charge!

My only disappointment was when I realized that private rooms didn't mean ensuite - I had expected otherwise. But nonetheless the rooms were comfortable, spotless and safe.

The kitchen is vast with tons of utensils and dishes, and buzzed with activity at dinner time. And the best part? You don't even have to make the dishes at breakfast!

I would highly recommend the Kinlay House to anyone looking for a cheap yet agreeable stay in Galway.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rougemont, Canada
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

We consciously chose to stay in hostels during our trip to Ireland in order to save money so we could indulge in more important things: food, sights.... And yes, when you go to a hostel rather than other kind of private accommodations, you half expect that your nights won't be as comfy as you wish. This being said, you don't expect that the hostel would be cheap on insulation so that everything that is happening outside your dorm room seems to be happening inside as well. Granted, it is hard to blame a hostel for guests that lack education, but it would have been to know that the owners would have think ahead.

This being said, the hostel is very clean, showers are warm when you need it (and not just between 6h00 and 6h30am), staff is very helpful and give you a sense that this place is organized and know what they're doing. Wifi is excellent and available in your room, not just in the common area. They also provide computers, free of charge, to their guests. Breakfast, toasts and cereals, is complimentary. The location is ideal on Eyre Square.

Ultimately a good choice but be warned that if will be noisy if you find yourself among a crowd of uneducated people.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2012

Kinlay House Galway is a minutes walk from Eyre Square in the centre of Galway. It is walking distance from anywhere you want to go in Galway and the staff were all friendly, helpful and polite. The rooms, showers (and linen!) are cleaner, more comfortable and spacious than the average hostel. The shared areas are also clean. There is a lobby with a lot of seating to relax in and a few computer terminals with free internet access (although they were occupied every time I tried to use them). The kitchen is also clean and has all the equipment you need for self-catering. The breakfast provided is cereal, toast, jam, juice and coffee and is included in the price. I would book in here again although I would book online and in advance to get even better value.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Australia
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

Well located and a good base to expore Galway and surrounds.

Receptionist Neve was so welcoming and helpful.

Rooms were clean, comfortable and quiet. Signage upon entering the corridor set hostel expectations that guests will act respectfully during sleeping hours.

Electronic keys make the set up very secure.

Social areas are well set up, with comfortable couches and a separate dining area. The stainless steel kitchen is clean.

There's free wifi and 5 computers for those that don't have a portable device.

A decent breakfast of cereal, toast and juice is provided and staff are on hand to clean up.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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College Station, Texas
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

I did a lot of research on the different hostels in Galway before I came here to stay overnight. By research I mean I actually came to Galway, went to the different hostels and checked them out. I decided on staying at the Kinlay Hostel about half a block south of the southwest corner of Eyre Square. It was a good choice. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate it a 9. I have had a pleasant stay here and when I come back to Galway again I will certainly stay here again. I can’t see wasting a bunch of money on an expensive hotel room when I can enjoy a comfortable and very convenient location when I stay here at the Kinlay Hostel. I booked for 2 days and really wouldn't mind staying 2 more but I have reservations in Doolin and Cork.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Kinlay Hostel Galway
Address: Merchants Road | Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Galway
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Galway
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Kinlay Hostel Galway 2*
Number of rooms: 224
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the corner of Eyre Square in the heart of Galway City, the multi award-winning Kinlay Hostel has now also been listed as 'Top Choice' by the Lonely Planet Guide 2017. With a mix of cosy private rooms and bright, spacious dormitories, we can cater for large groups as well as solo backpackers and all rates include complimentary continental breakfast as well as free high-speed WiFi, free computer usage, free luggage storage, free printing and free city maps. Guest facilities include a comfortable chill-out lounge with pool table & TV, a fully-equipped kitchen open all day for your use and a spacious dining room. At Kinlay Hostel, your happiness is our main priority and our dedicated reception team are on hand 24 hours a day with helpful hints and expert insider knowledge to ensure that you make the most of your time in Galway. Not only are the city’s best bars, shops and restaurants right on our doorstep but with daily tours to the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and the Aran Islands leaving from outside our front door every morning, Kinlay Hostel is the ideal base from which to discover the magical charm of Galway City and the west coast of Ireland. ... more   less 
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