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“For backpackers really” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Barnacles Hostel Galway

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Barnacles Hostel Galway
Ranked #7 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Galway
Brussels, Belgium
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24 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“For backpackers really”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2011

We -two couples- stayed in a quadruple room in March (Friday night)
We appreciated the central location, friendly staff and clean facilities.
Some noise issues: our room had a view directly to the main street, but we did not anything from the outside thanks to triple glass. The main trouble came from the corridor: the whole night we heard loud and drunk groups coming in and going out, some of them even trying to get to our room.
Basic breakfast was included in the rate - teaor coffee and toast with jam and butter. The breakfast area was rather crowded in the morning and at the peak time the queue for the toasters (there were two of them) was up to 10 minutes.
Overall impression – a good place, if you tune yourself into a backpacker and/or partying mode.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ratje
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin
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100 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2011

This place is literally on Shop street, don't intend to have a early night, the pubs and punters outside the Hostel will stop that. The check in too ages, after a long voyage one of our party was in desperate need of the toliet but wasn't allowed go until we were checked in. Which was difficult as we were down 2 numbers in our group, then we were told we had to pay a noise deposit. Meanwhile beads of sweat are falling off our friends face. After we pay the €30 deposit (each), we are then lectured on how to behave in the hostel.
Rooms were sufficient and our "ensuite" bathroom was across the hall so you need your passkey to go to and from the jacks.

The free breakfast the advertise is tea and toast end of. Though get there early as they run out of bread. The guy at reception the next morning handed the deposit back no probs a lot more efficient than the one working the previous night.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Podgemonster
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Wexford, Ireland
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2011

My room and bathroom was very small but the one my friend was in was a lot bigger and more comfortable, it fulfilled my needs as all i wanted was a bed for one night . I would reccommend it as staff are helpful its a great location and clean

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Wexford87
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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2011

Never stayed here before. Found the staff very friendly, lots of information about what to do in the area and places to eat. The accomodation itself was clean and comfortable. However i would advise earplugs if you are staying in a front room on the main street, Sat night was noisey until early in the morning - to be expected i suppose!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ClaireM_11
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2011

I never rate hotels or hostels i visit... However this hostel deserves all the credit it can... good value, and the receptionists were very understanding, funny, and helpful, its obviously located in a busy area surrounded by bars, thus you might have some noise! also fellow travels are relaxed and drunk!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ridethesnow
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MA
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17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2010

I have to preface this review by saying that we didn't end up spending the night here. It is exactly as some other reviewers have described - a madhouse. We were supposed to arrive in Shannon and drive to Galway, but missed our connection and ended up in Belfast. After a long day driving jetlagged we finally made it to Barnacles. We were so happy to finally get some rest...until we walked in and the entire lobby was filled with a young mens' rugby team drinking cases of beer. It was an absolute zoo! We tried to see if we could cancel our reservation - we begged for mercy because we just wanted a place to rest and new we weren't getting any sleep with the rugby team across the hall. Understandably the staff said that since they wouldn't be able to rent our room (the single) if we canceled, they wouldn't let us cancel the reservation. We decided to try to make the best of it - until my suitcase "accidentally" dissapeared with the rugby players and my boyfriend practically had to get into a fistfight to get it back. At this point we'd had enough and decided to give up the 70 euros we paid and stay somewhere else.

So if you want somewhere to chill and relax I would not recommend barnacles. However if you want to party and be crazy then it would probably be awesome (just watch your stuff). As an aside - we walked around galway checking out every hotel/hostel/b and b we could find to try to find a place to stay. Nowhere was ANYTHING like barnacles. Even the other hostels were like libraries compared to the zoo that was barnacles.

  • Stayed December 2009
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank MAtraveler01
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Jerusalem, Israel
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2010

The location is central and the rooms are very simple but clean.
However, in terms of the service & attitude I was very disappointed. First of all I booked a bed in a room with 4 persons but was put in a room with 5 persons. Secondly, there was no hot water in the shower. When I asked if something can be done about this I was told that it's because everyone was using the shower, getting ready to go out, and that they can turn on the booster but it will take 2 hours, and even then the hot water situation was not improved Generally I felt the atmosphere and the behaviour of the staff rather unwelcoming and unprofessional.
They hostel supplies internet access at a (rather high) fee of 1€ per 15m (you get free 15 min when you check in, but this hostel is more expensive than comparable - and better - places I've been to in the first place.)
In conclusion, I came to this place because I read good things about it but was very disappointed (perhaps management has changed?) and would not recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank nadamir
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Additional Information about Barnacles Hostel Galway

Property: Barnacles Hostel Galway
Address: Quay Street House 10 Quay Street | The Latin Quarter, Galway, Ireland (Formerly Barnacles Quay Street House)
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Galway
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Galway
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Barnacles Hostel Galway 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Start your Irish experience at Barnacles Hostel Galway, the perfect location to explore the West of Ireland. Barnacles hostels in Galway and Dublin are specifically designed for you, the modern day global backpacker - with state of the art facilities, superior comfort and a relaxed and friendly vibe, all at affordable rates. You can find the Barnacles team 24 hours a day, ready to give you tips and local knowledge on how best to enjoy your time with us. ... more   less 
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