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“Clean and decent, but not top quality”
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Castle Hostel
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Castle Hostel
Ranked #6 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Tralee
Dublin
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47 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Clean and decent, but not top quality”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

No major complaints about this hostel, and it has some really good points. On our first night, we found that the room we had taken was double-booked, so we were given a four-bed dorm to ourselves instead. (I didn't like the way the owner said that we wouldn't be charged extra for the privilege!) However, we didn't mind, as all was clean and comfortable, if a bit cramped. The double room that we had for the next two nights was good, and had an excellent shower, but the mattress was very hard, and I lost a lot of sleep because of it.

The kitchen is well-stocked and clean, but it should be said that there is no oven. I found this a major disadvantage, and wished I had known beforehand. Also, the power in the kitchen is turned off at 9p.m.

Overall, I didn't save much by not staying in a B&B, and would have been more comfortable if I had done so.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2012

Stayed here for two nights before starting our hike on the Dingle Way and two more after the hike. Steve is a great host. He agreed to store our luggage for us while we hiked the Dingle Way. Rooms are slightly cramped but unless you plan to stay in your room all day it's not an issue. The dining area is a great place to hang out. Free WiFi and breakfast (cereal) is included. The hostel is within walking distance to the Tralee bus station. It's also near all the amenities .. restaurants, pubs, grocery stores, shops, Tralee Museum etc. I strongly recommend this hostel especially if you're hiking the Dingle Way.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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3 Thank SachBalag
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Wellington, New Zealand
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61 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2012

this hostel was great, rooms were a little packed, but they were comfortable and towels provided. i did think though that the price was a little expensive, but it was clean and had better reviews then the other hostel in Tralee. the guy from finland was friendly aswell.

Room Tip: 8 bed dorm best choice - shared bathroom but its bigger and has a bath
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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5 Thank fifthfloor_ohno
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Gisborne, New Zealand
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2012

stayed here - its very clean and cosy. would probably stay there again, i wasnt sure about the no lock on the 5 bed dorm bathroom door though, everything else was nice, the guy from finland who was working was very chatty and gave me a few things around tralee to do in my day in tralee. rooms are packed with beds, 5 bed dorm would probably be more comfortable with the 2 bunks only and not the pull out bed. over all nice stay.

Room Tip: get the 8 bed dorm.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Burlington, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2011

This hostel was fairly quiet when I went in October 2010, which was nice,

The rooms were fine and clean and the washroom was large and private, which is good. The only problem was the water pressure was very low - so the water was barely coming out at all, and I couldn't figure out how to get the hot water to work (separate in-line heater) so it was freezing cold too! This may have been fixed by now (I hope!)

The people were very nice and helpful. Breakfast was simple, but adequate.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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5 Thank Dave S
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2011

We booked a double room in this hostel after reading good reviews on this site. But when we arrived the room was so dirty we had to leave and stay somewhere else. The bed, shower and sink had hairs (all sorts) all over them. It seemed like the room hadn't been cleaned at all. The hostel owner was very polite and gave us a refund. I've stayed in lots of hostels and all I ask is that it is clean.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank kartravels
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Ennis, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2011

My friends and I stayed there for 2 nights and were really happy with the choice of our hostel. The people who work there are very friendly and make you feel at home at once. they also helped us to book a tour to the ring of kerry, which was really helpful and well organized. The rooms and bathroom as well as the kitchen were perfectly clean and cosy. Something else which was nice was the possibility to get yourself free coffee and tee anytime. We had a great stay at the castle hostel and can only recommend to go there.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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4 Thank the3travellers007
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Property: Castle Hostel
Address: Castle Street, Tralee, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Tralee
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Ranked #6 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Tralee
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Number of rooms: 9
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