I took a leaflet for this hostel from a stand with relevant information in an other hostel in Doolin. Due to a last minute chance of plans, I arrived in Sligo without a booking and decided to stay there for one night. I was outside the hostel about 11.45 am, and no one was around. A girl staying there explained me on her way out that there was no staff in the hostel till 2pm. I called the mobile phone written on the leaflet,and the guy (I think the owner) came in about 10 minutes and checked me in a 4 bed dorm on the first floor (I have the impression all rooms are 4 bed dorms). There is only one shower and toilet on the floor,and toilet/shower are in the same area,so quite disfunctional if hostel is busy. My room was quite clean, bed was confortable, but it was small, and there are no left luggage facilities in the hostel.2 Australian girls shared the room with me, and we couldn't move around because of our luggages. We were not given any keys for the room, just the code for the main entrance. I faced the same practice in another hostel,and I find it completely unacceptable as far as there is no staff around 24 hours per day. There is no staff on duty during night, and most of the hours of the day, so I don't think hostel is safe, as someone could pass the entrance code to whoever, who could enter the rooms. An other guest,theef or drunk or whatever, could have enter my room too. I got the feeling that staff/owner just cares to take the money without offer any real service. I had to ask for everything (map of town etc), a computer supposed to offer free internet was ancient, slow,and wouldn't open most of websites, there is no breakfast included in the price,public areas are old-fashion, no effort to make the place feel wellcoming... Hostel is situated in a dark,ungly, industrialised area. I didn't stay there long, and luckily I didn't face any problems,as it was a quiet weekday, but I don't think I'll ever be back...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Harbour House Budget Accommodation Guest House is a tourist budget accommodation in Sligo town, with en-suite single rooms, double rooms, twin rooms, family rooms and dormitory rooms. It is situated only 12 minutes walk from the centre of Sligo town and the main train and bus station for the North West of Ireland. ... more less
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