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Review of Kenmare Failte Hostel

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Kenmare Failte Hostel
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182 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Best hostel I've ever stayed in”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

This independent hostel in Kenmare town is clean, organised, homely and spacious - all in one. The owner is friendly and welcoming. I especially liked the different eating areas so that we were not intruding on other guests when we ate our fish and chips, noisily, after a lovely day's cycling. The hostel has bike parking, albeit uncovered and the other facilities leave nothing to be desired.

We had a four-person room and it was very spacious - most hostels would have fitted four more beds in that room.

Room Tip: As well as dorms there is a range of private rooms.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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kenmarefailtehostel, Manager at Kenmare Failte Hostel, responded to this review, August 3, 2013
Thank you very much for your lovely comments...we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us...thanks again, Aoife.
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  • Location
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Ireland
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84 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here while doing a cycle around the Ring of Kerry and could not have been happier with my choice while in Kenmare. The hostel is spotlessly clean, there are 2 kitchen/dining areas one containing an old Aga range that made it so cosy. The sitting room is full of character. I got the warmest of welcomes and later Aoife even offered to share her own evening meal with me. I stayed in a dorm room for €18 for the night, the bed was very comfortable and had a nice warm duvet. Overall, a great experience at Failte Hostel and I will definately be back.

Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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kenmarefailtehostel, Manager at Kenmare Failte Hostel, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Thank you so much for your lovely comments...we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to welcome you back again soon.
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Duluth, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

This was one of the cleanest hostels I have ever stayed in. The kitchen was really nice and well stocked and I felt at home instantly. It was the perfect place to stay for a few days and enjoy the surrounding countryside. I would definitely recommend.

Room Tip: My room was over looking downtown Kenmare. Since the town isn't huge this wasn't an issue a...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kshearon
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kenmarefailtehostel, Manager at Kenmare Failte Hostel, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Thank you very much for your lovely comments and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us...it's comments like these that make it worthwhile!
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

There were around 15 of us (university students) who visited, and they were incredibly accommodating here and made us feel very welcome to Kenmare. They gave us some great tips on where to go and made sure that we felt at home. The hostel itself is located in a perfect spot, right on a corner of one of the main streets in Kenmare, and it has a really cozy feel, with a kitchen and a living room with a fireplace. Everything was very clean and classy, and we had an amazing stay here. HIGHLY recommended - stay here if you have the chance!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JohnBrahier
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kenmarefailtehostel, Manager at Kenmare Failte Hostel, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Thank you very much for your lovely comments and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us...we look forward to welcoming you again...
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Cork, Ireland
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

I stayed at this hostel with UCC Choral Society and my choir from 30th November to 2nd December 2012. We found this hostel to be affordable, clean and the staff were freindly and accessible. The facilities, such as the kitchen were perfect for our needs. The rooms are beautiful, rustic and traditionally Irish. The hostel also has a great location as we were situated in the middle of the town. I would definitely reccommend this hostel to anybody who wants to stay in Kenmare.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kate-healy
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kenmarefailtehostel, Manager at Kenmare Failte Hostel, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Thank you very much for your lovely comments and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us...we look forward to welcoming you back.
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Cornwall
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

This is a very friendly family run hostel, we found all the staff very helpful and friendly. The kitchen had excellent facilities. The rooms were clean, and provided good value for money. would definitely recommend this hostel. The hostel is on the corner of the main street, perfect for shops and restaurants, and only a few minutes walk down to the jetty/sea.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CornwallHelga
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kenmarefailtehostel, Manager at Kenmare Failte Hostel, responded to this review, August 31, 2012
Thank you very much for your lovely comments and we're delighted you enjoyed your stay with us at Kenmare Failte Hostel-we do pride ourselves in our family-run business and have had the Hostel since 1986...comments like this make our hard work worthwhile...Kindest Regards, Aoife & Maureen.
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Burgau, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

We've been there last week with a Scout group without reservation and have been welcome extremly warm. We got every help we need in a case of illness and are highly exalted about staying in this hostel. Compared with outher hostels in Ireland a first class hostel.
Thanks a lot for all we expirienced while beeing in your hostel. Your kindness, fexibility and support are commendable
Your german Scout group

  • Stayed August 2012, 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
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Thank Ernst M
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kenmarefailtehostel, Owner at Kenmare Failte Hostel, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
Thank you very much for your lovely comments and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay...we enjoyed having you also! Hope you got back safe & sound and your foot is better...Kindest Regards, Aoife & Maureen.
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Additional Information about Kenmare Failte Hostel

Property: Kenmare Failte Hostel
Address: Shelbourne Street | Kerry, Kenmare, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Kenmare
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Kenmare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Recently awarded 'The Best IHH Town Hostel in Ireland, & Fáilte Ireland approved since 1986, Kenmare Fáilte Hostel is family-run and 'A Home from Home', situated in the centre of Kenmare town - across from the Post Office on the corner of Shelbourne Street. We provide private rooms en-suite as well as dormitory rooms for a very reasonable price. There is a fully equipped self-catering Kitchen with Aga Cooker which is always on creating a very welcoming atmosphere, where you can cook - have a cup of 'free' tea or coffee, and have an interesting chat with the hostel team & other guests...and if that doesn't interest you - there is a sitting-room and dining room with many reading material to choose from, along with board games, and 'free to air' satellite stations. There is FREE wifi provided in public areas downstairs. ... more   less 
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