It was with some reservations I reserved the Apple Hostel as hostel accommodation is not where I would normally stay. What a complete surprise!! I had checked previous reviews for this hostel online and certainly previous travellers had given it the thumbs up. A group of us were travelling together on a golfing trip in Donegal and wanted to use Letterkenny Town as a base for our stay, so we could play several courses through the the county. I probably sound a little prudish, but my days of hosteling and 'sharing' are long over, so a single room was my option and the only reason why I would stay. I had spoken to the lady on the phone when I made the reservation and she sounded nice and very helpful.
I have stayed in many many hotels in my short 58 years! But the Apple Hostel competes very favourably with any of them. I am not a person to write a review normally - I usually check other travellers and make my decision based on theirs. But in this case, I believe it is only fair to put forward my true and honest opinion.
My single room turned out to be ensuite, which was totally unexpected with a great big double bed all for myself! Somehow, I had been expecting a tiny divan. The room was totally spotless and the bed linen was so crisp and clean, totally faultless. The common area living rooms were very comfortable & clean. A big airy kitchen where were able to prepare snacks and dinner if we wished, though we were eating out every day. Wifi available throughout the hostel.
Parking was free which was a bonus and the surrounding gardens were beautifully kept. The owner is called Adrienne and she went out of her way to be helpful, friendly and gave lots of local tourist information. This was not just for our group, she made everyone feel welcome. So many young visitors from all over the world enjoying a fantastic welcome and experiencing a true Irish welcome first hand. It was such a great pleasure staying there. It made our trip really enjoyable and we will have many happy memories. I have already recommended Apple Hostel to my granddaughter and her college friends!
I guess as I get older some things become so important when I stay in an hotel/guesthouse and now adding hostel to that list, but cleanliness is at the top of the list. Apple Hostel ticked all the boxes for us. Full marks and well done to Adrienne on running a superb establishment.
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