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“better hostel than b and b” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Rainbow Hostel
Ranked #5 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Doolin
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“better hostel than b and b”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2011

stayed here in the private rooms, would probably recommend staying in a dedicated b and b , rather than a halfway between b and b and hostel ,rooms were clean but not too homely, , and not too much quiet or comfort. good location though

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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galway
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2010

There is something special about Doolin. It can be the weather even if it was raining!!!! or the trad music????!!!!.. …Something I can’t really explain but which makes people who live there special.
Mattie and Carmel are one of those: they are simply great and that’s wonderful to me.
The hostel is comfy and really clean. The bedroom was warmer than mine!!!!!
On the top five of my list : LOVELY

Thanks a million to be here and god bless your grandmother’s spirit Mattie.

Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2010

Staying in the low season, my friend and I were some of the only people in the hostel, and got a dorm room to ourselves. The beds were comfy and warms, the rooms and bathrooms were spotlessly clean, the kitchen had basically everything you needed, the common room was comfy and had a fire going every night. Carmen and Mattie were helpful in pointing you in the right direction. The wifi access was a bit spotty but it's such a minor concern compared to what could have possibly gone wrong. There was zero disappointment here. I super highly recommend it. Make sure you ask Mattie to show you his slides. Not only is he very knowledgeable about the area, his photographs are gorgeous.

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Province of Bergamo, Italy
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2010

we spent two nights at the rainbow hostel on our way to the Aran islands and Cliffs of Moher, the 22nd and the 23rd of September 2010.The hostel is clean, friendly and it has a very welcoming common area with the fire where to have some interesting chats. For breakfast there were always delicious fresh home made scones! At the hostel it's also possible to rent a bike to sightsee the area for a very cheap price.The owner, Mattie, is a wonderful Irish men: he did his best to made us feel at home. We had great time in Doolin and at the Rainbow hostel in particular: it's a very relaxing place in the middle of the rural Ireland and we didn't feel lonely at all. Thanks very much indeed Mattie for your kindness. Fra from Italy

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary, Canada
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2010

We stayed at The Rainbow because I read about it on Trip Advisor. Carmel was a gracious hostess, friendly and very helpful, and yes, her scones are yummy! Mattie treated us to a slideshow with interesting commentary about the area one evening, and went out of his way to lend us a card reader to off-load our camera chip. The Rainbow is clean, the kitchen is big & bright & well-equipped, the evening fires were a wonderful luxury, and our bed was VERY comfortable. Would gladly stay here again!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Reus, Spain
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2010

I spent 3 days in the rainbow hostel in Doolin and I think that it is the best hostel I ever stayed before. And the new kitchen was wonderfull and very big and clean. Mattie and Carmel is very nice people and friendship!!!! I spent a beautiful days there. See you soon!!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jimmy821
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roma
Level Contributor
52 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2010

Carmel & Mattie were so nice with all guests. Cosy and familiar common room with fireplace, books and maps about Burren, Two very good pubs nearby. We were in honeymoon and they have been so cute with us! : ) Cri & Sergio from Roma, Italy

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cristinanist
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Property: Rainbow Hostel
Address: Doolin, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > The Burren > Doolin
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Ranked #5 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Doolin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
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