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Fin McCool Surf Lodge
Whistler, Canada
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7 reviews
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“woza”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

ok so this place is sick the staff are awesome and the surf equipment is fresh and new, being able to check what the surf was doing from my pillow was a bonus. have stayed in surf hostels before but had o get on a bus to get to the surf the surf here is a 2 min walk away serving more time in the ocean.
bedrooms were amazing and beds really comfy! brekkie in the morning too which was good also had the option to cook meals including hangover zapping fry ups!
local bars were awesome too surfers bar smugglers and the manor house!
people all around were friendly and always accommodating.

thanks aoife and neil and especially bang tidy caoimhe!!!!

Room Tip: get one on the top floor we stayed in any of them up top
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Derry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

A group of 10 girls all went up for a weekends craic and to take on the challenge of surfing! With a bit of patience from our fab instructor we all managed to stand up on the boards (for all of about 3seconds)! Perfect location for shaking of the hangover as it's a mere stumble to the beach. Bedrooms were spacious comfortable and clean, brilliant communal area and kitchen and could not have asked for a nicer bunch of staff!! I'm ready for round two!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Cork, Ireland
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3 reviews
Reviewed May 7, 2013

A group of 11 of us went up for a long weekend and had a brilliant time. The rooms, bathrooms and kitchen were very tidy. The breakfast was very sufficient. It turned out that we pretty much had the hostel to ourselves for nearly the whole wknd too which was great. There's a few bars locally, and there's restaurants in the area too including the pizza place just downstairs. The place was incredible value for money, especially as we were able to get a double room for the same price, really happy with this. There was a sink in our double room too which made things easier as we avoided queues in some cases. There's 2 bathrooms upstairs, where there's 5 bedrooms. The hostel is located a stone's throw from the beach too so it's perfect, and there's ample free parking. There's also a nice big TV with lots of movies and Saorview to keep you entertained if it's wet outside! Will definately be going back! :)

Room Tip: If you want a double room I would recommend to book early as there aren't many there.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Londonderry
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Stay for the weekend with a group of 10, the staff where great craic and very helpful, the room where very clean and spacious. Along with amazing views and very good size kitchen and living room. Its great value for money and I definitely plan on returning in the future!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Great location, really nice view. The lodge was a perfect fit for the group of 10 for a fun weekend away. The staff were really nice and helpful. While here my group went surfing and boarding boarding and all equipment provided was brilliant, and our surf instructor was very helpful during the lessons. I would definitely recommend this place to all my friends, as it was the perfect place to relax for the weekend.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

I stayed with a group of 10 for the weekend and had such great craic! Surf Lodge is perfectly located by Rossnowlagh beach with fabulous views of the sea. We had so much fun surfing and bodyboarding over the weekend with good quality equipment provided. Rooms were clean and beds were very comfortable. The kitchen and communal area allowed for us to make our own food and relax. Staff were helpful and friendly. Good value for money and I would recommend to anyone. I will definitely be back in the future!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

The location is beautiful, right on the beach. The surf was great fun. The instructors were very helpful during the surf lessons.
The accommodation was good but if you feel the cold bring blankets! The toilets were in bad repair. They were very damp. Mould and damp was visible on the walls. Also, the showers were not draining correctly.
If you aren't fussy, this place is good. There is a good communal room to hang out, cook and socialise.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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NorthernFins, Owner at Fin McCool Surf Lodge, responded to this review, November 17, 2012
Hi there,

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Rossnowlagh and your surfing lessons but I would like to seek to re-assure you on your criticisms of the Lodge.

We only recently became massively busy through the winter months. Our bathroom facilities were not used to this volume in the winter and we have discovered that the ventilation will have to be upgraded. This work will be done next month when we close and is our number one priority.
The showers also do often get blocked due to the amount of sand that people carry in from the beach. Unfortunately there is not much we can do about this but unblock the showers as and when it occurs. Its a 'necessary evil' of being so close to the beach.
I'm sorry your room may have been cold but the only complaints we've had so far this year about the room temperature has been that they've been too warm. Our heating system is old and fickle and its always a difficulty to get the balance right.

I hope my reply goes some way to answering your queries and hope to welcome you in the future when your criticisms have been rectified. Glad to hear that everything else was enjoyable for you.
Regards

Neil Britton
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Property: Fin McCool Surf Lodge
Address: Rossnowlagh Beach, Rossnowlagh, Ireland
Location: Ireland > County Donegal > Rossnowlagh
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Rossnowlagh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fin McCool Surf Lodge is located 5 metres from the famous sands of 2 km long Rossnowlagh Beach. It offers both dorm and double rooms and has a surf school and surf shop right next door. Located close by are 3 restaurants, 3 pubs, a cafe and a general store. ... more   less 
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