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“Inexpensive hostel accommodation with great restaurant”
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The Bards Den
Ireland
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44 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Inexpensive hostel accommodation with great restaurant”
Reviewed May 9, 2012

No one could complain about the size of the portions : they were most generous! And the quality was also top class. Most friendly staff. Shared accommodation was of good hostel standard

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Wexford
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

We stayed here while on a cycling through through Connemara. The accommodation was very basic - hostel style but it fitted the bill - a clean bed and a warm shower.
The bar was cosy with a warm fire and the food was very good- but lots of it - not sure how they make a profit.
The staff were very friendly. In general it was a good location for our trip. Would recommend for back packers, walkers and cyclists.
If you want five star- stay away.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 21, 2011

Well to put it short. The pub/staff (especially the young fellow behind the bar)/meal/charming old lady = great. Accommodation - definitely below average in Ireland.

However, if you have muddy shoes, if you want just to sleep there (the Letterfrack is due to the monastery stuff a weird place anyway...) and do not mind about accommodation too much, it is not as bad...even if the armchairs in the kitchen/common room seemed sort of "very used" and dirty.

One recommendation for the area - avoid the market routes - the hills are empty and AMAZING! Compass and map (you can buy in the shop in Letterfrack) are recommendable, especially in a foggy day.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Galway, Ireland
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10 reviews
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

top marks to the chefs. excellent value and portions. i brought so many people there this year to enjoy the food, pints and craic. thanks to heater and the team! will be back next summer!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

Warm and friendly welcome. Generous with breakfast which was left out all day for people to help themelves to. Rooms were clean and staff were helpful and friendly and . Good atmophere.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 17, 2011

Arrived late on Friday, and had the most delicious meal in the county. Wonderful, friendly staff - clearly enjoy working there. Within a stones throw of Connemara National Park, and just down the road the wonderful Avoca Handweavers. Clearly lovers of dogs, and small children, as the busy Heather always had a smile for the children who were there, one evening we were enjoying a gorgeous steak. Try the Chicken Kiev and drool with the memory when you get home. Gillian, the barmaid is very efficient, and always has time for a bit of banter with the visitors and the locals.
Can't wait for next year!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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33 reviews
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Reviewed December 27, 2010

This is one of the worst places I have ever stayed. The rooms are simply terrible!! Avoid at all costs.

The only redeeming factor about this place it the food. I had an evening meal here and it was amazing and would recommend.

My advice would be to eat here and stay in the hotel in local Tully Cross

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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Property: The Bards Den
Address: Letterfrack, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Letterfrack
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Ranked #4 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Letterfrack
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Hotel Class:2 star — The Bards Den 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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