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“Rooms are not the best but great location and cheap”
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The Bards Den
Reviewed April 5, 2010

We stayed at Bards Den for two nights on Easter Weekend. Knowing that this is a hostel, we weren't expecting much for it. We went there to climb Diamond Hill and the hostel's location was perfect for that, as it was only 5mins walk to the national park. The rooms are very basic, the furniture is not the nicest but we thought the beds were comfortable. It also had a TV (with 3 channels) which was great as we weren't expecting to have a TV in the room at all. The room had a nice view to the mountains. The bathroom was really small and old, but it had an electric shower so there was always hot water.
There is a kitchen which guests can use with all the cutlery and utensils you need for cooking. Breakfast was included and consisted of bread, cereals, milk, tea, coffee, honey, jam, butter, and things like that.
The owners of the hostel have a restaurant/pub next door, we went there for dinner and the food is good. There's also a supermarket across the road.
Overall the place was ok for a short stay, it was close to the park and there was a supemarket nearby. The rooms are not the nicest, but it's the cheapest in the area.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 20, 2009

Come for the food and the nice fireplace in the attached pub, but sleep elsewhere! My friend and I found the accommodation definitely substandard--bedding and ensuite bathroom fixtures were clean, but that's all. There were spiders and cobwebs in the bedroom and insects in the cramped bathroom--the mattress was bad for my back--poorly heated (heat on briefly every 4 hours)--torn window draperies--shabby home-made/mismatched furnishings--television did not work (after complaint it was replaced)--found a piece of burnt toast left behind in the toaster in the self-serve kitchen--an odd odor about the place--courtyard not well-lighted for night-time return to room via sloping unpaved path. Beware--your mobile phone might not work there (ours didn't). Sleep here only if you need to get out of the rain and have no place else to go.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 16, 2008

The best part first – this lodge is next door to a pub where traditional sessions are held every weekend. We arrived on Sunday night, just as the musicians started filing in. By the time we showered and changed, the session including traditional dance was in full swing! The atmosphere was warm and welcoming and the music fantastic. Dinner and Guinness was no more than 50’ from our room. But don’t worry, the rooms were far enough from the celebrating that these weary travelers didn’t hear a peep.

Dinner – I could do it all over again. As an appetizer we shared a huge platter of local Connemara smoked salmon with brown bread. Salmon was thick cut and moist. But it gets better. Baked salmon with hollandaise melted in my mouth. A bowl of Irish stew had the most flavorful broth and mounds of carrots and sweet tasting potatoes, although a bit light on lamb.

The rooms? Backpacker’s paradise! Nothing fancy but everything you need and more. We were given a large room looking out on a wooded area. Our room had a queen and single bed, a couple of reading chairs and a table, an area for luggage and clothes and a private bathroom. A small radiator heater kept the room cozy.

Breakfast was a low point - cold cereal. Both mornings the toaster blew the fuses but never mind – the jam was moldy anyway. Another nuisance – they don’t respond to email.

We reserved our room without much info, at the advice of Scuba Dive West. (We were planning to scuba dive after SDW told us they led daily dives in February. Turns out they don’t.) It’s walking distance to the National Park and a short drive to Kylemore Abbey. We loved the Den and would go back in an instant.

The Veldon’s pub (kitty corner from the Den) is a cozy place for a pint too. Their smoked salmon sandwich is delicious and is thankfully served with a salad. Of course, they also served some of the best chips of my trip.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 9, 2015
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  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 29, 2015
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  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: September 2015, traveled as a couple
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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
Price Range: $70 - $141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Bards Den 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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