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Bru Radharc na Mara Hostel
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“it is was it is”
Reviewed December 14, 2007

Well...my sister and I biked through Ireland twice. In 2002 and 2004. On both trips we stayed a night on Inisheer and stayed at the Bru Hostel twice. Our room was clean both times...but definitly nothing special. We had no problems and we treated just fine.
We choose to go to Inisheer because it was the smallest of the Arans. We thought that if we were going we should go on the smallest scale possible and enjoy the true nature of the Arans. ...and that is what you get on Inisheer. At first we thought that the friendliness was minimal both at the hostel and throughout the island...but you are going somewhere that speaks majorily gaelic and is busy about the business and look past the "tourist" and i think that is ok.
When you to Inisheer and stay at the Bru hostel...you are in a sense ruffing it out in the Atlantic! I love it ! It is what it is!

  • Liked — True Inisheer Experince
  • Disliked — Old Decor
  • Stayed June 2004, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2007

My experience at the "BRU" Hostel was short but 'impressive' in the worst sense. After an unfriendly guy had shown me around the house I decided to leave again and try to find something else. Unfortunately there is no other Hostel on the island (the one that used to be next to the post office has been closed down a few years ago). However, there are plenty of B&B - actually, check out Ceola an Mara right next to the hostel at the pier. I got a private ensuite with abundant and tasty Irish breakfast for 28 Euro!!!

  • Liked — the location but there are others that offer the same and offer more value for money!
  • Disliked — dirt, unfriendly staff
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 21, 2006

We stayed for a weekend at the inis oirr hostel. i suppose we were a little disappointed, as we had read glowing reports of this hostel being the 'cleanest you will ever stay in' , it gave us high hopes you could say. We had a family room , it was basic the window in the bathroom wouldn't shut and the bedroom window cracked . The kitchen was clean though and well stocked with utensils and it was beside a nice pub. It cost 60euro a night which to my mind is expensive for what we got ,but the west of Ireland is expensive . The best part is enjoying the scenery , with the best value being the bicycle rental by the harbour at 10 euro a day, they had a selection of bicycles to suit every member of the family . So i would sum up by saying our experience was not as bad as the previous reviewer, but the hostel does need a paint job and upgrading and of course a smile from the owner would make all the difference.

  • Stayed August 2006
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Reviewed June 11, 2006

Would not recommend this hostel to anyone. I have stayed in hostels all around the world and am sorry to say that this is the worst hostel I have ever stayed in. Facilities were fine. Friendliness was not existent. There was a guy working on the door who caused alot of hassle to myself and guests. Be careful about giving this landlady a credit card number as she threatened to over charge one of the girls with us.
They were trying to make out another person had stayed in our room when this wasn't the case. Very childish and uncalled for behaviour. There is another hostel on the island I would recommend going there instead. Be cautious if thinking about using this accommodation.

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Property: Bru Radharc na Mara Hostel
Address: West Village | Inis Oírr, Province of Connacht, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Aran Islands > Inisheer
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Inisheer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bru Radharc na Mara Hostel is located on Inishere, the smallest and most beautiful of the Aran Islands. It is located on the waters edge overlooking Galway Bay, away from the bustle of city life..in a world of stunning scenery with panoramic views of neighbouring islands, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren. It offers en-suite private (double/twin)rooms, family rooms and 4/6 bed dormitories. Facilities include a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, dining area, common room with open fire, Irish/Continental breakfast available, Credit cards accepted. ... more   less 
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Bru Radharc Na Mara Hostel Aran Islands, Ireland - Inisheer

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