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“Stunning Views - Perfect Base for our Connemara Holiday”

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Ben Lettery Connemara Hostel
Galway, Ireland
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Stunning Views - Perfect Base for our Connemara Holiday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

Just enjoyed three nights at this fun and relaxed hostel in the heart of Connemara. We cycled different routes around Connemara everyday. The location of the hostel was ideal for us. The views of the lakes and mountains are really stunning. We were welcomed by the new managers who were all volunteers who renovated the hostel this spring. We slept very well. Great job. Love the piano. We will be back!

Room Tip: We had a choice of east or west facing rooms. We chose east to enjoy sunrise.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

The views from this hostel are wonderful. Lake to the front. Mountain to the back. Walk straight up the mountain to enjoy views of across all of Connemara, The Twelve Bens and the Glencoaghan Horseshoe. We stayed last weekend and were lucky with the good weather. We saw the lights on and found volunteers busy painting and cleaning. We were welcomed in. Had a great night thanks and enjoyed the music in the local pub. Good luck with your reopening in June. We will be back to stay this summer and enjoy more walking!

Room Tip: All the rooms seemed similar and fine to us. Variety of large and small rooms.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Issoire, France
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2011

This hostel is definitly the most dirty I lived in Connemara : the rooms, the kitchen, the bathroom. A house a bit old, wich needs to be cleaned.
But hosts were very friendly : youngs, couples, families with children (a bit noisy)
A good place for begining or ending the 12 bens when you have no car.
For 16 €, you can't have a palace ... Canal bridge bus station between Galway and Clifden is very near.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Hamburg
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2008

- I was in Ben Lettery in the mid of September 2008.
- The hostel was not reachable over the phone. Full answering machine.
- The kitchen is extremly dirty. Dead flies and dirt on the windowshelf. The kitchentable was sticky and greazy. The floor as well. The dustbins were full until under the top. The owner emptied them when I mentioned it. He took somekind of cloth from under the sink to clean the outside of the bins. I do not know for how long this old towel has been in use but it should have been thrown away with the garbage instead of using it any further.
- In the mens toiletts you could smell urin. Two of three showers (next to corridor) were okay, one (gents room) had some black fungus in it.
- In the living room I saw a pile of newspapers. The one on top was from a month ago.
- The room, I was in, was compared to rest of the house acceptable.
- The owner was willing to help but I could not get rid of the feeling that he was only going for the money. I paid 16,50Euro without breakfast or linen.

  • Disliked — Kitchen, Bathroom, Lobby
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled solo
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Lisboa, Portugal
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2007

This was the worst hostels I have ever been in my life, for it was disgustingly dirty everywhere. The carpets were awfully dirty, there was old grease allover the kitchen, the pots and pans were all dirty with remains of old grease, the counters were dirty, the fridges and the rubbish bins hadn't seen some good cleaning in a very long time, forget the showers and toilets - we didn't even shower in the morning afraid we could catch some disease! The whole place looked grim and bleak, and the woman who is responsible for the place was disagreable and looked herself really untidy. We arrived around 7 pm and had to ring for her and as she open the door of her private quarters we could see a total mess inside, and also she presented herself to us almost in her pajamas! Besides that, she talked to us like the headmistress of a workhouse and we all felt like orphans out of a Charles Dickens novel, the atmosphere much contributing to that!

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  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2006

Wonderful staff, lovely grounds, great kitchen, comfy rooms & bathrooms. All round great stay.

  • Liked — Wonderful staff!
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ben Lettery Connemara Hostel

Property: Ben Lettery Connemara Hostel
Address: Connemara, Recess, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Recess
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Recess
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unique Irish Hostel in the heart of scenic Connemara. Mountains to the rear, lake to the fore, the perfect location for a holiday in Connemara. ... more   less 
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