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“Lovely hostel in the middle of nowhere!”

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Ben Lettery Connemara Hostel
Almelo, The Netherlands
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“Lovely hostel in the middle of nowhere!”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

I stayed in this hostel for a survival weekend with an'oige! We could come there by bus and had to bring our own food and money, but it was a lovely hostel to stay in. Nice staff and a lovely atmosphere!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Waterford, Ireland
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5 reviews
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is an old hostel that was recently restored and is run by a group of volunteers that really look after the place and are passionate about hostelling and giving a warm welcome to everyone who comes through their door. Really beautiful location with plenty of sheep roaming right outside your door! We had a great weekend kayaking, rock climbing and hill walking and a great sing-song in the hostel on Saturday night too. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

A great place for hiking in Connemara! Amazing, what An Oige and some enthusiastic volunteers have achieved. They run this hostel, which was already closed, and they turned it into a charming and very human place. I spent five days here, thirty years after my first stay, and I met wonderful people, made great walks, and I enjoyed every minute in Ben Lettery. So, to everyone who looks for a place to stay in the area, I can wholeheartedly recommend the hostel .

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Passau, Germany
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

We arrived and felt like coming home.
Friendly people talking, cooking together...
You should take a swim in the lake or just get the best tips what to do arround.
The house is clean and well equipped, everyone tries to make your stay the best.

After 4 nights we were sad to leave so soon...
But we'll be back!

Room Tip: Room Nr. 0 and 1 have a great lakeview
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

It's just great to see this hostel open again - it's such a brilliant location for hiking the Bens or generally touring Connemara. And such a warm friendly welcome from volunteer staff! It's really heart-warming to see such vision and enthusiasm. Hoping for better weather next time, but it's a great hostel to return to after a hike in the rain :-)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Ireland
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

I dropped into this hostel at the weekend after a long day hiking the Bens with my hiking club. The manger, Joe gave us a warm welcome and brought us in for tea. His enthusiasm for the hostel is infectious. It's bright and cheerful with amusing artwork on the walls. It has a cosy living room with an open fireplace and fantastic views of Connemara all round. Although I didn't stay the night, I had a look round the bedrooms which look tidy and comfortable. I hope to organise a group trip out there soon. It's a great spot to use as a base for hiking and cycling. The Galway to Clifden Citylink bus drops you to the door of the hostel. The idea of going for pints in nearby Ballinahinch Castle is a draw as well. Best of luck to Joe and the other volunteers involved in making this lovely little hostel a success.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

A reopened youth hostel with tons of charm. Extremely nice, charming and helpful staff of volunteers. The location is very scenic and ideal for hiking the "bens" ; the local peaks. It's also a very good base for exploring the charming Connemara.
Some smaller work still needs to be done but one the whole this hostel is highly recommended.
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  • Stayed June 2013
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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 #3 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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