This is one of the best hostels I've ever stayed in. The rooms were clean and spacious, the beds soft and comfortable and the showers were marvellous. Nothing to complain about. The owners were very friendly and I had the entire sleeping room (which could fit up to 6 people) to myself three out of four nights, which was an unexpected luxury. The common room is nice, especially in the evenings when the owners would come in and lit up a fire. Very snug and it made me feel very much at home. The kitchen was great, there's plenty of space and you could leave your food in the refrigarator. All the cooking utensils you need are there. And if you're lucky and the weather is good enough, you can enjoy your first cuppa tea or coffee of the day while you're sitting outside in the sun.
The surrounding area is lovely, very quiet and tranquil and if you like being outdoors and the peace of it all, this is a great place to stay. It's not far from Knock Airport (30 min by car) and close to Claremorris and Castlebar, where there are supermarkets and restaurants. Also a great starting point for the rest of West Ireland. I travelled to Connemara National Park and Cong, both well worth your time and effort.
You do need a car though, otherwise I doubt if you could even get to the hostel, but then again, you need a car to get to anywhere proper in Ireland.
*Important*: The directions given by Google maps were wrong. It said I had to follow the signs saying Knock, after driving through Claremorris on the N60. This didn't make any sense at all. What you need to do, if you're on the N60 from Claremorris heading to Castlebar, you should look out for a sign saying Facefield - L 1504 and turn into that road. Then just follow the signs that say Valleylodge Hostel.
Will definitely be back with some more people in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideal accommodation for flying into or out of Knock Airport. This is the only hostel in the Claremorris or Knock area. We provide luxury hostel accommodation in a newly converted farm building with all en-suite bedrooms catering for single, double, triple, family and dorm. Large common and dining and Self-Catering kitchen (Irish Tourist Board Approved). Facilities: Linen Included, Towels for hire, self-catering kitchen, Free parking, Washing, En-Suite Bedrooms, Hairdryer, Tax Included, Wheelchair accessible, Common Room. ... more less
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