The Galway Hostel

galwayhostel.jpgThe Galway Hostel combines cheap rates with location, convenience and amenities – a combination that is hard to beat.

* The Galway Hostel, Galway
* Galway City Hostel, Frenchville Lane, Eyre Square, Galway
* Number of Stars: N/A
* Breakfast? Yes
* Dedicated non-smoking rooms? Yes
* Staff Friendliness (out of 10): 10
* Staff Competence (out of 10): 9
* Room Options: 4, 8, 12 and 14-bed dorms, single, twin, double or triple rooms ensuite and not
* Room comfort level (out of 10): 8
* Noisy? There can be a bit of noise from the square, but it’s so little it’s not worth mentioning . . . oops.

* Does the TV remote work?: n/a
* Fan/AC?: No
* Pool?: No
* Concierge?: N/A
* Restaurant?: Downstairs at Fox’s pub
* Conference facilities?: no
* Value for money? Excellent
* Irish Blog Recommends?: Best location in Galway, maybe the best hostel as well
* Rates: €15.00 – €50 depending on season and room. At the moment there is an amazing weekly rate of €75.
* Booking Information: • Tel: (+353) (0) 91-566959
* Website:
* Review:

Synopsis: May be the best choice for a hostel in Galway.

* Sheets Included
* Breakfast Included
* Kitchen available
* Coed dorms
* Under-bed basket lockers in rooms
* Some rooms en-suite
* Internet available (for a fee) or free wi-fi
* Discounts on tours and beer/grub downstairs at Fox’s pub/restaurant

Comments: The Galway Hostel is about 20 feet away from the Galway bus/train station on the corner of Eyre Square. You could not find a better location if you dreamed it. The charming stone front and twisting, staircased interior as well as the attractive european employees do wonders to welcome the weary traveller.

The hostel is open 24/7 and is popular, so you’re bound to meet people if you’re travelling on your own. If not, they have a selection of private rooms with ensuite or not (if it’s quiet and off-season, they’ll even bump you up to an ensuite room for free sometimes).

I stayed here in summer 2006 and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Tired of the nightlife? You can sit upstairs and surf the web while watching people in Eyre Square out the window. Deadly.

Plus, the 20 second walk to the train in the morning did not hurt my opinion of this place. What a great hostel.

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