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Barnacles Quay Street Galway City Reviews

10 Quay Street, Galway, Ireland

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2383 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 98%Location
  • 90%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

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If you want a Hostel right in the city centre, is perfect for you. You'll have to deal with nightly party noise from outside though. The only actual criticism I have is about the bed sheets, which did not look clean at all - I stuck to my sleeping bag. Apart from that, Barnacle's was a great choice.

  • 30th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Excellent place to stay, great atmosphere and friendly staff. It probably has of the most complete kitchens I have ever seen at a hostel. I would totally recommend it!!


It was a wonderful travel 😅

  • 23rd Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Very friendly staff, great location, clean hostel. Thank you!


All round a great experience. Relaxed respectful atmosphere in this hostel.

  • 19th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Mixed Group, 41+
  • (1 review)


It`s a really nice hostel in the middle of galway!


Can't beat the location! The hostel was clean, the price is unbeatable.


Awesome hostel:)


Good location, even it's located in Bar St, I didn't hear noises through windows.


Good central location right in the middle of the action in Galway. Staff are knowledgeable about the city and what's on.


Gol expensive for one night, but the hostel is perfect.


The bathroom and shower were separate and were very small so it made it difficult to get changed etc. The layout makes it difficult for a social atmosphere. Other than that, typical hostel.


This hostel was amazing! Right in the city center, the staff was really friendly & it generally had a nice athmosphere. I definitely recommend this hostel to anyone who's low budget & wants to feel the Galway life :)


Good location and very friendly staff, but for the price the room was quite dirty and noisy as hell. Average hostel with good location.


Very nice hostel, in a perfect spot and with very kind staff!


We enjoyed our time at Barnacles a lot! It's situated in the center of Galway, close to all the shops and pubs. A bit difficult to sleep there though, as it is just next to the biggest pub.

  • 16th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Switzerland
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Great location in the heart of Galway. Lovely staff. A little warm and a bit noisy on the top floor!


You can really tell that this hostel knows what they're doing. It was really organized and clean, and it was really well kept. The kitchen facilities were really nice as well as the breakfast they provide. I stayed in an 8 person dorm and it was a bit cramped, but there were lockers that slid under the bed to put all your stuff in so that kept it fairly clean. The only downfall is that it is directly on the main street of Galway, so it can be a bit noisy from all the pubs outside at night.


Best location, the street is covered with cute places to eat and so so many shops. The free breakfast, and under bed storage is awesome. This is the best hostel to stay in if you wanna be near the heart of Galway


Had been looking forward to staying here for a long time as I often visit Galway-v. disappointed w/my stay. Room was tiny(couldn't even sit up on my top bunk bed). Leak in our bedroom-staff although friendly just gave us towels as if the leak was expected. Absolutely everything was an extra cost-shower towels , luggage storage after check out. Not even a hand towel in the bathroom. Could hear extractor fan from bedroom. Feel the room was much too small for 4 people especially with slanted roof

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