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Barnacles Quay Street Galway City Reviews

10 Quay Street, Galway, Ireland

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2190 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 98%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

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Staff was amazing...younger guy (who had traveled through California was great, and blonde girl with tattoos was soooo helpful and nice!)


We loved our stay at Barnacles! The staff were amazing - specifically James at the front desk who was really helpful :). The rooms were super clean, the location can't be beat. The main strip is right outside the front door. Would definitely stay again!


Great hostel. Would definitely stay here again. Loved the woman (Nicole) that came from university to teach traditional music and/or dance. Was really a great time. Was a bit loud at the front of the hostel (where our room was) because of the street, but they have ear plugs down stairs!


I had a great time. The stuff was surprisingly nice and it had everything you can ask for in a hostel.


This is a very social hostel in a great location! It has a kitchen with new appliances perfect for cooking. The staff are helpful with navigating the city/area.


Our room stunk of a mouldy/stale smell, it was growing above the shower and had been painted over.

  • 5th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Very good hostel. Already the second time I aas there. I can recommend it to everyone. Staff is awsome and friendly. They help you where they can. If you're lucky you'll meet them also on one of the famous pub crawls. You can't get a better location in whole Galway.


This hostel is nice, but its location is both a curse and a blessing. It is well located in the city just a minutes walk from the Spanish Arch, restaurants and everything else the city has to offer, BUT if you expect to get any sleep at night, this is NOT the hostel for you. The rooms overlook the street and the pubs and partying on the street go well past 2am. The band playing below might as well have been in the room. The 6 bed dorm is very small and the shower was smaller than a phone booth.

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