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Cork International Youth Hostel (An Oige) Reviews

1 Red Cliff, West End Rad, Cork, Ireland

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389 Total Reviews
  • 79%Value For Money
  • 76%Security
  • 69%Location
  • 77%Staff
  • 74%Atmosphere
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 74%Facilities

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The location of the hostel does not let you see the best side of cork, we judged the city very poorly at first due to the location. There seemed to be very little around it with the closest pub being 10 minute walk away which meant a late night walk through a not great part of town. The kitchen was also tiny considering how many people stay there and the staff not as welcoming as in other places


It was quite difficult to find the hostel since there are no "billboards" or even a name of the hostel anywhere on the building (well, there was a really small sign at the rear side of the building). However, our stay there was nice. What we found as a major problem was that there was not a sufficient number of plugs in the room and if there were some, they were behind the beds (which was quite impractical), so we have to use hairdryer in the corridor...


The staff at this hostel always seemed surprised when I went down to ask questions - it was as if they didn't expect to have people asking them things about the airport, or how to find the nearest grocery store. The kitchen here is a joke. There is no oven or stove - just a couple gas lit burners, with broken igniters, so you have to have your own lighter or matches to even use them. They have a large, well equipped kitchen that is only for the staff to cook in for people who buy meals.


Nearly Everything was exactly what you want out of a hostel. Friendly and Helpful Staff. Clean and Secure Rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Great Location just on the edge of town. Nice atmosphere about the hostel. Couple of improvement ideas: Provision of lockers in rooms for valuables. Provision of soap dispensers in showers.

  • 25th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


A bit remote without a car, hostel is a nice safe place to stay in Cork. Morning breakfast is extra cost but good value. Staff can be hit or miss. The older woman who checked us in, however, was extremely nice and went out of her way to ensure we knew the directions to a great new Asian restaurant she'd recommended (thanks!) within walking distance of hostel. Beautiful Victorian with meticulously maintained front landscaping. Clean private room with ensuite bathroom makes hostel good Cork choice


I found most things adequate however I can not express my deep seated hatred for the push button showers that I have only ever encountered at Youth Hostels in Ireland. No other Hostel I have stayed at, no matter how environmentally friendly, uses this unique form of torture. Dublin YHA's and Cork YHA's showers have the added feature of becoming too hot to shower in.

  • 19th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Overall it was a great deal for the price we paid. The location was fairly close to the city center. The food for breakfast was good, although it should be noted that breakfast was an extra cost and not included. The sheets we had were stained, and there was no wifi in the rooms (only the lobby), which was inconvenient.

  • 19th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


the guy a the reception don't talk about facilities, breakfast, or anything, he just give the key and take the money. The kitchen is really too small, and the rooms are not properly cleaned (including bathroom)


I was traveling with a lot of expensive technology because I was waiting to be at school and there was no lockers. The facilities are old and relatively clean, but it was much further from the city centre than I thought it would. Overall, okay for the money, but will probably not return.


Stayed here as quick stop for one night after we finished the ring of Kerry. I would rate this hostel as very average hostel, nothing in particular stood out as spectacular but nothing stood out as terrible. I wouldn't reccomend this hostel for a long term stay but for a quick rest stop it is perfect.


This is a great hostel. Just be aware there is a 20-25 minute walk to the city centre. However it is a lovely walk. It's a nice relaxing hostel, mainly because of it's location. Great park behind the hostel as well.


Hostel a little bit far from the centre. Clean and beautiful. Good atmosphere and friendly.


On the other side of the city from the bus and train stations so be prepared to bus there if you don't have a car. Toilets could do with some hand soap, there were no lockers in the rooms and wifi didn't work in all the rooms (worked fine in the common areas though). Apart from that there was lots of space, the building and surroundings are cool and the 15min walk into the city was nice and easy. A pretty relaxing place to stay.


This is an average hostel. It was an ok place to crash.


The staff were very nice. The hostel did not have a free continental breakfast, which we were expecting based off of the website.


Not the best location, but only about a 20min walk to town centre. Good value for money with lots of rooms most with en suite facilities. Good sized kitchen and nice large dining room and lounge room.


We stayed in the 6 bed female ensuit room. The room was nice and clean, so was the bathroom, but wifi was unreliable in the room. The lounge was comfortable and cute. It's comfortable walk to the city center as long as you don't have all your bags/luggage with you.


Excellent location and good bus service at the front gate! Staff very courteous . Kitchen a bit of a disaster area at times. Lazy residents not clearing up after their meal, sink full of dirty dishes and pots. No storage space in rooms t

  • 12th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Northern Ireland
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


The young gentleman was helpful when posed with any questions. Mammy was was cool and abrupt. For a 90+ bed hostel the 3 by 3 metre kitchen was inadequate, you could count the cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils were minimal and the fridge/freezer was far too small. The kitchen was not open until 7:45am & I feel that some guests were probably 'squirreling' kitchen items in their room before an early morning start. The 10 euro fee for laundering is steep, I prefer to do it myself for 6 euro.


The hostel, while it was a bit out of town, was actually in a more picturesque neighborhood than most of the town. Average accommodations, but safe and clean.

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