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Doolin Hostel Reviews

Fisherstreet, Clare, Doolin, Ireland

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93%

Rating
672 Total Reviews
  • 94%Value For Money
  • 92%Security
  • 97%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 94%Cleanliness
  • 93%Facilities

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69%

Hostel located in a perfect position for the Cliffs of Moher coastal walk Absence of any atmosphere in the second building across the street. In any case it was very clean and there was a huge kitchen available. Staff seemed to be every time busy at managing orders at the cafè instead of being available for guests' requests.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your review & for top marks on location facilities cleanliness & value. Indeed the second building public areas are quieter than the main building but you have access to both buildings to choose your preference for more or less interaction. Plus every night there is live Irish music in the pubs where the atmosphere can't be beat. Our cafe/reception are popular & our staff are always willing to help giving tips & advice I am sorry we did not meet your needs. Warmest regards Anthony

100%

Excellent hospitality and was offered pizza on arrival as it was late. Great hostel with modern facilities, cafe/shop and information about the area. Owner was full of knowledge. Breakfast was fantastic. Will definitely be coming back.


77%

very nice and friendly staff. Their cafè was a really nice idea, the breakfast was a bit better than a lot other hostels and it was nice that they provided cages under the bed for locked up luggage storage. In terms of improvements I think the bathrooms could be a lot more clean and the showers in there was as well spilling water all over the floor. also the common area in the house across the street didn't have that cozy and social feeling which meant nobody sat in the room at any point.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your feedback it is much appreciated, but sorry to hear that the bathroom at your dorm needed more attention. Our second building living areas are the quieter of the two. Although it lends itself to be more cosy in the cooler months when its stove fire is on opposed to the long evenings in the summer where few people get to use it as they are out exploring late into the day & then out to listen to live music in the pubs at night. But it is something we will be working on.

100%

Great place and helpful staff.

  • 28th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and thanks for giving us top marks it is much appreciated. Warmest regards Anthony and Deirdre

97%

Lovely place, lovely hostel, and I had very friendly people in my room. Can't go wrong in such a small town!


100%

I love this place! It has been family owned for 30+ years and the family still runs all of it, very hands on. The whole staff is so friendly. The complimentary breakfast is amazing-- far exceeding expectations. The dorm rooms are spacious and comfortable with sky lights. Everything was better than I expected. It is very close to the coastal path leading to the Cilffs of Mojer, so it is ideally located.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your lovely review. It is great to be a second generation hostel, taking over from my parents who open our holiday hostel as one of the first in Ireland in 1983 and the first Irish Tourist Board Approved (Failte Ireland) Hostel. Since taking over in 2012 we have continually renovated and improved the hostel to make it stand out once again setting out our own unique brand of what we think hosteling should be by adding quality, services, cafe and working in a eco conscious way.

100%

Love staying in your hostel. Feels like home. Breakfast was delicious.

Owner Comment (Hide)
It was a pleasure to read your review this morning and having you stay with us in our home. It is great to hear you enjoyed our healthy continental breakfast buffet which is full of fruit, juices, cereals, breads and brewed coffee. Warmest regards Anthony and Deirdre

100%

The hostel is very clean and the staff is extremely friendly and VERY helpful! I was in a room with 12 beds, but it seemed very open and not overcrowded. Each bed has outlets and a light too. The hostel offers a free breakfast as well as a café for other tasty options. The town is small, but it is charming with cute little shops and cafes; plus the Cliffs of Moher are only a short distance away. I would definitely recommend Doolin Hostel.

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


89%

Great Hostel to stay in. Best so far. Perfect location if you want to stay in the country side. Close to the cliffs, close to the islands. Best breakfast buffet. So many choices. Staff was very friendly. Highly recommended :)

  • 13th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Great to hear we are the best hostel you have stay in to date, it is a great compliment and so pleased to hear you enjoyed our healthy continental breakfast buffet with freshly brewed coffee. Enjoy the rest of your holiday. Warmest regards Anthony and Deirdre

94%

Lovely hostel with some really friendly staff. The café makes really nice pizza with a nice selection of craft beers. Rooms were comfortable and clean. location was a short walk from the local pubs and the pier. Overall I loved my stay here. My only gripe was that half nine was way too early to close the kitchen.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed your meal in our cafe. Thank you for your feedback on the kitchen but we have to close it at night for the safety of all our guests and our insurance policy. As our reception and cafe closes at 9pm it corresponds with the evening clean up before the evening team finish and go home. Warmest regards Anthony and Deirdre

97%

I was very happy to stay there. Everyone was welcoming and the hostel itself was great. And the breakfast... amazing.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Great to hear you felt so welcome in our home and found all our staff so friendly and that you had a great start to your day with our breakfast. Warmest regards Anthony and Deirdre

97%

This hostel is in such a beautiful location. only went on the way to the cliffs but would have liked to stay for a few more nights just because it was so relaxed and would have been nice to chill. Best breakfast you will come across in the hostel community.


100%

Fantastic experience! The breakfast was amazing and the location was super convenient. There could be more power points in the rooms but there was plenty in the living area.

  • 6th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for the great review and to hear you enjoyed the convenience of our central location so much, its great to have our own bus stop, walk to all the pubs and restaurants, ferry port and to be at the start of the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk. Regarding the power sockets it is some thing we are addressing and all private rooms have extra sockets to meet modern day demands. For our dormitories we will be addressing next month with individual outlets with USB ports for each bunk.

91%

nice hostel in beautiful rural area, great breakfast, nice staff, good and clean hostel

Owner Comment (Hide)
So pleased to hear you had a great stay and that your enjoyed our hospitality so much. Warmest regards Anthony and Deirdre

66%

not a good option for youths... almost everybody was older or on family trips

Owner Comment (Hide)
Dear Mauricio Thank you for your review and pointing out that we cater for all ages and families who are a big market for us. We do cater for a lot of younger people but would not be a hostel you would consider for partying, but rather to get a good nights sleep before you go hiking, biking, kayaking, rock climbing etc. or exploring the Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher and Burren. And for the best lively atmosphere walk 2 minutes down the road for live music and some of the best pubs in Ireland.

71%

Nice breakfast, quiet place but reception closes too early in the evening which doesn't allow to arrive after 9 without paying extra charges.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your review and great to hear you enjoyed your stay. Also thank you for highlighting our reception closes at 9pm. We are a family run hostel and do not have the facilities of a late night reception. We did look at it but found it too costly and rarely used. So we decided it was better money spent to add extra quality and services to the hostel instead. For those who which for a late check in we can provide the service at a cost which goes towards paying the staff to stay late

100%

The hostel was the most comfortable I stayed at in 5 weeks of traveling. Location was great and the staff were helpful and polite.

  • 10th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Dear Josh Thanks for the great review and for rating us as your top hostel on your long trip, it means a lot and I will share with the all the team as it is always much appreciated. Warmest regards Anthony and Deirdre

100%

Ein niedliches Hostel in toller Lage. Das Personal ist super freundlich und hilfsbereit auch wenn mal etwas unerwartetes passiert. In diesem Hostel merkt man deutlich, dass dort Menschen arbeiten, die Spaß an Ihrer Arbeit haben. Auch das Frühstück ist wirklich gut! und die Zimmer gut ausgestattet und sauber!


91%

Excellent location , nice rooms, very nice friendly staff.

  • 19th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Poland
  • Mixed Group, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for you top review and great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Warmest Regards Anthony and Deirdre

100%

One of the best hostels I have stayed in. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We were greeted almost everytime we came in the door. The place was extremely clean and quiet and the breakfast in the morning was phenomenal. It is also only a thirty second walk away from everything. Would highly recommend this hostel to anyone!

Owner Comment (Hide)
What an excellent review, thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay so much. I will pass your thanks on to all the guys as it is always very much appreciated. Warmest regards Anthony and Deirdre

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