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Macgabhainns Backpackers Hostel Reviews

24 Vicar Street, Kilkenny, Ireland

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1256 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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We had a lovely stay here. The staff were so friendly and helpful, the place was small and had character. It was so close to everything. I would stay here again if I went back to Kilkenny.


A lovely little family-run traditional hostel. Very comfortable with a nice atmosphere. The location is just outside of the town centre but the walk is short and convenient, with a small shop very close-by. The staff were all very helpful and friendly.


A small hostel on two floors just out of the central area (Kilkenny's a pretty small town anyway). No elevator. It's an old building, so the facilities aren't the best - but they do the job. If you're in a room looking down on the street, it'll be noisy due to traffic - bring ear plugs. The staff member who checked me in was eager to make me feel at home and introduce me to Kilkenny.


Nice enough hostel. Would stay here again.


Great location, great staff.


Great hostel. Hot showers, clean and confortable bedrooms / Beds. Very welcoming and informative staff. Free breakfast and a wonderful atmosphere on the morning when we all sit together around the same table and talk about our travelling experiences !


Excellent hostel !


Staff were very helpful and friendly. Good location and within walking distance of the town centre. Very accommodating to our group and would definitely stay again.

  • 12th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Staff was very friendly, helps you around. Kitchen was very clean, rooms olso. Bathroom a bit to much used... Loved it there!

  • 8th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Belgium
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I had the best time in Kilkenny and that is in no small part to my stay at MacGabhainns.


The room was very smelly and old, bathrooms were disgusting. We've had the misfortune of staying two nights at this hostel and could not sleep at all because of the noise other guests were making late/early in the night. If you like listening to drunk people making commotion for most of the night, this is the hostel for you. However, if you want a place where you can actually sleep, go somewhere else.

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We are truly sorry you didn't enjoy your stay with us. We had a group of very unruly men staying that Saturday night and it did take us awhile to sort out the situation and control the noise. Our bedrooms are recently refurbished and bathrooms cleaned regularly everyday. We wish you had of informed us of any such problems during your stay and we would of Sorted them out straight away. Once again we are truly sorry


One of the best in Ireland in a very classy city.


The staff was amazing and the location was great (close enough to walk to everything, yet far enough to feel isolated). I highly recommend this hostel for anyone visiting Kilkenny, I'd stay here again.


Great little hostel. Fergus and the staff are super helpful and more than happy to just have a chat about the game or whatever. Definitely recommend


I liked our stay, we enjoyed the hospitality! The staff was very knowledgeable and gave us all the tips for the city. It was a fantastic location and was very quite at night. It felt very homey. There was no TV to show world cup games! :(


As this is a small hostel, it feels more like living in a large house. Only a 10 minute walk to places. The staff was great in making me feel welcome, and giving me helpful tips about where to go eat, ect.


It's a great place. The staff was really nice and helpful. I like the fact that it's not on the main street, but it's near everything ! Thanks folks !


Feels like home! The staffs are very friendly and welcoming! 🌸

  • 4th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Location was good and staff was incredibly friendly and helpful! We had a twin private ensuite and the room/bathroom were small but nice. Seemed clean and beds were comfortable. The place in General was pretty small but nice, and quiet in the evening which was nice. We asked for restaurant recommendations and we went to one of the places, Matt the Millers, and it was the best meal we had by far, so glad we took their recommendations! We would stay again.


Great set up. A little far from the bus/train stop (10-15 minute walk), but definitely walkable. Helpful staff. Nice set up. Good value.

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