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Rowan Tree Hostel Reviews

Harmony Row, Co. Clare, Ennis, Ireland

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92%

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1036 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 93%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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77%

Hostel was clean. They did not stock earplugs however and myself and my partner were kept up by people snoring until 5 in the morning. After our second complaint the night porter moved us to another room. The "continental" breakfast was a bit dissapointing.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for your review, We have ordered a box of ear plugs which we will have available to our guests free of charge, when you are staying in a 10 bed dorm we can not gaurantee that there will not be a snorer in the room and we would rather not disturb people in another room by moving other guests in at 5am. Our breakfast of tea/coffee/juice, cereal, toast, fruit and scones from our cafe is available free of charge which most guests find satisfactory.Regards from all @Rowan Tree Hostel

86%

Nothing but positive things to say about our stay. I would recommend you to anyone visiting that part of Ireland.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for choosing us and for your recommendation, we hope you have a chance to come back again soon. Regards from all the team @ Rowan Tree Hostel

100%

Reception was extremely warm and informative. Location on the river was convenient for walking and parking. Best hostel we ever stayed in!

  • 25th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for your very nice review we have a great crew working here with us and we're delighted that you consider us the Best hostel that you have ever stayed in. We hope to see you back again soon. Regards from all the team @ Rowan Tree Hostel

100%

The staff was very helpful when I asked about places to play music. (I had brought my fiddle from home.) They gave me a map and showed me how to find several places. They are within walking distance from Brogans pub and a great little music store. I did get to play in an Irish pub witch was amazing. The hostel is actually more like a hotel with a wonderful kitchen, nice common area, and great rooms. I enjoyed my stay very much!

  • 24th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for your great review, we are delighted that you had a great experience staying with us in Ennis "Ireland's friendliest Town" and the home of traditional Irish music.Brogan's is a popular favourite with lot's of visitors and local musicians and we have an up to date session list in the hostel for all our guests. Hopefully you will have a chance to come back and visit again soon. Regards from all the team @ Rowan Tree Hostel

71%

Our bed has squeaked the whole night allways if you move your self. Even if it is a little bit. and the mattress was very hard. And there is no possibility to park the car. only ~1 km away. Despite of this things i really enjoyed the stay!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for letting us know the bed frame has been tightened and the squeak is fixed. The mattress is high density memory foam and is designed to be firm and most guests are very happy with them. There is a car park either side of the hostel and is free of charge from 5pm until 9.30am and is €1.30 for 2 hrs at other times the free car park is 7 mins walk. We are very happy that you still enjoyed your stay despite the squeaky bed. Regards from all the team @Rowan Tree Hostel

89%

I would definitely stay again. If Rowan Tree is representative of hostels throughout Ireland I would look for more opportunities to use them in other urban centres. It was great having a high quality restaurant attached to the facility.

  • 11th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
thanks a million for your very nice review, we are very happy that you had a great stay and had the opportunity to dine in our very popular Cafe Bar where we serve a wide selection of locally sourced food. Regards from all the team at Rowan Tree hostel

100%

We only stayed here one night but it's a great place to stay. Clean and friendly and right in the centre of town. The best place we stayed in on our cycle tour. The bikes were left indoors in a secure place.

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Thanks a million for your great review, we are very happy that you consider us the Best place that you stayed on your cycling tour. Hopefully you will have another opportunity to visit again soon. Regards from all the team @ Rowan Tree Hostel

97%

Only stayed one night on the way to Shannon airport. Great location next to City Centre -- lots of places to explore. Super quiet provate room and super nice set up for guests.

  • 10th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for your great review, we are the closest hostel to Shannon airport with great bus connections, we are also glad that you had a chance to explore Ennis " Ireland's Friendliest Town " and the home of traditional Irish music where there are loads of nightly music sessions. Regards from all the team @ Rowan Tree Hostel

100%

Loved my stay here

  • 5th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


100%

I only stayed here for 1 night, I wish I had stayed for more. The staff is friendly and helpful and the bathrooms were clean. There was a computer available for internet access.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for your great review, we are delighted that you had an enjoyable stay and were happy with our crew and the facilities that we provide. hope fully you will be able to stay for longer the next time. Regards from all the team @ Rowan Tree Hostel

100%

The location is outstanding, right along the river across from the Ennis Abbey and along the historical walks that go through the old (read: medieval) town center. The staff is wonderful, I had to leave early on a bus for the airport, and they set breakfast out early for me. They also have an internet phone and allow you to call international landlines free (10 mins). Had dinner at the cafe attached, and the food was gourmet and delicious. Highly recommend this hostel if you're going to Ennis.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for your excellent review, we are very lucky to be in a great location right in the centre of Ennis and overlooking the river Fergus ! Our Rowan Tree Cafe Bar is very popular with our guests and locals alike so we have a great mix of people enjoying our locally sourced food. We hope you have a chance to come back and visit again soon. Regards from all the team @ Rowan tree Hostel

94%

Really quiet amazing hostel in the middle of Ennis. The staff was helpful. They also had breakfast which definitely helps. Clean rooms. Pretty much a good hostel, definitely what anyone would want.


86%

This was my second visit to Rowan Tree Hostel and I enjoyed it much more the second time around. the location is great, breakfast is good and the price is great. Much quieter and calmer when not visiting on a weekend!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for your great review, imagine what it will be like on your third visit !! We are very fortunate to have separated the private rooms and the dorm rooms on different floors so it helps for light sleepers. Regards from all the team @ Rowan Tree cafe Bar

97%

Thanks for a nice stay will definately be back

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for your very nice review, we look forward to welcoming you back to Ennis. Regards from all the team @ Rowan Tree Hostel

100%

Very nice place, especially liked that they had a box in the kitchen for leftover food, reduces waste and sometimes there was enough to throw together a quick meal!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for your very nice review , our left over food box can be very useful and sometimes there are some nice treats in there :)) Regards from all the team @ Rowan tree Hostel

94%

Very nice hostel! Great location, close to the town centre, very clean and the staff are very helpful. Also received a lovely cake in our room as a welcome which was very cute and an excellent touch :)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for your very nice review, we are very lucky to be in a great location beside the river Fergus in the centre of Ennis, we are delighted that you enjoyed our little welcome gift from our Cafe Bar next door. Regards from all the team @ Rowan Tree Hostel

91%

I really enjoyed my stay at the Rowan Tree Hostel especially the nice atmosphere. The only thing that bothered me a bit is that the wifi was down for two of the days I was there but the staff were very friendly and tried to help as much as possible :)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for your very nice review, we are sorry that our wifi was down but we were upgrading our wifi to fibrenet which now provides us with the highest speed wifi in Ireland 70mbs. Regards from all the team @ Rowan Tree Hostel

77%

I had a totally pleasant visit here with a friend, but neither of us could quite figure out how it had been rated one of the best hostels in the world. Everything was good but nothing was extremely unique. Additionally when we asked the staff about getting to the Cliffs of Moher the woman working at the desk told us we essentially had to take a 40 euro tour to get there, which isn't true in the slightest. Luckily I had researched online before so we took the public 15 euro bus instead.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for reviewing us.Our nomination for best hostel in the world in 2014 is by guests who reviewed us on Hostelworld.com. There are a lot of unique features about our hostel including the building which is a fully restored 1740's former Gentlemans Club, "Clare County Club" which is also located in a beautiful location over looking the river fergus and 13th century friary.Daytours to the Burren and cliffs are €30 and public bus to the cliffs only is €16.Regards from Rt team

91%

It's an amazing hostel!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for your very nice review and we hope you have an opportunity to come and stay with us again soon !! Regards from all the team @ Rowan Tree Hostel

86%

Friendly and efficient (if a little impersonal) hostel right in the heart of Ennis. From the stone patio behind the door you can see the ruins of the Franciscan Abbey, and you are a three minute walk from many pubs with excellent music. The locals are all very proud of the hostel - if you mention that you are staying there, they will all say - "Ah - it's as good as a hotel, is it not?" The hostel also hosts a wide variety of ages - I saw young back-packers and older couples side-by-side.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks a million for taking the time to review us :)) Sorry if you felt our service was a little impersonal but maybe as it was during the annual Fleadh Nua traditional Irish music festival we were a little bit under pressure as we were full to capacity. We are proud to do our bit for our local community which is what makes Ennis not just the home of traditional music but also Ireland's Friendliest Town we are also delighted to welcome both young and young at heart guests. Regards RTH

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