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The Old Presbytery Reviews

The Fairgreen, Rathdrum, Wicklow, Ireland

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162 Total Reviews
  • 74%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 77%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 70%Atmosphere
  • 74%Cleanliness
  • 70%Facilities

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The Old Presbytery provided a quiet place for us to enjoy a few restful days. We found the kitchen facilities to be great, with lots of space for cooking and eating and ample storage for food we brought in. We were in a private twin room and ended up with a double bed/twin bed bunk combo which was great!


It was not clean. Sheet cover not changed: regular and pubic hair!


I booked a twin private, paying a price of what would normally include include breakfast as well. Instead, I had a room full of bunk beds, which was not at all what I was expecting from my booking. Very disappointed, feel that I was misinformed about the room per the website.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Many thanks for these comments. We are really sorry about the confusion about your room. We provided a large en suite room for this couple which was entirely private to them. We done this to provide for the twin requirement. We greatly regret that you were disappointed with this room which is usually very popular. Best Wishes Harry


After just arriving in Ireland this was a perfect place to have our first night. It was in a small town, easy to get, and very comfortable. The staff were extremely nice and very helpful in starting our trip on the right foot. I would definitely recommend this hostel to future travelers and would go back myself.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Very many thanks for taking the time to record your kind comments. I will pass on your compliments to the staff, they will be pleased. I hope you may be able to return to Rathdrum sometime in the future. Harry


Typical cheap youth hostel environment - don't expect too much. The buildings and rooms are very spartan - minimum furniture, etc. Good for sleeping, but I wouldn't spend much time there. If you want to visit the Wicklow mountains and just want a place to sleep, it's OK. If you want more, go elsewhere. It was not easy to find the place - even with a GPS, becasuse you cannot see the building from the road, and there is no visible sign. The lady looking after the place was a bit strange too.


A code to enter the building but no keys for the room so security is not great. Location : Rathdrum is small but not really nice and the hostel is not in the town centre (i don't mind the walking but the surroundings were not pleasant) Staff was great, very friendly and funny! The room was not so clean and above all very damp. Mattresses not great (i slept ok, not my friend)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Dear Nolwenn. Many thanks for your stay with us and you taking the time to comment. I will pass on your kind comments to the staff. I regret your disappointments with the area and our services. We strive to improve all the time and will heed your comments. Harry


Have used this hostel many times, availing of both dormitory and private rooms. A great place for meeting nice people from around the world!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Many thanks for your kind comments. We really appreciate return guests and are pleased that you enjoy the interaction with fellow guests. I will pass on your comment to John and Eileen. Harry


Functional hostel, very clean. Friendly welcome from John on arrival.


Friendly welcome by hostel manager. Very good kitchen set up with cookers & tables but the fridge was completely inadequate for the numbers accomodated in the hostel. Small lounge positioned in the middle of the walkway for entry and exit. The manager is not on site therefore there was no control of noise at night & we had to go down the street to buy a can opener as the manager could not be contacted. Shower in our room was very unsighty siliconed completely around the square of the shower base

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for taking the time to write your review. We value your comments and will strive to address the concerns raised here. Harry


The owners of this hostel were really nice and friendly, we saw them cleaning every morning so the place was immaculate. The village was lovely and we felt like the hostel was the ideal base to explore the area.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for your kind comments. I will pass them on to John and Eileen. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Rathdrum, here in Co. Wicklow 'The Garden of Ireland'. Harry


It was really cold during the day inside the hostel, and unfortunately the Wifi was not working. Some details could be improved to make the stay in this hostel better but the area is really calm and peaceful.

Owner Comment (Hide)
The heating in the Hostel is provided in the mornings, evenings and nights. I am sorry if you found the Hostel cold during the day. The WiFi is functioning well and normally, I dont understand why you were unable to connect. Many thanks for your kind comments about Rathdrum. I hope your disappointment with the above issues does not dissuade you from returning to Wicklow. Harry

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