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