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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

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Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

Minimum 48hrs cancellation policy for all group bookings.

Additional Terms and Conditions

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Kinlay Eyre Square Hostel

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Hostelworld says

Kinlay House Hostel Galway is located on Eyre Square, a pretty green which is also the centre of nightlife in Galway. This lively hostel was recently renovated and modernised and features accommodating staff and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Hostelworld guests have said this hostel is 'very well thought-out', citing the very large common areas, guest kitchen, frequently-praised free breakfast and the power outlets in the lockers. We like that there's traditional Irish musical instruments for guests to use.

Property Description

Located on the corner of Eyre Square in the heart of Galway City, the multi award-winning Kinlay Hostel has now also been listed as ‘Top Choice’ by the Lonely Planet Guide.

Kinlay is now a fully POD hostel. This means that when you book a bed in one of our 4,6 or 8 bed dorm rooms, you will sleep in one of our new POD beds with all-round privacy to give you the most comfortable dorm experience possible for a seriously budget friendly price.

With a mix of cosy private rooms and bright, spacious dormitories, we can cater for large groups as well as solo backpackers and all rates include complimentary continental breakfast as well as free high-speed WiFi, free computer usage, free luggage storage, free printing and free city maps. Fully refurbished in January 2017, guest facilities include a comfortable chill-out lounge with pool table & TV, a fully-equipped kitchen open all day for your use and a spacious dining room.

At Kinlay Hostel, your happiness is our main priority and our dedicated reception team are on hand 24 hours a day with helpful hints and expert insider knowledge to ensure that you make the most of your time in Galway. Not only are the city’s best bars, shops and restaurants right on our doorstep but with daily tours to the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and the Aran Islands leaving from outside our front door every morning, Kinlay Hostel is the ideal base from which to discover the magical charm of Galway City and the west coast of Ireland.

Please note that large groups may be required to pay a security deposit upon check-in. This deposit is fully refundable upon checkout once all house rules and other guests have been respected.

Please note we don't accept -17 in dormitories. View House Rules


For a taste of Irish hospitality, stay with us at Kinlay Eyre Square Hostel. We're in the middle of Galway's nightlife district – in the evening we'll show you our favourite drinking dens with our organised pub crawls and in the morning, we'll put on a free breakfast! Jump on the free Wi-Fi to plan your day, or talk to our lovely staff at the travel desk – they'll give you a complimentary map too. If you're off on a day tour, use the kitchen to prep a packed lunch – then jump on the bus right outside our door!


You'll find us a 3-minute walk from Galway train station and Éireann bus terminal – also handy if you're flying in, as the Expressway bus from Knock Ireland West Airport and Shannon Airport will drop you here (the journey's just under two hours from either one). We're on the corner of Eyre Square, a great place for people-watching on a sunny day. To check out the old town walls and get an insight into Ireland's turbulent history, head towards the river to find the Spanish Arch and the Galway Museum (7-minute walk).

Rooms and Dorms

We're now a POD hostel! Pod dorms are designed to give you more privacy, perfect for snoozing after a day's socialising. We've got mixed and female-only dorms, and every bunk comes with free linen, an individual reading light and socket, and your own locker. Travelling for a special occasion or with a group? Book a private room to get maximum space to yourself.

Extras and activities

We think our award-winning hostel is a pretty cool place to hang out and we reckon you'll agree! Get to know your roommates over a game of pool in the lounge, or for something different, try out our collection of traditional Irish instruments! Our public computers and handy free printing service will sort you out if you need a printed plane or bus ticket. Reception's open 24 hours to get you checked in whatever the time.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.3

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 9.9

  • Staff 9.7

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 9.5

  • Facilities 9.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    16 Jan 2020
    Excellent place to stay! Staff were kind and gave good advice, rooms were well kept, Common spaces well furnished and generally lovely, amd free breakfast was a plus!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    04 Jan 2020
    Really great hostel, great staff, rooms, kitchen, everything. Social vibe, essential for Galway, free breakfast as well. No complaints.
    New Zealand, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    30 Dec 2019
    Kinlay Hostel was perfectly located for our New Years trip to Galway; on the edge of Eyre Square and backing onto the more iconic traditional streets. It is super close to the bus station and local to many shops, bars and restaurants. The staff were lovely and helpful and the facilities were incredible for a hostel. The highlight is definitely the amazing kitchen and INCREDIBLE free breakfast each day!! Would recommend to anyone looking for a great central base for visiting Galway and around!
    Ireland, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    30 Dec 2019
    I stayed two nights, celebrating the new year. The hostel has been recommended to me by a girl who has stayed there before, and I have to say I was definitely not disappointed! This Hostel lets you forget that it is supposed to be just that. It was so cosy in the common room, that we had a hard time leaving to checking out Galway at all. Free tea and coffee added to that, and the people there where as happy with the Hostel as we are, and open to card games, chats and games of pool. Awesome!
    Austria, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    28 Dec 2019
    I'm very happy with my staying in this place , since it's super close to train station, literally 3 minute walk then you are there. The shower place, toilet ,bed and everything are very clean. At night it's quiet and I was able to catch some quality sleep. There're also curtains to offer some shades and privacy. they're also considerate to offer locks. Not to mention staffs are always friendly and welcoming. I would definitely stay again once I come back to galway :D
    China, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    07 Jan 2020
    Very nice staff. Nice showers but the buding itself was a little cold.
    Canada, Mixed Group, 31-40
  • 9.7


    30 Dec 2019
    Amazing price for such a fantastic hostel. Great buzz around the common room with the pool table. Huge plus having the common room to pre drink and have a few drinks after a night out as it's open until 4am!! Kitchen was spotless - lovely wide space to cook & eat if you bring food back. UNREAL location! 3 min walk from the train / bus and also right beside the main street with food and shops. Amazing amazing amazing
    Ireland, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 9.4


    15 Jan 2020
    Great hostel! So delighted with our room! Couldnt get over how good the location was and we were delighted with all of the restraurants and pubs in the surrounding area! No brainer to stay at this hostel again!
    Ireland, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    30 Dec 2019
    We stayed at Kinlay hostel Eyre Square for 2 nights for New Years Eve and it was a fantastic stay! The staff are really friendly and welcoming and the free breakfast was a lovely touch. We had a 6 bedroom private dorm and the room was spotless and comfortable, and the showers were very hot and always available. The location was perfect, a 5 minute walk to Shop street to hit the bars. Great value for money, would choose to stay here over a hotel. Kinlay we will be back!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    06 Jan 2020
    I extended my stay at the Kinlay after my tour group left. The staff helped me with my luggage and made checking in simple and easy! I would definitely stay there again on my future trip to Galway!
    USA, Female, 25-30
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Microwave
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • ATM
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2016

    8th, Worldwide Large Hostel

  • 2016

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Galway

  • 2015

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Galway

  • 2015

    1st, Country Winners Ireland

  • 2015

    1st, Worldwide Large Hostel

  • 2014

    1st, Country Winners Ireland

  • 2014

    6th, Worldwide Large Hostel

  • 2008

    1st, Country Winners Ireland


  • 2013

    Worldwide Large Hostel

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Kinlay Eyre Square Hostel says

Kinlay House Hostel Galway is located on Eyre Square, a pretty green which is also the centre of nightlife in Galway. This lively hostel was recently renovated and modernised and features accommodating staff and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Hostelworld guests have said this hostel is 'very well thought-out', citing the very large common areas, guest kitchen, frequently-praised free breakfast and the power outlets in the lockers. We like that there's traditional Irish musical instruments for guests to use.