Clare's Rock Hostel
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Clare's Rock Hostel

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4.5
#1 of 1 hostel in Carran
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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HOTEL STYLE
Family
Languages Spoken
English
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Game room
Indoor play area for children
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Non-smoking hotel
Parking
Wifi
Hiking
Mini golf
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms

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Main Street, Carran V95 P8W7 Ireland
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emdybrunette wrote a review Aug 2023
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
The house used to be a hostel. It was the right size for our group. There was 30 of us including teens & toddlers. Plenty beds for all. Most rooms ensuite. Kitchen was full & complete with appliances & utensils. The house itself was clean but dated. There was a bit of musty smell when we first came but eased up when we opened the windows, maybe due to house not being opened till we came. Some toilets & shower rooms needs updating. Electric was included in the fee. Owner was very friendly and replied to our queries thru email leading to our check in date. We stayed for 2nights.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Linda M wrote a review May 2016
Townsville, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Clare's Rock Hostel is a welcoming place to stay in the Burren. Our double room also had two set of bunks beds which would be good for a family. Pros: The owner Pat is very friendly and more than happy to assist. Cons: Button in shower needs to be pressed every 30 seconds to continue, water has regulated temperature which is only luke warm and the rooms are not soundproof (we could hear the conversation from the kitchen below).
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Date of stay: May 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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TurboDK wrote a review May 2015
County Dublin, Ireland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was my second stay in this hostel, stayed there a couple of years ago and decided to come back to this place when visiting the Burren again. What I like about this place is the location literally in the middle of nowhere surrounded by amazing scenery, the drive to the place is even enjoyable.

If you like nature and quietness I will recommend to stay here. The owner, Pat, is such a friendly and hospitable man, one of those people that makes me love Ireland. Kitchen facilities are very good for a hostel. Rooms and bathrooms are clean. There is a pub next door and the town of Ballyvaughan with shops etc. is not more than 15-20 mins away by car.
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Date of stay: May 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dave M wrote a review Jul 2017
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Just back from a ruined weekend in the burren.. as there were 8 adults and 5 kids away for the weekend we checked in to the clare rock hostel at 5 pm to be greeted by the owner listing out rules and regulations about our stay.. he started out by telling us to keep the communal area clean all the while there were un emptied bins from the previous night (s) .. he returned within 2 hours advising that we all had to be in bed by 1030 as there were "other" important guests staying .. repeated issuing warnings about no alcohol even though there was a group of adults and children from another group drinking cans at the bbq area.. i ended up just avoiding the place and just slept there and left as swiftly and quietly as i could.. there are plenty of other welcoming hostels in the region... avoid at your peril..
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Anna wrote a review Aug 2013
Budapest, Hungary
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked this place thinking it was a Bed and Breakfast. Well, you have brekfast, if you make one for yourself (there's a kitchen), but bring the ingredients along, too!

There's no noise insulation whatsoever, meaning that you will not be able to sleep until midnight, because you'll hear EVERYTHING that goes on around, including the conversation. Prepare for some brief wake-ups during the night, when people go to the toilet (this switches on the ventillator as well) and finally wake up at 6 am, when people in the other rooms start to come around.

In the bathroom there are no taps, just buttons, so you get water for 30 seconds and then you have to press again (supposed to be eco-friendly...). You cannot select shower temperature, it is given. Separate hot and cold taps at the sink (as usual. Seriously, someone, please explain them that mixed taps have been invented for decades!)

My worst experience in Ireland as to accomodation:(
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Date of stay: August 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Carmel S wrote a review Sept 2017
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This hostel is in the middle of nowhere and it's the only one in the burren so I had to stay there it turned out to be a really bad night weather-wise! The 6 bed dorm was very sparse, there were no sockets in this room, no heating on at all! For 12 people upstairs there was one toilet and one shower! I found it a dreary place to stay and it felt like I was there for nearly 3!! There was a dryer we couldn't use for wet gear and some kind of dehumidufer that was positioned in a corner of the landing where string was strung across the bannisters it took all night to dry my clothes!!! I wouldn't recommend this hostel but if u really have to don't expect too much!!
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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goodcamper2017 wrote a review Jul 2017
Dublin, Ireland
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Accommodation average. I would neither return or recommend. as we sat with our children in the communal sitting room, we were told by the owner that he wanted lights out by 10:30, and he wanted us all in bed as he had "important" people staying. (while pointing to upstars) he reminded us that there was no alcohol allowed on the premises, this I could've accepted if, on visiting the games room I hadn't passed another group partaking in a BBQ, while drinking cans of alcohol!!
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Date of stay: July 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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telebiedronka wrote a review Aug 2015
Central Poland, Poland
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautifully located. Nice building. Staff be due nice and helpful. But you can see that details are missing like no lamp on your night table, no closet for clothes, sugar in the kitchen straight from the paper bag. The bathroom is not for those who like to have it clean as a whistle. But there was always warm water. Breakfast means bread, butter and jam, cereal, milk, coffee, tea and self-service. WiFi works fine in the room. To sum up: decent but don't expect it to be anything more then a mountain hostel.
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Date of stay: August 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ska7cis wrote a review Jun 2013
Vernon, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow. Best hostel of my life, and I'm 62 so I've seen a few. Pat, the owner/operator is a true gem. The hostel is new, spacious, warm. The rooms are clean, with en suite and hot water supplied by solar heating, soon to be augmented by a wind turbine. The kitchen is huge, better equipped than some restaurants, and Pat supplies cereal, milk, jam and, if you're lucky, some of his own home baked bread.
There is an excellent reading/TV room and internet is available. There is even an outside chess patio with full sized pieces. It is centrally located in the Burren. Hint: Get the Burren Walking Trails Pamphlet from any tourist Info shop
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Date of stay: May 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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jml965 wrote a review Feb 2011
Luton, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful place, wonderful people, wonderful countryside - perfect in every way. Whether you want a sightseeing holiday, cycling, walking or just meeting the locals - this ticks all the boxes. Great location for all the sights of Clare.

Enjoy!
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Date of stay: February 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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EmmaNiP24 wrote a tip Jun 2016
County Kerry, Ireland18 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We got a double room ensuite.. great size and comfort"
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Ann M wrote a tip Jun 2014
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia16 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room with view over the turlough (seasonal lake)."
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LRH644 wrote a tip Jul 2013
Cape Town Central, South Africa11 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We had a 4 bed room. Rooms on the front would have better views."
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PRICE RANGE
€79 - €285 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IrelandProvince of MunsterCounty ClareThe BurrenCarran
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Frequently Asked Questions about Clare's Rock Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Clare's Rock Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations (4.1 km), Burren Perfumery (2.2 km), and The Burren National Park (4.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Clare's Rock Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Clare's Rock Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Clare's Rock Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is Clare's Rock Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Carran.
Are there any historical sites close to Clare's Rock Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations (4.1 km), Poulnabrone Dolmen (4.5 km), and Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb (4.2 km).