a lovely, cosy Hostel located in the centre of Tralee. Everything is a little bit smaller than one may know it from other locations, but that's because of the narrow building. The kitchen was well-equipped (though the stove cannot be used after 21:00), and the free tea was highly apreciated. The bathroom was cleaned daily, as were the dorms. Surely not a party Hostel, but it has a cozy vibe and lovely people (both staff and guests). There were no lockers, but I never had the feeling that they would be necessary in the relaxed environment.
Nice staff and clean. Good furnish of kitchen basics (salt, pepper, oil...). Very good and tactic checkpoint for the Dingle Way. However everything was quite narrow... The kitchen had only 4 fireplaces even though there are around 35 bed places.
We arrived unexpectedly late to Tralee with no reservation. Stephen came to check us in within 5 minutes late into the night. We felt terrible, but he greeted us with kindness. The hostel is cared for, clean, homey and warm. The showers were incredible. We had a great nights sleep and coffee in the morning. However, we would have not known what to do late last night if Stephen had not taken us in (even though we were terribly inconsiderate and a bit, well desperate). It’s the kindness and hospitality we will remember most and would like to direct anyone coming to Tralee, wherever their journey takes them, to stay at the Castle Hostel.
Wonderful stay owner Stephan lovely man very friendly. Myself and my husband were here for one night and it was perfect shower excellent we had a great night sleep prime location for everything when in Tralee reasonable price for hostel it was so clean. No parking on site but my husband located an underground overnight car park with security for 4 Euro 40 metres from the hostel perfect. Directions for parking are as follows out of front door of hostel take a right then take first right up the lane and the parking is on the left. Fantastic stay thanks Stephan.
Hostel itself was fine enough, and the staff were absolutely outstanding. But the owners are the worst people I have actually ever met in my life. If you actually have to deal with them outside of tourist advice you'll find them very greedy, heartless folks. I cannot believe the way they treated some of their guests. I've been in hospitality my entire life, and have worked at hostels all over Ireland, and have to admit they are the most un-irish people I've personally come across in that beautiful, otherwise friendly country. Left a terrible taste in my mouth that hopefully will fade now. I would support other businesses in town that treat their staff and guests with kindness.
I enjoyed my stay in Castle Hostel, nice staff, clean facilities and the bed was very comfortable which for me is a bonus. I stayed in a dorm room and it was nice. Clean beds, linen and a towel even supplied by your bed for a shower.. Nice touch. If I was to give a small constructive point, breakfast should run from 7.30 or earlier than 8am anyway.
This is a basic ensuite double room hostel. Stephen ( the owner ) is welcoming and helpful. The room is neat and clean and the place has all necessary fixtures. The price is good. It is well located and easy to access. The nearby laundromat and Tesco were useful. Apart from some thoughtless idiot talking loudly on his phone at 11.30 pm ( which can happen anywhere) ... it was exactly as advertised and expected. Recommended.
I stayed here for a night in August in a private double with bathroom. The room was clean, however it was dated, had a creaky bed and quite expensive for what I got. As hostels go, this is a nice one, communal areas were spotless, great kitchen facilities including dishwasher and unlimited tea and coffee and a basic breakfast included in price. There is super fast WiFi too.
Every year we greatly enjoy our stay at Castle Hostel because it is conveniently located close to the town centre of Tralee. It is safe for our kids to stay and the kitchen, especially upgraded with some extra big pots makes it possible for us to cater for 26 students. Our “host-father” is great with the students and a big support for us teachers. Of course the free wifi makes the front room a key meeting point for the kids.
This was a last minute booking for my wife and I in a private en suite room for two nights (Room 1). Shower was really hit and miss but towels were provided. Also, re Rm 1, there is no view out of the window whatsoever- it can’t be helped, it’s just the way it is, and it does sit above the kitchen and side passage so can be noisy. Basic breakfast (cereals & bread/toast) in room price but was unlimited and free tea/coffee all day long in proper mugs. Dishwasher preferred by host so no washing your own pots and pans etc! WiFi a bit hit and miss if not on ground floor. Location is excellent re access to/from train/bus station (5mins), town centre (5mins), a large Lidl (3mins). There are pubs and bars everywhere, the fish and chip shop is top notch, the plaza is very nice to sit, drink, eat, chat and people-watch, the museum is well worth a visit and the park makes for a very pleasant stroll. Tralee is a hidden gem and has a very European feel re cafe culture and going out at night which is much, much different to that of England. Steven was an excellent host and nothing was too much trouble. I will also add, as I know it may affect some, that there is a noticeable amount of refugee immigration in Ireland; Tralee is no exception and their hostel is literally around the corner. Subject to what you require of your accommodation (and based on our 2nts there) the Castle Hostel would be worth considering and if we were wanting to keep our costs down we would both be inclined to stay again.…