Kilkenny Tourist Hostel
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Kilkenny Tourist Hostel

35 Parliament Street, Kilkenny R95 VW93 Ireland
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4.0
#1 of 6 hostels in Kilkenny
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Value
Kilkenny Tourist Hostel is the best located Hostel in Kilkenny with great low prices, the friendliest staff and lots of guests from all over the world to socialise with. There's a mix of dormitories and private rooms, free WiFi and computer access, a fully equipped kitchen to cook in and free tea and coffee 24/7. You can relax in our sitting room in front of the open turf burning fire and mingle with other guests. We know loads about Kilkenny so you'll be able to experience it like a local. We'll tell you about the hidden gems, the must sees, the best traditional Irish music sessions, the coolest pubs, and tastiest cheap eats. Plus we've got free lockers, free towels, and a cheap laundry service.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Public wifi
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Budget
Languages Spoken
English

Location

35 Parliament Street, Kilkenny R95 VW93 Ireland
161Reviews2Q+A16Room tips

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Amy B wrote a review May 2023
26 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hostel is great. The staff are lovely, especially the Australian lady with red hair! The room was surprisingly large with lots of space for luggage, plenty of hooks for jackets etc, and very clean & tidy. No curtains or power plugs for each bed, but there were enough plugs elsewhere in the room so not a big issue. No lockers in the room either, but I just locked my bags with padlocks each day and felt perfectly comfortable. One issue is that the doors don't lock automatically (you have to physically turn the lock once inside, and use your key to lock it when leaving) which means that the room is open for all if you forget to lock it. We forgot to lock our door one night and a man came inside and helped himself to an empty bed to sleep! Nothing worse happened, but it could have, so make sure you lock the door. Another positive is that the hostel is in a great location - on the busy main street near supermarkets, shops and cafes. Great spot!
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Date of stay: May 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Remember to always lock the door to your room because it doesn't lock automatically.
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MA U wrote a review Oct 2022
Collierville, Tennessee55 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed our stay here in a private room with one double and one bunk bed. The double bed was very comfortable, the bunk bed slightly less comfortable but still fine. Top bunk only had rails on the wall side if you're concerned about falls. Lots of pegs on the walls to hang things, towels and linens provided.

Toilets just around the corner from the room (2 separate stalls) and showers just a few steps further. Also a private toilet if preferred.

You have access to a nice kitchen but with so many great restaurants to try in Kilkenny we didn't use it for our 2 night visit.
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Chris S wrote a review Aug 2022
Vienna, Austria4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
made the spontaneous decision to visit Kilkenny, never looked back. The hostel is located right in the city centre, about 2 minutes from St Canices Cathedral and about 5 minutes from the Kilkenny Castle (and more importantly, the castle garden). The building is old and charming, the receptionists were all super helpful! Kitchen is well-equipped as soon as you figure out how to deal with the gas stove, showers were nice as well. The beds were very squeaky and the mattresses have probably seen better days, but it's a Hostel after all, and a very charming one indeed!
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Brid K wrote a review Mar 2022
Dublin2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
As a fellow hotelier, it is rare that I would write a bad review for another property, but my experience warrants one.

WARNING: Ensure your booking of confirmed before going. I had all 20 beds reserved, transport arranged, dinner, etc.
My friend called to charge the card details on file as I wasn’t attending and was told “we cancelled your booking and sold the beds”.
Neither of us received an apology or an explanation as to why the manager did this. And when questioned, she was extremely patronizing and unapologetic for not even having the decency to call and double check with us before cancelling our booking.

Needless to say, with this short notice, everything had to be cancelled for the group trip as nowhere else had availability
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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bryancag wrote a review Oct 2019
16 contributions37 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
very comfortable and clean hostel located in the heart of town, have big rooms for large groups...stayed here in early September with a large group close to all the amenities and pubs. really enjoyed... also have cleaning services on site
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Date of stay: September 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Laninani C wrote a review Jun 2014
Los Angeles, California70 contributions11 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Reservation: 8 bed dorm, female only
Neighborhood (the edges of city centre):
The hostel has a red door on it. Locals often know it as “the hostel with the red door”. It is along the main street, but a good walk from the busiest part of town. It is a safe and well-lit place at night, though fairly empty.
The Stay:
The room smelled a little musty, but otherwise it was a pretty comfortable stay. The beds were not soft, but not firm either, the pillows felt medium and the duvets were somewhat thin, but not too much so, not like they were needing to be disposed of, but just fairly well-used. There was only one window to the whole room with a wooden panel instead of blinds.
The Environment:
The whole place had a country-home kind of feel with wooden floors in common areas and carpets on the stairs and in the rooms. It’s a place you contemplate using shower shoes, but it’s not quite THAT filthy feeling so you don’t really have to.
Amenities:
There is a sitting room near the reception, where luggage is stored if you want to leave your luggage anywhere, with a TV and plenty of sittings areas as well as a book exchange shelf. The kitchen was always kept in an orderly condition, with two refrigerators, 3 hobs sets (some work better than others), 2 ovens, 2 sinks and lots of cupboards with plenty of dishes and a good supply of utensils. There are 5 showers: 3 on first floor, 2 on second floor and 5 toilets: 2+1 on first floor, 2 on second floor. The shower is some weird, and loud, contraption thing. There’s also a small set of lockers for small things like laptops (bring your own lock) on the third floor, and there are no under bed storage lockers.
Service:
You are given the key code into the house and an actual key into your room. Breakfast is not provided and there are no assigned beds. Linen is provided and already in your room, no assigned beds, but you need to strip it of its linens and leave it on the bed when you leave. The people who run the place are generally very nice, but they’re not always at the desk for check out. You pay for you room in cash on the spot. There are a good number of fliers for thing to do and a bulletin board full of events to attend or happening.
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Date of stay: May 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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travelgirl07 wrote a review Apr 2006
Boston, Massachusetts71 contributions24 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This hostel is across the street from several pubs, so if you are a light sleeper and don't want to be up at closing time, you may want to spend the extra money on a bed and breakfast. The location is amazing though, right in the city center.
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Date of stay: April 2006
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Daan wrote a review Aug 2018
Tilburg, The Netherlands2 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A Nice hostel and a perfect location in Kilkenny City. It's clean, the staff is kind and helpfull. We had a great stay! We liked the fact they wrote down multiple pubs with live music, and when it starts.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nina_Murphys wrote a review Aug 2018
Christchurch, New Zealand293 contributions125 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I was looking for a new hostel in the city I heard was really nice, but my friends were tired and this hostel was on the way. We didn’t have any booking anywhere, so we got in. That was the begging of our mistakes. They don’t check anyone’s ID. They just ask us to sign up a book, so they don’t actually know who’s there!!
There are no lockers or cages in be room for your bags. Nobody locks the bedroom door, so I felt pretty unsafe! Specially with the drunk Irish guy on the living room. He seems a frequent client, but he was like an alcohol sponge! I’m sorry for people who shared the room with him!
Yes, it is cheap (€15 per person in a 8 bed mixed dorm during the weekdays), and yes, it is in a very central location, however, the drawbacks are definitely not worth! The facilities are poor and with clear lack of hygiene everywhere. The laundry costs €8 per cycle (wash and dry), but they put the clothes on the floor, same they do with bed sheets. In a very dirty floor. I washed all over again when I reached Dublin. The beds are REALLY uncomfortable. I’d look for something else!
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Renaud L wrote a review Jul 2018
6 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hostel is one of the best hostel I stayed during my trip in Ireland. It's cheap and it has a really good location in the city of Kilkenny. Pubs are in front of the hostel and you can go to a shop in few minutes.
Everything is cleaned by a really friendly staff who helped me during my trip. It was perfect ! Thank you !
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Answer from Kilkenny Hostel
Kilkenny, Ireland
Hi that sounds like a trip to look forward to! We have plenty of accommodation available in October 2019 so best idea is to email us when your dates are set and we will let you know prices, rooms etc. Kilkenny is a great base for touring around, and Ballyragget is less than 20 minute drive or 30 minutes by bus away. The Hostel is perfect for solo travellers, we have a nice common area, a self catering kitchen, and loads of info on what to do and see. Let us know if you need more information. Cheers from Kilkenny Tourist Hostel
Answer from Kilkenny Hostel
Kilkenny, Ireland
Hi yes showers are available 24/7, and the water is always hot.
Amy B wrote a tip May 2023
26 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Remember to always lock the door to your room because it doesn't lock automatically. "
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Shona B wrote a tip Apr 2023
80 contributions33 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking €2 a day around the corner. €8 to go into the castle. Few shops nearby"
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Eportes wrote a tip Aug 2019
20 contributions9 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you want quiet, request a room away from the street. A family of 3 can get a double which has a full bed bunked below a twin."
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imaneyman wrote a tip Nov 2018
North Providence, Rhode Island11 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you're older as we are the hostel offers private rooms. Realistically our dorm days are over"
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Tori A wrote a tip Mar 2017
Brentwood, United Kingdom165 contributions63 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"I'd go for top floor as kitchen and common room on ground floor is hub for socialising and sound travels..."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kilkenny Tourist Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Kilkenny Tourist Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Medieval Mile Museum (0.4 km), The Hole in the Wall (0.4 km), and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kilkenny Tourist Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, laundry service, and baggage storage.
What are some restaurants close to Kilkenny Tourist Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Truffles Restaurant, Indique, and Petronella Restaurant & Cafe.
Is Kilkenny Tourist Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Kilkenny.
Are there any historical sites close to Kilkenny Tourist Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Rothe House & Garden (0.06 km), Kilkenny Castle (0.6 km), and Kilkenny Famine Experience (0.7 km).
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