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Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping

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Ocean Road, Doolin V95 AN80 Ireland
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#4 of 23 Specialty lodging in Doolin
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The Aille River Holiday Hostel is a 300-year-old building lovingly renovated to retain its old-world charm while offering modern comforts for our friends and guests. Located by the banks of the Aille River, the Aille River Holiday Hostel is a quiet oasis located in the centre of Doolin. We welcome people of all ages and all our rooms are private and ensuite: we have Double rooms, Twin rooms and Family rooms for 3-5 people. We also have a quiet campsite for tents with full use of the Hostel's facilities.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Golf course
Hiking
Taxi service
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Wifi
Complimentary tea
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Walking tours
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
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Room features
Private bathrooms
Coffee / tea maker
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Walk-in shower
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Room types
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Czech, Hebrew, Portuguese
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Brendan C wrote a review Nov 2022
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Have stayed in this hostel on a number of occasions over a number of years with friends and children. It is a wonderful spot and we have so many great memories of our time there. Robert and Adva have always been such welcoming hosts. The hostel itself is clean , comfortable and very relaxing.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from robert shannon, Owner at Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping
Responded 27 Nov 2022
Thank you very much, Brendan! It is always a pleasure having you and your friends or family around.
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John M wrote a review Sep 2022
Lurgan, United Kingdom1936 contributions195 helpful votes
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We stayed at the hostel for one night to see the cliffs of Moher and the village of Doolin and it was a cheaper option than the rest of the places around the village so we didn't expect to many luxuries. The room was small but clean and a bit basic with no desk space or a mirror for my wife to use. They don't have a kettle in the room but they have a communal area for cooking and making drinks and a place to do the laundry on site. It's in a great location and only a 10 minute walk away from the village centre with the pubs and shops
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Allison wrote a review Sep 2022
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Really rude owners when calling to ask about a problem with never receiving emails about a booking. They then proceeded to charge my card without authorization. Worst customer service I've experienced during my whole trip.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Adva Sela, General Manager at Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping
Responded 6 Sep 2022
Dear Guest, You made a booking with us a number of weeks ago for the 5-9-22. You received a confirmation email from our website of your booking and a follow on reminder email three days before your expected arrival. You informed us late on the evening of your expected arrival that you would not be staying with us after all. In our confirmation email of your booking which you received, it states that a cancellation can be made for free up to 72 hours before arrival otherwise full payment is due. As you only informed us late in the evening of your expected arrival that you would not be staying with us we charged your card the due amount. At such a late cancellation from you, it was not possible for us to receive a new booking for your room. To state that our receptionist was rude to you on the phone is untrue, we handle every phone call and request with the upmost consideration. Yours Robert Shannon (Owner)
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adobuzz wrote a review Aug 2022
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
Lovely sheltered campsite, alongside a river which was great for the dog. Pet friendly place obviously which was great and they limit the amount of dogs onsite which is also appreciated. As a camper you have access to all the hostel facilities which are great: showers, sinks, charging station and the most functional well laid out hostel kitchen I've come across. Staff are super friendly and helpful. It's a well oiled machine in terms of the processes to use the shared facilities which appealed to the organiser in me! I will definitely be returning here for another visit. 100% recommend.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Response from robert shannon, Owner at Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping
Responded 18 Nov 2022
Thank you for staying with us, we loved having you!
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Sarah D wrote a review Jun 2022
Portland, Oregon15 contributions1 helpful vote
I stayed two nights at the hostel in the deluxe double room with its own entrance. It was perfect, very cozy and I loved the sky light. The shower is one of those with a push button you have to hold/keep pushing or the water turns off, not unexpected at a hostel but FYI. The host was great, very helpful and informative. I was able to do a load of laundry for 5 euro, and they had a selection of breakfast items for 1 to 3 euros each. Nice location, and I had a very nice stay here.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from robert shannon, Owner at Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping
Responded 18 Nov 2022
We are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review : )
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Lara@opt wrote a review Jun 2022
Cairns Region, Australia20 contributions8 helpful votes
This is a hostel so set your expectations accordingly but rooms were warm and clean, bed comfortable, staff very lovely and helpful especially Mikaela. Good kitchen facilities and a lovely setting by the river.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from robert shannon, Owner at Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping
Responded 18 Nov 2022
Thank you for staying with us!
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Jackson J wrote a review Oct 2021
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If you are absolutely desperate for a place to sleep then this could be a great option. But if you can stay anywhere else I would. Dirty towels. Uncomfortable beds, small covers, toilet barely flushes. Also they want you to mop the bathroom which I don’t mind but there was a bucket already filled with previous water which really grossed me out. The fire alarm started going off randomly in the morning so everyone got a nice alarm clock. Personally if I ever had to come back here I would use there camping area in the back and would have rather stayed in my tent.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from robert shannon, Owner at Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping
Responded 3 Nov 2021
Dear Guest At the Aille River, we take great care to offer our guests the best possible experience while with us and we have been in operation for over 30 years and we come highly recommended by all the travel sites with high approval rates as stated by our many many guests. I can only point out in reply to your comments that all our towels are washed and dried every day and are presented to our guests as such,always and are of high quality, I must completely refute this assertion from you, it simply did not happen! We have received many many commendations on the quality of our beds and their quality is of a range that is above what is usually on offer for this sector and we observe a high-quality control on all facets of our business. You say small covers, what does this mean? all beds duvets etc are covered with the correct bedding covers as required. All toilets flush properly at all times, after your comment I personally went around to flush all toilets and found them operating correctly. I am assuming that you stayed in a private group dormitory ensuite and as such as a courtesy we leave a clean mop and clean bucket for the guests in the room to clean up any shower water which may have come onto the floor while the guest is towelling off so that the next person in the group can use the showers in a safe and clean and hygienic manner and this has been appreciated by many guests over the years. If you had an issue with that you could have brought it to our attention. On the morning of your stay, the fire alarm did go off around 9.30 am and the staff on duty dealt with this incident rapidly and discovered that a guest used a lot of spray deodorant while in the bedroom. This matter was dealt with in a professional and diligent manner with minimum disruption to our guests, it was unfortunate and does happen once or twice a year but is outside of our control. Regards Robert Shannon (Owner)
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LMcGee wrote a review Aug 2021
Donegal Town, Ireland3 contributions1 helpful vote
I stayed in Allie River hostel as a family of 5 in an ensuite room. The room was spotlessly clean & beds very comfortable. The hostel has a large, well equipped kitchen to use for self catering. You may also purchase breakfast for a minimal cost. The hostel staff are very friendly & helpful with advice on where to visit/eat in the area. I will visit again & would recommend the hostel to family & friends.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from robert shannon, Owner at Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping
Responded 18 Nov 2022
Thank you very much, it was lovely meeting you all!
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Andrea Chambers wrote a review Jul 2021
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A fantastic place to stay, room was very clean and comfortable, have use of the kitchen from 9.30 am up until 10.30 pm, all Covid rulings were adhered to. Both Adva and Igor are extremely helpful and would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kate wrote a review Jul 2021
County Wicklow, Ireland4 contributions5 helpful votes
I camped here with my 14 year old son and we both found it very friendly and comfortable. The space for camping is sheltered from the elements and feels safe and secure. It is great to have use of the kitchen and hot showers for free and the communal area would be fantastic if the weather wasn't good - fortunately we didn't need to use it much. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the facilities very clean. We really enjoyed our stay, thank you.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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PRICE RANGE
US$70 - US$81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IrelandProvince of MunsterCounty ClareThe BurrenDoolin
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping
Which popular attractions are close to Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping?
Nearby attractions include Clare Coastal Walk Project (0.5 km), Doolin Cave (0.5 km), and O'Connors Pub (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a golf course.
Which room amenities are available at Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a view of a nearby landmark, and an oven.
What food & drink options are available at Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping?
Guests can enjoy breakfast and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping?
Conveniently located restaurants include Oar Restaurant, The Ivy Cottage, and McDermott's Pub.
Is Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Doolin.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Portuguese, Czech, and Hebrew.
Are there any historical sites close to Aille River Holiday Hostel & Camping?
Many travellers enjoy visiting O'Brien's Tower (6.0 km) and O'Brien's Monument (7.7 km).