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MacGabhainns Backpacker Hostel
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“Down to earth and uncomplicated but very clean and welcoming”
Reviewed 18 August 2010

My friend and I have been on a short trip to Kilkenny just for one night, and we arrived to town without having booked any hostel. We knew about Mac Gabhainns from the Internet and we had a good impression about it - so we just walked in there.
The hostel was booked out, but we were offered to sleep in the tv room - we accepted and slept on the couch and a mattress which was arranged on the floor.
The hostel is small, colourful and cosy... we found the common areas (corridors, kitchen, bathrooms, tv-room) very clean - don't know about the rooms, as we haven't been in there!
The kitchen is very well equipped and offers free coffee and tea all day long. The breakfast selection wasn't very big, though (toast and marmelade, plain corn flakes, porridge).
Location is good, 7-10 mins walking from the city centre. Kilkenny is quite small!
Altogether we were satisfied with our stay there, because of the good atmosphere, the cleanliness and helpfulness of staff.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 May 2010

I stayed in MacGabhainns hostel for 3 days and i liked it there. They are a bit hard to find, about 15-20 minute walk from the bus station. The dorm room i stayed in was a bit chilly, but it was also an early spring, some temperature issues might be pardonable. Bed was comfy enough, the bathroom in the hallway clean and cozy (but also very cold!), but most of all i liked the kitchen - it was big, spacious, very well equipped and also generous - the breakfast materials were available all day long, instead of some cramped time period in the early early morning when any normal traveler would still like to sleep. For more comments please read my post at: http://sshiksa.blogspot.com/2009/05/they-killed-kenny.html

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 March 2009

Stayed here with a group of my girlfriends for a weekend, great value for money as there was free cereal, toast, tea, coffee, milk, butter which sorted most of us out for breakfast. my one very big complaint was an absence of hot water for everyone to have a shower. the electic shower in room 2 en-suite had zero water pressure, and the room had a fair amount of mould for which we were offered no discount on the room rate! i appreciate they may be just renovating/starting out but basic hot water should be readily available!

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Property: MacGabhainns Backpacker Hostel
Address: 24 Vicar Street, Kilkenny 0, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kilkenny > Kilkenny
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Kilkenny
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Property Information:Proudly voted best hostel in Kilkenny in 2011 Macgabhainns Backpackers Hostel is a small hostel located in the heart of the city centre, just ten minutes' walk from Kilkenny Castle, close to the railway and bus station.We offer a comfortable and friendly atmosphere for weary travellers.We have lots of free facilities, such as free breakfast, parking, security lockers, internet access, Wi-Fi and even a free map of the city! Breakfast includes porridge, corn flakes, toast and tea or coffee; you can also have as much free tea and coffee as you want, all day long. We even wash your dishes for you!There's a cool barbecue area in our garden. We're also located near pubs with traditional Irish music and some fine restaurants that are quite inexpensive.We were voted the best hostel in Kilkenny in 2011, and one of the top hostels in Ireland. We were approved by the Irish Tourism Board in 2012 and are recommended by Lonely Planet, Routards and Let's Go.We look forward to seeing you soon! ... more   less 
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