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The Bards Den
Reviewed 28 August 2013

What a shame. With a bit of TLC this could be a great place.
The beds were very comfy and the bedding clean. Plenty of choice for breakfast.
The room I was in smelt very badly of damp, so bad that I couldn't stay the other nights booked.
The actual shower looked powerful but the tray and surround put me off going in so had to wait until I was booked into a hotel to wash (the hotel was actually cheaper than the hostel).
Didn't use the bar/restaurant area so can't comment on that.
Come on Bards Den, get this damp problem solved, give it a lick of paint and get rid of all the cobwebs.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights whilst diving in the area. We paid for a private double room and were given one with a comfy double and 2 single beds in it for only a few euros more than the normal dorm price. We had an ensuite (though there was a small leak in the shower which meant that the room did smell a bit damp), with a lovely warm shower in it - no problems with getting warm water at any time that we tried it. In the common room there was cereal, milk, bread, spreads and even fresh fruit for making breakfasts - there is also a stove and two fridges for those people who want to cook themselves. We ate each evening in the pub and this was one of the highlights of my holiday - the seafood in particularly was amazing and you always got plenty on your plate!
Great value for the money, friendly staff, great food and Heather really demonstrated the true Irish hospitality :)
Tip: If you're diving with Scubadive West then you get a discount at Bard's Den!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

The hostel is very close to the Connemara and the Diamond hill path, very central to explore the area. Supermarket next door, nice pub with good food, and there's another one just in front with groups playing at weekends. very nice! The room was basic, the bed ok and it was warm as the heating was on. BUT the big problem is the terrible smell, of damp and yes, feels a bit moldy, and there were a few spiders' webs... Really needs good ventilation / cleaning. It's a shame because the common area is nice, with a few board games and everything needed for breakfast.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

Arriving in the middle of january we were the only people staying in the bards den. When I entered the room the owner has given us she was just about to clean it up a little bit (like bringing out the rubbish). Hopefully she did it properly before we arrived! The room was very small, the beds old and very uncomfortable. But the worst thing to be honest was the temperature in the hostel. It was so freezingly cold. No heating! We just found one heating to plug in but that is not enough.
The TVs aren't working.
The breakfast was good and there where many diffrent things to eat.
The hostel is located quite well ( in the middle of Letterfrack near to the National Park and the Pub is on the other side of the street).

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

We had booked the old monastery, but he had overbooked, and sent us here.
We had a six bed room for 3 of us. The door did not even close, never mind lock, so we ended up carrying everything with us. Although tv was promised, this turned out to be rte 1 in a glorious but unwatchable pink hue. There was mould on the walls and the towels were more holes than cloth.
Breakfast was cornflakes and bread, although the bread ran out and an old crone appeared with a heel of wheaten bread from her own kitchen.
We were charged 60 euro for two adults and one child which we felt was excessive for what we got.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Address: Letterfrack, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Letterfrack
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Ranked #4 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Letterfrack
Price Range: €53 - €119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Bards Den 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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