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“Great hostel. Friendly welcome.”
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Kilronan Hostel
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

From the initial booking to the moment we left the staff were so friendly and welcoming. Our room was small, but we'd been warned about that in the booking. However, it was absolutely fine for our needs, with an en-suite shower room and three beds. Each bed had it's own reading light, and there's a big shelf above the bunk for all your storage needs.

The hostel provides towels free of charge, and a basic (but unlimited) which were added bonuses.

There was a fair amount of noise at night between late revelers, and the bar bottles being put out at about 1am, but it's a hostel. That's what you expect really.

Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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daveterry99, Manager at Kilronan Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2016

What a nice family! We love Scottish visitors whenever they stay with us, always considerate even when other guests are not! Very understanding and considerate!

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Reviewed 6 August 2016

So many great things to say about our two-night stay at his hostel!
1) Kevin provided outstanding service, offering insight into the historic sites on the island, where to eat, and he followed-up daily to ensure our stay on the island was enjoyable! FYI, by renting a bike through the hostel, you can keep it overnight until 10:00am the next day for the same price.
2) The hostel is in a fantastic central location - right by the dock, bike rentals, and near the Spar grocery store.
3) There is a fully equipped kitchen to cook in.
4) Breakfast is provided every morning at 7:30am (Toast, Cereal, Juice and Tea/Coffee)
5) Despite being connected to a pub, the hostel was surprisingly quiet at night. Many people go to Joe Wattys instead.
6) Towels were provided, free of charge (Many hostels don't offer towels or they charge to rent).
7) Room and bathroom were clean (which is very important to me).

Overall, I would absolutely stay here again next time I visit!

Room Tip: Kevin will do everything possible to ensure you are happy with your room!
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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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daveterry99, Owner at Kilronan Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2016

Thanks for the nice review!

An ATM is available in the supermarket – 1 minute walk from the hostel. The supermarket is open until 5pm each day (6pm at weekends!) Please be aware that we can only accept payment in cash at the current time!
Bicycle hire is available at reception for just €10 per day. (Open til 5pm).
Continental breakfast is included and is available in our kitchen from 7am – 10am each morning.
Dinner can be eaten in Pier House, The Hotel, The Bar, Joe Watty's pub or Bayview Restaurant. Or, of course, you can use our kitchen to cook something yourself!
Entertainment – relax in front of the TV, read a book from our Book Exchange, play a boardgame with some other guests or borrow some of our sports equipment (footballs, fishing rods, tennis rackets, etc).
Fish and seafood are island specialities – make sure you try them if you eat in one of the restaurants! The Hotel has a particularly good seafood menu - ask us at reception for more info!
Gaelic is the official language of the islands and you will hear the locals speak it – but don’t worry, everybody speaks English too!
History - the island is home to a number of impressive ancient forts, monuments and religious sites. Ask at reception for more information!
Inis Mór is the largest of the three Aran Islands. The name literally translates as ‘big island’ and the island has a population of approximately 850 people.
‘Jenny rides’ on a traditional horse and cart are available – just speak to one of the friendly men at the pier.
Kilronan is the main village on the island and is located directly beside the pier. We are located in the same building as Joseph MacDonagh's pub, in the big green building near the beach.
Lockers are available for free at reception if you want to store your wallet, passport, computer, etc!
Music in Joe Watty’s Pub and The Bar every night – just a five minute walk from the hostel.
Noel is our friendly tour guide - 3 hour bus tours of the island cost €10 per person.
Opening hours at reception are from 9am to 9pm and check-in is from 2pm with guests asked to please check out by 10am. We will facilitate early check-ins and late check-outs where possible and provide free luggage storage at reception.
Pints! All the bars on the island have lovely Guinness, so don’t leave the island without trying it!
Questions – if you need anything when you are here, please just ask! We’re here to help.
Recommendations - our knowledgeable staff can help you make the most of your visit by giving you helpful tips and local insider information. Join the mayhem at the island's busiest hot-spots or avoid the crowds and relax in isolation....you decide!
Security - Inis Mór is an extremely safe place. However, just for your peace of mind, we have free security lockers, CCTV and 24 hour staff presence at all times.
Towels are free, just ask at reception.
Uranoscopy is the official name for star-watching and with so few street lights on the island, you’re in the perfect place to enjoy the view!
Vouchers for the famous Dún Aonghasa fort are free when you stay with us.
Wi-Fi is free in the hostel. The password is kilronanhostelwifi.
X-Rays can be taken in the Medical Centre if you fall off your horse/bike!
Yawning is contagious. Who knew?!?
Zzzzz – you’ll sleep like a baby after breathing the fresh Atlantic air, cycling around the island and enjoying a few pints of Guinness!

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Reviewed 4 August 2016

We were two couples and ventured over to Inis Mor for the bank holiday wkend, Initially we couldn't find any accommodation and Kilronan only had 4 beds in 2 separate rooms, They rearranged other bookings to give us our own private room, it was cozy but had an en-suite so suited perfect, The staff were great and Jill gave us plenty of info on where to go on the island. The facilities in the hostel are great, the kitchen is very big with everything you need, there is a bbq outdoors and we were lucky enough to have the weather to get to use it. And there is a decent chill out living room with lots of movies to choose from for those hung over days!

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

Went here on a solo trip to the Aran Islands for a weekend. The place is situated perfectly, the amenities and the hostel itself are very clean and personable, the staff is very welcoming and friendly and after getting to know everyone it was great to go out with the staff and travelers to the local pub for some live music and dancing. I highly recommend this hostel for any solo backpacker looking for a quiet place to hang out or someone looking to make a bunch of friends. I will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

We stayed in the Hostel for one night during a trip to the West of Ireland. We checked out early the following morning to make our flight to Connemara and in the rush I left behind my denim jacket. I got in touch by email a couple of days later and they responded quickly and efficiently to let me know that unfortunately they did not find it. A couple of days later, however, it showed up and they got back in touch. I sent them my address in London and offered to pay for the postage and package of the jacket but they were adamant that they would cover the cost in full. This was above and beyond the service I would expect from a low-cost hostel. We'll definitely be back!!

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kilronan Hostel

Address: Kilronan Village, Inis Mor, Province of Connacht, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Aran Islands > Inishmore
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #2 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Inishmore
Price Range: €38 - €59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly beside the pier on Inis Mor, Kilronan Hostel is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the magic of the Aran Islands. With stunning views of Kilronan Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, our hostel is a stress-free zone where you can really feel at home! At Kilronan Hostel, comfort and cleanliness are our priorities. We have small dorms, all en-suite, meaning you can stay in comfort at a very reasonable price. We have a spacious and well-equipped kitchen which is open all day for your use, as well as a cosy TV room and a fantastic outdoor seating and BBQ area. Less than 5 minutes' walk to the supermarket and ATM and all the best local pubs and restaurants, we have free Wi-Fi throughout the hostel and all rates include breakfast, towels and free tea/coffee all day long. ************************************************************************ Please be aware that we cannot accept credit/debit card payments at this moment in time, so make sure to bring enough cash with you as the ATM is only accessible between 9am and 6pm! ... more   less 
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Kilronan Hostel Aran Islands/Inishmore

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