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Glendalough International Youth Hostel
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We booked a private room for 4 only a short time before our arrival so were thankful to get the room. The room is quite dated. The carpet looked like it hadn't been vacuumed for a while and there were stains on the sheets and cobwebs around the windows. The mattresses were appalling. You could feel every spring and they dipped significantly in the middle. The toilet took forever to refill and was badly stained at the bottom of the bowl which is a little off putting.

However there were two pillows (albeit rather flat) and when I spoke to the guy at reception about the mattresses he took me to an empty room to see if the mattresses there were any better so we could swap them to our room. They were even worse but we were allowed to take the duvets and we placed these between us and the mattresses and we were fine after that. The shower was hot and had fairly good pressure.

Free Wi-fi in reception, laundry room and kitchen all available. I would have liked to have had a dryer available as quite often on holiday you can get rather mucky or wet and need laundry done fairly quickly.

There is on site parking available and the hostel is just a short walk to the right out of the drive to the Monastic site and a quick walk down the road to the left takes you to a gate on the left which takes you onto the Green walk around the Lower Lake.

All in all a great stay due to the location and helpful staff at the hostel but definitely need new mattresses and a higher standard of housekeeping.

Ps. The Wicklow Heather is a good place for food and definitely walk the White Spinc walk beginning along the Miners Road.

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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Well I just booked the day before and had only the option to sleep seperate.
I was happy there still was room.
But on arrival they suggested a mixed dorm for us, which we gladly accepted.
Very kind and professional staff.
Easy check in and check out.
Would certainly book again

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

I normally take reviews with lightheartedly and quite open minded. Personally, I have stay in a number of hostels over the years (mixed dorms) and fully expect there to be noisy, cold showers, uncomfortable beds etc.

However, this time we decided to stay in a private dorm with an ensuite. (Ignoring how dated the room was and worn carpets). I was really disappointed with the following:

1. The room was dirty. The carpets looked like it hadn't been vacuumed in months! (I don't know if it was broke or something?!)
2. The toilet itself was not properly cleaned. Also, the toilet takes forever to fill after the first flush - although I did read the reason why somewhere else. I think it to be environmentally friend or save water...
(on the plus side, the shower was powerful and hot!)
3. There were cobwebs in the bathroom and on the ceilings.
4. Mattress and pillows were in need of replacement. The springs were gone and there was a noticeable 'dip' in the middle.
The hostel kindly gives you two pillows, but they were both flat.
5. In the morning, if you wish to cook in (the self-cater) you have to wait until the staff turn on the gas (after 8am). Very inconvenient.

I understand there is a high turnover in a hostel, therefore housekeeping maybe not be 100% and located in the rural area, spiders/insects are unavoidable.

But seriously, I am disappointed with the cleanliness of a private room.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

My sister and I stayed in Glendalough International Hostel on 11th July for one night. It is the perfect location for access to the Wicklow Way and the walks surrounding Glenalough. The hostel is basic but provides all the necessary amenities. My sister and I stayed in a private room with ensuite. There is private parking and there is a hotel closeby where we had dinner. I would recommended this Hostel as place to stay as a stop over whilst exploring Wicklow.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 July 2017

I'll start with the good things - the location is really good, there's a very accessorized kitchen if you want to prepare something yourself, the room and the linen were clean.

The bad things:
- The worst thing, which was a deal breaker for us, is that there was a problem flushing the toilet beacuse the toilet tank took a REALLY LONG time to fill up (We stopped counting after 30 minutes). This is very problematic in a room that supposed to contain up to 8 people. We went to the reception and seems that they are aware of the problem and there's nothing they can do and offered to use the hostel public toilet.

- In order to turn on the water in the shower and the sink you constantly need to push a button, very iritating in the shower!

- There's a WI-FI only in the public area

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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Roy M, Head of Marketing at Glendalough International Youth Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2017


Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to leave us a review.

The reason for the push button system is two fold. As a not-for-profit charity with an ethos of increasing awareness of the environment we wanted to ensure that we were not wasting water unnecessarily. Also, a constant flow of water would make the flush system even slower.
However, we will be looking at the water systems to see if we can improve them so thank you very much for letting us know how it effected you.



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Address: The Lodge, Glendalough Village, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Wicklow > Vale of Glendalough > Glendalough Village
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Glendalough Village
Price Range: €32 - €75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Glendalough International Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 21
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