I only booked here because of the price and the location, normally I use hotels. However, it was a very good experience except for the noise. I was in room 211 and the first night (Saturday) there were apparently a lot of arrivals and/or departures in the very early morning so doors were being slammed for getting on for an hour. Had the same on the Monday. There was also what sounded like a water pump that kept kicking in during the night. I guess there's just nothing the owners can do about any of this but I barely got one good night's sleep out of the four I was there. I think this is a problem specific to the rooms so probably not an issue in the dorms.
Otherwise, great location, friendly staff, the place is clean and the room had a good bathroom although we did lose hot water one night.
All the experienced back packers in the place rated it as a 5* hostel and they are the experts not me.
Some of the photos posted on the website are a little bit misleading so I've attached a couple of my own. The view out of my window reminded me of another part of Ireland I was in 30 years ago and north of the border!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rowan Tree Hostel is in the centre of Ennis, a vibrant town renowned for its lively pubs and traditional Irish music. Only 20 minutes from Shannon Airport, it is the perfect base to discover County Clare, The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. The hostel has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and offers quality budget accommodation for groups, families and individuals. All guest facilities are brand new and include a fully-equipped self-catering kitchen, recreational lounges and free WIFI and internet access. Choose from a variety of rooms including double, twin and multi-bedded dorms, many with en-suite facilities. Beds start at €15.00.* Voted best Irish Hostel by Hostelworld Customers in 2009,2010,2011,2012 and nominee for Best Hostel in The World 2014 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rowan Tree Hostel Ennis, Ireland - County Clare