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“Decent for a short stay”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Bru Bar and Hostel

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Bru Bar and Hostel
Ranked #1 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Cork
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Decent for a short stay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2013

Bru bar and hostel is settled in a perfect location and you never have to walk far anywhere! The staff were quite friendly although it did seem abit disorganised when i was there.! The bar is small but lively with live music every night which is great if you don't feel like adventuring out too far! Wifi is really slow and doesn't work too well though and the rooms are absolutely tiny, if you don't keep your bags under the bed then there is no way you'll make it in the door and to your bed without tripping over something! Pretty average beds and bathrooms and not a fan of the push the button showers which stay on for 10 seconds! Overall though fairly decent place to stay if your not in Cork for long!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Rating summary
  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

Stayed for 1 night last weekend, super friendly kiwi owner checked us in. Gave us tickets to an event at the Beamish Brewery. Room was fine, clean, tidy. Bunk beds ok, pillows were abit flat though - maybe time for an upgrade? Toilet paper in bathroom dispenser was left wrapped so was near impossible to get any out it. Blind over window did not roll up and down, so was down all the time. No biggie as we were not in the room much. 2nd floor room was pretty quiet considering live music downstairs till late. Great bar downstairs, yummy pizzas & good selection of drinks. Staff were really friendly. Breakfast was simple, cereal, toast, tea & coffee. All included for less than 17 euro each - awesome value. Very handy to everything and a short walk over the water to main shopping area & tour buses etc. Would def recommend & stay again - thanks guys :)

Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Bruhostel, Owner at Bru Bar and Hostel, responded to this review, 6 June 2013
Hi Girls! Thanks for the comments! You only have to pull off the outer wrapping of the toilet roll and u'r away. The window blinds are only fixed before someone comes and breaks them again! I'm looking into alternatives. And finally pillows, I just ordered 100 new ones! Yes they were flat, so anyone reading this, BIG NEW FLUFFY PILLOWS AT BRU FROM MONDAY THE 10th JUNE 2013!!
Come and try them out! :) Ash.
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2013

Stayed on the top floor on the Friday of the May bank Holiday weekend, The hostel, for that night atleast was fully booked up. Firsty with regards to the wifi, it in no way is available in the rooms, and just barely available in the bar area.

The bar itself though is absolutely top notch and serves to provide a great atmosphere for the rest of the Hostel, with a wide variety of beers on offer and the location is perfection.

This though is where the good points come to a resounding stop. The room itself was very very hot, so much so it made it impossible to sleep.. The bunks themselves are bunched on top of each other and not in the slightest bit comfortable to allow for a sleep.

Had booked for two nights but didn't stay the second,, If you're really stuck then yes it'll do.. but otherwise..

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Varazdin, Varazdinska, Croatia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

We stayed in a 6 dorm room, and room was too small. We didn't have space for anything. I was too close to person sleeping in a bunk bed across mine. About 50 cm between beds. Location is great, very close to center and to bus station. You pass through bar to get to rooms. It was clean. Hostel has a great common room and kitchen. I would stay again at the hostel but would took a 4 dorm room.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Barnstaple, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2013 via mobile

Stayed with 14 friends on a a 2 night break. Bar staff very friendly and nothing was an issue. Rooms were clean and we had en-suite. Can be noisy but that was fine by us and everyone said good value for money

Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Arras, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

I went to this hostel for 2 nights, and I found it very good and really quiet. The rooms have a small number of people (we were only 4 in mine) and are all en-suite, which is something I really appreciated. The hostel also provided a big kitchen that everyone could use (including fridge, ovens, cookers, etc...) and breakfast was included in the price. Moreover, the hostel is just above the Bru Bar, which has good beers, TVs and a pool table. The only negative point is that the website says that lockers are provided, but they are not really lockers but rather drawers under the bed (you can't lock it).

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Riga, Latvia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2013

As Cork was part of my south - west trip, had to stay somewhere and found this place fine for me. Nice think i found was bar area.it may not be good first impression of place for people, but for me it's completely fine - to get to reception you have to cross all over bar. rooms in this place are very small, just for sleeping, nothing else, but good thing is pool table. i think this place should cooperate with attractions in city (like tours etc) to make this place more attractive.would stay again if needed.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Bru Bar and Hostel

Property: Bru Bar and Hostel
Address: 57 Maccurtain Street, Cork, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Cork > Montenotte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Cork
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Brú Hostel, we pride ourselves on ensuring that a consistently high standard is maintained. A team of house keepers ensure that every inch of the hostel is maintained in a pristine condition. The least any hostel can provide is a comfortable bed and clean sheets but in addition, we also provide: * FREE high-speed Internet access/ WiFi * FREE breakfast * FREE bicycle storage * FREE luggage storage * Laundry service for €5! (Cheapest in Ireland) * Card phones * TV / DVD room * 10% discounts at various restaurants * 10% discounts at the major tourist attractions with Bru room key! * Discounted entry into Corks Top Nightclubs.We also have a full Bar/Pub check out our web page! ... more   less 

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