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“Loud but safe”
Review of Bru Bar and Hostel

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Bru Bar and Hostel
Ranked #2 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Cork
Seattle, Washington
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“Loud but safe”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Met some cool people here. Be warned, though, it is LOUD, especially on the weekends (having live bands 2 floors below your head will do that). Go for the 4-person rooms, they're nicer for not too much more money. Extremely comfortable beds. Safe (you have to change keys every 24 hours). Convenient location -- right across from bus station. Good place.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Stayed in a mixed dorm with a friend on a recommendation from a colleague. Definitely wouldn't go back there unless I was really stuck for a place to stay. Some of the staff were friendly, but the girl we seemed to strike most of the time was not so friendly and seemed very disinterested in being even remotely helpful. The website advertises a 10% discount for Kiwis and Aussies on presentation of a valid passport at check-in but when I asked about this (since I'm a Kiwi) I was told there was no such discount.
The room was clean and the bed was comfortable but it was noisy and stuffy. The bathroom door handle kept coming off and the shower door didn't close properly. The free breakfast was an added bonus but I couldn't pick up the free wifi.
If you're looking for a place where you can drink the night away in a bar and then stumble upstairs to bed then this is the place for you. Anything else and I suggest going elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Mayo
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Reviewed 27 July 2013 via mobile

Here on a stag, rooms awful, ok for a night but rooms of poor standard.

Wouldn't be in a rush back. Our room didn't ever have a place to hang our clothes up

Bunk bed. Very noisy outside. Bar seems grand. Didn't try food

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed 21 July 2013 via mobile

Me and three friends were looking somewhere cheap and cheerful to stay as we were going to a concert, we booked this as it was cheap. Great place in a great location and has a good mix of tourists everyone was welcoming and friendly. The staff were very friendly and helpful the hostel was clean and great value for money :)

  • Stayed July 2013
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

We stayed here in a dorm with an ensuite for a weekend in Cork. This place was great. Our room was clean and very comfortable and the wifi worked well. The staff were really helpful and it's in a great location. The bar downstairs has great deals and we didn't notice any noise from it when we eventually went off to bed. There are really good kitchen facilities too. I would definitely recommend a stay here.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

When we first got to Bru-Bar, I was slightly scared that this would be where I was TAKEN. It just felt really sketchy at first, and our room was tiny.. buttttttt I was completely wrong! This was probably one of the best nights of our trip. I've noticed some complaints about wifi.. mine worked well in the room so maybe they have fixed the issues since then?? The location is great - close to everything! The staff & the bar were the best parts. We were on the second floor and it was really quiet when we went up to bed even though the bar was still loud. There was live music at night, and the atmosphere just made for a great time. The staff made the night even better by being just SO friendly - they even went up on stage themselves! Maybe the small room would have been annoying for a longer stay, but we definitely loved bru bar

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

Great hostel location from the main bus stop in Cork. Literally a 5 min walk away. Rooms were spacious, with great mattresses and sufficient space under the beds to store personal items. Staff were friendly and very helpful with travelling trips. The bar was the highlight of the trip. A really lively place with live music every night, it was a great place to meet new people. Definitely want to visit this place again. I love Cork!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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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 #2 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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