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“Clean but small rooms” 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
Houston
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104 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Clean but small rooms”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

The reception was at the back of a pub, so fortunately we showed up before the place was busy. We stayed in a 4 bed room but it was very tight with only about 3-4 feet between the bunks and the wall. It worked for one night, but may not be comfortable for an extended stay. The bathrooms were just outside the room and were clean. They also were able to do our laundry in just a few hours which was great since we were only there for one night. The bar had live music, which we enjoyed. We were on the 3rd floor so there was not any noise from the bar. Breakfast was typical cereal and toast.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

Amazing place, great atmosphere. Make sure you find josh (kiwi) and grant (Aussie), great guys to hang out with. Saturdays have a free BBQ and punch, live music, it's a great day in cork. I'd come back here in a heart beat.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Rob S
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

Stayed here with 5 other friends in a 6 bed dorm. Very, very little room to move let alone get changed or anything else. Also, as the shower near our room didn't have any ventilation the steam stayed in the shower room so we basically had to get dried our dorm. Not very pleasant. Breakfast and staff seemed fine but I'd stay elsewhere if looking for a dorm in Cork. Our group stayed in various places throughout Ireland for the week we travelled and we all agreed this was the least pleasurable one.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GAWA75
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Czech_Countess
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Mayo
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank may0man1
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newry ireland
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank bridgeen91
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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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