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Kinlay House Hostel
Ranked #13 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Cork
South Wales
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217 reviews
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“Better than Expected”
Reviewed 12 September 2013

I will start off by saying that we booked a separate room and were using it less of a hostal and more as a b & b. To this extend it was well worth it and as we, not having tried doing this before. The only draw back for the older person and or less mobile was the number of steps to the top floor otherwise it would suit all ages using the hostal this way. Kitchen facilities available to 10.30 p.m.and ready supply of tea / coffee and toast with jam / marlade for breakfast, although if it is busy finding somewhere to seat and obtaining mugs/plates could be a problem as the venue is rightly so popular. I must admit that the shared bedrooms did not appear to be so well maintained.
Well centred for getting around the city and there are ways of not using the steps to access the bilding if you head for the Church and go back down the Road/Walk. Don't Look for the recommended Gold fish in order to locate the building as it is not as clear as the "bauble " on the Church Tower.
The only gride was that we weren't given the option to pay on a credit card in euros but they automatically converted it to pounds which in our case madfe it slightly more expensive but none the less value for money. My ratings reflect our use as a b &.b.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

The problems were very poor lighting, very poor bed numbering, no place underneath bed to lock up stuff, very little enforcement of the KEEP QUITE OTHERS ARE SLEEPING RULE which is enforced is a lot of other hostels I've been in and just a few other things that were sub standard.

Facilities are... 1/5.

My night in the 16 bed dorm was 15 euro and I have stayed in places of the same price which I could through 5 stars to in a flash.

Nice staff and that alright.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Spent 2 nights in Kinlay House and was delighted. A really basic cheap accommodation a few minutes from the city centre of Cork. Staff are helpful and rooms are basic but clean. I don't understand why people are paying peanuts and complain they didn't receive a 5 stars service?? Will be back in January for a week.

  • Stayed August 2013
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

I'm very sorry that I didn't do any research upfront on hostels in Cork. The only positive point is the location. But the beds were the worse ever, no ventilation in the room, the atmosphere was really dodgy. All in all I would recommend to everybody to stay away from this hostel.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

Stayed 2 nights in a twin room, was recommended this place by local tourism office.
Room clean basic, positive things to say end there.
Bathrooms grotty, with holes in the ceilings. No hot water in showers, & we checked this several times each day. Have hold a button to get water otherwise it shuts off every 10 seconds.
Street lights shine directly into rooms at night, hallways noisey 24hrs & always doors slamming.
Reception staff tell you the street is free parking but fail to mention that its only for about 4 cars & then smirk if you get a ticket. No lights in unlit hallways either. Will pay fora hotel next time I'm in cork

  • Stayed August 2013
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Limerick, Ireland
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Wasn't much parking available, it is advertised that there is some but when we arrived there was about five really tight spaces that were occupied. The rest were pay and display and it didnt help to over hear the guy on the desk telling someone that a car had been smashed and broken into. Guy on the desk wasnt at all helpful with where to park but otherwise check in was ok. Gave some info about the place. Room smelled really bad, but otherwise normal hostel room. View was quite nice actually of the nearby church. Toilets were ok, fairly clean. Location not great, a bit of walk to city centre. Walls seem to be paper thin, at night we were chatting in the room, no music no oud noise at all but were given out to in a rather rude way. Also, don't leave anything behind you cause you're credit card will be charged the 55c postage to return it to you!!!!!!All in all, old smelly building with a poor atmosphere and even poorer staff!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Kinlay House Hostel

Property: Kinlay House Hostel
Address: Bob And Joan's Walk | Shandon, Cork, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Cork > Shandon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Cork
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Kinlay House Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
City centre Hostel with friendly relaxed vibe. Free Light Breakfast, Free Wi-Fi. Facilities include - a wonderful TV Lounge, large self-catering kitchen, garden, secure bicycle lock-up, net cafe, laundry service.Day Tours to the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle / Cobh / Kinsale, the Ring of Kerry depart daily... ... more   less 
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