First of all I've read all of the former reviews and they are all correct in their way. This is an old "english" manor house which has been transformed into a hostel. There is no fanciness to it but it does have an old world charm about it. The strange thing was it felt as if I had joined a commune in the 1960's. The hippie element is very much in residence however it is very difficult to determine the staff from the residents. And they make A LOT of noise. And it is ALL in German. It does quiet down after say, 10pm, however I would not bring children here unless it is for a large group gathering. There is a LOT of drinking going on between residents and some staff and there are no outdoor facilities for kids. The woods are very scary and quite wet. Which can be fun in groups but I would not allow children to wander about. I had my adult son with me and we were charged 16.50 per person per night. Cheapest accommodation in Killarney I can guarantee however it is rustic and very basic. The bunk beds are very old and very uncomfortable and squeak squeak squeak.
But I liked this place it did not feel foreboding or "haunted", although considering it's history it should have, it felt like an old man. A bit rough, wrinkly and grey but full of interesting stories and not without it's old charm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ring of Kerry Youth Hostel is an impressive 17th Century mansion, set in 75 acres of lawns and forests, overlooking the Lakes of Killarney and the Macguillycuddy's Reeks. If you want good food, a good night's sleep, washing and drying facilities and a great atmosphere, then Killarney International Youth Hostel is the place to be. The Hostel was renovated in two phases, early 1999 and early 2000 to include smaller rooms and family rooms, a very large self catering and catering area and very comfortable common areas. This hostel is the centre for exploring the impressive scenery that is the Ring of Kerry. The 'Ring of Kerry Tour', the 'Dingle Tour' and the 'Gap of Dunloe Tour' depart daily from the Youth Hostel and show the visitor some of the most impressive scenery in the world ... more less
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