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MacGabhainns Backpacker Hostel
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Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

This is an excellent hostel! Clean, cozy, and, most of all, the staff is very friendly and offering help and advice. It really felt like a home away from home and I would recommend this hostel to everyone. (Not to forget: It's located very central).

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Great Hostel, very well looked after. The staff are very friendly and very welcoming. Amazing price and just a minutes walk from High street where the shops and pubs are and the Kilkenny Castle. The rooms are lovely and the beds are so soft and comfy,so that was an even bigger bonus for me. I would 100% recommend MacGabhainns Backpackers Hostel, a little home away from home :)

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Stayed here on a wed night in march, was travelling as a group of 3 and we turned up unannounced which wasnt a problem, staff/owners were very friendly and were more than happy to give us advice on where to go and what to do in kilkenny, located just off the main st so was only a short stroll to the heart of the action. There are 3 budget (€1/2 per day) car parks located within a 2/3min walk from the hostel which was ideal. Hostel was basic but clean, i wouldnt have an indepth knowledge of the hostel scene in ireland but the ladies I was travelling with said that this hostel was far more superior to the hostel they had stayed in in Dublin the previous night......All in all I wouldnt hesitate in staying here again

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

Great little hostel, war welcoming, super friendly staff, comfy beds, close to everything, great price.....what more could you want!!! Highly recommended little hostel in Kilkenny. Only downside was the breakfast was a little limited.
Cheers guys

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Winkler, Canada
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

The hostel is quaint, good location. The rooms are sparse and sufficient. The beds are fairly old and metal-framed, so they do squeak a fair bit. Wooden lockers for your bags was a nice bonus. Neat and tidy. They appear to employ volunteers whom they pay in exchange for free room and board, which is fine. They seem to be a bit unorganised, but that makes sense if they're volunteers. The actual staff aren't very nice, one in particular was very lewd, especially toward women, so beware if you're a single woman travelling on your own.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

MacGahbainns is a really nice and welcomming place. The hostel is located quite close to the citiy centre and just a small stroll from everything. Still, it is far away from the business to have a nice and sound sleep. The staff is always friendly and helpful. The place is neat and clean, however, we're talking about a house 110 years old, so there's some little sign of that age here and there. There's free WiFi, a warm TV room, a great kitchen and a litle craic is always round the corner. Good value for money!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 March 2014 via mobile

Hostel is nice and clean and well equipped. Decent kitchen, free tea/coffee and breakfast, social area with TV and computer, free WiFi, good clean bathrooms, comfortable beds. The staff were a little disorganised but very friendly and helpful when needed. Location is great. Very close to High Street and all things to do in Kilkenny. Parking is a bit odd as it is on street and only free if you are in a rental vehicle I believe. This was a source of confusion and needed clarification. Overall stay was good and we left happy and well slept!!

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about MacGabhainns Backpacker Hostel

Property: MacGabhainns Backpacker Hostel
Address: 24 Vicar Street, Kilkenny 0, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kilkenny > Kilkenny
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Kilkenny
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Property Information:Proudly voted best hostel in Kilkenny in 2011 Macgabhainns Backpackers Hostel is a small hostel located in the heart of the city centre, just ten minutes' walk from Kilkenny Castle, close to the railway and bus station.We offer a comfortable and friendly atmosphere for weary travellers.We have lots of free facilities, such as free breakfast, parking, security lockers, internet access, Wi-Fi and even a free map of the city! Breakfast includes porridge, corn flakes, toast and tea or coffee; you can also have as much free tea and coffee as you want, all day long. We even wash your dishes for you!There's a cool barbecue area in our garden. We're also located near pubs with traditional Irish music and some fine restaurants that are quite inexpensive.We were voted the best hostel in Kilkenny in 2011, and one of the top hostels in Ireland. We were approved by the Irish Tourism Board in 2012 and are recommended by Lonely Planet, Routards and Let's Go.We look forward to seeing you soon! ... more   less 
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