I stayed at this hostel about 2 years ago in one of the dorm rooms for a very cheap £8 a night. The stay itself was fine, the rooms and the (communal) bathrooms were clean, but I think I was too old (30+) to be doing the dorm/backpacker thing. There were 6 or 8 bunk beds to a dorm room and I really felt my age being amongst a bunch of 18 year olds. This isn't the fault of the hostel, but mine. They also had private ensuite rooms which I should have booked on hindsight.
The couple that run the hotel are very friendly and helpful and the hostel has a large communal kitchen for cooking your own meals.
The location itself is stunning, right on Downhill beach itself. Be aware, if you're planning to cook for yourself, that the nearest shops are in the town of Castlerock, about 2 miles away. So get your groceries before arriving, esp. if you don't have a car. Bus and train timetables are crucial if you want to see more of the coast by public transport.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Downhill Beachhouse (formerly Downhill Hostel) is a self-catering Victorian Villa accepting both individual and group bookings. Accommodation is in double, twin, and 4 persons rooms. Use of a guest kitchen, dining and living room is included in the tariff. This atmospheric home is very popular with couples, families, outdoor enthusiasts, and groups of friends or families. The property borders the National Trust property containing the famous 'Mussenden Temple' and fronts onto the Downhill/Benone Beach. Local outdoor and arts activities can be arranged by the owners for guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Downhill Beachhouse Coleraine, Northern Ireland