He _didn't_ stay at this nineteenth-century hunting lodge, but next to what is now another hostel closer to Rosroe pier itself, which you can reach via the Bunowen tertiary road. This place (the CH) as previous reviews suggest is I suppose not for everyone, but it is evocative, what with the weathered marble mantlepiece, reproductions of the Paul Henry paintings done right around here, the grounds edged with pines and other such exotica, and the staff, particularly Fergal and Joanne, are fantastic. There is music in the bar from the people who stay here--I remember a couple of kids (maybe staffers?) covering the Lumineers, Radiohead, Dylan, Neal Young, et cetera, on flute and guitar--and yet I had no trouble getting to sleep in my room, or having many a quiet moment at an early breakfast alone with Mweelrea, veiled in cloud or glowing in its dark splendor on the odd clear morning. Ten years ago I'd driven through Leenane and resolved to come back to this most Scandinavian corner of lovely Connemara, and the Connemara Hostel was just the place to realize that ambition.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Connemara Hostel which opened in March 2005 is spectacularly situated in the heart of Connemara overlooking the Killary - Ireland's only fjord. It is part of Galway's award-winning Sleepzone hostel group, which has just won an award for 10th best group hostel in the world. It has 95 beds in 21 en-suite rooms - both private and dormitory. The Connemara Hostel has some fantastic facilities; residents' bar with wine license, free internet and wifi access, Big screen TV and DVDs, large self-catering kitchen and dining room, barbeque terrace, outdoor camping facility, tennis court, bicycle hire and access to range of organised outdoor adventure pursuits on its doorstep. The Connemara Hostel is the perfect Connemara base for outdoors enthusiasts, backpackers, families looking for a value for money base from which to explore Connemara, or anyone just looking to relax in this breathtaking landscape. ... more less
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