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Rainbow Hostel
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

I absolutely loved it. It was more hotel quality then hostel quality and in a perfect location. There is a lovely common room and kitchen for guests. The owners are so friendly and really want you to feel welcome and to enjoy yourself. The common room is gorgeous and very cosy.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

This has been the most pleasant of hostel stays we have ever experienced.Mattie and Carmel are the perfect hosts making us feel very much at home, relaxed and warm and comfortable.Mattie gave a very informative talk and showed slides of the local area. He answered any questions and had a fantastic knowledge of the area and what to do. Carmel welcomed us in the mornings with home baked scones and a smile. Rooms were very warm,showers and toilets clean and modern and plenty of room for the luggage. This is a home away from home and I would highly recommend this hostel

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank maree C
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

I have stayed here with my partner for 3 nights in September on a 3-weeks travel through Ireland.
I have been to maney hostels but I must say that this is one of my favourites.
The people who run it are very friendly and helpfull.
The double room is very spacey and clean with a nice bathroom, the kitchen is a very spacey and clean place to cook. My favourite area was the common room, after a cold day out in Doolin it is wonderfull to return to a warm/ cozey common room and warm your hands by the fireplace.
I recommend this place to everyone who visits Doolin, no matter what the age is!
Thanks for having such a nice stay.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Linthie
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Carmel and Mattie are wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable people who will help you feel right at home in this hostel. They also own the B&B next door, so if they are not at the hostel when you arrive, check next door. We found the hostel clean, neat and quiet when we were there (mid-September), and although they were having trouble with the wi-fi in the rooms, there was wi-fi in the common room and it worked fine. They also had a fire lit as the weather was cool with rain and fog, and it felt very cozy and welcoming. Even though I think the hostel was fairly full, it never felt crowded. The bus stop to take you back to Galway is right across the street, which is very convenient if you're backpacking. You do have to walk a bit to get to the dock where you can take the boats to the Aran Islands or the Cliffs of Moher, but it is a nice walk, and there is a pub close by, which is convenient if you want to have a meal before heading back to the hostel after exploring the area.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Dorothy M
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

This is a splendid place to stay. The accommodation is simple and clean. Cooking and food storage is fine. Information about the area is to be found in abundance in the lounge area. The owners are extremely friendly and helpful. Bars, traditional music are all within walking distance. A very enjoyable experience overall.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

Even though I was not a guest in his establishment he took the time to show me pictures and map out a great hike that was accessible to someone without a car. If you have a car he knows where all the great geologic and megalithic sites are located

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank Trish M
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Bright, cheerful hostel with a welcoming host. It's everything a rural hostel should be; laid back, relaxing and friendly. Very clean rooms and comfortable beds. It's a hostel, so it's obviously basic accommodation, but I've had plenty of space and were extremely comfortable. It's maybe a twenty minute walk to O'Connors pub neat Doolin pier, but there are two good pubs right beside the hostel, as well as the lovely Doolin Cafe. Scones were laid out for breakfast. It was also great value. A super spot, we will be back!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Doolin, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > The Burren > Doolin
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Ranked #4 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Doolin
Price Range: £32 - £46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
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