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Connemara National Park Hostel
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Turku, Finland
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“OK but not great”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

My boyfriend and i visited Letterfrack in August 2013 on our roadtrip in Ireland.
We were considering about staying in either Clifden or Letterfrack and decided to go for Letterfrack, and we realised to our joy that it was so, so much better. The real, beautiful Connemara actually only starts from Letterfrack (we drove the Sky Road and it was nice with the view to the sea, but in my opinion the big green hills and little roads after Letterfrack were much more stunning) and the area seems to have much more to offer. The owner of the hostel was extremely nice and helpful and pointed us to the best places to see in Connemara, which we would not have discovered without his advice. We climbed for example on top of Diamond Hill, which was one of the highlights of our trip.

Having said that, Letterfrack Lodge itself was a bit of a disappointment. Were stayed in some sort of annex behind the hostel building itself and it was slightly damp, cold and very modest. Considering that we were only driving through and stayed just one night (unfortunately we didn't have enough holidays to stay longer, but if you can, absolutely do stay longer in Letterfrack), with the cheap price and some backpacker spirit this was ok. But if we would have stayed longer, I think I would have been ready to pay some more for a bit more comfortable place and a better night's sleep.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2014

I don't even know how to begin my review of this hostel. I had the most amazing time during my short stay in Letterfrack. The hospitality demonstrated by Mike and the Letterfrack locals was incredible. I felt welcome from the moment I stepped inside. I was upgraded from a dorm to a private room, given advice on the region, served a home cooked meal, dropped off and picked up by Mike on a coastal walk he personally recommended. The breakfast and self catering kitchen are fantastic and common area is spacioius and cozy! The Lodge is steps away from the National Park as well!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Klagenfurt, Austria
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Reviewed 12 November 2013 via mobile

We really enjoyed our time in the lodge! Our room was nice and clean, the kitchen was clean aswell and always available, the breakfast was excellent! The staff there is very friendly, especially Mike the owner of the lodge.
The price was also totally ok.
Letterfrack is just a very small village but it's so beautiful!
There are 3 nice typical irish pubs and one of them is also a very good restaurant. There is also a shop and I guess it's just a 2 minutes walk from the lodge to the connemara national park. The Kylemore Abbey is also not far away!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Davos Platz, Switzerland
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

I had a great time in this cosy hostel!! Each room has a bathroom with a toilet and a shower and it is very clean. The ktchen is for everbody and it has almost all the imortant kitchen equipment except a garlic press! I mean a garlc press is important for some people =)..
The Lodge is very good situated and you have many options to enjoy the landscape around. The landscape is amazing, A hike to the top of the diamiand is something you must not miss out, the view is incredible!
Mike the owner is local and can tell you everything about the trips.He's just fantastic, helpfull, funny and smiling all day long =)..Everybody in Letterfrack is so friendly, the butcher, the ladies in the supermarket and everybody in Molly's Pub!
Visit the Lodge and you will see...

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Slovenia
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Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights while we were hiking the surrounding hills/mountains.
Place is very lively, with a huge kitchen where you can prepare your own meals for lunch/dinner etc.
Breakfast was just simple & enough to get us going... The owner has all the info you need about the local stuff to do and if you're up for some serious hiking around the "twelve pins" area!
Book here if you wanna meet some people from all around the world and you think about making your own meals (grocerie store is just around the corner).

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Graz, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 October 2013

"Make yourself at home", thats the great motto of this warm-hearted place.
You arrive at this hostel excpecting "normal hostel standart", but thats the first big surprise, you get received by the friendly stuff, from that moment on you know you are at home. There's nothing you aren't allowed to do at home, so if you want to cook something at 2am, then go for it, if you love dancing to house music, dance like nobody is watching you, if you feel chatty, have a chat.
The Lodge was probably one of the best accommodations I've ever been to, not only because of the owners Mike, Isabella and Lea, but also you can walk easily to Connemares most beautiful natural phenomenons (Victoria Gardens, Diamondhill, Connemara Nationalpark....).
The house itself is very clean and even presents a small breakfast-bar (like an irish pub). The rooms are not like in other hostels just equipped with bunk beds, they are more like hotel rooms, with a confortable double bed and en-suite bathroom. The only thing, there is a lot of rubbish and junk if you take a look behind the house, that really should be removed otherwise the lovley charme of the hostel is getting destroyed.
All in all it was an unique experience for me getting a part of thefamiliy in such a short time, I would definitely come back.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2013

I'm sorry to say, that my stay in Letterfrack was unpleasant, surely the worst in Ireland.
The room was furnished with three beds, one (broken) night table and a cupboard without grips. No chairs, no table, just one broken night table for three with no light for reading. The bed was full of hair (not mine!).
The bathroom was even worse: the shower was dirty, obstructed and broken (did not close).
For the same rate (60 euros), or even less, I found in Ireland muuuuuch better than this, with breakfast included!
I give two instead of one just because the service was always kind.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Connemara National Park Hostel
Address: Letterfrack | Connemara, Co Galway, Letterfrack, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Letterfrack
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Letterfrack
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Connemara National Park Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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