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“Small rooms, Knowledgeable staff.”
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Sheilas
Ranked #18 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Cork
Reviewed 13 June 2009

Our room was very small, but clean enough and had a great view of the city . There's no elevator, so be prepared to possibly lug your stuff up the stairs to the third floor. The guest kitchen was clean and well stocked with pots and pans but many of the burners did not work. Front desk staff were helpful and incredibly knowledgeable.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 April 2009

A friend and I stayed at Shiela's for our first trip to Ireland. The Skylink shuttle dropped us about 200m from the hostel. We were greeted by a Russian-sounding man with a bit of an Irish accent. We had a hard time understanding him, but we paid our $120 for our 4-night stay and went on up to our room. Everyone gets their own key, which is nice, and there is a nightman on duty so you can get in after-hours with a security pass. The room was exceptionally clean, though it was on the third floor. The hostel is at the top of a very steep hill, so the whole of it together can be quite exhausting if you aren't terribly fit!

The kitchen was very nice (and big!) with plenty of pots and pans and dishes for everyone. There was also a lot of space for food storage--two refrigerators and lots of baskets. The bean bag room was fantastic after a long day's walking and exploring the city. It's a dark room with a flatscreen telly, with a great selection of DvDs that the desk can put on for you. The surround sound was phenomenal, especially with movies like V for Vendetta or Van Helsing, two of the movies we watched. There seemed to be a lot of Germans, Americans, and Australians at the hostel, most of which were very friendly.

Now, for the rooms. The bunk beds seemed new and were very colorful. There weren't individual nightstands or cubbies, also no nightlights. That was inconvenient when others were in the room, though our roommates were very polite. The beds were actually quite comfortable for hostel beds, with generous bedding to keep you warm. There was a mirror and several hooks for coats and towels, but no lockers. There is a luggage room downstairs, but nothing in the room to lock up your things. We put our valuables under our dirty knickers--it worked just fine, as far as we could tell. The doors slammed quite noisily if people weren't careful, but it didn't wake me up so I didn't really mind all that much. I suggest ear plugs if you're a light sleeper!

The bath facilities were VERY clean. The toilet at the end of the hall was convenient, since the third floor is considerably smaller than the others. In the proper bathroom, down half a flight of stairs, there were two separate shower rooms and a loo, with sinks in the middle. Very clean, but more shelving would have been nice. You have to push a knob every 20 seconds or so for water in the showers, but it was nice and hot so we didn't really mind. It's a great idea for being more environmentally conscious--more people should use this tactic!

The desk sells a few different types of alcohol and snacks, and breakfast is 3 euro or something like that. We just went down to the convenience shop and got a loaf of bread and some fruit, which lasted us for our stay.

The wireless internet was great--free, and quite fast. V. relaxed atmosphere as well.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2009

This place was awful. The rooms smelt terrible. In one room, it smelt like someone had vomited and it was left to soak into the carpet. Truly awful. The only good thing about this place was the free internet. The staff were ok, accept for the woman who made me email 3 times before she would confirm my reservation. When i arrived the room (6 bed dorm) was empty...so im not sure why the fuss about the reservation. Try elsewhere first, and use this place as a last resort.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 February 2009

My friend and I stayed here for 3 nights, in a twin room with a private bathroom. The room was very spacious, and the bathroom was absolutely fine. Linens and towels were provided.

I think we lucked out with the location of our room, as it was on the top floor, right next to the door for the rooftop patio, so it felt as though we had our own private outdoor space - no one else seemed to be using it. When we were there, the hostel offered a free glass of wine in the evenings, and guests are allowed to purchase alcohol and drink in the common areas. Despite that, I didn't get the impression that it was a 'party hostel'. We had no problems with noise or rowdiness.

The only downside is the walk up that monster hill, but hey, you burn off the beer that way. I loved Cork, and I'd stay at Sheila's again.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 January 2009

We stayed one night at Sheila's on a road trip around Ireland in July 2008. Thank goodness it was only one night. I have to preface this by saying my accommodation requirements are far more picky than my husband's (the seasoned back packer and hostel goer that he is)....but even he found it a little gross! It really could have been a lot worse, but it was incredibly noisy, throughout the whole night. This was a combo of loud guests checking in, but also, we could hear conversations in other rooms through the paper thin walls. Once we put our backpacks on the floor there wasn't really heaps of room to maneouvre around them. (We stayed in a double room with ensuite). The room/bathroom wasn't super clean either. Staff weren't overly friendly. We've stayed in a fair few hostels in our time and this really was not up there with the best of them. Cork is an AWESOME city though - very worth visiting. If you love great coffee (as we NZer's do) make sure you go to the Cork Coffee Roasters. Brilliant coffee and a great vibe.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sheilas

Address: 4 Belgrave Place | Wellington Road, Cork, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Cork
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Ranked #18 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Cork
Price Range: ₹ 1,215 - ₹ 4,251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 165
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