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MacGabhainns Backpacker Hostel
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Fulda, Germany
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“One of my favourite hostels”
Reviewed 5 September 2011

I spent 3 days in Kilkenny, Ireland in this wonderful hostel. It's quite a walk from the main bus station but you can't miss it. It's totally green :)

It has about 5 rooms and 2 bathrooms with a very cosy interior. I felt very welcome and a bit like being at home. There's a grandma-style living room with a fireplace and armchairs with dangerously thick fillings ;)

It is run by a local guy an his dog is around all the time, welcoming guests and eager playing with them. The kitchen is very well equipped and clean.

There's a supermarket 5 minutes away and the main shopping street is about 8 minutes by foot.

I enjoyed my stay very much and definitely will return sometime.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 June 2011

Myself and a girlfriend stayed here for one night in September. It was very clean, and quiet, and the staff was very nice. We arrived fairly late at night, and the gentleman who helped us was very understanding and kind. It is a good location - near a busy street of bars and restaurants. We drove to Kilkenny, so there was also a lot of street parking nearby.
I would stay here again the next time I'm in Kilkenny.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 14 April 2011

we just stayed for one night, but we were very happy with the room and all the other facilities (very good equiped,kitchen, wi-fi, own shower...) - so we would recommend this hostel everbody.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 April 2011

We stayed here for 4 night as part of A university field trip around southern Ireland and found the hostel an excellent place to stay. The staff were friendly and we felt very welcome! There were a big party of us so the kitchen and living room were a bit snug and there was no cooker only a combi microwave the wifi was very good! The room was comfortable even if the bed was a little squeaky the wash room facilities are fine and clean! The art on the Walls is cool too. Good place

  • Stayed April 2011
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed 5 April 2011

I arrived here in the middle of March with a large group of my friends and I really enjoyed the experience.We had the kitchen to ourselves where we could really enjoy our evening meals.there was a cosy fire in the lounge area every evening.the hostel dogs were very friendly.the staff were totally amazing and helpful.We will come back again next year.

  • Stayed March 2011
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Additional Information about MacGabhainns Backpacker Hostel

Property: MacGabhainns Backpacker Hostel
Address: 24 Vicar Street, Kilkenny 0, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kilkenny > Kilkenny
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Kilkenny
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,023 - ₹ 4,841
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Property Information:Proudly voted best hostel in Kilkenny in 2011 Macgabhainns Backpackers Hostel is a small hostel located in the heart of the city centre, just ten minutes' walk from Kilkenny Castle, close to the railway and bus station.We offer a comfortable and friendly atmosphere for weary travellers.We have lots of free facilities, such as free breakfast, parking, security lockers, internet access, Wi-Fi and even a free map of the city! Breakfast includes porridge, corn flakes, toast and tea or coffee; you can also have as much free tea and coffee as you want, all day long. We even wash your dishes for you!There's a cool barbecue area in our garden. We're also located near pubs with traditional Irish music and some fine restaurants that are quite inexpensive.We were voted the best hostel in Kilkenny in 2011, and one of the top hostels in Ireland. We were approved by the Irish Tourism Board in 2012 and are recommended by Lonely Planet, Routards and Let's Go.We look forward to seeing you soon! ... more   less 
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