Allihies Village Hostel
Allihies Village Hostel
Allihies, Beara, Peninsula, Co Cork
Dorm bed €16–18
Double/twin room €45–50
Double/twin room €45–50
Prices are in euro and are inclusive of all taxes.
User Reviews (1)
Lovely place, not so lovely host4 June 2010
Feels isolated and the manager was rude
Quaint and cute
In a somewhat isolated place like Allihies, your hostel is your home base. One of the main reasons we selected this place is because its Web site had such wonderful reviews of the owner and his daughter: they were friendly, warm, welcoming, etc. This was the first hostel ever, on our very first night in another country. We didn't expect a lot (we are both backpackers who understand that hostels are basic), but we expected to be treated with respect. The man running the hostel (not the owner), was not the warm host we had read about at the hostel's site. Literally. He was a different guy, a manager, and although he tried to play the part, he did not seem to enjoy what he was doing at all. He was a local who only seemed to want to deal with other locals; in fact, several (thought not all) of the people we encountered in this area came across like this. He also did not seem to like Americans--something that we definitely did not expect in rural Ireland. He was constantly listening to the BBC, and seemed eager to discuss politics. He mentioned something about American President Obama and my husband said something like, "Yeah, I am disappointed that America is not out of Iraq yet," and the hostel manager launched into defense of Obama, who my husband had not actually criticized. For the next few minutes, as my husband tried to decide how appropriate it was to share political views with our hostel host (and tried to hold his tongue), our host talked down to us, treating us as ignorant American young people who don't know anything about anything. (In fact, we are both former political reporters, and closer to thirty than twenty). His attitude seemed to be, if we didn't like Obama (which we never actually said), then we were part of some kind of broader American problem. I assume he thought we were Republicans from America, because we are also from the southern U.S. (Incidentally, not true!) We thought this conversation was a little strange, and we had not found this man very welcoming before it, but after it, his attitude toward us truly changed. He was rude to us and short with us and, several times, referenced issues he had with America and American travelers to Ireland. Our third day there, as we set out for a hike on Dursey Island, he told us we had to go back upstairs and move our things; we were being moved to a new room. This took us thirty minutes, made us miss our cable car to Dursey (and threw off our day), and then (if we didn't want to wait an hour or two for him to fix our new room), we were forced to leave our belongings on a couch in the common room. We were definitely not comfortable with that, but we did it, b/c we didn't want our day to be thrown off course. (Dursey has specific visiting times). That night, we got back to the hostel around 9:30 and found it deserted. Assuming the hostel manager was out, we headed to the laundry room to wash some things; we were planning to leave early the next morning. A sign said we should see him. I moved some laundry that the manager had in the washing machine to the dryer (just to be nice), and then we knocked on his door, to be sure he wasn't home. He answered and lit into us about the time, basically saying he wasn't working anymore at that hour and it was too late to be asking him about anything. We pointed out that there is no sign saying that, (in fact, there is a bell we thought we could ring anytime), and that he was also visiting with someone in his quarters, so we hadn't woken him up. We were, however, very apologetic about bothering him if it was a time he felt was too late. We explained again that this was our first hostel experience, and because the sun was still out, we had not realized how late it was. Where we're from, the sun goes down around 7 PM. He didn't seem to believe that. We told him to forget about the laundry--we would do it somewhere else--but he rushed out and marched to the laundry room. He said no one was allowed to use the machines but him, because--and here, he yanked the dryer door open--people did not have respect for the machine. He pulled all the laundry I had shifted into the dryer out and said it was not put in correctly. He said obviously we did not have respect for his machines, as he did. He then had the nerve to ask us if we had EVER done any laundry for ourselves, or did we have someone do it for us. He told us he would not start our laundry, because it was too late, but that he would do it in the morning. Then he went on some more about how late it was. Could we not tell that it was 9:30 because of the sun, or did we not consider that late? We were stunned by his rudeness, and basically just nodded. We were so happy to leave the next day, not because this is a bad hostel, but because this man made us feel so uncomfortable and unwelcome. So, if you view the hostel's Web site, disregard what is said about friendliness! If you're an American, STEER CLEAR!