Barnacles Quay Street House

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Barnacles Quay Street House

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Quay Street House, 10 Quay Street, Galway
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(091) 568 644
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8am-11.30pm daily; 24 hour check in available
Price
Dorm bed €15–30
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User Reviews (19)

an ok stay but had some major downs
25 February 2009
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nice tv room
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I was staying at this hostel this last month but have been forced to move . i liked it for what i was paying it was ok . I really was not pleased when one of the guys that worked at the front desk was hitting on me after i had told him no manytimes . i reported him to the management and they said there are no rules against it and can't do a thing about it .. this reason alone made me move hostels for good . The cons -my sheets were not changed in the two weeks i stayed, -bathroom was not cleaned daily, -floor was not cleaned daily i had to clean it 3 times in 2 weeks, - some of the managment needs to listen to complaints, shit showers, The Pros nice tv room, ok kitchen, some of the staff were great others well need to work at being nice, great location. you can get nicer for your money if you go to kilany house or snozzles they charge a great rate for a nice place to stay .

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Victoria Staff
great location, staff & guests
16 November 2005
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I stayed for 3 nights and met the greatest people. Female only rooms, hot showers, free breakfast, very helpful staff, weekly rate on offer, free night club passes and money off drink vouchers. All in all the best hostel in Ireland.

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martinaclancey
A good hostel
23 December 2004
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I stayed in Barnacles Dublin when I arrived in Ireland, and then stayed at the Barnacles Galway for a few days after that. The hostel in Galway was my favourite, its an old quaint building with lots of modern facilities, even has internet in the Tv room. Staff are lovily, some of them are backpackers too who are working in Galway for a while. Galway is definately worth a visit

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nina nocher
Just great
12 September 2004
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Stayed here in August. Everything was just fab. In the middle of everything, anything you need is available, hairdryer, iron, internet. Powerful hot showers, apologies to everyone I was sharing with, I just couldn't resist it. I will be back!

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Anonymous
not too bad though
14 April 2004
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Well, i couldn't find any bugs or pubic hair in my bed and the showers seem to be clean. I had a room in the backside of the building so it was quiet.Maybe i was just lucky.The staff was very friendly and helpful. but i admitt that the breakfast could do a lot better.I always missed out the fruit juice and when groups are staying,there is no chance to get a seat or near the toaster at all.But that can happen everywhere with groups staying. If you don't sleep in the noisy front rooms,its ok to stay at Barnacles. They could do with new matresses though.

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Curtis Corona
Could have been better
23 March 2004
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This hostel had potential, but didnt live up to it. The halls and lobby were clean, but the room could definately be nicer. In the 4 person room, the bunks were no more than a few inches apart. The "shower" is a joke as it was no more than a hole in the wall that the COLD water dribbled out of. I had never been so cold before in my life. Then to try to warm up, I turned on the heater, but it never actually came on. When I looked at my bed, I saw a plethora of pubic hair and upon further inspection saw a bug roaming through it. I brushed it aside and went to bed. The most unsettling thing was the random stranger in my bed the next night who I wouldnt be surprised was a transient. I think this place might be better kept up during the summer, but if you're going in the off season, you're better off walking down the street and getting a hotel. The staff didnt seem to be very trusting either when I told them of the problems. They felt there was no way these things could actually happen and that I dreamed them up. Just be on the lookout, it is NOT a YOUTH HOSTEL, any random person could stay there, including the smelly stranger in my bed.

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Anonymous
Do not stay here!
20 March 2004
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The sheets were dirty with hair and bugs. I asked for them to be changed and it seems as all the receptionist did was move my things around to make it look like she put new sheets on. There were still hairs and bugs in the bed. I still stayed the night because it was about 11 pm by then. The second night I bought disinfectant spray and sprayed down the room. When I got back to my room later that night there was a homeless man in the room. This is not a YOUTH hostel. It is for all ages. Bathrooms smell like mold and there are push button showers which are very cold. Do not stay here. I ended up going to a hotel the second night and they would not give me a refund for the night I did not stay. However, the staff were very friendly. I will give them that. It doesn't make up for the pure and utter filth that I had to deal with.

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Anonymous
very friendly staff who know all the good places to go
21 November 2003
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friendly staff who can tell you all the good places to go in town

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ontheroadagain
i'll be back
24 October 2003
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i have to say i really enjoyed my stay at Barnacles. its handy for the nightlife, everywhere i looked there were pubs pubs and more pubs. i am travelling on my own and life to feel safe in a place, barnacles had all that. have to say a big "well done" to the girls at reception. and as i said i'll be back...........

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KEGZ
Just okay
2 October 2003
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Very close to everything & in a pedestrian area which was nice. After taking about 30mins to check in, I was sent to my room but had no bed. I returned to reception & they assured me there was an empty bed in the room, but I couldn't find it. The bed I claimed wasn't vacant & when I got out of the shower a bigger dude politely told me to get, but after a bit of fukkin about I eventually got a bed but by this stage the pubs were about to close! In the morning, u'd better be quick as the free food disappears quick! I was down 15mins after kitchen opened and all juice was gone, all milk was gone, i got the heel of a loaf for me toast & black coffee. Better than nowt I guess, but not enough to gear me up for me travels! Showers were good & staff were friendly and very helpful - they even posted home an item I'd accidentally left behind - fair play te ye girls! My experience wasn't as good as others. Plus, no lockers. KEGZ

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Melanie Baker
cheap, clean, hot showers, great location
17 September 2003
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location- in the heart of everything staff- helpful and friendly rooms- clean, warm showers- in the room kitchen- had everything we required

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Tschoff ()
Very nice!
18 February 2003
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I stayed there for two nights, very nice hostel, cntrally located, surrounded by a lot of pubs. Clean, hot showers, nice breakfast and nice people!

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Javier Soto Doval.
Good choice
16 January 2003
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Inside looking: 3.5. Some of the corridors are like a maze. The rest is ok. Surroundings: 4. In the centre of Galway, in a pedestrian-only street. Dorms: 4. Nice, but a little noisy in some dorms because of the surroundings pubs. Showers: 4. Good. Kitchen: 3.5. Nice, but too little. Common rooms: 3.5. Only TV room. Smoking allowed :( Staff: 4. Very helpful. Facilities: 3. Breakfast, linen, laundry. Overall: 3.75. Much better than Galway hostel (place in where a lot of people sleep because its very near station).

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Anonymous
safe, secure, right in the centre of things
6 December 2002
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Actually 3 1/2 stars. If the shower had worked properly, I'd give it 4. This was a nice hostel, very safe and lots of people of a variety of ages. There are personal key cards to get into the housing area and the individual rooms, but no individual lockers to store things, which meant just leaving your things in your room. No curfew and in the very centre of the city, though what's not because Galway is rather small. I stayed here in early November and unfortunately got very, very sick with fevers, sore throat, lethargy, (turned out to be mono :( )etc. so it was nice that there was no lock-out so I could sleep all day. Duvets were warm and adequate, the room itself got a bit stuffy with 6 people and our shower flooded whenever anyone used it, so that was kind of a pain (but good water pressure). Kitchen facilities are nice, though breakfast is just toast and tea/coffee. Desk receptionists were all helpful and moderately friendly. Ask for a room not facing the street as it was very noisy when the pubs let out. The TV/common room is the only place you're able to smoke, so for those non-smokers, not a very comfortable spot to hang out in. Also, I recommend the Cliffs of Moher/Connemara bus tours! Well worth the money as you see a lot of the countryside of the traditional "wild Ireland" and its very conveinant if you don't have a car... the hostel can give you information about them or book them for you.

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Michele Cohen
central. clean and friendly
3 September 2002
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My sister and I have just left after the most wonderful week in the centre of Galway. The hostel is really clean and very safe. The staff gave us great advice and guide books to use while staying there which saved us time and money during our trip. Ask for discounts as there are many that you may be entitled to without knowing. This place is a home away from home.

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Jacquie Donnelly
Made my trip in Ireland!!!
14 August 2002
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I found Barnacles in Galway the best hostel during my 1 month trip around Ireland. The beds were exceptionally comfy, always had hot water and they even had a hairdryer!! The reception staff help organise my trip not only through and around Galway but all around Ireland. Being a first time traveller, this was a great relief. It is also smack bang in the center of town with loads of pubs, clubs and restuarants right around, so I never had to worry anout walking home by myself or spending extra money on cabs. Thanks for everything - Keep up the good work!!

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Anonymous
Clean, comfortable, affordable.
23 July 2002
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The best way to describe this hostel is that it is clean, comfortable and affordable. You also get free breakfast which is an added bonus. The rooms all have bathrooms which is good. I really liked the athmosphere in this hostel and it has a great location.

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Michelle Mcknight
Great place to stay!
11 July 2002
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I stayed in Barnacles in May with three of my friends and we all loved it. It is right in the centre of everything. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The rooms were really cosy and we had our own bathroom and shower facilities. Definitely one of the best hostels I have stayed in. We will definitely go back!

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Anonymous
Location, Location, Location
15 March 2002
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Just about the only thing this hostel has going for it is it's location. The showers didn't work in our room, so we had to go downstairs every morning to get a key to someone else's room (who had just checked out) and use their shower. We didn't get the room we requested and were therefore stuck in a 12 person room, equipted with its own scary middle aged man who sat there just watching us. In all honestly, it may be a great place to stay (it was full when we stayed there); it just wasn't great when I was there.

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