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    MacGabhainns Backpacker Hostel

    24 Vicar Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
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    • Excellent49%
    • Very good30%
    • Average11%
    • Poor7%
    • Terrible3%
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    “great kitchen” (4 reviews)
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    Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

    Myself and my partner stayed in this hostel for one night. We have stayed in many hostels and I can honestly say this was the worst yet, for a number of reasons. Number one, our bedroom was absolutely freezing. Number two, the lighting was so...More

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    Response from macgabhainn, Owner at MacGabhainns Backpacker HostelResponded 22 March 2017

    Thanks for staying with us here at our backpackers in Kilkenny. Please tell the facts here, you were very happy leaving at 12noon and then realised you had a ticket on your car, came back and asked us to pay your fine. We agreed you...More

    Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

    I was in Ireland for a conference and gave myself plenty of time to explore the country. My first stop out of Dublin landed me here in Kilkenny. This is a classic hostel with all the amenities I needed. Breakfast, wifi, and cleanliness - ✔...More

    Thank Robert W
    Reviewed 12 February 2017

    I really wish they took the time to inform backpackers that the main road to the hostel was closed and offered an alternative route to the hostel on their website or on HostelWorld. It created a large problem when attempting to drive to the hostel,...More

    Thank Pinkdresses
    Response from macgabhainn, Owner at MacGabhainns Backpacker HostelResponded 27 February 2017

    Hi there, you must be mixing us up with some other hostel on your travels because all the roads leading to our backpackers hostel are open. Happy travels MacGabhainns crew Kilkenny

    Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

    Loved this hostel. It was a lot smaller than I expected but it was nice and quiet. It's a little bit farther away from the main part of the twin than I expected but that was fine by me. The staff was wonderful.

    Thank Ashley H
    Reviewed 17 January 2017

    Very clean place, very cheap. Not suitable if you are looking for social interactions and the leaving-room area, which is the only place where I could read closed at midnight. Central location and nearby parking was cheap. Nice kitchen with dishwasher, coffee and some food.

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    • Top amenities
    • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
    • Breakfast included
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    • Breakfast included
    • Price range
    • US$32 - US$76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
    • Room types
    • Kitchenette
    • Number of rooms
    • 7
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    12 January 2015|
    Response from Cosmonaut80 |
    It takes approx 20 mins to walk from the Kilkenny train station, depending on how much gear you have to carry/pull. There are several routesto get to the hostel from the station. not sure about the bus. There are a couple... More
    Room Tips
    "The 4-bed room I stayed in had a fire exit (very convenient so you could let some air in) and a great view on..."
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    "I recommend rooms with private bathrooms as the price difference is quite small"
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    "Pick any of them :)"
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    "The rooms near the bathrooms can be noisy, as people would be going in and out of them throughout the day and..."
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