Lots of beds here; the 6-bunk room we received was spotless, and the kitchen and dining area was large with a vending machine. The facilities are secure at night, Internet access was abundant (and free!) The staff was excellent: friendly, helpful, and accomodating. Definitely a casual and fun hostel, it didn't hurt that a Super Furry Animals tune was playing in the lobby when we walked in.
Unique Quality: Close to the action, but not smack in the middle of it. Which can be a nice change of pace. Unattended car park very close to hostel. 4 euros for 24 hours:(starting early, maybe 8am?)
It was cool that the staff also posted their recommendations in the lobby: their ideas of where to go for eats, music, etc...
Directions: From Eyre Square, make a right on Prospect Hill then a left on Bothar na mBan (it only goes left). City Council Building will be on one corner. The building is on the left, before the next light.
Arriving in Galway we weren't sure what we were going to get from the Sleepzone. Having booked it online, hastily, we hadn't even taken time to look at any pictures or reviews. We've had some interesting stays over the past 2 weeks of bumming around in hostels, some more interesting than others. When we walked into the front doors of Sleepzone I knew that our troubles were over! On first impression it is VERY clean and secure. The staff at the front desk was very helpful and friendly as well. The kitchen is very large with lots of cupboards and fridge space available to use. Our room was very clean, with a heavy duvet, clean sheet, and pillow waiting for us. I had no qualms about using the provided linens at all! There is also a great computer room available for free to all guests, and free wireless internet to anyone with a laptop, like myself! Lockers are available in the luggage room for storing your valuables while you are out and about. Also available: Laundry facilities (4 Euro wash/3 Euro dry), and a pool table in the lounge/kitchen!
Directions: There isn't really a proper address for it like you would expect at home. But we found getting here really easy, only about a 7 minute walk from the bus terminal. If you get lost just ask someone, people are very open to giving directions!
This is definitely a place I would stay again.!Good clean rooms. (we were in a 6 bedded mixed dorm) Most rooms are en-suite with good showers.
The breakfast included in the price isn't massive, but waht do you expect for £12. Some toast and jam with a cup of tea was plenty for me.
Unfortunately the last night we stayed here it was a bit on the noisy side when a load of party goers returned around 4am. But the staff were on hand to help sort things out. Talking of which the staff were as helpful as you could want them to be. Able to give local advice and give ideas.
Unique Quality: There is free internet access, also WiFi enabled. Also you can come and go as you please 24 hours a day with a swipe card entry system.
The hostel has a luggage room as well as areas to relax in the evening or afternoon. Also a comprehensive kitchen allows you to cook for yourself should you get tired of eating out.
There are several types of room available including singles, doubles, twins and dorms of varying sizes(4-10), both mixed and single sex.
The hostle can also organise tours to The Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher and The Burren as well as Connemara.
Also a near perfect location, just a few minutes walk from the centre of Galway and just up the road from a car park for all those that have driven (3 Euro per day charge).
Also a supermarket and multiscreen cinema just down the road beyond the car park.
Directions: See their website for directions.
I stayed two nights at Sleepzone, and stored my luggage there while I went on an overnight trip in between those two nights. The front desk crew was probably the friendliest I'd met and the rooms were very nice, with plenty of floor space. Showers (ensuite) are push-button, but hot and not unreasonably timed. My only complaint was that it took a long time for them to get the room ready for check-in. Not a great thing when you're jet-lagged.
Unique Quality: Did I mention that they have free internet...in a room with ten or so working computers?
It is sometime all to easy to spot when a business is started at the height of the dot.com boom.
This hostel is however a welcome addition to the somewhat grotty selection in Galway.
It is bright, airy and clean. Prices range from 13 to 25 euros a night depending upon season and how many people you share with. There are also double and single rooms as well.
The internet cafe downstainrs is frequently full as guest clog up the stations, as they have free use of terminals when staying.
Easily the best bet for hostel accommodation, but frequently booked up.
Directions: Next to Roaches car park
This is a great place. Although it is a little bit of a hike from the bus station, it is really only about a five minute walk from the action.
Unique Quality: The best part is that it is new and clean. The beds are comfortable, the rooms ensuite, the kitchen large, and best of all...FREE INTERNET!!!
The hostel was fairly new and very clean. It was across town from the pedestrian shopping district but not terribly far on foot. There was a food shop nearby.
My room had about ten bunks in it, single-sex. There was an en-suite bathroom with two stalls and two showers. The only problem I had with this hostel was the fact that the shower doors were completely clear! A bit too much sharing for my (prudish, you can say it) tastes, but a bit of creativity got (mostly) around this problem.
Unique Quality: There's an internet cafe in the ground floor! The access hours were something like 10 AM to 9 PM but residents are allowed to access it for a few hours before and after the official operating hours. The day I was there happened to be Sunday and they offered me free internet all day. I don't know if this was standard or not, but I took the opportunity to get a lot of online business done that day! Definitely worth staying on a Sunday for the access alone!
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Directions: More or less due north of Eyre Square, but none of the roads are straight for very long in that area.
Galway city: Newly remodeled rooms. Hundreds of beds, large breakfast room, internet service, up to 3 bunks in a room, private shower and WC. Walking distance from the Claddagh, The Spanish Arch, Eyre Square. We checked in at 1:00am, check out is 10:00am. Budget rates. And, yes, it looks like it slants downhill but it's really the sidewalk that inclines downhill!
Unique Quality: Mostly young crowd from all over Northern Europe; also backpackers, hikers. Clean.
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