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Rainbow Hostel Dingle

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Hostelz.com's Review
Rainbow Hostel Dingle is a very attractive, comfortable, and friendly place, located about a mile outside the town itself (the walk is along a pleasant, country lane). The hostel is a converted charming, old Irish stone farmhouse with a beautiful, large kitchen; cozy dorms; and camping pitches outside on a grassy lawn (campers are welcome to use all of the facilities in the hostel, including showers, kitchen, and Wi-Fi).

The Location

If arriving by bus, look for the colorful blue “Rainbow Hostel” shuttle van parked at the bus stop –- they will take you there for free. Otherwise, it’s a bit of a walk and the hostel is not easy to find. If you have wheeled luggage, you will have a difficult time, as the roadway has a gravel shoulder. Take a taxi if you don’t get the shuttle, or call them and ask for a lift. Reception staff are laid back and friendly.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorm rooms are large, airy, bright, and clean. Pillows and duvets are provided and are very clean and fresh. The bathrooms and showers are in separate areas, and are clean and well stocked. Showers are hot with good water pressure; bring your own towel.

Common Spaces

By far the best feature of the Rainbow Hostel is the beautiful kitchen, which looks like something out of a Tuscan villa, with big rustic wooden tables, nice lighting, and even a cozy fireplace that burns peat bricks. There are three stoves, several fridges, and plenty of counter space. It is a great kitchen that welcomes you to gather with others and cook a communal meal over a bottle of wine. Fixings for tea and coffee are available free of charge. Note that the kitchen closes to guests at midnight.

This hostel has Wi-Fi, but the signal is only strong in the center of the building, and as a result, most dorm beds and the entire kitchen have little to no signal. There is a computer available for guests use in addition to the Wi-Fi.


Don’t let the slightly inconvenient location put you off of this wonderful, rustic hostel. The walk is a pleasant stroll into the town of Dingle. It’s a charming, friendly place and you will enjoy some pleasant hours meeting other travelers in the big, welcoming kitchen and dining area.

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April 2012

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Nice hostel Nice hostel with beautiful and charming room upstairs. The fire in the wood stove was much appreciated in the main kitchen. Staff was not as warm or engaged as at some other hostels in Ireland but were fine. It's a bit out of town, which was peaceful and nice for us given that we have a car.  , usa ()
5   Wonderful So wonderful that we went in May 2007 and returned for another stay at the end of September. Michael and Scott were very helpful (even if I did keep calling Scott "Doug" for some reason -- probably an excess of Guinness!). A great place to make new friends, very clean -- altogether brilliant and recommended by a couple who always hostel when we travel.  , UK ()
5   Great atmosphere and loads of fun fantastic kitchen with loads of character! the cleanest hostel l have ever been in. the staff are amazing. micheal and emma are very helpful and friendly. and scott from melbourne is inspiring and hilarious. free shuttle bus into town and no curfew. thanks so much rainbow hostel.  , australia ()
5   Friendly, Helpful, Fun My wife and I stayed here in 1999. We camped in the grounds (we were on a camping trip to Ireland) and really enjoyed it. The staff were pleasant and friendly. The shuttle to and from Dingle was handy, but we walked the mile as often as not. It didn't seem overly noisy to us, but I suppose it depends what you are looking for. We will definitely be staying again next time we visit Ireland.  , British & American ()
4  Great kitchen and hot showers that don't stop every thirty seconds although the flickering fluorescent light makes for a dark stall. Emma was really nice, but Micheal with the ponytail lacks a number of social skills. Sleeping is periodically interrupted by slamming doors and the fiddling of old fashioned keys that are hard to turn. A shuttle van will take you from the bus stop by the Super-Valu out to the picturesque countryside where the hostel sits surrounded by rolling hills and sheep! Internet (slow speed) is provided for a fee, but only if staff is around. Use the internet places in the village (fifteen-minute walk) for better value and connection. Overall a nice stay.  ()
5  This is the best hostel I have ever been. I've met beautiful people there and I can easily say that the few months I lived there are among the most amazing months of my life, thanks to all the people I met there.  ()
5  As a regular visitor to the hostel I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. Nice rooms, well kept, very clean and very friendly and accommodating staff. The main kitchen area is spacious and has a turf fire, which adds character.  ()
5  What an interesting place. Atmosphere is terrific. No wonder they have long term guests. One told me he came for a week and has been there years. About a mile from town. If thats too far then you could stay in a hotel and miss a great experience. Don't expect "yessir, no sir" from the staff. Its not the Hyatt. It is immaculate, comfortable and friendly and affordable. Will go back there for sure.  ()

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