Rainbow Hostel Dingle



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.
by Sue Gimbal
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
April 2012


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Rainbow Hostel Dingle" at Strand Road.)


Strand Road, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland
52.146763, -10.288353
353 (0)66 915 1044
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

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.
The Rainbow Hostel offers reasonable accommodation with a variety of choices to suit all budgets. You can camp outside, sleep in a dorm, or opt for a private room. It's located a little out of the way, but offers a free shuttle. The Location The Rainbow Hostel is located about a mile from the center of town. If you are arriving by bus -- the only form of public transportation to Dingle -- a hostel shuttle will pick you up for free. It's easy to spot, as it parks right in front of where the bus will drop you off and has "Rainbow Hostel" plastered across the side. You can also use this shuttle to get into town during your stay as long as you coordinate with the arrival time of the inbound buses. If you miss the shuttle, the walk is only about around twenty minutes, depending on how heavy your pack is. If you're walking in the dark, a flashlight would be useful to mark your presence on the road as there are no sidewalks on the narrow roads and the Irish tend to drive like they're late for everything. Rooms and Bathrooms The rooms are relatively bright and are offered in a variety of sizes to suit all. In addition to the dorm rooms there are a few private rooms, including a large family room. The private rooms offer locking doors, but the security is more sparse when it comes to the dorm rooms with no lockers. The bathrooms receive regular attention from the staff and overall seem clean. The private rooms do not offer ensuite facilities, so you are required to share the small shower room with the other hostelers. The showers provide nice hot water with no timer or coins required, however, little space has been allocated to allow one to change without performing a balancing act while you dry off and get dressed in the same cubicle you just showered in with one hook and no shelves. Common Spaces Rainbow offers one large multipurpose room that acts as the kitchen, dining room, and lounge. There is no TV to distract you from the beautiful Irish landscape outside or the international travelers inside. The kitchen is not unlike most other hostels with pots and pans you would expect when camping. The kitchen and lounge area only have one dim light, which can make it difficult to cook and more importantly clean up afterwords. The common space is somewhat dreary and does nothing to help engage an interesting evening to meet new friends. Free Wi-Fi is available, or you can pay to use their computer. Summary Rainbow Hostel is clean, well priced, and located in one of the most beautiful areas in Ireland. It's not too big or too small, and overall it's a great place to visit.
James Pinske
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.
Tony and Vikki
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.
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.
Zwack & Irish_Eyes
(British & American)
  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.
Brad & Leila
  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.
Paulina Vázquez
  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.

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