Saucy Mary's Lodge

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The Hostelz.com Review

Located just off the Skye Bridge, Saucy Mary’s Lodge provides a decent budget option for housing on the island. While the hostel doesn’t offer too much as far as opportunities to socialize, it provides a good base for those who would rather get out and explore the island.

The Location

The location is great. Just off the Bridge to Skye, it’s easy to find and makes for a good place to stop either on the way into Skye or the night before leaving. The hostel is right across the street from the shore, so the rooms have a nice view of the sea. There is an attached restaurant, and a couple of other pubs are within walking distance. A co-op for groceries is a five-minute drive up the A87.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Saucy Mary’s is kept reasonably -- though not immaculately -- clean. The four-bed room is cozy. Linens are included and beds are made. There are few places to hang things to dry, and not all beds have easy access to outlets. The beds are decent, though there is limited clearance space on the top bunk. There are no lockers in the room, and towels are available for a fee.

The room has a sink in it, while the toilets and showers are in separate rooms. Both the bathrooms and shower rooms are clean. No hand towels are provided in the bathrooms. The shower room has a hook for clothes and a tray for soap (no soap provided), and there is room to change.

Common Spaces

The hostel has a more subdued feel. The attached restaurant/pub is decent and serves food all day. It has plenty of seating, including tables outside. Breakfast is not included, though there is a breakfast menu at the pub. Wi-Fi is available in all the rooms, but it’s unreliable. Outside of the pub, the common areas leave a bit to be desired. The main lobby has a small sitting area, though not a good space for socializing.

The kitchen is quite basic, and its level of cleanliness can slip a bit. It’s small, with only enough room for one or two people to comfortably cook at the same time. There are a few things missing, too, like larger pots and spoons. It’s kept locked outside the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., which makes early breakfast difficult. Still, though, it has most things needed for preparing a simple meal.

Summary

As far as budget options go, Saucy Mary’s is a decent choice. The owner is helpful regarding suggestions of what to do and see on Skye, and the location offers a good base for exploring the island. Despite the unreliable Wi-Fi, this hostel is a fine place to stay on Skye.
by Jen
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2016-06-29
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View from across the street
Saucy Mary's Lodge and the attached pub/restaurant
The reception area
Couch in the reception area
Small kitchen, open 8:00-22:00
The pub downstairs
Four-bed room
Sink in the room
Toilet and shower room
View of Skye Bridge from Saucy Mary's

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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Saucy Mary's Lodge" at Meuse Lane.)

Location/Contact

Address
Meuse Lane, Kyleakin, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland
Coordinates
57.272199, -5.730550 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
www.saucymarys.com/hostel.htm
Telephone
01599 534845
Fax
01599530355
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
Great location, lovely rooms
The location is brilliant -- facing the water and with great views. The rooms were great, with comfortable mattresses and pillows and great big soft fluffy duvets. The food in the pub downstairs was great (not very cheap though). The showers and the toilets were great but we did not find any kitchen we can use (we did not need it much so we did not bother asking). Parking is available just in front of the hostel. There were a couple of things that could have made it a five star but there wasn't much the hostel can do about them. Firstly, the internet was down that day and secondly, there was a group of drunks outside at 1.30 am singing very loudly (luckily they moved away after 15-20 min). We are planning to go sometime for a longer stay and we will stay there again.
Lina
Age 38, Bulgarian
2013-08-05
 
Clean, nice hostel
The hostel was clean and nice. The price was nice and the personnel too. I can recommend it.
Ruth
Age 35, Belgium
2013-06-06
Saucy Mary's Lodge is a unique establishment. The name Saucy Mary's applies to a pub, restaurant, cafe, general store, hostel, and B&B all in the tiny town of Kyleakin on Skye. Saucy Mary's credits its unusual name to a bit of local lore about a medieval princess who encouraged ships to pay a toll by being, well, saucy. If you want a hostel with lots of local character that's got a different vibe than your typical hostel, Saucy Mary's could be the place for you. The Location Saucy Mary's couldn't be easier to find -- from the central square of Kyleakin, stand facing opposite the ocean and you're looking right at it. It's less than fifty yards from the bus stop in the central square, and just about anything else in town. There's ample space to park, and you're within easy walking or driving distance of the larger town of Kyle across the straights. As for Saucy Mary's location to the rest of town, every store and restaurant in Kyleakin is within sight of the upper stories and just a few minutes walk. To check in to the hostel, one must go into the general store/cafe just to the left of the main Saucy Mary's building. Rooms and Bathrooms Dorms are of average size -- there is room to move, but not a ton of space between bunks. Bunk beds seem solidly constructed, and the mattresses are pretty good by hostel standards. The dorm we stayed in featured a large window with an ocean view, several easily accessible power outlets, and two plug-in electric heaters. Security of the dorms is also good with each dorm having its own key. Additionally, a key code must be entered on the door leading to the bar to obtain access to the hostel area. Toilets and showers are provided in separate rooms, two of each per floor. Both are clean, and the showers are modern heat-on-demand units with good pressure and water as hot as you like it. Common Spaces Though the hostel is a bit short on the kind of common rooms you'd expect at most hostels, the pub and cafe downstairs means you have ready access to reasonably priced, if not overly cheap, food and beverages. The bar actually gets to be quite a happening place in the evening with music, pool tables, and a decent crowd that seems to be mostly locals. The noise can be heard upstairs in the dorms and may affect those that go to bed early, but everyone is out the door by 1 a.m. so most of the night is quiet. Wi-Fi is provided free of charge, but probably due to the stone construction of the building can only be accessed in a portion of the bar and a glassed-in sun porch downstairs. Kitchens are also provided on each floor. The kitchens are clean and generously sized, with plenty of room to cook a meal and then enjoy it while taking in the ocean view. Summary Saucy Mary's offers quality accommodations at a reasonable price. You definitely sacrifice a bit of the backpacker-centric vibe and camaraderie that can be found at some hostels, but in return you get a unique venue with easy access to food, drink, and entertainment -- and more of a chance to meet the locals.
Ian Bone
(USA)
2009-11-16
 
Warm atmosphere, clean beds, sinks in room, hot showers
we were surprised at how much we liked it here, as the reviews on some websites say its not good. we stayed in the part above the pub and it was great the room only had three beds, great view of the water, had our own sink and vanity mirror right in the room, with full toilet and shower across the hall. the showers were awesome!
happy!
(canadian)
2009-10-30

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