Mainistir House Hostel



Mainistir, Inishmore Island, Aran Islands, County Galway, Ireland
+353 996 1169
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Walked in off the road, were made welcome, and enjoyed our stay
Two of us, 59/63 on an opportunistic visit to Inis Mor to see Dun Aengus and take photos end of August 2016. Hired bikes for 24 hours. After a nice cycle, walked by Joel's establishment which we remembered from 12 years back and asked for a room. We were made most welcome, and headed home after a nice breakfast. Hoping to get back some day soon. We feel it suited our needs well and it was good value.
Age 63, Ireland
Unwelcoming and dirty
We stayed one night in a twin room in this hostel. The owner, Joel, made us feel that it was an inconvenience for him that we had booked a room in his hostel. First there was a problem with the booking. He couldn't find the booking even though I had phoned him twice, send him an email to confirm as requested by him, and had asked him once more to email me back with a confirmation, he still seemed to have trouble finding our reservation. We found the floor in the bedroom dirty, window sills dusty, the bed sheets were clean but ripped, however the mattresses were ok to sleep on. If you are looking for a bed for one night and have no expectations you could book it. Its still seems rather expensive for what you get! I recommend booking another hostel right at the pier, which in our case was booked out.
Age 33, Ireland
Wonderful place to stay, fantastic food
The views from the hostel are fabulous and it is near enough to Kilronan for convenience but far enough away to be gloriously peaceful. The private rooms are comfortable and well equipped and Joel's food is amazing. It would be worth coming for the food alone! Joel will organise bus tours, bicycle hire and supply information about any corner of the island. it is a great place for all ages.
Dirty, smelly ... the list is endless. Take the other hostel!
A disgusting smell of rancid fish in the kitchen fridge turned my stomach during a recent stay there. This hostel constitutes a health hazard ... dirty, smelly ... these are understatements. Despite the 'arrogant posh boy' affectations of the owner, the vicinity of the place itself is decrepit, with years of accumulated rubbish in heaps out the back and dirt literally everywhere. I wouldn't eat here if the snobbish owner/manager paid me to. Mind your health, mind your head, avoid this dive!
(United Kingdom)
Not recommendable -- take the other hostel on that island
Extremely unfriendly owner, very dirty facilities that are in a bad shape -- for example it is nearly impossible to cook in the kitchen, location is 15 min walk outside the harbour village, our double room was ok.
Rude staff, unreasonably priced, dirty, smelly ... the list is endless
By far this excuse of a hostel is the worst ive ever seen on all accounts. Firstly I think youd need your head checked if you hand over money to stay here its a kip. Not a good location. Better toilet and shower facilities at a music festival. The owner is the rudest most obnoxious man Ive ever laid eyes on. He made you feel like an inconvenience to be there even though we were after payin e50 (more than the local hotel price) to stay. We were locked out of the hostel when we returned from our evening out, our room was cold, beds so uncomfortable, tea and coffee facilities in the room were FILTHY. Breakfast was inedible and while we were barely tolerating a cup of tea we were told to leave. It was so disappointing to say the least. Let just say if I had to sleep rough or stay there for free Id be sleeping rough, not worth the hassle!! Do urself a favour and stay away from this dive!!
Unfriendly and badly kept
My friends stayed at this hostel for one night and I stayed at the campsite near it and the campsite was far better. The owner of the hostel is abrupt and mean, the hostel itself is not comfortable and can get very cold. A stay at Mainstir Hostel will ruin your holiday!
Unhygienic, unfriendly
I stayed in a dorm bed at this hostel for a night at the end of October '09. If I had arrived earlier in the day I would have moved to another hostel however it was too late for this. Thankfully the room was clean and I felt comfortable sleeping there for a night. Apart from that, I was disappointed and upset with my experience at this hostel. Even though I had made a reservation, I had to plug the kitchen fridge in and wipe it clean to use it and the smell from the dirty saucepans in the cupboard was certainly enough to put you off eating altogether! The cereal provided for breakfast was stale and served in a dirty container. The man who greeted us and attended the front desk was not friendly and had a very short manner. I found it hard to appreciate the relaxing music and nice view in this unhygienic and tense living environment. I would strongly recommend finding places other than Mainistir House Hostel if you want to enjoy your visit to Inishmor.
Happy to go elsewhere

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