Paddy's Palace Hostel Derry





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1 Woodleigh Terrace, Asylum Road, Derry (Londonderry), County Derry, Northern Ireland
55.001518, -7.325592 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+44 28 71 309 051
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Good spot, great value
Very friendly, clean and warm with open fire in lounge. Staff very pleasant and easy going. Top marks.
(New Zealand)
Bad experience with staff.
The little woman who ran the place was rude. I will never stay again.
Paddy's Palace Derry is a really fun place to stay. There is definitely a party-oriented vibe going on and the owners really want you to have a good time. It is run by Australians and they are famous for having a good time. There is a resident cat and two dogs. The dogs are locked up but the cat roams freely, so if you have pet allergies you might want to take that into consideration. It is part of the Paddy Palace Hostel group and is linked to the Paddy wagon circuit where small mini buses of independent travelers come and go, linking this hostel with the other Paddy Palace hostels in Ireland North and South. The Location The location, where they've been for the past four years, is excellent. It is easy to find and a quick walk from the bus station. It is an easy walk to the Derry city walls, which is a major tourist attraction. The central location is a huge bonus. Rooms and Bathrooms There are four- and six-bed dorms with each room having a sink. Some rooms are ensuite. There is an annex building that has private rooms. There are no lockers. The rooms and bathrooms are clean although well worn and there are enough showers, toilets, and sinks for guest use. It is bright and cheery. Common Spaces The common spaces are quite nice. The hostel does provide left luggage in a secure area. There is a full kitchen for guest use and it is clean and well provisioned for self catering. There is a nice lounge with cable TV and many channels. The price includes linens and free internet and Wi-Fi. There is a full service laundry -- they charge for a wash and dry. The lounge has musical instruments available for guest to play. It is a fun place to socialize and get to know other guests. There is a sun-filled garden and a pool table and some games available. Summary In summary, the hostel is a bit rundown, but the people who run it are super friendly. The owners are very helpful in arranging tours and giving out city information. This is a good value since they also include breakfast with the nightly charge. There is no lockout. It is safe, comfortable, and friendly. Review by S. Topf
Susan Topf
  I visited Paddy's in October of 2006. It was my first trip out of the country. Steven made myself and the group I was traveling with feel very welcome and comfortable. Erica was very kind to us all and seemed truly happy that we were staying there. The rooms were comfortable and they did have keys to lock them. I was thankful for a bed with clean sheets and a hot shower. My visit was enjoyable and educational. I would happily visit again!
Heather McBride,USA
  What a craphole! This place looked like it hadn't been cleaned in months. Smelly, dirty and with an impossible-to-find manager when I wanted to get my £2 deposit back for my key.
  I stayed here 30th April 2005 as part of the 3-day Paddywagon North tour. Big ups to Marty, our driver/guide —he was a wealth of info and a top-notch musician. I enjoyed a warm welcome, a comfy bed and hot shower. Sure, the open-door policy is not good or the tight room space — she'll be right, mate! Make the most of the facilities/city and the company of other hostelers. I highly recommend the city wall tour with Rory. Top bloke! Cheers, Paddy's Palace Staff. :-)
Aylsa Keenan from Aotearoa/NZ
  I stayed here two nights (with a night in Belfast in between) on a Paddywagon Tour. If the second night hadn't been much improved, I would've given them one star. There are no keys to the rooms (they're always unlocked), and it's a £2 deposit for a front door key. On the first night, the manager was impossible to find — she seemed more concerned about partying than running the place. The advertised free Internet was DOWN, the laundry wasn't working (I couldn't find the manager in order to see if it could easily be fixed) and the toaster didn't work. The bathroom was okay, though I still don't like the seats (soft seats). I suppose its convenient to Derry's center, but all that's open after 7 p.m. are the pubs (fairly common in Ireland), and there really isn't much to do BEFORE 7 p.m. Oh, and both days, the place REALLY smelled (mold/mildew/slight sewage scent) near the bathrooms in the morning. Overall, the first night was horrible. On the second stay, things were much improved. The computer was still down, but the laundry room was up. Best of all, the manager (actually, a substitute) could actually be found. I wouldn't really recommend this place -—or Derry for that matter. (Boring!). The rooms weren't any more cramped than most of the dorms I stayed in while in Europe, but I still don't like the unlocked door policy. Our group had an incident of a drunken guy trying to get into the wrong bed, which was occupied by a girl in our group. That's why I like locks. The one plus? There's a great selection of TV channels on the satellite TV. Yeah, it was that boring.
  It sounds like you have to be buck mad to stay anywhere near stroke city. It's the most hateful place I've ever been to. I'll never be back. It's the first I was asked was what religion I was. It's a good job I can speak Irish, otherwise I was in for a digging.

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