The Connemara Hostel (Sleepzone), Connemara

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It takes getting used to

It looks not really nice inside and the water was brown, so that you cannot be sure if you will be clean, when you have a shower. The rooms was ok. They have a big kitchen and enough other rooms and the view is really beautiful, but I wouldn't spend another night in this hostel.


Our staying at this hostel was very pleasant. the location is excellent, and the visit is worth it. The hostel is quite old, but it's ok. The staff was very helpful. We asked for a six dorm for five people and were given two rooms at the price of dorm for five, great! It's a wonderful place to rest the hanging over from Galway. Do not expect so much of the internet service (there is a computer, it is online, but so slow -- at least it's for free).


Far from the bustling city life of Dublin and Cork is Sleepzone Connemara, tucked into the beautiful scenic mountains of County Galway, Ireland. The newly remodeled interior and helpful, friendly staff of this hostel make a great first impression. The dorm rooms are remodeled too (and quite roomy), each with an ensuite bathroom.

In order to get to the hostel, one has limited options. It appears that most guests use cars, although many take advantage of the relatively inexpensive shuttle that runs from Sleepzone Galway (their sister hostel) to Sleepzone Connemara. This shuttle only runs once a day and sometimes at inconvenient times. The actual Bus Eireann stop (in Leenane "town center") is quite a long walk from the Sleepzone Connemara hostel, but apparently sometimes the Sleepzone staff can arrange for the bus to stop closer to their hostel.

The bathrooms and bedrooms are cleaned often. The kitchen and dining facilities are very clean as well. Free breakfast includes coffee/tea, toast, and cereal. Breakfast is usually a lively time, where people meet each other (if there are a lot of people staying). There is also one computer with free internet (if someone isn't hogging it already!).

Sleepzone Connemara is basically secluded in the wilderness, which could be a nice thing if you like nature. But if you're looking for things to do, you have some options. Killary Adventure Company is Sleepzone's neighbor, but classes fill up quickly, especially during the summer, so a reservation is the best bet if you want to go kayaking or rock climbing (or any of its wide variety of activities). If you don't have a car, your options are more limited. Walking around the nearby Killary Fjord is a scenic hike. Also, Sleepzone rents bicycles for the day, and many things (Kylemore Abbey and Connemara Park) are within cycling distance.

The fact that Sleepzone Connemara is secluded also brings about a friendly atmosphere between guests. At night, most people stay inside (Connemara nightlife is nonexistent) so the Sleepzone is where it's at! There is a TV room, where people gather to watch sports games or television programs, there is a nice dining room to socialize in, and there is also a bar/lounge room with a jukebox and pool table.

The friendly staff and lovely accommodations make this hostel worth staying at. Just make sure you know that you are not going into a city. If you don't have a car, be prepared to get moving (either on a bike or foot) to see the beauty of Connemara!

Megan Reilly
United States of America

Good hostel, but pretty expensive. Quiet location but the road to get there is very narrow and in very bad shape, full of potholes. One extraordinary memory is definitely the midges, those invasive gnats teeming up there, rushing everywhere there is room for them, under your clothes, in your mouth if you're too talkative, and stuck on the ceiling in the bathroom if you happen to leave the roofwindow open for a while! Kitchen was clean but a little too small for the number of people using it, nice common room and the best dining room I've seen on my trip, a warm and cosy place. When we were there, it was crowded with French people, and as we wanted to speak English, it was a bit disappointing. This is probably due to the fact that all French people know the Connemara through a famous French song talking about it. Bad point, we had to intervene not to get nabbed because we had paid for three nights in a six-bed dorm and had to move on the second night in an eight-bed dorm, member of staff did not spontaneously reimburse the price difference. We had to ask for it several times until we actually got our cash back. It was not a lot of money, but that's for the principle. By the way, the summer staff there is composed of many youngsters who like partying among themselves but who are not really open to other lodgers, some of them were really unfriendly and distant. We ended up in a dorm in which one of the female staff members was sleeping too, waiting for another accommodation, and she had simply requisitioned the bathroom, spreading her cosmetics, shampoos all over the place and hanging her bra at the door hook, whereas there were five other people using the bathroom. Inconsiderate person. Oh yes, do not use the campers' facilities if you have a room, they are the dirtiest I have ever seen (of course, certain people had a shower with their muddy boots on).

Mike, France

It's a very nice hostel, situated quite upside the only one irish fjord in the Connemera National Park. Nice view from the hostel, signs near the fjord and also 50km away tell you where to go. Anyway it's quite hard to find the gateway from the street to the hostel. It takes a 1km country lane away from the road. From the hostel there's a footpath down to the fjord. Free internet is granted, and also breakfast facilities are included, and in the evening there's a pub open for the guests. Very nice staff! Very nice location, very clean! We (my dad [77 years old] and me [25]) enjoyed our stay. It's about 1 hour to drive from Galway.


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Fabulous stay at the Connemara Hostel, we will definitely be back. Very child friendly, beautiful surroundings located right on the Killary Fjord. Rooms were clean and safe beds were very comfy. kitchen and dining facilities were excellent and Fergal has great taste in coffee, freshly brewed each morning, top marks for this place.


a hostel to relax surrounded by nature


Liked: The property was absolutely stunning! Easy access to the water and beautiful view of the mountains! Didn't like: A bit difficult to get to, but once you were there, there was no reason to leave!


Like the family atmosphere, everybody cooking and cleaning up after themselves. Cozy living rooms, beautiful setting.Very helpful staff.


Liked: Located in a very beautyful place Didn't like: Very tard to go when you don't have a car


Location, staff


Liked: The Hostel is animated. The staff is nice. Didn't like: The room was very wet & cold and yet uncomfortable. There is a bad smell in the room and commons . The very noisy. The WiFi is available in one only room and is far from being efficient. Too bad.


Liked: staff where amazing, friendly and very helpful. Didn't like: nothing


Liked: It's so close to the fjord and so incredibly silent. A real stay in the wilderness. Nice bathroom and good size room too. Didn't like: I like how peaceful it is, but it's maybe a tiny bit out of the way. It's not walking distance to anything like a shop or a pub. I've also been warned that around this area in summer you get plagued by midges if you go anywhere near the lakes or fjord.


Very good location, great view, friendly staff, clean comfortable rooms...


Liked: Good location in wooded area by the Loch.No road noise as 1 km down a lane. I believe Bus Eirean will stop at top of lane.Very spacious house and great place to chill out. Tables to sit outside if you wish Didn't like: If yor on yor own or a bit lonely then no comfort from TV. It does not get a signal, Not everyone has modern tech mobile connections??.


located 30 km from the nearest town with a grocery store. no hot water early in the a.m. when I stayed there.


Though there were a few french people working there that always looked at you as if you didn't belong there, it was a great place. Good location, friendly staff and funny too, except for the french. Had a great time, definitely going to recommend it!



Sleepzone Connemara has some fantastic facilities; residents' bar with beer and wine license, free internet and WI-FI access, cable TV and big screen, self-catering kitchen, barbeque terrace, outdoor camping facility, its own tennis court, bicycle hire and access to a range of organized outdoor adventure pursuits on its doorstep

To reach Sleepzone Connemare from the 1st of September, Bus Eireann operates a bus on Tuesday and Saturday. Bus leaves Galway bus station at 10.00 AM on Saturday and 18:15 PM on Tuesday. Bus leaves from Leenane at 09:45 AM on Tuesday and 16:09 PM on Saturday

You can also take a full day guided tour of Connemara & Cong with The Galway Tour Company.You can hoop on the bus at Sleepzone Galway City, stay at Sleepzone Connemara and hop back for the rest of the Tour and back to Galway City. Bus Leaves Galway at 10.00 AM and leaves Sleepzone Connemara at 13.00 PM daily.

Don't forget Sleepzone Galway and Sleepzone The Burren if you're exploring the rest of Ireland!

Please note that you must provide picture I.D. on arrival. Sleepzone may also charge a refundable security deposit on some group bookings.

Location and Contact


• Where is Sleepzone located?
• Sleepzone is situated 6km (under 4 miles) from the village of Leenane.
• How far is it from Galway?
• It is 56km (35 miles) from Galway city.
• If I don't have my own transport, how can I get to Sleepzone?
• Bus Eireann offers a daily service in summer ands twice weekly in winter Galway Tour Company offers a daily jump- off/ jump- on from Sleepzone Galway and Sleepzone Connemara
• By Car:
• Shannon to Galway -90km / 57 miles - 1 Hour 25 minutes drive time by car
• Dublin to Galway - 215 km / 134 miles -2 hour 45 minutes drive time by car ( if there is no traffic!)
• Galway to Leenane - 66km / 41 miles- 1 hour 5 minutes drive time by car
• Galway to Clifden - 79km / 49 miles - 1 hour 40 minutes drive time by car
• Galway to Westport -80km / 50 miles- 1 hour 40 minutes drive time by car
• Knock to Leenane -
• Westport to Leenane - 35km / 22 miles - 40 minutes drive time by car

Address: Leenane, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland

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Phone Number: +353 (0)95 429 29
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Groups (10+ people)

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby


BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table


Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Genders: Males Only

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Maximum Stay: 7 nights

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All year except 23 to 27 of December but will open for group per request

Reception Hours: Winter: 8.00 AM to 12.00 AM, Summer: 7.30 AM to 2.00 AM

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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