Kinlay House Cork is a large, friendly hostel that offers beds for a reasonable price. It has great facilities, comfy beds, and the location is convenient to the city.
Kinlay House is located across the river from the city centre and is only about a ten-minute walk to the main shopping streets. It is up a hill, and down a cute but narrow alleyway. Although it is not the easiest area to find a park, those driving who are lucky enough may be fortunate to find a park right outside the hostel. Those who cannot will need to park a bit further up the street and pay for a parking coupon (the rate is per hour). For those who aren't driving, Kinlay House is a short, ten-minute walk from the central bus station and only twenty minutes from the train station.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Kinlay House offers guests a variety of room sizes, including single and private rooms to dorms that sleep between six and sixteen people. The rooms at Kinlay House are clean and spacious, and all of the dorm rooms come with their own en suite bathroom. The mattresses are adequately comfortable, though may be too firm for some, and each bed has access to a power point.
The en suite bathrooms are kept nice and clean. The showers are quite good, especially if you can work out how to get past the child-lock. Unlike most hostel showers in Ireland, the showers here are fortunately not on timers and the temperature can be adjusted.
Kinlay House has excellent common areas. The fully equipped kitchen is an adequate size and also has space for longer-term residents to store their food. The layout is a bit frustrating but ok to use as long as there aren't too many cooks in the kitchen. The dining hall is large and, at a guess, would comfortably fit forty-plus people. This is also where the free continental breakfast of bread and spreads is served in the morning.
Kinlay House also has a separate, more comfortable-looking TV/hang out space with sofas and bean bags to use, in addition to an internet room for those wanting to catch up on emails or get some work done.
All in all, Kinlay House is a great hostel for one that is so large. It has friendly staff, plenty of good communal spaces, and is in a location convenient to the city.