Killarney International Hostel, Killarney

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Killarney International Hostel is located in a wonderful eighteenth-century mansion of red brick on seventy-seven acres of gardens. It sits on a hillside with good views of the surrounding area and is removed enough from Killarney (about five kilometres away) and traffic to give it plenty of privacy. The hostel has all the usual facilities of Anoige YHAs, including a kitchen, bathrooms, lounge areas, Wi-Fi and organised activities. There is also ample parking outside. The hostel has more the feeling of a large, private house than a youth hostel and is suitable for groups or families.

The Location

Killarney International Hostel is perfectly located for those wishing to explore the wonderful scenery, walks, cycling, and touring to be done in this part of County Kerry. This includes the nearby Gap of Dunloe, which is located within short driving or cycling distance of the hostel. The hostel also lies at the junction of the Dingle and Ring of Kerry roads and is only five kilometres from the centre of Killarney.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are six-, eight-, and twelve-bed male or female dorms (all with shared bathroom). Private rooms include a twin, four-bed, and six-bed, which also have shared bathrooms. The bathrooms are located near the rooms with a push-on water-saving device for showers. The dorm rooms feature bunk beds set around the room.

Common Spaces

Killarney International Hostel has an excellently equipped kitchen, with plenty of facilities, burners, and fridges. Recycling is also practiced here. Meals are ordered in the dining area nearby for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Common spaces include this dining area and a comfortable lounge with sofas and views to the gardens outside. This room has books and games, and there is also a TV room.


The hostel is kept clean and staff can assist with daily activities, maps, or the rental of bicycles from which to explore locally, including the excellent Gap of Dunloe. There is also a day tour that includes transport to and through the Gap, across the lake to Killarney, and back to the hostel. Other tours include boat trips or kayaking, horse riding, rock climbing, hiking, and more. It is an excellent place from which to explore this region, even if just stopping through on the way to the Ring of Kerry, but it's definitely worth more than just an overnight stay.
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Girls' dorm room
Jo Staff Reviewer
Published on 2016-09-29


The staff were very friendly and helpful. The room was spacious. The reason for only a 4 star as oppose to 5 was the spreads on the beds were very old and dingy looking. The bathrooms, while clean, did not have a place to place toiletries while taking a shower. The sheets were clean and fresh, however. The Kitchen and dining room were clean with plenty of available dishes for personal use. I like that they had a pay phone geared toward international calls. It was the only facility that we stayed at that had one.

Age 50 | USA

We were cheated

you can find a B&B three stars in Killarney for less than fifty euros these days -- large room, private bathroom en suite, irish breakfast. in this hostel, we paid fifty four for a pseudo private room -- bunk beds, no private bathroom, and you have to pay extras for towels, for breakfast (more than ten euros) ... In total sixty eight euros. Completely crazy -- the three star hotel in Leenane charged 69. my quotation would be below zero. This quotation is related to private rooms.

Age 64 | belgian

Staying at HI - Killarney International, Co Kerry Hostel is like staying at school camp -- and if you are really unlucky, there may even be a whole bunch of noisy schoolchildren taking over the whole hostel during your stay!

The Location

If you have a car, this hostel is easily accessible, with plenty of space to park your car. However, if you do not have a car, this hostel is a long way out of town -- approximately six kilometers. Having said that, there is a bus (279 service) which will drop you about two hundred meters from the hostel. Unfortunately the bus only operates every two hours, and even fewer on the weekend. If you appreciate a good walk, there is a brand new walking track called Fossa Way, which is just off the roadway and backs onto the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club. It is a nice, flat walk, but a long way if you are carrying a backpack. Also, there is a pub about two hundred meters from the hostel, and that is it -- no shop anywhere close by. Be sure to bring all your own food if you are going to stay.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are dorm rooms and private rooms available at this hostel. The dorm rooms are especially cramped, and there are no lockers/safe facilities to store your belongings. It is very cluttered with a room full of people and their things. There is a sink in the room but no hooks for hanging items. The beds are spring mattresses and are extremely uncomfortable. The small height of the bunk beds means that you cannot sit on the bottom bunk without hitting your head. The bathrooms are quite spacious and there is a chair for your belongings inside the shower cubicle. There are no ledges in the shower for soap or anything.

Common Spaces

The self-contained kitchen is a huge positive about this hostel. There are three oven/stove units, a number of fridges, and plenty of bench space to prepare your food. There is a large dining room, which also means that it is suitable for groups of people. There is a cafe area which also sells freshly baked cakes and coffee. The lounge rooms are gloriously big, with fireplaces that are lit in the evening. There is also a TV in one of the lounge rooms, and there is a movie shown nightly. There are board games and a book exchange, so whether you are with a friend or traveling solo, there are things to keep you occupied. Wi-Fi is also included in the price, and works only in the common area. There is only one washing machine, so expect a queue if the hostel is busy.


The hostel can also organise day trips to the Ring of Kerry and Dingle; however, if you shop around in town or online you will be able to find a cheaper travel company who picks up from the hostel. The hostel does not allow friends to visit. Overall this is a quiet hostel with charm and potential -- great if you are traveling in a group, not too bad if you are solo. Most importantly, you should have some form of transport if you wish to stay here.


HI - Killarney International, Co Kerry Hostel is located about three miles out of Killarney. While the directions provided by the hostel may seem vague, they are very effective and make sense when you drive the route (the orange house is very orange). Supposedly there are free buses to and from the hostel in peak tourist seasons, but otherwise this is a difficult place to get to without a car. There is plenty of room to park at no extra cost on the hostel grounds. Not too far from the hostel are the Ross Castle and Muchross lake/village. If you need additional information, the visitor's center in Killarney is second to none.

This may be the most stunning hostel we've ever seen. The grounds are extensive and beautiful. The building itself is immense. It looks like an old estate and it's difficult not to feel like aristocracy as you drive up the long winding driveway, through the grounds to the hostel. The reception area is just inside the entrance and is manned constantly by someone friendly and knowledgeable.

While the dining room was huge with floor to ceiling windows, the kitchen was way too small for capacity of this hostel. The kitchen did have hot and cold water dispensers which is really convenient for filling up water bottles or making a cup of tea. If you are going to cook, try doing so before the main dinner rush. Breakfast is available for an extra price, which seems really expensive considering you get only toast, cereal, a tiny glass of juice, an apple (fruit), and one cup of tea or coffee. There are also candy machines if that is your choice of nutrition.

The bedrooms are large with big windows and sturdy beds. The doors lock automatically and can be unlocked using an electronic key card obtained at reception upon checking in. This added security is greatly appreciated in such a bustling hostel. The bedding and sheets are available at no extra cost. The bathrooms are separated into male and female bathrooms, each with three shower stalls, two toilets, and some sinks for washing up. There is no hand soap provided for washing hands after going to the bathroom, so be prepared with your own!

There are two sitting rooms equipped with immense windows, comfortable couches, a piano for the musically inclined, fireplaces, and televisions. There are two computers with internet available for a cost. Pay phones are also available in the hostel. The hostel is locked after 11 p.m. but your key card will give you access after that time -- just make sure you have it with you! Not only is this hostel stunning, it is clean and comfortable too, which makes for a very pleasant stay in Killarney.

Ashley Ryniak

I love this hostel! The people there are all so lovely! It's really homey, within an hour i felt like i lived there! It's a really cool building too!


We went to this hostel twice and the second time we stayed for 2 months! Most of the staff are friendly, and the rooms and bathrooms are clean. There is a full size kitchen that can serve a small army. Unfortunately it is quite a walk from town 30 minutes. Probably the best way there is by taxi or thumb. The woods behind the mansion are great. The price is one of, if not the lowest in Killarney. When we left they didn't have Internet but they were planning on having it by this summer.

Caleb and Angie Brauneller

I gave this an average rating because the advantages and disadvantages equal out. We stayed in a 12-bed dorm that would be a little bother if full, but the room was still huge and, compared to other hostels we stayed at, could be called spacious. It has a disadvantage of being a ways outside of town. A bus, car, or hitchhiking is a must to get there, but the bus does stop at the end of the road. Nice and quiet for a good night's sleep and it is out in nature, not in the city. Common rooms are big and they serve meals there also. Staff were friendly and helpful. Hope this helps someone.


Killarney International Hostel Reviews from the Web

Liked: The staff were very friendly, big kitchen and plenty of seating area both in the dining room and the recreational areas. Didn't like: The toilet & shower rooms beside the bedrooms could do with updating.


Liked: The friendliness & helpfulness of the staff. Also the large selection of dvds! Didn't like: The rooms weren't great, bed was pretty uncomfortable & showers were a bit unloved.


Liked: Huge buildingbig common areasThe kitchen was greatBathrooms were fine tooLocked rooms but no lockers Didn't like: Not much pace in the roomLocation


Liked: Very nice old building with good atmosphere for young people, wonderful stuff taking care of large well-equipped shared kitchen. Didn't like: We didn't like the old beds. Quite noise, otherwise fine.


Liked: Good location. Staff were friendly and helpful with our questions. Didn't like: Nothing


Liked: The house itself in nice from the outside and the grounds look nice. It was pouring rain and windy so we didn't explore the outside. The common rooms are comfortable. Nice to have a sink in the room. Didn't like: uncomfortable bunk beds with thin mattresses where we could feel the springs.


Liked: Security Didn't like: You really have to search for its location.Bathrooms are horrible and if you book a double room at this place, you'll get a 4-bed bunkbed room "upgrade".!


Liked: Everything!!! Excellent on all accounts. Didn't like: Nothing at all.


Liked: Rates were reasonably cheap. Didn't like: Dirty.I understand that it is communal bathroom facilities etc but ours and the shower room were filthy. It is fair enough that it is cheap but that does not mean it should not be cleaned regularly.


Liked: The atmosphere was nice and the staff was friendly. Didn't like: Cleanlines of the shared toilets.



Easy to find with a free bus (three times the day in summer) to and from town.

Situated in Aghadoe on the Ring of Kerry road, adjacent to the national park, this An Óige Youth Hostel is an impressive 18th century mansion on 77 acres of beautiful gardens and forests. Commanding spectacular views over the mountains and lakes of Killarney, Aghadoe House is fully equipped with modern facilities whilst maintaining the charm and character of an historic building in peaceful surroundings.

On arrival a warm welcome awaits you from the friendly and knowledgeable staff who can advise you on all trips and activities available either locally and nationally.

There is plenty to see and do:
Tours of the Ring of Kerry, the Gap of Dunloe and Dingle.
Bike hire, boat trips on the lakes, horse riding in the park, canoeing, volley ball, table tennis and more.

We have free information and maps for cyclists, walkers and motorists keen to explore the kingdom of Kerry.

We specialise in family rooms, group rates and activities.
We have a secure key card system in the hostel and bedrooms.

Membership to the international youth hostel association is available and there is a 2 Euro per night discount to all existing members, however no membership is required.

Large TV & Video lounge
Secure storage room
Internet access (40 min. for 2 €)
Library and games room
Meals available (groups by request)
Self catering facilities
Free bed linen
Towel hire
Large car park which can accommodate coaches
Wheelchair facilities
National and international hostel booking facilities

Local tours arranged
Bikes for rent

Garden seats and picnic benches
Barbeque in grounds
Volley ball
Table tennis
Irish dancing weekly

The hostel promotes an ecological policy
and is non smoking


Car Parking Available
Wheelchair Friendly
Credit Cards Accepted

Location and Contact


Train or Bus Éireann to Killarney. From the train station there is a courtesy bus to the Youth Hostel, which meets every train. By Car, bike or foot, the Youth Hostel is at the junction of the Tralee and Killorglin roads about 5km from the town centre.

Address: Aghadoe House, Ring of Kerry Road, Fossa, Killarney (Cill Airne), County Kerry, Ireland

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Phone Number: +353-(0)64-31240
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)

Solo Traveller



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

City Tours

Luggage Storage


BBQ Grill

Board Games

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


Wheelchair Accessible

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 7 nights

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 08.00 - 24.00

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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