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at Kenmare Failte Hostel

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... perspective, this hostel was lacking. It had no drying room and not even a stack of newspapers to stuff boots with.  ...
... to catch live music in Kenmare. We had a double ensuite room which was ideal. Light breakfast (porridge), tea/coffee and...
... town--right on the corner of the two major streets. We had a room on the 3rd floor with a beautiful view over town with the...
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GibsonsFruGal wrote a review Oct 2018
107 contributions22 helpful votes
First the good things:

Nicely appointed shared spaces, friendly gathering spot in a large kitchen, nice host and respectful and interesting fellow guests. Good location, though you have to scamper through a fairly high traffic corner each time you arrive and depart.

From a walkers perspective, this hostel was lacking. It had no drying room and not even a stack of newspapers to stuff boots with. 

The host offered to put our things in a dryer ' for five minutes' but this left our gear wet though no longer dripping. Walkers are not permitted to place boots in vicinity of the aga stove.

In addition to beds, our room had 4 peg hooks and one hardback chair. No place to unpack except the floor.

The heat is supplied via a ceiling vent so not even a radiator available to dry boots and socks in the room.

The mattresses are in need of replacing.

There was an obstacle course of stairs to navigate for overnight visits to the bathroom. 

The atmosphere is great, but from a practical perspective we found this really lacking. It was my least favorite accommodation in a mix of hostels and BnBs we visited on the Kerry Way.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from kenmarefailtehostel, Manager at Kenmare Fáilte Hostel
Responded 8 Oct 2018
Thank you for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed our shared common rooms and great atmosphere. Regarding the drying room and offering to dry your clothes-we did offer to dry your clothes at no cost-it did not suit as you didn't want your clothes in the dryer for too long. We have plenty of newspaper to supply for walking boots, so you should have asked. I'm sure you can understand why there are no boots allowed in the vicinity of the Aga stove in the Kitchen-the smell for one would not be nice. We do have a cupboard for boots to dry-again-you should have asked the owner and she would have shown you. The reason guests can't put boots or clothes on the heaters is due to fire and safety. Our mattresses are orthopaedic and only 2 years old. The bathroom is shared on the same floor as your room and there is one step down and one step up. An ensuite room would have probably suited your needs better if you preferred to have the bathroom in your room. I'm sorry to hear that it was your least favourite...I guess a Hostel is not for everyone. Yours sincerely, Aoife.
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HelenTravelBug wrote a review Sep 2018
Limerick, Ireland133 contributions67 helpful votes
Always wanted to stay here and got my chance recently when walking The Beara Way. It certainly lived up to its reputation and its name! We got a great welcome from Maureen and some tips on where to catch live music in Kenmare. We had a double ensuite room which was ideal. Light breakfast (porridge), tea/coffee and snacks were provided. There is a lovely sitting room for reading and chilling out.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Response from kenmarefailtehostel, Manager at Kenmare Fáilte Hostel
Responded 8 Oct 2018
Thank you for your lovely comments and we hope you will come visit us again. Warm Regards, Aoife.
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Corey Wrenn wrote a review Aug 2018
37 contributions34 helpful votes
I had more fun at this hostel than I've had at fancy hotels I've stayed in across Ireland. The building is historic and has a beautiful old vibe to it. It is probably the best situated lodging in the town--right on the corner of the two major streets. We had a room on the 3rd floor with a beautiful view over town with the hills and chapel in the background. There is a big kitchen open to use with toast, jam, biscuits and tea. Just by comparison, I stayed in a hotel in Waterford for 3x the price this weekend and they didn't even let you have a cup of tea and they put us in a basement! This hostel is a gem, really. We booked a private room and it comes with a sink and a double bed--so basically the discounted price that makes this a "hostel" rather than a hotel is because of the shared bathroom, which is fine. The showers were pitiful, however, only going for about 10 seconds at a time. Also, they do not provide towels or soap, so we had to go buy soap at a shop in town. I would stay there again in any case, a great value. I was most pleased just to enjoy the old house with a cup of tea.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from kenmarefailtehostel, Manager at Kenmare Fáilte Hostel
Responded 28 Aug 2018
Thank you very much...what a lovely review to read. Our showers are push button to conserve water. We do provide towels and soap at an extra charge of only 2 euro. We hope you can visit us again. Warm Regards, Aoife & Maureen.
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bddna2014 wrote a review Aug 2018
Bantry, Ireland1 contribution1 helpful vote
Last minute change of plans took us to Kenmare.
Late in the afternoon, we tried this place which turned out to be great.
One of the best hostels I've ever stayed in !!!
I highly recommend KENMARE FAILTE HOSTEL !!!
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from kenmarefailtehostel, Manager at Kenmare Fáilte Hostel
Responded 28 Aug 2018
Thank you so much...delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. Warmest Regards, Aoife & Maureen.
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Filipe P wrote a review Jul 2018
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We just spent a night in Kenmare and chose Kenmare Failte Hostel to stay. It is a quiet,familiar, nice and clean place and we also were very welcomed. Comfortable beds, large bedroom, and the shared bathrooms are large and clean. We loved and recommend it for everyone.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from kenmarefailtehostel, Manager at Kenmare Fáilte Hostel
Responded 28 Aug 2018
Thank you very much. Warm Regards, Maureen & Aoife.
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