Best hostels in Galway/Ireland
Ireland,  Western Europe

Best youth hostels in Galway/Ireland

Do you plan a trip to Galway in Ireland? Are you looking for a suitable youth hostel Galway would offer? If so, check our blog post about the best hostels Galway in Ireland offers and save your money for accommodation by keeping great service and comfort! Meet new people in one of the city center hostels, chill and discover charming Irish city!

Galway is a city in County Galway in the West of Ireland, in the province of Connacht. It lies on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay, and is the sixth most populous city in Ireland, with a population of around 80 thousand inhabitants.

Galway is renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and for hosting numerous festivals, celebrations, and events such as The Galway Arts Festival. In 2018, it was named the European Region of Gastronomy. The city is currently the European Capital of Culture for 2020, alongside Rijeka, Croatia.

Like most of Ireland, Galway has an oceanic climate, being one of the world’s mildest cities for latitude, partly because it is on an island. Galway has a year-round mild, moist, temperate and changeable climate, due to the prevailing winds of the North Atlantic Current together with the Gulf Stream. While extreme weather is rare, the city and county can experience severe windstorms that are the result of vigorous Atlantic depressions that occasionally pass along the northwest coast of Ireland. Most of these storms occur between late autumn and early spring. Due to the city’s northerly location, Galway has long summer days.

Best hostels in Galway/Ireland

Among the sights you can find in Galway are

  • Lynch’s Castle on Shop Street is a medieval townhouse built by the prosperous Lynch family in the 16th century and is now a branch of Allied Irish Banks.
  • The Church of Ireland St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church is the largest medieval church still in everyday use in Ireland. It was founded in 1320 and enlarged in the following two centuries.
  • The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas was consecrated in 1965 and is a far larger building constructed from limestone. It has an eclectic style, with a Renaissance Revival dome, pillars and round arches, and a Romanesque Revival portico that dominates the main façade – which is an unusual feature in a modern Irish church building.
  • The original quadrangle building of NUI Galway which was erected in 1849 (during the Great Famine or An Gorta Mór) as one of the three colleges of the Queen’s University of Ireland (along with Queen’s University Belfast and University College Cork). The university holds the UNESCO archive of spoken material for the Celtic languages.
  • Hotel Meyrick, originally the Railway Hotel and then the Great Southern Hotel, built by the Great Southern Railway Company in 1845. Sitting at the southern perimeter of Eyre Square, it is the City’s oldest hotel still in operation.
  • The remains of Menlo Castle can be seen outside the city, on the eastern bank of the River Corrib. It was one of the ancestral homes of the Blake family, one of the Tribes of Galway from c. 1600–1910. The façade of the family’s townhouse (“Blake’s Castle”) is still extant next to Jury’s Hotel at the bottom of Quay Street.
  • Eglinton Canal, named after a former Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, joins the River Corrib to the sea and flows for just more than a kilometer from the University to the Claddagh.

Best hostels in Galway/Ireland

  • The Claddagh is the oldest part of Galway but little or nothing remains of its old thatched village. However, in a side altar of the parish church, St Mary’s on the Hill, is the late medieval statue of Our Lady of Galway. The ancient ritual of the Blessing of the Bay takes place on the Sunday nearest the feast of the Assumption.
  • The Browne doorway, originally located on Lower Abbeygate Street but now standing at the north end of Eyre Square, was the doorway to the townhouse of the Browne family, one of the fourteen Tribes of Galway.
  • The Lynch Window, (on Market Street), at which is a plaque commemorating one of the city’s legends. According to legend, in 1493, the then Mayor, James Lynch FitzStephen, hanged his son for the murder of a young Spanish visitor who had the misfortune to befriend the girlfriend of the Mayor’s son.[18]
  • The Hall of the Red Earl (Halla an Iarla Rua) can be viewed through a protective glass wall off Flood Street. It is the earliest medieval settlement fragment surviving within the walls of the city. It was built by the de Burgo family in the 13th century and was a key municipal building for the collection of taxes, dispensation of justice and hosting banquets. It was the medieval equivalent of tax office, court house and town hall.

Best hostels in Galway/Ireland

There is a lot of great, cheap youth or family hostels in Galway, you just need to choose the right one! We are here to help you choosing the right one! Are you ready to see the best hostels you can find in this charming and popular city? Kindly just be aware the price mentioned below each property is only average and could vary based on the chosen date and type of room/dorm!

#1 Galway City Hostel & Bar

9.1 on Booking.com    9.6 on Hostelsworld   

 Dorms from 21 USD

Galway City Hostel & Bar

WINNER: Best Hostel in Ireland 2020 (Hostelworld.com Awards) WINNER: Most Popular Hostel in Galway 2020 (Hostelworld.com Awards) 2nd most popular in the world for Solo Travellers 2020 – (Hostelworld.com awards)

Located next to Galway Railway and Bus Station, Galway City Hostel overlooks Eyre Square. With free WiFi, printing, and luggage storage, the hostel also offers continental breakfast and a shared lounge. The reception staff can arrange tours to the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, and the Aran Islands.

Galway City Hostel & Bar

Offering landmark and city views, the dorms come with a wardrobe and access to a shared bathroom and toilet. The hostel also offers laundry facilities and vending machines. There is also a tour desk with free maps and ticket service.

Local attractions include Lynch Castle, 4 minutes’ away, Galway Cathedral, 9 minutes’ walk away and the Spanish Arch, 7 minutes’ walk away.

Pros and Cons of Galway City Hostel & Bar

Pros

  • Breakfast included in the price
  • Great location in the city center
  • Various rooms and dorms available
  • Activities organized
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Great value for price
  • Bar available
  • Shared kitchen
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Street parking for a fee

Cons

  • Towels for hire
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only

#2 The Nest Boutique Hostel

9.0 on Booking.com    9.6 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 121 USD

The Nest Boutique Hostel

The Nest Boutique Hostel is an alternative accommodation concept which blurs the lines between a hotel, guesthouse and a hostel by offering quality accommodation with unique social spaces, attention to detail, an individual touch and a strong emphasis on the local community. They also try their best to be as eco friendly as possible and are always searching for new ways to lessen our impact on the environment.

The Nest Boutique Hostel is situated only two minutes’ walk to the shops, bars and restaurants in the seaside village of Salthill. It is less than a minute from the beach and a long promenade which stretches from Salthill to The Claddagh in Galway. It is a leisurely 15-20 minute stroll into Galway city centre, and the bus stop is just outside our door with a regular bus to and from Galway city (from early morning till midnight).

The Nest Boutique Hostel

The Nest offers a majority of double and twin ensuite rooms which have comfy beds, soft linen, power showers and contemporary Irish art work. Family bedrooms are available which contain a double and twin room connected by a private bathroom or two double rooms connected by a bathroom.

For groups or individuals, there are six and seven bed dorms which are ensuite and one dorm with shared bathroom. Here at The Nest we have a variety of flexible room types to suit any group’s needs and all room rates includes a continental buffet style breakfast with a large selection of fresh pastries, fresh bread, fruit, yogurt, tea and freshly ground coffee.

Pros and Cons of The Nest Boutique Hostel

Pros

  • Breakfast included in the price
  • Outdoor terrace available
  • Café available
  • Shared kitchen
  • Family rooms
  • Free parking
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Facilities for disabled guests

Cons

  • Towels for hire
  • Farer from the city center

#3 Snoozles Forster Street Hostel

8.5 on Booking.com    8.2 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 103 USD Dorms from 21 USD

Snoozles Forster Street Hostel

Ideally located in the heart of Galway, just 3 minutes’ walk from Galway Rail Station, Snoozles Tourist Hostel offers free Wi-Fi, a bar, a games room, and laundry facilitiesEyre Square, marking the centre of Galway City, is only 350 m away.

All the rooms and dormitories at Snoozles Tourist Hostel have an en suite bathroom and lockers. This award-winning hostel offers a garden, bicycle rental, and a shared lounge area with a TV. Guests can also relax at the library, or use the games room, the karaoke, and BBQ facilities. There is a breakfast buffet every morning, and a mini-market on site.

Snoozles Forster Street Hostel

Shop Street, the main thoroughfare of Galway, is only within 10 minutes’ stroll. Lynch’s Castle and St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, probably the finest medieval buildings in Ireland, are found here. The famous Spanish Arch is just within 12 minutes’ walk.

Pros and Cons of Snoozles Forster Street Hostel

Pros

  • Breakfast included in the price
  • Great location in the city center
  • Great value for the price
  • Various rooms and dorms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Activities organized
  • Outdoor terrace and garden
  • 24 hours front-desk
  • Bicycle rental
  • Shared kitchen
  • Family rooms

Cons

  • Towels for hire

#4 Mountain View Hostel

  9.4 on Hostelsworld   

 Dorms from 22 USD

Mountain View Hostel

The property is a converted barn that was lovingly restored to keep its natural beauty and history. They have one dormitory-style bedroom that sleeps up to six people in single beds that are so comfortable no bunk beds. It is located on a working farm with dogs sheep and cattle.

They provide hillwalking tours and sheepdog demonstrations daily. Free breakfast is provided daily. The property was built in 1920 so it has lots of history it started out as a cow barn for protecting the animals against the wild Atlantic storms it fell into disrepair over the years and in 2016 and was repaired and Mountain View Hostel was born.

Mountain View Hostel

There were travelers from all over the world from Iceland to Peru. It is a very relaxed environment at the hostel come and go as you please upon arrival you will get your own key for the door and you keep this for the remaining of your stay- There is always someone on-site to answer any questions you may have about the local area or where to go or what to see.

Pros and Cons of Mountain View Hostel

Pros

  • Breakfast included in the price
  • Located in stunning location
  • Activities organized
  • 24 hours front-desk
  • Children friendly
  • Free parking

Cons

  • Towels for hire

#5 Snoozles Quay Street Hostel

8.1 on Booking.com    8.7 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 103 USD Dorms from 21 USD

Snoozles Quay Street Tourist Hostel

Snoozles Quay Street Galway City is one of the most centrally located hostels in the city. They’re set right in the lively pedestrian area of Quay Street, which is busy with shopping and street musicians by day and full of thriving Irish pubs at night. This friendly hostel features a good-sized kitchen, a comfortable common area, quiet rooms, and friendly staff who are knowledgeable about Galway.

Located in the Latin Quarter of Galway, the most happening area, the hostel is surrounded by arty cafes, trendy bars, street performers, traditional pubs and quirky shops. No other hostel is this close to the action and electric atmosphere of Galway. The hostels have just been renovated – so facilities you are getting are top-notch! With top-rated staff, clean rooms, tight security, and 24-hour reception you know you’ll be looked after.

Snoozles Quay Street Tourist Hostel

Your booking would include – Free breakfast – Free WiFi – Free walking tour of Galway – Free linen – Free maps – Free tour booking – Free fun events in a hostel – free discount vouchers for food & drink.

You can choose from 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12-bed dorms, all ensuite, with free Wi-Fi, individual lights, and under bed storage. And for those wanting a little more luxury, why not upgrade to a private, ensuite double or twin rooms?

Pros and Cons of Snoozles Quay Street Hostel

Pros

  • Breakfast included in the price
  • Great location in the city center
  • Various rooms and dorms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Free city tour
  • Activities organized
  • 24 hours front-desk
  • Shared kitchen
  • Family rooms

Cons

  • Towels for hire

#6 Savoy Hostel Galway

8.7 on Booking.com    8.7 on Hostelsworld   

 Dorms from 20 USD

Savoy Hostel Galway City Centre

Located in the heart of vibrant Galway city center, a 3-minute walk from Eyre Square, the Savoy Hostel offers colorful accommodation with free breakfast and free WiFi. There is a 24-hour front desk at this hostel.

This Eglinton Street hostel provides mixed dormitories with bunk beds and the use of stylish en-suite bathrooms. All are air-conditioned and have safety deposit boxes, lockers, and charging facilities. Guests have the use of common rooms, kitchen facilities, and vending machines. Luggage storage, laundry, and postal services, and free computer use are among the other facilities offered. Books are available for exchange and locks can be purchased.

Savoy Hostel Galway City Centre

The Savoy Hostel is in the heart of the city center beside Shop Street, the main thoroughfare and close to Quay Street with its many bars, cafes, and restaurants. Attractions including the Spanish Arch and Galway City Museum are within a 10-minute walk and staff at the hotel can arrange tours to Aran Island, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and Connemara.

Pros and Cons of Savoy Hostel Galway

Pros

  • Breakfast included in the price
  • Great location in the city center
  • Various rooms and dorms available
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Free city tour
  • Activities organized
  • 24 hours front-desk
  • Shared kitchen
  • Private parking

Cons

  • Towels and sheets for hire

#7 Oughterard Holiday Hostel & Angling Center

8.2 on Booking.com    9.0 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 52 USD Dorms from 23 USD

Oughterard Hostel & Angling Centre

Situated in Oughterard, 24,9 km from Galway city, Oughterard Hostel & Angling Centre features accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking, and a garden. Free WiFi and a shared kitchen are available.

Guests at the hostel will be able to enjoy activities in and around Oughterard, like cycling.

Oughterard Hostel & Angling Centre

The nearest airport is Shannon Airport, 112 km from Oughterard Hostel & Angling Centre.

Pros and Cons of Oughterard Hostel & Angling Centre

Pros

  • Various rooms and dorms available
  • Garden available
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Activities organized
  • 24 hours front-desk
  • Shared kitchen
  • Family rooms
  • Free parking

Cons

  • Towels for hire
  • Breakfast not included
  • 1 hour bus ride from Galway

 

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