“ County Wicklow / Ireland „
Glendalough is situated on the Wicklow Mountains, the Youth Hostel in this quaint village based around a waterfall and ancient monastery is a good cheap alternative to hotels and B & B's.
We stayed in this hostel in mid February, on a walking holiday in Ireland. We spent two nights here. The accomodation was nice and simple - a double bed, basic cupboard and an esuite bathroom. We paid 40 euros per night, which is pretty good value for a couple sharing.
The kitchen facilities were well equipped, although could have done with a good scrub up. They apparently were closed each lunchtime for cleaning, but I couldn't see much of that going on.
The hostel did have a canteen, but as we visited out of season it wasn't open. There were a couple of vending machines, but these were out of order. There are a couple of well equipped supermarkets (shops!!) in nearby Laragh, which provided everything we needed for our two night stay.
The hostel had a TV room, and a wide selection of videos, you could probably find something to entertain you for the evening. It didnt have any TV channels. Internet was also available on a card basis, I think it was about 1.50 euro for 1/2 an hour, but we didn't use it so I cannot comment on the connection.
The staff were pleasant, but not as friendly as I have come across in other Youth hostels.
I probably wouldn't visit again, simply because there are so many places to see. I found two days here was enough to satisfy my curiosity. If you have a car you can base a weeks holiday from here and quite happily see more of Ireland.
The hostel was nice, and looked promising from the outside, but I thought the inside could do with a good spring clean, and the rooms did feel a bit grubby. But I guess you get what you pay for.
5 Star hostel located in the spectacular countryside of County Wicklow.