Ireland is an amazing travel destination, but it’s not as cheap as some other countries around the world. The good news is, for those travelling on a backpacker budget, Ireland has lots of great hostels offering affordable accommodation (and activities, check my guide of free things to do in Galway). Here are my top picks for the best hostels in Galway, Ireland.
Snoozles Tourist Hostel
Another great hostel in Galway is Snoozles Tourist Hostel, of which there are two locations. This one is located in the heart of Galway, on Forster Street. They have a games room with pool table, a library, bicycle rentals, and even a garden. Snoozles Tourist Hostel has a range of room options to choose from to suit everyone’s needs, from four to ten person dorms or single to family private rooms. You’ll love their buffet breakfasts, karaoke nights, and they even have a mini-market. You won’t be disappointed with this award-winning hostel that’s full of colour and fun.
Sleepzone Hostel Galway City
Located in the centre of Galway, Sleepzone Hostel is your traditional hostel with a face lift. The hostel offers free continental breakfast, a self-catering kitchen, and a movie room that has a projector. Other great features of Sleepzone Hostel include a coin-operated laundry room, an extensive library, and a great terrace where you can plan your day or eat your dinner outside. Rooms range in size from small to large dormitories as well as single, double, or family private rooms with private bathrooms. So, if you’re looking for hostels in Galway consider one that was voted most popular hostel in Galway and that’s Sleepzone Hostel.
Savoy Hostel Galway City Centre
If you’re looking for cheap accommodation in Galway for your visit then check out Savoy Hostel located in Galway’s city centre. This hostel is full of colour and has everything you’d need in a hostel. They offer free breakfast, lockers, laundry, postal services, and have a 24-hour front desk. Rooms range from four to eight-bed mixed or female dorms and come with modern bathrooms and even charging facilities. Their large comfy lounge is a great place to make friends over a game of pool or board games. So, if you’re looking for a downtown location, a friendly vibe, and fun atmosphere then choose Savoy Hostel Galway.
Snoozles Quay Street Tourist Hostel
This is Snoozles Tourist Hostel’s second location in Galway. Located in Galway’s Latin Quarter it’s on Quay Street which is a pedestrian-only street. Set in an historic 400 year old building, Snoozles Quay Street Tourist Hostel has the perfect blend of historic charm and vibrant modern style. Rooms range from four to twelve-bed dorms to private rooms with en-suites and large windows. With a 24-hour reception, the staff are always there to help you, whether it’s booking a tour or getting local tips on where to eat. There’s no shortage of things to do at the hostel. They have a library, board games, jukebox, and lounge with a huge smart TV. If you’re looking for where to stay in Galway that has a perfect location and a fun factor then Snoozles Quay Street Tourist Hostel is what you want.
Galway City Hostel
If you’re looking for hostels in Galway, Ireland consider staying at Galway City Hostel. Ideally located next to the train and bus station, Galway City Hostel is the perfect hostel for those looking to meet people and have a great time doing it. The hostel organizes nightly events that range from dinners to pub crawls, with an easy starting off point at Darcy’s Bar, that’s home to live music every night and conveniently located beside the hostel. Galway City Hostel also offers free breakfast, maps, and has laundry facilities, ticket services, and vending machines. If you’re looking for an exciting hostel then consider the award-winning Galway City Hostel.
Kinlay House Eyre Square
Conveniently located in the heart of Galway City, the Kinlay House Eyre Square Hostel is close to both the bus and train station as well as main sights in Galway. Rooms at Kinlay House are a mix of private rooms and dormitories, and all dorms have POD beds with privacy curtains. Toted as ‘top choice’ in Lonely Planet, Kinlay House Eyre Square Hostel has everything you’d want at a hostel, free breakfast, cozy common room, billiard table, and helpful staff. If it’s affordable accommodation, lively atmosphere, and a central location you’re after, then book your stay at Kinlay House Eyre Square Hostel.
The Woodquay Hostel
Another great hostel in Galway is the Woodquay Hostel. Located within walking distance to both the downtown sights and the bus and train station, the Woodquay Hostel has a warm and inviting feel. The hostel has a wide range of accommodation options from dormitories to private rooms as well as self-catering apartments. Facilities include a common room, shared kitchen, laundry, complimentary walking tours, as well as free continental breakfast. If you’re looking for a quiet hostel with a homey vibe then consider Woodquay Hostel.
Staying at one of these top hostels in Galway will ensure that you get to experience the best of the city at an affordable price.