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The Connemara Hostel FAQs

Where is The Connemara Hostel  located? The Connemara Hostel is situated 6km (under 4 miles) from the village of Leenane.

How far is it from Galway? It is 60km (40 miles) from Galway city.

If I don’t have my own transport, how can I get to The Connemara Hostel?

Galway Tour Company offers a daily Jump On / Jump Off guided bus tour from Sleepzone Galway City to The Connemara Hostel - discounted tickets available at Reception at Sleepzone Galway City. The tour departs from Sleepzone Galway City daily at 9.45am, dropping off / collecting at The Connemara Hostel at about 2.00pm, returning to Galway City at about 6.00pm.

Bus Eireann offers a daily service in summer ands twice weekly in winter (www.buseireann.ie) which passes through the village of Leenane - see Galway to Clifden timetable.


What do I need to bring with me to check-in? We require that all guests checking-in bring a piece of Photo Identification (ID) with them. Unfortunately we are unable to check in any guest without ID.

What time can I check-in?


Reception is Open:
From 9.00am to 12.00 noon
From 3.00pm to 10.00pm

If you will arrive outside of the above times please ring the hostel in advance on 00353(0)95 429 29 or 00353(0)83 194 5109

What time is check-out? We ask all guests to vacate their rooms by 10:00am.

Is it possible to check-out later than 10:00? Check at reception the night before but in order for us to maintain our high standards of cleanliness and to ensure that all rooms are ready by 3.00pm for check-in, it is often not possible to extend the check-out time beyond 10:00am.

Where can we leave our luggage? Our guests are welcome to leave their luggage in our luggage room free of charge while on day trips or even just prior to check-in.

Do you have lockers? Yes lockers are available for guests to use.

Is there a curfew? There is no curfew; Please ask for a code for the main door at night. Our night Receptionist is on duty until 10.00pm. 

Do we need to bring our own bed linen? We provide clean bed linen for all of our guests, changed daily prior to check-in. For guests staying for longer periods, bed linen is changed every 3 days.

Are bath towels provided? Yes, Towels are provided Free of charge.

Are there laundry facilities? Yes, A laundry service is provided at reception. 

Is there an ATM / cash point nearby? Unfortunately at present there is no cash point in Leenane. The nearest facility is at Letterfrack.

Is there internet access? We also offer free WiFi access through out the common areas for guests who wish to use their laptops. Please note that there are no printing facilities on site.

Is it possible to book tours at The Connemara Hostel? We sell tour tickets for Killary Cruises, Aran Islands, and The Burren at Reception. Tickets for Kylemore Abbey are also available to purchase with a 10% discount.

Can I rent tennis rackets? Tennis rackets & balls are free of charge.

Do you have a bar? We have a residents bar. Bar hours are 7:30pm to 11:30pm. We serve wine, soft drinks and snacks.

Do you sell food?  We recommend that all guests buy groceries before coming to the hostel. Hamilton’s and Gaynor’s pubs in Leenane have a grocery store.

Do you serve breakfast? Yes, a complementary light breakfast is provided from 7am to 10am. Tea and coffee is also available free all day long,.

Where do the tour buses leave from? Most of the tour buses depart from the top of the road, 1 km from the hostel. This is approximately a 15 minute walk from the hostel. The Galway Tour Company will pick you up at the hostel if you request that staff contact the driver in advance.

Where can I park? We have our own parking in front of the Hostel.

How safe is the hostel? The Connemara Hostel is very safe. The Connemara Hostel has staff available to help guests should any problems arise. The safety and security of our guests is our top priority.
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