Welcome to our small, unique and super-friendly hostel.
Welcome to our small, unique and super-friendly hostel. Created and run by backpackers like you
*Please note latest check-in time is 10pm*
(after you check-in you will have 24 hour access)
PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT ANY BOOKINGS FOR 'PRIVATE' ROOMS WILL BE IN OUR SISTER GUESTHOUSE PROPERTY, 'DOLCE VITA DERRY' WHICH IS LOCATED JUST AROUND THE CORNER FROM OUR MAIN BUILDING.
It's going to be a MASSIVE party in Derry this year! The biggest Halloween festival in Europe just got BIGGER!!
Please note that we have a 2 night minimum stay in place for this event. All check-ins must be on Wednesday 30th October. We require a 7 day cancellation notice for this special event, and reserve the right to charge 2 full night's stay. Please contact us directly if you require further clarification.
RECENT GUIDEBOOK REVIEWS:
'Fun and funky..... Be sure to book ahead.'
LONELY PLANET WESTERN EUROPE 2011
'With so much imagination, effort and expense invested into this hostel, it's little wonder that crowds flock to fill this hostels beds year after year. Book ahead.'
LONELY PLANET IRELAND 2012
'Original player Derry City Independent Hostel is where you should go first. Be warned, you may get caught in the Derry Vortex and never want to leave.'
Conjured up back in 1997 by two travellers with empty pockets, loads of enthusiasm and a dream. We still grab every opportunity to throw our backpacks over our shoulders and hit the road, enjoying soaking up the world's hospitality before returning to Derry to pass all the good vibes onto you. We run our hostel with an emphasis on friendliness, helpfulness and making you feel at home, which are all things we value as backpackers ourselves. Solo travellers come on down, you'll find it really easy to meet other people and (hip-hooray) no worries about huge tour groups exploding onto the scene and taking over the place. Our Hostelworld customers seem to think we're doing something right as they rate us as one of the best hostels in Ireland.
TOP CITY HOSTEL IN IRELAND
With an average HostelBookers rating of 93%, you, our Hostelworld customers, have voted us as your top rated hostel in Derry. Have a look at some of the reasons why...
Our hostel situated in Great James Street in the best possible location in the city center. We are located 2 minutes from the Bogside and 1 minute from all the best pubs and restaurants in Derry City Centre. There is free on-street parking directly across the road.
Our staff are totally committed to ensuring you have the best time possible in Derry. They are all backpackers who have fallen in love with this great little city and will do their utmost to see that you love it too. Everything from taking you out to the pub to doing your laundry...
Our team have justifiably earned the reputation as being some of the friendliest staff in any hostel around. You can be sure that you will receive the best welcome possible. We'll provide you with a free map and show you all the hotspots, ie murals, pubs, city walls etc. (everything is literally around the corner from us.)
FREE INTERNET AND WIFI
FREE BREAKFAST... good breakfast, cereals (coco pops too!!), bread, jam, marmalade, chocolate spread, plus free tea & coffee all day.
FREE ELECTRONIC LAPTOP SAFES...
In every dorm your own personal safe that is big enough for your laptop and other personable valuables.
BRAND NEW SHOWERS AND BATHROOMS..
Spacious, clean bathrooms with HOT WATER all the time (from proper showers where you don't have to keep one hand on the button while trying to get the shampoo out of your hair with the other!)
Many nights during summer we offer 'all you can eat' barbeques (burgers, sausages, chicken wings, veggie burgers, bread, sauces, etc). Cost is just 4 pounds and of course the craic is mighty. These are a great way to get people mingling and therefore usually lead onto a pub crawl. Fun. Fun. Fun.
Derry has undoubtedly some of Ireland's best nightlife. To help you make the most of it we will be running PUB CRAWLS most nights . The pub crawl costs 6 pounds which includes 4 free shots at 4 of Derry's top bars. It will start at 830pm , so please try and arrive at the hostel before that time if you want to join.
FREE DERRY TOURS
Every day organized political walking tours of the Bogside, run by the acclaimed Free Derry Tours, leave from close to our hostel. These are tours conducted by local people from the Bogside, giving you a unique first-hand insight into the sad events of Bloody Sunday, the Battle of the Bogside, the many political murals and life in Derry during the troubles. These tours cost 5 pounds and leave very close to our hostel every day at 10am and 2pm.
GIANT'S CAUSEWAY TOURS
We have teamed up with TOP TOURS IRELAND to get you a discount on their GIANTS CAUSEWAY TOUR. Just ask any of our team to book you on their tour for a discounted rate of 20 pounds. The tour leaves every day at 11am and visits the world famous Giants Causeway , Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle and the Carrick A Rede rope bridge. Expect to arrive back in Derry at around 6pm
Over the past ten years we've travelled to many exotic places: India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Morocco, Syria, Egypt, to name but a few, and from these travels we have brought back lots of bits and pieces to decorate our hostels. We've transformed our dining room into a virtual Aladdin's Cave with low tables and low seats, lots of beautiful hangings, and many amazing artifacts scattered around the room. You will be transported to another time and another place.
Which is, after all, where you want to be.
SO WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE?
Come and stay with us and you will fall in love with Derry.
Who says so? Well for a start you do. You have consistently voted us as the top hostel in Northern Ireland, but other people also agree. You will find our hostels highly acclaimed in every major guide book: Lonely Planet, Lets Go, Rough Guide, Routarde etc.
See you soon!
PLEASE NOTE: LATEST CHECK-IN TIME IS 10pm. This hostel is not suitable for stag/hen parties. Please do not book these groups into the hostel as these bookings will not be honored.
Any group of more than 5 people must contact the hostel directly. Group bookings will not be honored unless you do this.
***Please note that the latest check-in is at 10pm in the evening.****
MAXIMUM IN ANY GROUP IS 5.
All guests must produce Passport as I.D.
The person booking must actually be staying at the hostel or the booking will be invalid.
Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult over 25.
SPECIAL HALLOWEEN 2013 CONDITIONS
Check in is on Wednesday 30th only - no check ins on Thursday 31st.
We reserve the right to charge for the full 2 nights if you do not check in on Wednesday 30th October.
We require a 7 day cancellation notice for this special event.
If you are in doubt about anything, please contact the hostel directly.
44 Great James street,
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This is a Trusted Review. Why?
The young lady running the place wasn't that bothered. Laundry area full of weeks washing, no sign of being tidied. Breakfast included which was bread made by her, which was rubbish, everything else "value" range from Tesco. Lock to room didn't work properly. Standard of beds was very poor. Shower rooms , waste blocked nad over flowed.
This is a Trusted Review. Why?
This a really friendly, homely hostel. Good value for money
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* The Customer Satisfaction score is based on a combination of ratings from Travellerspoint and external websites. The score of 88% for this property is based on ratings provided by 169 guests.