elodie_cherbonn The house is really impressive. A lot of character and taste in this place. The people welcoming us were really nice and available. The room was clean and quiet. The breakfast was wonderful with home-made juices, lots of choices in cereals, yoghurt, breads... A really peaceful time, perfect to rest!
4 Woburn Place, Opposite Train station Lower Glanmire RoadAwesome 88%
erinme This review is a long time coming, but I have nothing but good to say about the Aaran House Hostel, it's landlady, and staff. The weary traveller feels at home the second he or she walks into the front door. Tracy Flynn, the enthusiastic and welcoming landlady, or Bridgette, the witty and warm extra hand, greet guests in the main hall, sign them in, and give them everything they need to enjoy their stay in Cork. Tracy is accommodating and, though she will probably deny it, quite the motherly type. She takes an interest in the adventures of her guests, often checking in with, but never intruding on, them. She is more than willing to point guests in the right direction for anything they can imagine to do. She'll even cut your hair for you, if you beg nicely (this actually didn't happen, but one of the guests while I was there was quite serious about letting her do it). If you treat her, her staff, and her home with respect, she will treat you like family. I was lucky to know her when I most needed a place to stay. She did not mind that I was a long term resident of her hostel, and for that I am eternally grateful. I highly recommend this hostel for anyone who will be in Cork. It's close to City Center, so all the wonderful shopping and night life is just a short walk away. The train station is caddy-corner from the front door, which makes it easy to hop a train to Cobh or Fota for the day. The bus station is a short walk away, so it's easy to get to the local sites (Blarney Castle, being the most popular). Stay here, and be welcome.
seanobroin Gabriel House Guest House is a fine house set in the higher parts of Cork city....the house itself is nice and well kept.The breakfast is very good and there are quite enough food choices.A small point to quibble about is that it seems that you can't make coffee/tea in the rooms,but this facility is available in the dining area.Also it's a pity that such a nice house doesn't have some sort of a room to meet others in except for the dining area.Overall the atmosphere was good.There wasn't a remote control for the t.v. in my room at the time I stayed there,but this is not important if you want to get away from it all.Bathroom facilities are excellent.One very,very small point...the staff were very good,but I had to fight a little to get over a perceived coolness to citizens of the capital,Dublin,as guests.Is this "Capital envy" or some sort of Cork snobbery?The city itself is great and well worth a visit.....as are the people...
jenniesue This hostel was very clean and comfortable. Rooms were quiet at night and had a clean ensuite bathroom. The common areas (kitchen and lounge with internet access) were not very comfortable and the internet connection never worked while I was there. The Bru Bar in the lower floor of the hostel was really nice and a fun place to meet other travellers. A short walk to the bus station and the central area of Cork. I would stay here again.
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