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Ben Lettery Connemara Hostel

Ballinafad, (Near Recess), Connemara, Ireland

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Overall Rating 86%

From 7 Reviews

Hostel rating (7)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 96%
Cleanliness 82%
Location 89%
Security 80%
Service 89%
Comfort 80%
Green rating 98%

This rural Galway Youth Hostel is in the most beautiful area in the heart of Connemara!

  • Dorm
    From €16.50
  • Private
    From €41.00
10 or more people?

Connemara Hostel

Hostel Connemara

Welcome to our hostel

This friendly hostel is situated among beautiful scenery with panoramic views of the Connemara mountains and Ballynahinch lake.

This is a wonderful area for hill walking, cycling and fishing. Nearby are the scenic villages of Recess, Roundstone and popular Clifden. The Arran Islands and Inishbofin, the Island of legend and folklore can also be visited from nearby.

This traditional hostel is oozing with character. You'll find a big self catering kitchen, a spacious dining room and a homely common room with turf fire and beautiful views. The hostel has family rooms and bicycles can be hired there.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 17:00 and 22:00
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 10 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Limited payment options apply at hostel check-in
  • Payment methods accepted at hostel are cash only.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout




  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 01/06/2016 to 31/08/2016

From 17:00 to 21:00
From 17:00 to 21:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +353-868493712

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Aughnanure Castle (More than 10km)
  • Athenry Castle (More than 10km)
  • Connemara National Park (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Jugenherbergsmitarbeiterin war sehr nett, konnte auch deutsch. Hat uns einige Tipps für Ausflüge gegeben. Tolle, moderne Selbstversorgerküche. Wir waren zu dritt unterwegs und hatte ein Zimmer für uns, konnten uns also auch jederzeit zurückziehen. Hostel liegt etwas abseits der Strasse, ein Hinweisschild an der Strasse wäre hilfreich, wir sind dreimal vorbeigefahren, weil wir es zu spät erkannt haben.


Avatar for Klaus


Thu 08 Oct 2015

Accueil très chaleureux. Auberge isolée, voiture indispensable. Prévoir sa nourriture car à 12 km de Clifden et pas de petit-déjeuner inclus.


Avatar for ALAIN


Sat 19 Sep 2015

Auberge à proximité de la route principale cependant derrière le bâtiment, il y a un enclos à brebis que l'on peut franchir afin de faire une superbe balade. Dans l'auberge, nous avons été agréablement surpris par le fait que d'anciens séjournant avaient laissé de quoi manger. L'auberge offre une très belle vue sur le lac, elle est en plein cœur du Connemara. Elle est située idéalement pour accéder à des randonnées. Il est plus aisé d'avoir une voiture.


Avatar for Déborah


Fri 04 Sep 2015

A great ad for the original spirt of hostelling...the volunteers were the engine that did it all! Jenny baked and advised on walks and was a great manager...the two helpers were super too as was the other big guy from Dublin... Well done to these generous people.


Avatar for C.Francis


Mon 24 Aug 2015

For hikers & nature appreciators, dream location! Ben Lettery, Diamond Hill, Dog's Bay beach, Gurteen Bay beach -- amazing! Because of location, one of the best among 5 Irish hostels stayed in. (But poor bus access.) Volunteer staff helpful & friendly. Managers sometimes helpful & informative, sometimes seeming bored or cold toward guests. No option to lock valuables, & staff discouraged locking bedrooms (???!), with building never locked. Comfortable atmosphere, quality rooms, appliances, beds.


Avatar for Virginia


Thu 20 Aug 2015


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500m)
  • Nightlife (5 to 10km)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (5 to 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (5 to 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Bus: Bus Eireann: Galway - Clifden service passes by the youth hostel, alight at the gate. Michael Nee Coaches 095 34682 – drop off directly at hostel.
Road/Car: Follow the signs for Clifden (N59). Pass through Recess and the youth hostel is on the right hand side approximately 8km further on.
Rail: Galway 64km,

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