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Ben Lettery Connemara Hostel

Ballinafad, (Near Recess), Connemara, Galway, Ireland

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Overall Rating 84%

From 8 Reviews

Hostel rating (8)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 98%
Cleanliness 80%
Location 84%
Security 91%
Service 84%
Comfort 67%
Green rating 87%

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

  • Dorm
    From $18.49
  • Private
    From $87.40
10 or more people?

Connemara Hostel

Hostel Connemara

Hostelling International

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.


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



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room


  • 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 Jun to 31 Aug

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



Warm welcome, nice place in the middle of the nature.


Avatar for Laurent


Tue 06 Sep 2016

c'est pas récent, des sanitaires collectifs fatigués, loin de tout.... et cher par rapport aux auberges alentours




Sat 03 Sep 2016

The smallest, most remote from civilisation and perhaps most rudimentary hostel we have slept in Ireland. BUT: there is Sam, perfect hostess, who made from our stay (2 nights) very good experience. Very helpful, friendly, U feel like home. No wi-fi, but every evening live music in common room. So U easily share experiences with other guests. Large kitchen and dinning room. Good location to visit this part of Connemara. Somewhat like Fljótsdalur hostel in Iceland. Definitely recommend.


Avatar for martin


Fri 19 Aug 2016

Gute Lage im Grünen! Nähe zu einem Castle mit sehr schönem großen Garten


Avatar for Holger


Thu 18 Aug 2016

Excellent accueil. Sam tient la boutique avec bonne humeur. Très bonne ambiance. La meilleure auberge de jeunesse de notre voyage de deux semyen Irlande.


Avatar for Emmanuel


Thu 21 Jul 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • National / State Park (5 to 10km)
  • Nightlife (5 to 10km)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (5 to 10km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (At or next to the hostel)
  • 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
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Walking / Hiking

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