“ County Wicklow / Ireland „
Well, this has set the standards high - a five star youth hostel.
We went on a walking holiday in mid-Feb (through the treachrous snow), and stopped here on Day two. I booked this hostel online, with ease. We paid 50 euros for a the Honeymoon suite room, for two.
After trasping through the snowy mountains for 7 hours, we arrived to the wonderful welcome of Hannah. We were lucky (?) enough to be the only guests for the night, and so got a free upgrade to the Honey moon suite. The room has a beautiful wrap around view of the mountains, although being entirely glazed it is a little chilly.
The room was clean and contained basic furniture including the biggest double bed I have ever slept in, the bathroom had a shower , and was more of a wet room.
The building only opened in April 2008, so it is fairly new and modern. It is all very wooden and Swedish. Much of it is open plan. Catering facilities were great, if a little small. I believe the whole place sleeps 80, the kitchen could cope with 8! There is a canteen and you can book breakfast, lunch and dinner for an additional charge. You will need to book food and it is simple, but effective. There are a few vending machines selling drinks and chocolate but they were out of order. There are no shops or pubs nearby.
The hostel has a lovely TV room, with all the channels and a lovely sofa and fireplace - although the fire wasnt lit when we stayed. There was also a much welcomed dry room, where we could dry out our clothes from the days hike.
I believe you can rent the whole hostel, and people were having weddings later in the year. It would be a really great venue for this.
It was a shame we could only stop here for one night, as the place was so comfortable you felt you could easily stop for a week. If I ever go back to this part of Ireland, I will stop here for a night or two if I can.
The 5 star converted farm house is located in the County Wicklow and overlooks the Glencree Mountains.