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Aille River Hostel

Hostel | Cliffs of Moher and the Burre, Doolin, Doolin, Ireland .

95.3% Overall Rating

121 out of 123 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (18/08/2015)

"great atmosphere with a very cosy common room and friendly staff. during my trip to ireland it was by far the loveliest hostel i stayed in and i would absolutely recommend it!"

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  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 1.59
  • Towel USD 1.06

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

Important Information

Payment is to be in cash on arrival. No bookings over 6 people will be accepted. If you make a booking for more than 6 people your booking will be canceled without a refund for your advance payment.

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 9:00
Latest Check-out: 11:00

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Doolin?

Contact us directly


Sitting right on the Wild Atlantic Way, the Aille River Hostel is a 300 year old renovated cottage situated on a quiet road beside the Aille River and the gateway to the majestic 700 ft high Cliffs of Moher, the world famous Aran Islands and the unique Burren landscape, home to thousands of rare wild flowers and archeological Celtic sites.Right in the centre of Doolin where Traditional music sessions can be heard every evening. We are on the Wild Atlantic Way. Read more

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About Aille River Hostel

Certificate of excellence 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 & 2010 by TripAdvisor.
Voted 'Best Hostel in Ireland' 2008 & runner up 2009, 2010 by Hostelworld guest reviews.
Voted 'Best Independent Hostel' in Ireland by the IHH 2009, 2010 & 2011 and 'Best IHH Village Hostel' in Ireland 2009, 2010 & 2011.
Approved by Irish Tourism Board. The IHH hostels group and Hostels of Europe.
This 300 year old renovated cottage is situated on a quiet road beside the Aille River, in the centre of Doolin. A perfect spot for your stop over or extended stay in the area. You will experience a warm friendly atmosphere in our old world surroundings. Visit the sights of Clare or just chill out by the river during the day, then relax by the turf fire or check out the local pubs in the evening.

Hostel facilities and price include fully stocked self-catering kitchen with free tea, free hot showers (24 hours),free linen, free laundry, including washing powder. Free internet access with wi-fi. Free maps and tourist info, free safety lockers, free parking. Towels for hire.
Breakfast for a small fee. We encourage traditional music sessions and many musicians stop over with us regularly. Live music can be heard or played in the local pubs McDermotts, McGanns, Fitzpatrick’s and O'Connors only 5 minutes walk away.

The hostel provides clean, comfortable dormitory rooms for 4, 6, 8 persons. We also have family rooms en-suite and private rooms for couples -
Camping is also provided with full use of hostel facilities. No lock outs or curfews.

Hostel staff will be happy to inform you of local sights and activities including: Aillwee Caves, Burren Heritage Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Cave, castles, forts, Celtic ruins, golf, hiking, rock climbing, Poulnabrone Dolmen, surfing, fishing spots, trips to Aran Islands, bus and travel information.

- Cancellations within 48 hours- no payment.
- Reception opens from 9.00am - 8.30pm
- Check in time not to be later than 8.30 P.M.
- You will be requested to call one day before arrival with your travel details. Cash only on arrival (Caution: there are no banks or cash machines in Doolin).

Accommodation Information

2 x double rooms with one double bed
1 x double room with a shared bathroom
1 x double room with a shared shower
1 x triple room with 1 double and 1 single bed
1 x triple room with 1 double bed and 1 set of bunk beds
1 x 4 bed family room ensuite with one double 1 set of bunk beds
1 x 4 bed private room ensuite with 2 sets of bunk beds
1 x 5 bed family room en suite with 1 double and 4 single beds
2 x 6 bed dorm room en suite
1 x 7 bed dorm room

1. You will be required to call one day before arrival. with your travel details and expected arrival time.

2. Reception open from 9.00am - 8.30pm

3. Payment in cash only on arrival (Caution: there are no banks or cash machines in doolin).

4. We do not accept bookings for groups larger than 5. Groups larger than 5 please contact the hostel before placing a booking.

5. We do not cater for Stag/Hen/Birthday/Wedding parties of any size.

-Cancellations within 48 hours no payment. Thereafter 1st nights payment is charged, excluding PUBLIC HOLIDAY WEEK-ENDS when full payment is taken.

Location Information

Aille River Hostel

We are located on opposite side of river from Fitzpatrick's bar just off the main road.
Cross the old stone bridge to reach us.
All bus will stop outside Fitzpatrick's bar if you tell the driver you are staying at the Aille River Hostel.

You can easily reach the cliffs of Moher and Burren by foot, bicycle or car from the hostel.
The pier where you catch boats to the Aran Islands is a 20 min walk through the lower village from here.

Local pubs O'Connor's, McGanne's, Fitzpatrick's and McDermott's all within 5 mins walk where you can hear excellent live music and the shops are in this vicinity too.

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