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Reviews of Derry City Independent Hostel

Hostel | 44 Great James Street, Derry, Northern Ireland BT48 7DB

93.5% Overall Rating

278 out of 289 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (24/03/2014)

"Clean bedding would be nice. Very tired and needs a good clean up to bring this potentially good hostel back to previous glory."

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Games room
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen

Important Information

PLEASE NOTE: LATEST CHECK-IN TIME IS 10pm. This hostel is not suitable for stag/hen parties. Please do not book these groups into the hostel as these bookings will not be honored! Group bookings of 5 or more persons made through the agents website will not be honored!

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93.5%

Overall Rating

278 out of 289 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Derry City Independent Hostel'

Atmosphere
95.2%
Location
93.6%
Facilities
94.4%
Cleanliness
90.4%
Staff
94.4%
Value
94.4%
Safety
92.0%
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Rianne Huiberts

With friends / other travellers

City break
Work / volunteering

15 April 2014 Rianne would recommend this property

Liked: Great living room! Lovely breakfast!

Disliked: Rianne left no negative feedback.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

24 March 2014

Liked: Clean bedding would be nice. Very tired and needs a good clean up to bring this potentially good hostel back to previous glory.

Disliked: Dirty and not clean bedding all tired.

82.9%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals

02 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Easy to find. Very friendly staff.

Disliked: It could be a little bit cleaner

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Olivia Whatley

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

10 November 2013 Olivia would recommend this property

Liked: The staff- particularly Colin- are exceptionally friendly, helpful and personal. The building is in a great location, has a highly unique style inside with many opportunities to meet fellow travellers. The breakfast range was good, the kitchen and bathrooms were well-equipped, with locked showers. Lockers in rooms, TV in living room. Cannot recommend enough!

Disliked: It's not stressed enough how inappropriate it is to try enter through the back garden. Though it makes the manager laugh.

94.3%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

11 October 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The friendly staff, the wonderful atmosphere and the feeling that the hostel was home!

Disliked: The door code for my room wasn't very secure....

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Jake Sproston

Alone

City break
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

01 October 2013 Jake would recommend this property

Liked: everything the people who I met in derry were so warming and welcoming loved every minute of it

Disliked: nothing such a lovely place to stay

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Sima Lad

With friends / other travellers

City break

14 September 2013 Sima would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel was like going from home to home! Really really cosy place and a stone's -throw away from a pub where live traditional Irish music was played each Thursday! (Definitely something to go & listen to :-)) The staff / owners were all extremely welcoming providing lots of information on bus / train times, day trips & walking tours etc. Fab location - close to pubs / shops including Tesco which is literally 3 mins away (which was really useful for stocking up on food suppliers) The 8 bed dorm was clean, spacious & secure with comfy beds. Really social hostel with two rooms downstairs where people chatted amongst themselves / had dinner / lunch etc - Was easy to meet & talk to others. What's more, on the 2 nights I stayed there - the staff organised a few drinks at the various pubs in the area. Great way to see the best places in town! Would definitely recommend this place if you're staying in Derry - Other hostels may be cheaper, but the facilities provided & the welcoming staff is what makes this hostel stand out from all the rest!

Disliked: Nothing

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture

07 September 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This place has travellers in mind. From the warm welcome, to the bright and funky rooms, to the great information... I would stay again in a heartbeat.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Nadia Williams

Alone

Visiting friends or family

18 July 2013 Nadia would recommend this property

Liked: This is one of those perfect hostels which combines atmosphere with all the facilities you could want for a comfortable stay. Kylie, the proprietress, was also very friendly and helpful, but not intrusive.

Disliked: There was honestly nothing I disliked about Derry City Independent hostel.

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

28 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Fantastic staff running the place and such an awesome chilled atmosphere.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

97.1%
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Claudio Martin Navarro Fuertes

With friends / other travellers

City break

24 June 2013 Claudio Martin would recommend this property

Liked: Very good located and nice place to stay.

Disliked: Nothing

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Christiane Casey

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture

11 May 2013 Christiane would recommend this property

Liked: easy to find, central to most sightseeing venues, computer and wifi access, clean and well organised, safe lock up for bike-riders and very helpful/friendly staff

Disliked: nothing

94.3%
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Customer review

Alone

City break

07 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was in a lovely central location, and very clean. Rooms were comfortable., and staff were helpful.

Disliked: The early closing time of 10pm. Also, perhaps the dorms could be smaller. There was a big group of Spanish people who kept me up until 3am with their talking!

88.6%
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Customer review

Alone

City break

03 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good Location, friendly helpful staff

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 100% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

14 April 2013

Liked: The communal areas were nice, the living quarter for eating and lounge area was very spacious and nice. It is also in a good location for the city centre. The bathroom was also a good size. Breakfast is good as you can help yourself to what you want.

Disliked: The room was very basic (two beds, a very small set or drawers and a mirror) and freezing cold. The walls are paper thin so we could hear guest in other rooms even though they weren't being loud, we ended up searching the hostel and finding a plug in heater as we were that cold even though it had been a warm day. It was ok for a night but I would not recommend staying here for any longer than that. The communcal areas are nice, shame about the rooms.

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keyu chen

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

02 April 2013 keyu would recommend this property

Liked: lovely hostel, like it!

Disliked: keyu left no negative feedback.

94.3%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

22 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Murph, the host, was very friendly and helpful.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Chloe Hancock

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

09 December 2012 Chloe would recommend this property

Liked: Felt much like you were at home. There was a brilliant set up, Kylie was fanatastic and well of knowledge and travel stories. We felt so safe and comfortable here we wish we coudl've stayed MUCH longer. Walking distance to EVERYTHING. We simply loved it! There was even a bath, which was such a beautiful touch. Like i said it felt like home. STAY HERE

Disliked: Nothing at all.

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Jason Royal

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

04 December 2012 Jason would recommend this property

Liked: This hostel is an easy ten minute walk from the train station, and Derry is easily walked through from here. We were able to catch a bus to see the Giant's Causeway, but it was one of two that went for the day, so plan on spending your whole day travelling there. Also, there are some really great (and amazingly cheap) pubs nearby. Try The Ice Wharf!

Disliked: Our heater did not work, but I'm also not the most familiar with heaters so it may have been user error.

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

27 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Una maravilla! No tengo ninguna queja!

Disliked: todo genial, no le encuentro nada mal!

57.1%
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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

19 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: our room was very nice and big with lots of light. heater was working. free lap top to use for information purpose or e-mails etc. guitar there to play along. lots of free food in the free food shelf:)

Disliked: the welcome staff member didn't explain anything about derry on the map - he gave us the derry map and rather watched his TV show, unlike other staff members we heard dealing with newcomers;-)... common area is way too small - it's either TV room or dinner place - TV is mostly on full blast, barely a quiet area to sit & read... nice idea with the low tables as a 1001 night's dinner place but quite unfomfy to sit on cushions while eating - then use rather the floor. crammed if hostel is fully booked.

74.3%
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Franziska Mueller

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

23 August 2012 Franziska would recommend this property

Liked: Kylie was really nice and very helpful - we received a warm welcome and all necessary information for a nice stay in Derry. There was no problem with the shared bathroom and the kitchen was very nice and well equipped. The location is also good - walking distance to all points of interest. We had an uncomplicated stay there :-)

Disliked: Franziska left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

17 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: great staff

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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PATRICK MCCORMICK

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife

12 August 2012 PATRICK would recommend this property

Liked: Very homely atmosphere, relaxed atmosphere and reception room. We arrived at 6pm and was told there was to be a barbeque at 7pm £4 ALLYOU CAN EAT which was perfect timing and very quiet at night andf no parties so very peaceful and good clean up to date showers.

Disliked: Nothing

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Alone

Backpacking / gap year

01 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This hostel really felt like home. Staff were really friendly and helpful, with great recommendations on what to do. Plenty of great spaces to relax and good kitchen. Room was clean and comfortable. Bathrooms were good. Lots of interesting decorations. Really enjoyed my stay here- a really great hostel in a great city.

Disliked: Nothing!


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