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By yomama1977
Joined: May 18, 2007
Posts: 1

Posted on: October 10, 2008 at 7:13PM

Many people are intimidated by the idea of staying in Hostels, whether it's because they think it's unsafe or simply because they are a bit older and think hostels are only for college students. If you're smart about your belongings there is no reason to worry about hostels, people of all ages stay at "youth hostels," and unlike hotels it is much easier to meet people that you might not meet otherwise. From the tiny 80 year-old woman who owned a hostel in Glencollumbkille, Donegal who cursed like a sailor and had massive, cold hands that have been put to work in the fields her whole life, to Sean who owns a small hostel in Clifden, Co. Galway who drove a young lady to a town more than an hour away because she missed her bus, hostel owners in the small towns of Ireland are some of the nicest and most welcoming people you'll ever meet. Plus, some hostels sit in the most remarkable settings. Balintaggart House in Dingle is a grand old estate turned into an amazing hostel up on a hill overlooking the bay, the Aille River Hostel in Doolin, Co. Clare is a charming little cottage that sits on the banks of a tiny river and is a short walk to the shore with views of the Cliffs of Moher, and the aforementioned hostel in Glencollumbkille, Co. Donegal, a small hostel literally hugging the rock face of a hill and featuring some of the most incredible sea views you'll ever see. Don't underestimate hostels because they could produce memories you'll never get in the Sheraton, and you'll save a lot of money. report a problem

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