Galway is a great spot on the west coast of Ireland. Not only is it a cool city to visit itself, thanks to the entertainment and lively pubs of the 18th-century Eyre Square, and the extra buzzy Latin Quarter, but it’s a gateway to stunning natural spots like the Cliffs of Moher and Connemara.

But with all this liveliness going on, where the hell do you stay if you just don’t feel like partying in Galway? Or (more likely) which one of the hostels in Galway offers the best atmosphere for a good party?

We’re here to help! With our trusty guide of the best hostels in Galway, you’re bound to find something to suit you – and your budget!

So don’t you worry. Sit back, scroll down, and get excited for the cool hostels Galway has to offer…

Quick answer: The best hostels in Galway

Best Hostels in Galway

Best Hostels in Galway

Overall Best Hostel in Galway Galway City Hostel & Bar

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Galway City Hostel and Bar is our pick for the overall best hostel in Galway
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Tours/travel Desk
  • Hair Dryers

This top hostel in Galway may be a little pricey but it IS award winning. Why’s that then? Good vibes, free breakfast, decent location (near buzzy Eyre Square and a bus station), oh and yeah there’s a bar attached to it too. All this makes Galway City Hostel & Bar our numero uno for the best overall hostel in Galway. Yeah, the free breakfast might only be toast, but there’s also free tea and stuff all day. Plus its award-winning, did we mention?

Second Best Hostel in Galway – Kinlay Eyre Square Hostel

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  • $$$
  • Massive Common Room
  • Free Breakfast
  • USB Chargers on Each Bunk!

A place with over 7000 reviews and a solid 9.8/10 rating just can’t be missing on this list… It’s a big, lively party hostel in Galway, but that’s not the only reason we like this place – it’s cool, too! The lobby is pretty extensive, like a hotel basically, which is great if you like that sorta atmosphere. It’s been renovated recently and now offers pod beds for that extra bit of privacy. There are female-only dorms, as well as private rooms for those that want a bit more time to themselves. The staff is super nice. Oh – and there are free iMacs to use. Definitely one of the best hostels in Galway.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Galway Snoozles Hostel Galway

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Snoozles Hostel Galway is our pick for the best hostel for solo travelers in Galway
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Tours/travel Desk
  • Hair Dryers

Aww, Snoozles, isn’t that cute? Sorta. But yes, this is the best hostel for solo travellers in Galway because it’s a super social place to spend your time in this town. It tends to attract friendly people, which is great, but the staff are amazing and it’s all about creating the atmosphere from the top down, innit? It’s probably also got something to do with the kitchen being tiny, so you literally HAVE to talk to people otherwise it’s just… weird.

Best Cheap Hostel in Galway – Sleepzone

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Sleepzone is our pick for the best cheap hostel in Galway
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Wheelchair Friendly

Sleepzone is nice and comfy. If somewhere’s called Sleepzone, you’d sorta expect it to be, right? But yeah: it is. It also happens to be the best cheap hostel in Galway since it’s damn affordable, yo. As a bonus to being budget-friendly, it’s also people friendly and is a decent shout if you’re travelling alone. The common zones are nice and the location of this budget hostel in Galway is good too – it’s just a few mins walk to the centre of town.

Best Hostel in Galway for Couples The Nest Boutique Hostel

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The Nest Boutique Hostel is our pick for the best hostel in Galway for couples
  • $$$
  • Looks Cool
  • Housekeeping
  • Free Breakfast

Sure this Galway backpackers hostel is a bit of a walk from town, but it’s worth it to stay in probably the nicest hostel in town – design-wise, anyway. It’s just the sort of fancy place that makes it the best hostel in Galway for couples. The private rooms are boutique standard, as you can tell by the name, decked out in that sorta minimalist decor that we love oh so much. But yeah, whilst it may be one of the coolest hostels in Galway some may dislike the walk into town; some might not care.

Best Party Hostel in Galway Barnacles Quay Street Galway

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Barnacles Quay Street is the best party hostel in Galway
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Late Check-out
  • 24 Hour Reception

If you wanna stay in Galway for a chilled, quiet time then DON’T stay here. If you are here for the best party hostel in Galway, then please come in – here’s a beer for you. Um… but yes, this is it. Noisy, filled with drunk people after midnight, it’s literally the best place for fun times. This top hostel in Galway is set on Quay Street in Galway’s Latin Quarter, which is lively by day (street performers, tourists, etc.) and, well, lively by night too (a zillion pubs).

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Galway – Savoy Hostel

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Savoy Hostel is our pick for the best hostel for Digital Nomads in Galway
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Air Conditioning
  • Common Room(s)

It may not be one of the coolest hostels in Galway, but it still is pretty cool. The common areas and lobby feel quite like a hotel, which is why we reckon this would be perf for digital nomads – there’s a nice lil’ area where you could get a bit of work done on your laptop here. It’s clean, calm, plus the dorms are nice and spacious with cool looking bunks in ’em. Location-wise it’s on Eglinton Street, where you could probably find a hipster cafe around here to sit in and work, too.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Galway Bunk Hostel Galway City

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Bunk Hostel Galway City is our pick for best hostel with a private room in Galway
  • $$$
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Location Location Location
  • Self Catering Facilities

Definitely one of the coolest hostels in Galway, this place not only looks the part, but it’s nice and central too, just 1 min to the buzz of Eyre Square. Inside it’s pretty much more like a cool apartment than a youth hostel in Galway – the furniture and general design of the hostel is all very on point. It does have dorms, but because of the QUALITY of its private rooms, we’re gonna have to say that it’s the best hostel with a private room in Galway.

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Salmon Weir Hostel

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  • $
  • BBQ
  • Free Tea and Coffee All Day
  • Bicycle Hire

This budget hostel in Galway ain’t gonna win any awards for slick design or anything like that, but it does have a cosy, homely vibe that makes it a pretty friendly place. There’s a plush(ish) common room, complete with guitars (yes, if you like a sing-song… that’s fine) and next to that is a decent kitchen for keeping things even cheaper by cooking your own meals. The owner of this place definitely makes it though, he’s thoughtful, helpful and is constantly doing housekeeping which must mean it’s pretty clean here.

Woodquay Hostel Galway City

Woodquay Hostel Galway City
  • $$
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Tours/travel Desk
  • Free Breakfast

For when you don’t wanna be right in the middle of all the pubs this city has to offer, Woodquay is a recommended hostel in Galway. It’s a short stroll to more lively areas so you won’t be plagued by noise the whole time. Sure, it’s basic, but the price is pretty decent and the staff are super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. They do pretty cheap tours here, too – usual spots, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, etc – which is always a plus.

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What to Pack for your Galway Hostel

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Why you should travel to Galway

There is so much to do in Galway.

Being such a lively city, of course there are going to be a few party hostels in the mix. And that’s great – especially if you feel like meeting people and letting off some steam.

And if you don’t? There are plenty of places that are homely and run by amazing staff who show off that famous Irish hospitality.

There’s a few to choose from, so don’t stress if you can’t decide. Just go for our pick for the best overall hostel in Galway, Galway City Hostel & Bar. Great craic there!

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FAQ about Hostels in Galway

Here are some questions backpackers ask about hostels in Galway.

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Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Galway.

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Galway has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!


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