10 BEST Hostels in Galway (2019 • Insider Guide!)

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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

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tbb2-table__image Overall Best Hostel in GalwayOverall Best Hostel in GalwayGalway City Hostel & Bar

  • $$$
  • Tours/travel Desk
  • Hair Dryers
  • $$$
  • Tours/travel Desk
  • Hair Dryers
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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in GalwayBest Hostel for Solo Travellers in GalwaySnoozles Hostel Galway

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  • Free Breakfast
  • Hair Dryers
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Hair Dryers
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tbb2-table__image Best Cheap Hostel in GalwayBest Cheap Hostel in GalwaySleepzone

  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Wheelchair Friendly
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Wheelchair Friendly
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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel in Galway for CouplesBest Hostel in Galway for CouplesThe Nest Boutique Hostel

  • $$$
  • Looks Cool
  • Housekeeping
  • $$$
  • Looks Cool
  • Housekeeping
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tbb2-table__image Best Party Hostel in GalwayBest Party Hostel in GalwayBarnacles Quay Street Galway

  • $$
  • Late Check-out
  • 24 Hour Reception
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  • Late Check-out
  • 24 Hour Reception
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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in GalwayBest Hostel for Digital Nomads in GalwaySavoy Hostel

  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Common Room(s)
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Common Room(s)
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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel with a Private Room in GalwayBest Hostel with a Private Room in GalwayBunk Hostel Galway City

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  • Self Catering Facilities
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Best Hostels in Galway

 

Best Hostels in Galway

Overall Best Hostel in Galway Galway City Hostel & Bar

Galway City Hostel & Bar best hostels in Galway

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?

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Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Galway Snoozles Hostel Galway

Snoozles Hostel Galway best hostels in Galway

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.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Galway – Sleepzone

Sleepzone best hostels in Galway

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.

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Best Hostel in Galway for Couples The Nest Boutique Hostel

The Nest Boutique Hostel best hostels in Galway

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.

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Best Party Hostel in Galway Barnacles Quay Street Galway

Barnacles Quay Street Galway best hostels in Galway

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).

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Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Galway – Savoy Hostel

Savoy Hostel best hostels in Galway

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.

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

Bunk Hostel Galway City best hostels in Galway

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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More Best Hostels in Galway

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Salmon Weir Hostel

Salmon Weir Hostel best hostels in Galway

  • $
  • 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.

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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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Kinlay Eyre Square Hostel

Kinlay Eyre Square Hostel best hostels in Galway

  • $$$
  • (Large) Common Room
  • Free Breakfast
  • USB Chargers on Each Bunk!

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 can be tricky to meet people when a hostel is large like this one, but if you don’t care about that, you already have friends, or you’re a couple, it doesn’t matter, eh? The staff are super nice. Oh – and there are free iMacs to use. Definitely one of the best hostels in Galway.

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Conclusion

So that’s it – the best hostels 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!

Galway City Hostel & Bar best hostels in Galway

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