The Hostel Is Re opening on March 6th
To all our guests and friends, the Hostel is now closed for renovations (we're going to make it even better!!) and will reopen on March 6th.
We thank you for your support during the season and wish you a happy and warm winter.
Welcome to Clare
If it’s traditional Irish music you want, we are a five minute walk from any pub in Doolin Village, where you can hear or play traditional music every night of the week. To get away from it all, a ten minute stroll down a country lane will take you to the wild Atlantic coast and the barren limestone landscape, the beginning of the Burren. A stunning walk down the coast will bring you to the famous Cliffs of Moher. Doolin’s Aille River Hostel is a perfect base for exploring the...
Having been in operation for 27 years, we welcome back many return visitors who say that coming back to the Aille River Hostel and Doolin is like returning home. On a cold evening the turf fire beckons, when the sky is blue and the grassy banks of the river invite one for a snooze in the sun, and whatever the weather, the atmosphere is always warm and friendly. We welcome people of all ages and have accommodation to suit your needs: 4-6 bed dorms, double rooms, private rooms en suite,...
The last of the blackberries are still hanging on the brambles, their sweet juicy flesh a reminder of the long warm days of summer not so long ago, but already a distant memory. The Hostel is still decorated for Halloween, the tables laden with fruits and nuts and there's still soup in the huge pot for all guests to share. The (other) Europeans are surprised by the importance of Halloween in the Irish household. I am impressed by the comercial side of it that aims to swallow us all. Autumn is in...
This is probably the best hostel
Written by Joseph Swope on 16 January 2013
This is probably the best hostel I've ever been at, and I've done some hostel-hopping around Europe. It feels just like a home. The hosts are very friendly and very welcoming, but they give you your space. Cozy interior and a...
Written by Arianna S on 29 January 2013
Ostello meraviglioso, nel pittoresco villaggio di Doolin, vicinissimo alle Cliffs of Moher (fermata bus della compagnia nazionale BusEireann a pochi metri) e dieci minuti a piedi dal piccolo porto dove partono i traghetti per le isole Aran. Camere accoglienti e pulite,...
Adorable Little Place
Written by Corinne D. on 01 August 2014
The hostel's location is perfect (just a short drive from the Cliffs of Moher).The staff is extremely friendly and the place is very clean and comfortable. There are several shops and bars within walking distance which is nice as well as...
''How do you Doolin! :D''
Written by dorthy86 on 15 August 2014
The best hostel in Doolin. Well-located. Only a few steps from Fitzpatrick's Bar with live music. Warm and friendly atmosphere. Clean and cosy rooms and bathrooms. Well-equipped kitchen. Breakfast available on request for €1.50. Free WiFi. Just great! Nothing more, nothing...
This Place Got Me. Deep
Written by Heididepeidi on 26 August 2014
Wonderfull stay at a very friendly location. The staff is nice, I felt king of the kitchen, bed was good, shower was the best. Perfect. Washing machine was big and quick, everything we needed: we found it. Relaxing, nice environment,...
So inviting and comfortable!
Written by Madison M on 14 October 2014
Like visiting old friends! You walk in to a warm cozy fireplace areas, where there were likely people sitting drinking their tea wanting to chat and hear about your day! The staff was flexible and casual, very accommodating! Tea and...
Recommended by the Lonely Planet
We are recommended by the Lonely Planet travel guides as “The best of the bunch”and has been given the Thumbs Up by Let’s Go travel guides.
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.