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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 28 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...
A small slice of paradise
Written by Anonymous, USA on 16 July 2015
This little hostel is a small slice of paradise. Everything was perfect, the breakfast was affordable and really good, sitting areas were nice, beds were wide and very comfortable, rooms had good windows and enough space, outdoor seating area was...
Unglaublich schön und Freundlich
Written by Nico J on 14 July 2015
Das liebenswerteste Hostel was ich in Irland besucht habe, es gibt Zimmer und einen sehr schönen Zeltplatz für wirklich faire und angemessene Preise, es ist sehr sauber und das Personal ist super freundlich. Man fühlt sich sofort willkommen! Es gibt...
Amazing time at Aille River Hostel
Written by Anonymous, Canada on 19 June 2015
We had an amazing time at Aille River Hostel. It is by far the best hostel I have ever stayed in! Great location to the Cliffs of Moher, and Aran Islands Ferry. If you are visiting Doolin, you must stay here....
Written by brutusburke, Ardmore Ireland on 29 May 2015
a lovely hostel in a beautiful location with a cheerful, friendly and accommodating owner. as group of 6 adults travelling, we arrived late which was no problem for the owner, the room was big and the beds were comfortable Stayed May...
Would recommend to family & friends
Written by Shane, Ardmore Ireland on 29 May 2015
Arrived late on a Sunday evening, past check in time and found the owner very accommodating and friendly. Lovely little hostel with a lovely stove in the common area. If cheap and cheerful are what you are looking for then...
L'ostello come una casa di bambole !
Written by Giovanni D on 09 May 2015
:) l'ostello è bellissimo. Molto curato , immerso nel verde, personale molto gentile e simpatico, facilmente raggiungibile con i mezzi pubblici consigliato sicuramente. mia ha incantato la struttura e come é composto l'interno con le stanze i bagni e la...
Written by Anonymous, Switzerland on 08 May 2015
100% Wunderschönes Hostel neben einem kleinen Bach gelegen. Ein pub mit livemusik ist auf der anderen Strassenseite und die Cliffs of Moher sind innert kürze erreichbar. Mitarbeiter waren sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Am Abend brannte ein turf feuer im Kamin, wir...
Written by Luana T on 26 April 2015
Posto surreale casettina di sassi magnifica... Ho prenotato la camera matrimoniale con il bagno privato... Be piccola ma cmq molto molto carina noi abbiamo soggiornato solo una notte ma ci sarei rimasta in eterno.... Stayed April 2015, travelled with friends
10 out of 10 for me!
Written by Anonymous, New Zealand on 07 April 2015
LOVED staying here! Doolin is a beautiful town and the walk to the cliffs was amazing. Have already recommended this hostel to friends traveling to Ireland and will continue to do so. The owners are great and super hospitable. 10 out...
Written by Paul R, Cranford, New Jersey on 30 March 2015
From start to finish Aille River surpassed expectations. We made our reservations online and recieved an email requesting confirmation of our reservations a few days prior to arrival with directions that included GPS coordinates. Since our plans were set, I...
lo consiglio vivamente
Written by Pasquale, CAIVANO (IT) on 14 March 2015
Ho soggiornato per 2 notti presso questo hotel ed è stato tutto fantastico...a partire dall'ambiente esterno molto pittoresco, lo staff gentilissimo e sempre disponibile.la camera e il bagno erano di dimensioni ridotte ma onestamente a me va bene così! !lo...
Written by Lorraine, Dublin 7 on 10 March 2015
“The location!! Beautiful restaurants within 2minutes walk! Garage and shop near by and the cliffs of mohar was a 10 minute drive with the most spectacular views along the way! Hostel itself was so homely and welcoming and free tea and...
Great Place to Stay
Written by FlossieDB, London, United Kingdom on 24 November 2014
We spent two very pleasant nights here. We stayed in the double ensuite room. The hostel is wonderfully located and Robert is warm and welcoming. The cooking facilities are great and in the evening it's great to eat a meal...
So inviting and comfortable!
Written by Madison M, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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...
Neat & Clean
Written by KristinGW, Turin, New York on 10 October 2014
Nice little hostel in a beautiful setting. Helpful and pleasant staff. Doolin was a wonderful town to visit. The scenery was beautiful. The local music was fantastic. Would definitely stay here again. Stayed September 2014, travelled with family
Clean, cosy, friendly hostel
Written by it_is_PASSiON, Baden, Switzerland on 26 September 2014
A clean and very cosy hostel. Friendly, welcoming stuff. Compared to other hostels rather expensive, but i guess for a touristy area it is ok. Doolin is a cute, small village, but with some nice pubs very alive. I definitly...
Relaxing and Enjoyable
Written by Oioioi85, Bristol, United Kingdom on 19 September 2014
This was a sweet little hostel right next to the river in the small village of Doolin. There was a welcoming atmosphere in the common room and the attic room that was my bedroom had lots of space and plenty of...
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,...
''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...
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...
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,...
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...
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.