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Los Angeles, California
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54 reviews
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Reviewed 22 July 2015 via mobile

I wonder who came up with the idea of having hostel above a loud, noisy, smelly pub. Absolutely horrible idea! Till late night downstairs the bar has live band playing music, and loudness comes directly up to the rooms (it's every night they have 7 day schedule at the bar) people laugh, sing, talk, play pool downstairs. Our room was... More 

1 Thank Traveller2920
Shannon, Ireland
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19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2015

I arrived at the Bru hostel in need of a drink and some relaxation upon arrival they where short staffed on an extremely busy day, one girl behind the bar and booking all in (a lot due to gigs) We made our way to our 3 bed room/cell with no air, tiny beds and although their was a bathroom with... More 

1 Thank MissMelTee

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Reviewed 4 July 2015 via mobile

Of the 4 nights me and my 2 friends stayed at the hostel I could sleep through none of them. That was mostly due to the horrible insulation of the window. You could hear the noise from the pub downstairs until 1am and the traffic from the big street below from 5am as if there was a hole in the... More 

2 Thank EhMargaret
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2015 via mobile

I stayed at the bru with 2 friends in a tiny little room for 3 people, with a double bed (it clearly wasnt a double bed, more like 1 1/3). On the website it said free highspeed Internet everywhere , but we didn't have wifi at all, only in the kitchen. The most annoying thing was the bad Insolation, so... More 

2 Thank Anna9965
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Reviewed 14 June 2015 via mobile

I've done a lot is hosteling, and this was one of the worst I've stayed in (barring one terrible experience in Eastern Europe). It's the site of a popular dive bar and the locals/patrons/employees there were very unfriendly to outsiders. The towels were kept on the dirty bar floor and smelled of cigarettes and had cigarette burns in them. The... More 

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Bruhostel, General Manager at Bru Bar and Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Hensolo88, Thanks for taking the time for writing a review of Bru Bar & Hostel. We take a lot of care in making sure the local public and the Guests in our Hostel mix well in our bar. We have been doing this for eleven years now with very few complaints of unfriendlyness and yes it is popular as... More 

Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2015

Novice to hostel bookings, I checked out trip advisor and then decided to stay 3 nights at Bru hostel. From the Parnell bus station it is a straight walk...easy to find and popular among locals. I only had the option of a coed room with 4 beds room 305. I guess I was traveling on a budget and it wasn't... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2015

Sharing room with other people was a fine experience. There is a good bar in the hostel, young enviroment and good service too. I had a great experience there and I would repeat if I have to visit Cork.

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2015

I love nightlife and partying. I also enjoy a good night's sleep when i'm done drinking and need to be awake for a full day of touring - which is why I booked a top floor room in this bar/hostel. I could still hear the noise and music clearly despite rooming as far as possible from the street. This would... More 

Thank Josh B
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2015 via mobile

A combination of bar and hostel, go to the ground floor and enjoy live music with a pint of beer. U can even get 10% off by showing your key card. It's also 5 minutes always from the bus station across the river. Also, it's only 5 minutes away to the trustable and reasonable hertz car rental agency.

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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2015 via mobile

The reception was nice but getting their attention was difficult because the main focus is clearly on the bar. Most of the residents when we were there were drunks spending the night. Rooms were cramped. Kitchen was poorly stocked. Would not go back.

1 Thank Frank V

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
At Brú Hostel, we pride ourselves on ensuring that a consistently high standard is maintained. A team of house keepers ensure that every inch of the hostel is maintained in a pristine condition. The least any hostel can provide is a comfortable bed and clean sheets but in addition, we also provide: * FREE high-speed Internet access/ WiFi * FREE breakfast * FREE bicycle storage * FREE luggage storage * Laundry service for €5! (Cheapest in Ireland) * Card phones * TV / DVD room * 10% discounts at various restaurants * 10% discounts at the major tourist attractions with Bru room key! * Discounted entry into Corks Top Nightclubs.We also have a full Bar/Pub check out our web page! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bru Bar and Hostel

Address: 57 Maccurtain Street, Cork, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Cork > Montenotte
Price Range: $23 - $66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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“Bring your own towel.”
 of 5 bubbles DarrenDev, 21 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Hard to get a good night sleep due to loud bar and very bad mattresses.”
 of 5 bubbles padraigbuckley2013, 7 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Upper floor rooms are quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles steveandanne2016, 21 Aug 2016 | Read review
“we had a private room which was small but did the job, rooms at the front can be quite noisy as they face onto the street/above the bar”
 of 5 bubbles 866hannahj, 8 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Wifi was not available in the rooms, you had to be downstairs.”
 of 5 bubbles 453amandae, 11 Jun 2016 | Read review
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