Kinlay Hostel

We are a multi award winning hostel located in Galway city on the west coast of Ireland. A small city with an amazing nightlife. We have many different positions. Housekeeping, maintenance, leading social activities.

We two hostels in Galway so we have many volunteers and staff members. Many have become staff members after volunteering and decided to stay in Galway.


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Great opportunity to enjoy a time in Galway with best location. The hostel is organized, clean and people are very friendly. I had a really good time there and I recommend it.

about 1 month ago



We went as a couple to Kinlay Hostel. It was our first volunteering experience. The establishment is very well equipped and clean. Working hours are balanced and well organized. the schedule is given two days before the previous week. The schedule leaves a lot of free time to visit the country. There is a very good atmosphere in the hotel, young, dynamic and conducive to meetings.

However when we went there was a lot of French and Spanish so if you want to improve your English it is to be taken into account.

5 months ago

France, Metropolitan


We went to Kinlay hostel in couple. We spent 4 weeks at this place.

Brian was really careful to ensure our schedules match. So we were able to visit and enjoy Ireland together.

The hostel have a really good equipment in the kitchen and in the commune area.

The sleeping room are clean an safe. The atmosphere is good in the hostel and conducive to meeting.

We really recommend this hostel for the volunteer who want to get a lot of free-times and don’t work so much.

Thank you Kinlay hostel to hosted us.

5 months ago



This was my first volunteering experience and it has been great. The hours are respected and the work was doable. I wished there was more of a diverse distribution of shifts among the volunteers but even the cleaning shifts were reasonable. The hostels have high hygiene standards so generally everywhere is already very clean. There is also flexibility to change shifts and communicate with management. In conclusion, I would totally recommend it as the atmosphere is very familial and you can easily meet people.

7 months ago

United States


I absolutely loved my trip to Galway. Kinlay Hostel is a wonderful place to meet a ton of international students and make lifelong friends. The work was straight forward and completely reasonable for accommodations. There were a few issues with staff/management on how some issues are handled. If you make a mistake it’s often harsh management/consequences with little communication. Up to the last week of volunteering I didnt run into any issues at all though. I still definitely recommend this hostel.

7 months ago

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