The building prior to the hostel was an old architects office for 50 years, and you will notice some architecture relics throughout the hostel. Before acting as an architects office it was a number of separate terrace houses which were then joined together along with some new additions to make the office space. We have completely renovated the building but have tried to keep its quirkiness and some of its history. Hostel Connect is funky, chilled out and will appeal to all types of travelers, young and older alike.
Hostel Connect is located on the Strand Road, the main through fare and bus route of the city. We are literally 2 -5 minutes from the famous historic walls dating back to 1601; the Bogside area which is home to the famous Bogside Murals and the tragic and controversial Bloody Sunday conflict of 1972; and Waterloo Square where many of bars are located. The hostel can accommodate 76 people and is laid out over 2 floors totaling 600 sq meters.
We have 9 bedrooms consisting of two large dorms, one mixed and one for females only; 2 private 9 bed dorms, 4 private family rooms (double and triple bunk) and one private 3-4 person room (double and regular bunk). Each room is named after the funky colour that it has been painted! We have lovingly brought back the original wooden floors throughout most of the hostel adding a great ambiance. The hostel also boasts and huge common room where you can chill and hang out on sofas and bean bag chairs. We have specifically located this on the top floor and in its own wing of the building, so you wont be disturbed or wont disturb other guests. We plan to have plenty of music nights and pub crawls to keep you occupied as well! The hostel also has a good size kitchen and dining area (open 7am -10:30pm) on the first floor, and have placed microwaves for guest use anytime in the common room. There are 6 separate shower rooms (electric so youll never run out of hot water), 3 on each floor; the ones on the top floor have a shower, sink and toilet in each; and the first floor consists of 3 separate shower rooms, 3 toilet rooms and a 3 sink room. Dorm rooms have separate security lockers and plenty of storage space, while the most private rooms have wardrobes and lockers. We also have a huge safe in reception for those that just dont want to take a chance. We offer a free continental breakfast with each night stay, free wifi throughout the hostel and smiles are always free. We also have our own internet cafe located just below the hostel where you can avail of the best coffee in Derry so were told, printing services, a private Skype room and 4 state of the art computers. The cafe serves hot and cold food, decadent desserts and is a great place to chill out with friends on our comfy sofas. Guests staying at the hostel will get a 25% discount and the cafe is open from 8am until 10pm.
Our aim at Hostel Connect is to provide budget-orientated sociable accommodation where guests can stay and enjoy the craic in Derry, in a safe, clean and fun environment.