Hostel Connect

Hostel Connect

Derry (Londonderry), Northern Ireland - 51 Strand Road
£15 per night
£15 per night

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Description - Hostel

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.

The space
  • Property type: Hostel
  • Guest rooms/units: 10
  • Year built: 1920
  • Renovated: 2013
Hostel accommodations

Lowest price available: £15

Double Female Dorm Mixed Dorm Quad Triple Twin
  • Check-in: 3:00pm
  • Check-out: noon

Hostel amenities

Airport pickup Breakfast included Gift shop Historic site Linen included Linen rental Live music Meeting facilities Newspapers/magazines No curfew Parking (extra charge) Parking (free) Smoking not permitted WIFI (free)

Room amenities

Hostel Connect has 9 bedrooms consisting of two large dorms, one mixed and one for females only; 2 private 9 bed dorms, 2 private family rooms (double and triple bunk) and two private double rooms . The hostel can accommodate 76 people and is laid out over 2 floors totaling 600 sq meters.

There are 6 separate electric shower rooms, 3 on each floor. The bathroom facilities on the top floor have a shower, sink and toilet in each bathroom 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, most private rooms have wardrobes and lockers and for the security conscious there is a safe at reception for any personal valuables.

We offer a free continental breakfast with each night stay and free wifi throughout the hostel.

The main kitchen and dining area (open 7am -10:30pm) is located on the first floor. The hostel boasts a huge common room, equipped with a number of microwave ovens. The building prior to the hostel was an old architect’s office for 50 years. Hostel Connect has been completely renovated, keeping it's quirkiness and some of it's history.

Backpacker facilities Hairdryer Handicap facilities Iron/ironing board Lockers Microwave Non-smoking rooms Refrigerator Shared bathroom Showers without bath Television WIFI


Located in the heart of the city centre, the hostel is on the main bus route and is only short walk to pubs, restaurants and shopping. There is movie theatre and shopping complex across the street from Hostel Connect and a 24 hr convenience store, chemist/drug store and barber shop below us. The street is well lit for making your way back to hostel at night. We are seconds away from the Quay where you can take stroll along the banks of the Foyle River. We are on the City side and the other side of the River Foyle is called the Waterside. We are a 5 min walk to the Millennium Forum, the Play House, the iconic Peace Bridge and Ebrington Square (home of the Venue Concert Hall and BBC One ‘One Big Weekend 2013’)

Points of interest
  • The Famous Derry Walls (. 4 Km)
  • Tower Museum (. 4 Km)
  • Giant's Causeway (50 Km)
  • The Famous Bogside and Bogside Murals (. 5 Km)

Food and drink
Eating out
Chinese Restaurant
Ice Warf
Bar & Restaurant
Central Bar
Bar & Pub Grub
Custom House
Restaurant and Steak House
India House
Indian Restaurant

Price details

£15 per night

An additional deposit may be requested prior to arrival. If so, you will be contacted directly after you confirm your booking.

Credit cards accepted on location: VisaVisa ElectronMasterCardLaserMaestro UK

Booking and cancellation policy

Unless otherwise specified, booking payments are non-refundable.

This property has a 3 day cancellation policy.
Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.

Please Note: Cash or Credit Cards are accepted as payment upon arrival All taxes are included in the rates shown.

Location - Hostel

51 Strand Road
Derry (Londonderry)
City of Derry
Northern Ireland  GB  BT48 7BN

Latitude: 55.00039, Longitude: -7.32228

How to get there

From the bus station
We are about a 5-10 minute walk on foot. Just turn right coming out of the bus station and walk down the Foyle Road to the lights, cross Shipquay Street and walk in front of the Guildhall (the building with the big clock, you should have the Guildhall on your right and the famous Derry Walls on your left. Keep walking across the big square and you will come to Waterloo place, keep right and follow the side walk down the Strand Road. You will eventually come to a set of lights (Great James Street), cross the street and keep walking, you will pass the Ice Wharf Bar on your right, then Tesco's and the movie theatre. Look to your left, you will see Cafe and Hostel Connect across the street. If you're unsure then ask someone, Derry folk are very friendly and glad to help point you in the right direction. There are plenty of taxis just outside the bus station as well! Simples
From the train station
Look out for the shuttle bus that will be waiting outside of the station after every train arrives. It will take you to the bus station, which is located in the city centre on Foyle street. Just get on the bus with everyone else. Its free. The train station is located 5 minutes out of the city centre on the waterside. Once at the bus station, follow the directions above or grab a cab.

From Derry City Airport

The airport is about a 20 minute drive from the city centre. Most flights are serviced by the Airporter bus service. It drops off at the Airporter Bus Terminal which is at the far end of the Strand Road situated on the edge of the city centre. The fare is £5. From Airporter bus terminal it's about a 15 minute walk to Hostel Connect, if you're up to it. Just ask the staff to point you in the right direction, but it's fairly easy and once on the Strand Road you just keep walking straight towards the City Centre. A taxi from the Airporter Terminal to the hostel will run you £2. 50 - £3.
A taxi from the airport will cost around £12/13 , so for more than one person, this makes a better option.

From Belfast International Airport / Belfast City Airport

The Airporter run shuttles from both airports every 2/3 hours. It takes 90 mins from Belfast International and 120 mins from Belfast City Airport. Fares are £18. 50 single and £29. 50 return.
Ulster Bus also leaves Belfast at regular intervals.

From Dublin Airport

All Dublin / Derry buses pick up and drop off at Dublin Airport. The journey takes around about 3 1/2 hours.


Nearest airport: City of Derry Airport 6 miles