Attention: re-weekend in Kilkenny 17th-19th October

right i think we've got 7 definites for the hostel and Ciaran F is staying in a B&B. There is a non- refundable deposit to pay to Stephen (about 4eur each) whether you go or cancel as he is making a group booking for the 7 of us.

1) Sarahbo
2) tracy
3) luckyfish/marta
4) Ciaran L
5) me
6)Ric
7) Stephen

if anyone else wants to come maybe let us know before noon on friday... or you can book in yourself if you don't know yet wether you'll be free (theres another hostel and a few b&bs if we're stuck).
So do we wait till friday at noon and book in for the lot of us in two/ one dorm (give the deposit to whoever books of 6euro) or book ourselves? Im going to give them a ring to see their availablity anyhow.
Are most people going down am/pm? bus/ car/train?

Are we going to have a meeting in the longstone to discuss this/ who's doing the next meetings? on the 2nd thursday of october? does this suit people (i think its the 9th)

30 comments:

Tracy said...

I think we should book one dorm anyway to guarantee the 7 of us, we can book in more later, or others can book themselves in a group. Better to guarantee accommodation than leave it too late.

I think the bust at 5.30pm is the best option, if I can't get out of work a bit early it'll have to be the train at 6.25pm

Sarah Bo said...

I agree with Tracy about booking one dorm for the 7 definites. I'm going to aim for the 5.30pm bus. And I think I should be able to make the meeting on the 9th...:-)

Sarah said...

okay well iv emailed everyone so i say we can book for 7 tomorrow afternoon. I can´t find their phone number anywhere. Any help anybody? The websites said they had availability for 7 though...

Sarah said...

also dorms are as follows

4bed female dorm
5 bed mixed dorm with ensuite
8 bed mixed dorm
4 bed mixed dorm with ensuite

should we book the two mixed dorms or just get the 8 bed one?
or a mixed and a female one...

Ciaran.L said...

its a pity 8 havn't confirmed, because then we'd have a dorm all to ourselves.

Sarah Bo said...

I reckon we should go for the 8 bed dorm - handy if someone else wants to come along. Have done a search for Macgabhainns Backpackers Hostel but amazingly can't find a nbr either. They probably just want you to book online, seems to be how most hostels operate these days.

Tracy said...

Can't find number either but think we should book this evening. http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php I'm leaving work early today to head home so won't be online after 2pm, 7 people are definite, so we could just book 7 people in the 8 bed dorm and hope that the other space stays free. Can be occupied by another one of us if anyone else wants to join in.

SarahOR said...

and if we´re stuck we can just take the 2 four bed dorms and have three of us in one dorm.

We´ll book this at one. The deposit for the lot of us is about 25eur so regardless of wether you can come or not we don´t want Stephen out of pocket (i think its just under 4eur each for the deposit). Maybe pay him this/ next sunday or on the 9th?

SarahOR said...

iv checked the website and it looks like we left it a little too late to get the 8 bed dorm.
Theres 6 beds available there(assuming two strangers have already booked in) and 4 available in the mixed dorm (the four bed one). Damn someone must have booked them yesterday or the day before.

so the only choice is to have four of us i the 4bed mixed dorm and the other 3 in the 8 bed dorm.

SarahOR said...

however the other hostel still has availability for their 8 bed mixed dorm, but this didn´t receive as favorable reviews.

Tracy said...

oops!! ok
I think book 4 beds in the 5bed mixed ensuite (or 5) and book 3 beds in the 4bed mixed ensuite.

Bathroom facilities would be great besides the common ones.

SarahOR said...

we could but its booked out bar 6 beds in the 8 dorm, the private dorm and the 4 bed mixed dorm.

Well i don´t mind going in the 8 bed one with the strangers. It couldn´t be any worse then Sri Lanka! and they could be really cute ;)!

Stephen said...

Ok, so that hostel only has place for six people in the eight man room. How do we feel about "a rambling 1770s Georgian townhouse" in the town centre for €17 per night?

http://url.ie/r4k

Tracy said...

Well it's just that there are only 6 places and there are 7 of us.. unless you plan on sharing??!! haha

SarahOR said...

no have 3 people in the 8 bed dorm or and 4 in the mixed dorm which is the only other one available.

or else we could simply book into the other hostel and have all of us in the same room which would be the simpler option.

Stephen said...

Oh I know, the link is to Kilkenny Tourist Hostel which still has space. The reviews aren't as good but they are still good. Also it looks like a nice place.

Stephen said...

My vote is for booking the eight man room in Kilkenny Tourist Hostel. My credit card is in my hand as we speak. Are we a go?

SarahOR said...

ah i think just book the other hostel Stephen, we´re only staying there for two nights anyhow and it couldn´t be that bad! they do have free internet and bed linen...

unless we get two other volunteers to share with the strangers?

SarahOR said...

also i believe you can book with laser on http://www.reservations.bookhostels.com/dublintourist.com/hosteldetails.php/HostelNumber.251/PHPSESSID.82dba5eacd143cc46c68efd584d9c12a?PHPSESSID=82dba5eacd143cc46c68efd584d9c12a

Stephen said...

Ha! Wait a sec. When I sent through to the booking screen they're putting six people in one eight man and billy no mates in a second room by him/herself. I'll have another look.

SarahOR said...

thats cause two other people have booked in ahead of us id say.

SarahOR said...

thats really weird because on hostel world they´re telling me there´s availability (we don´t have to share, theres a 4bed female/ mixed dorm available) , but no availability on kilkenny tourist hostel.

but on an irish site its telling me the opposite!

Stephen said...

So I booked Kilkenny Tourist Hostel. Damn poorly written website. I saw 7 places available in the 8 person room so I booked it. I reckoned yourself or Tracy may have been on the booking page tying up the room earlier :) Anyway, unfortunately it didn't tell me until after I'd booked it that one person will be split out in a separate dorm. Of course because there's two people booked in our dorm they'll be unlikely to swap for the one spot. We might get lucky though and be able to sort something out down there. So in conclusion I'll stay in the odd room and mumble begrudgingly into my pillow. I hope they're nice. I'd better post details in a separate blog thingy. Maybe other people will book later and we'll have the fun room :/

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Stephen said...

Boo to the latedness.

Tracy said...

I look away for 1 minute and it's madness :) I'm happy either way! Don't mind so long as nobody snores..

Stephen said...

Yeah, at least we have somewhere now. A base of operations for the Kilkenny away team.

Tracy said...

Perfect :) happy days, thanks for booking!

SarahOR said...

Stephen i presumed you booked into the mixed dorm because the site says there´s still one bed available in it and were supposed to ring them to confirm groups over 6.
i don´t think they´re going to put you in the female dorm which is the only other dorm available.

Tracy said...

Hmmm sounds suspicious. Did Stephen have an ulterior motive for his 'fun room'??

I'd say a quick call to the hostel and all will be clear. 056 7763541
Probably best if you ring Stephen cos you did the booking if I can if you like!