About Us


A warm welcome awaits you at Woodquay.

Our Story

We’re proud to be a small, independent, Galway owned Hostel. We’ve been around since 1991! We like to think of ourselves as an oldie but a Goldie. We were a thing before hostels were a thing, before the EU was a thing, probably before you (reader) were a thing! We’ve been welcoming guests and meeting travellers before WIFI & mobile phones. We were one of the very first few hostels in Galway City and we’ve been evolving ever since. We’ve had more revamps than you’ve had hairstyles. We’ve grown over the years and now have a range of accommodation options & properties (and WIFI) however the one thing has never changed for us is our vibe. Be Helpful, Be Nice. People love staying with us, become friends and come back again and again. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Meet The Gang

A little about the team here at Woodquay hostel.


WQ Crew

When not chatting to guests or knocking up excel spreadsheets, Cathal can be found walking in the hills of Connemara. A Galway native ask him anything you want to know about the city; the best pint or best coffee are his speciality subjects.


WQ Crew

When not checking people in & talking to guests Donna can be found in the sea in Galway Bay. Avid traveller & adventure seeker, it’s a wonder how we manage to keep Donna in Galway. Everyone loves Donna (read the reviews), she loves to hear all about your day. A great cook and foodie, anything you want to know about the best eateries in our city chat to Donna.


WQ Crew

Kenny can’t get enough of WQ Hostel, no matter how many times he leaves to go on his travels around the world he always comes back. Kenny is like a walking encyclopaedia, ask him anything… literally anything! But his speciality is Galway history & attractions.


WQ Crew

As well as keeping Woodquay spotless Violetta’s other passion is cooking. Watch out for her delicious chocolate cake which she occasionally brings in.

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Our Charity Partnership

We have partnered with The Galway Simon community a registered charity who have been providing services since 1979 to people who are homeless in Galway. We give 50% of the proceeds from every towel hired at Woodquay Hostel to The Simon Community, as well as taking parts in local events to raise money and awareness.

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