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WHAT WE LOVE...

A wonderful hotel to stay at, if you are after somewhere characterful with charm, exceptionally friendly staff and hosts on hand to tell you historical tales as well as local advice on what to see and do in the area. It's only a short walk into pretty Clifden town centre where you'll find cute cafés, restaurants, a castle built in 1812, a quay and traditional Irish pubs. Food is of a good standard and the pub adds a lot of fun and a memorable atmosphere - especially the live music. Rooms and suites are very comfortable and feature four poster beds, chic standalone baths, useful amenities and impressive views - and the free parking is a big plus.

Your expert reviewer

Yasemen Kaner-White
Author, Freelance Writer, Speaker and Broadcaster
An award winning author and accomplished writer, Yasemen specialises in travel, wellness and food, having written for a range of publications including BBC Travel, Metro, The Week, Geographical Magazine, Guardian and Reader’s Digest. She broadcasts her food and travel experiences for BBC Berkshire radio and speaks regularly at events www.yasemenkanerwhite.com.

THE DETAILS

Location

The picturesque Connemara National Park is only a 15-minute drive away.

The centre of Clifden is a short walk away; explore Connemara's hiking trails, beaches or visit the smokehouse and try some fresh seafood.
By plane: flights from Birmingham and Edinburgh take 1 hour 15 minutes, and 1 hour 30 minutes from London to Shannon. It's a 2-hour drive to the hotel. Free parking on-site. skyscanner.net

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Style & Character

The lively atmosphere in the pub (in particular) and interaction from the hosts makes this ideal if you are a solo traveller, but couples, friends and families would feel very at home too. We loved the friendly barman and his great suggestions on local drinks.

Service & Facilities

The hosts treated us to some historical tales about Clifden and the hotel in the evening over a glass of wine, which we enjoyed listening to.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Billiards
  • Tennis court
  • Spa
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

The Castle Suites are luxurious with four poster beds, plush soft furnishings and views out over the gardens. The fireplace in the suite felt both grand and homely.

Original Room, Standard Room, Superior Room, Castle Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, radio, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

The live music was good fun whilst we were eating. The wild Atlantic Way fish chowder was super creamy, hearty and very moreish - mopped up with bread, it was a real treat.

The Restaurant: fine dining, locally sourced produce, fresh fish and seafood. À la carte or daily Table D'Hôte menu. Open daily for dinner.

Castle Pub: Irish pub, buzzy atmosphere, live music. Open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks.

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