My most sincere and humble apologies to the pleasant, thatched-roof village of Adare in County Limerick. My posting was addressed to the Galway city forum; when I wrote it I knew only of Adare Guest House in Galway, not of the village of Adare in the adjacent County.
Until the smoking ban, my allergic wife and I couldn't come hear the music she loves at its source. When news reports confirmed that the ban was being respected all across the Republic, we started planning our trip. With the exception of Adare Guest House, everyone has been clear and forthright as to smoking in their B&B, whether smokefree on the entire premises or only in the bedrooms. Adare was the only place that wink-and-a-nod implied that we could smoke in our bedroom.
As Californians we went through this transition 15-20 years ago. The restaurant and hotel industries all complained that business would fall off; instead, it increased. We had scofflaws who smoked in non-smoking rooms and scofflaw hoteliers whose idea of a non-smoking room was to remove the ashtrays as you signed in. It was customers who asked, who complained, and who voted with their feet who "enforced" the law. You don't need cameras; you need an owner who will knock on the door of a room when the guy next door complains that smoke is billowing in!
Bertie2, other posters in this forum say the law works the opposite way:
- "All B&Bs are now non-smoking as far as I know only hotels got the exemption from the smoking ban."
- "...all B&B's are technically "non smoking" in that they don't offer smoking rooms to guests. But you can still operate a B&B and smoke in your own home...I've stayed in several places where I had a drink and a smoke with the owners in the kitchen, even though the guest rooms were non smoking."
If you know where chapter-and-verse is posted, I would appreciate knowing that.
And lastly, I cannot honestly submit a full review of Adare Guest House to TA Reviews as I have not stayed there. I think it is much fairer simply to state here what happened when I phoned.