My husband and I (and various friends over the years) have stayed at the Quay House several times before: to me a visit to Ireland means a must-stay at Julia/Paddy Foyle's divine and intimate boutique hotel/inn. This trip I was blessed enough to have time to stay at the Quay House for 8 nights while my husband had meetings elsewhere in Ireland; he, and several friends/family then joined us for a fabulous birthday celebration at the end of the stay.
I can basically reiterate my review from 2009 (alas, the last time I was in Ireland...):
I once again stayed in the Mirror Room (my favorite room of all time, with beautiful view over the harbour-- I usually left the balcony window open while I worked (some of the rooms now have wireless internet access, but it's always available in the ground floor parlour) and could watch/hear the seagulls, fishermen and tide come/go ). Julia took me on a tour of most of the rooms this trip (between check-out/check-ins) and every one of them are unique and have amazing character. There is a newly decorated ground floor room with fountain in the adjacent courtyard, an exotic parrot-themed room in the newer section on the top floor w/harbour view,
the sky room in the original building with cloud and seashell theme/harbour view (heavenly!), the Napoleon room (speaks for itself), balcony room (I think that's the name! with harbour view and four poster bed...very romantic), etc. etc. Every room is special. I would have loved to stay in any of them but with a working fireplace and beautiful mirror theme, the Mirror room remains my favorite!
There is a new addition to the Banjo/Blossom pug family: Buzz the Persian one-year old male kitty who rules the abode and everyone's heart who visits.
I was lucky enough to be at the Quay House for my birthday this year and Julia/Paddy ensured that the celebration was memorable. We were able to advance book a few rooms for family/friends and that entire weekend was extremely festive. Julia/Paddy prepared bubbly and Connemara Smokehouse salmon on brown bread for a pre-dinner cocktail party in the parlour w/roaring fire and stunning decor around us. Clifden in August is insanely busy with tourists/Connemara Pony Show, etc. and Julia spent countless hours finding/arranging a birthday dinner for 20 in the private dining room at Marconi's in the Foyle Hotel (not too many places can fit in this many people for a dinner in August.....); it was just perfect. The Foyles provide this kind of selfless service to all their guests, starting very early with their devoted and hard-working young staff to provide a sumptuous breakfast (certainly one of the best breakfast offerings in all of Ireland and served in the most beautiful glass atrium), and working all through the day/night to provide whatever their guests need.
I could not count how many people passing by the hotel were drawn to the hotel's beautiful garden (and Blossom/Banjo/Buzz available for petting/photo ops sitting at the gate entrance) and stopped in to seek an immediate reservation (but had to be turned away as the hotel is chock full during August, so be sure to make advance reservations!).
What else can I say? Simply that my husband knows how to make me happy: when in Ireland, take me to the Quay House! Until next time then....my deepest thanks and warmest regards to Julia and Paddy and family and team (and furry little ones)!
- Also Known As:
- The Quay House Hotel Clifden