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“really great value, great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Castle Gardens Holiday Homes
Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel | Limerick-Ennis Road, Bunratty, Ireland   |  
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Arlington, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“really great value, great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2011

i totally disagree with all of the negative reviews. the townhouse is a great value for the money. we went in may with another couple who had kids. it was a really great central location in western ireland ideal for day trips to the north or south. the townhouse was very clean, comfortable and modern, and the reception folks were lovely and very accommodating. ok so the showers were a bit small but so what, obviously this is not a 4 star resort but the price does not suggest that it is! i really do not understand all the negative reviews at all. my only complaint is the loud crows that live in the trees at the closed shannon shamrock hotel next to the townhouse complex. there are also 3 nice bars within walking distance of the townhouses as well. great place to stay with family as the bunratty castle park is right down the street. we very much enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to a friend.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Placitas, New Mexico
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23 hotel reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2011

Two adult couples stayed in one of the 3 bedroom townhomes. We knew in advance to bring our own hairdryers and toiletries. We also knew we'd have to do some shopping to get the kitchen basics (paper towels, coffee, filters, wine, beer, etc.). Have to admit that finding the place took us a few minutes extra, but remembered reading from another TA member review to look for the "red door" - wah lah! After we checked in, I believe it was Elaine (?) who came over and walked us through the townhome and how it functioned. We asked her for a coffee pot and she graciously brought one over for us to use for the week.

The townhome fit us perfectly. We used the top two rooms for sleeping, the bottom room for luggage storage, coats, extra shoes, etc. We also spent long days driving but the fortunate part was the days were long (didn't get dark until 10pm) so we were able to stay out and enjoy the country more. We loved the living room area, as we were able to play cards on the table, spread out maps, plan the next days trip, all with either a cup of coffee or a cold glass of wine/beer. We also had free WiFi - which was a plus for emailing friends/family, planning the next day's adventure, etc. The refrigerator and dishwasher worked great, though I have to admit the washer/dryer combo was new to us (what do you mean it washes AND dries?) Had never seen such a thing. Convenient though.

Townhome issues were minor - the shower faucet came off early in the stay, we stopped by the office on the way out and mentioned it. When we returned that evening, it was fixed.

One thing to keep in mind, and it's just more of an awareness. The doors are locked (by key) either from the inside (at night before bed) or from the outside (when you depart) and are quite tricky to figure out the locking. Inside at night, just be aware that if an emergency happens (and the door is locked), you won't be going out the doors. Just be aware of it and plan out your escape prior. Just a tip.

We enjoyed the townhome, it was quiet, though towards the end of our stay, we noticed the townhomes filling up more. The pubs were definitely walkable - and all offered good food, good drink, and relaxation. The Creamery is a nice place to eat fish/chips, JP Clarkes is a more modern type pub (good food), Durty Nelly's is fun but can get crowded and is definitely touristy. The rundown hotel in front is unfortunate, but never did we feel unsafe - in fact, we cut through their parking lot many times to get to the pubs.

All in all -- nice above average place to stay -- worked great for the 4 of us --

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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st. charles, Iowa, USA
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2011

We just returned from a stay at Bunratty Castle Gardens Townhouses arranged through Sceptre Tours. The price was good and the accomodation was clean and that is it for any positives about this particular accomodation. The host, Joan, was rather brusque when we arrived tired from an overnight flight and the place is veyr difficult to find within the welter of lodgings near the Castle. There is no adequate signage for the reception building for Castle Gardens and we learned after finally finding it and moving in that the posted hours for the staff are subject to change with no notice.

This is the only place I have stayed in 30 years of travel where we had to go to the reception office and request a hair dryer as Joan 'checks them out' we were told. We shared the dryer among us in the 3 BR/3 Bath cottage.

If you stay here, bring your own tools as the coffee maker and t.v. did not work and we finally had to transfer a fuse from the microwave to the coffee maker plug to get that working. Although fewer than half the townhouses were occupied we were told when we requested two ooffee makers for our group to accomodate those who can only drink decaf, that it is strictly one maker per unit. We were also frustrated by the fact that there were no clocks of any sort in the townhouse.

There was adequate hot water and the location is very good, near Shannon airport and within walking distance of the Castle, good shopping and three pubs with good food. Staff were friendly at all the surrounding establishments.

Herme010

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2011

Joan the receptionist is fantastic. She went the extra mile time and again. We had a 4 BR cottage with every modern convenience. We had a package from Sceptre Tours so I do not know how much we paid for the 7 nites. The entire package from Boston to Shannon/Dublin with self drive was $1,800. The Bunratty area has several pubs/restaurants that are all quite good. The only negative I can post is that staying here for 7 nites meant many miles of driving everyday. By 11 pm we were exhausted and could take take advantage of the music and craic available at Durty Nellys. Wish they had a chain of cottages throughout Ireland. Safe, quiet, great beds. Just too much round trip traveling time.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2011

We traveled there last week with my mom, 65, and two children, 13 and 10. When we were trying to find the place, we went ot the old hotel, which is closed down and several windows broken, and were frightened. But the townhouses behind were very nice and a good price fo rthe week. Three bedrooms all with a separate bath, and a full kitchen with washer and dryer. The beds were nice and there was a TV with several stations in the living area. Quiet, easily accesible to lots of great things, and great to be able to stay in pne place with a family instead of repacking every night at a different B&B.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Des Plaines
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

I would rate this place between poor and average. If there were a "Not Great" option, that's what I would choose.
Value was good. You get what you pay for.
Cleanliness-just OK. There were cobwebs everywhere. Maybe we were the first there for the season?
Location-Bunratty has a castle and two pubs. Not a whole lot to do there. Our window faced a closed down and clearly broken into hotel. WIndows broken, weeds, etc.
Rooms- Hanging out with a group of 6 would be tough as the living room/dining room combo is probably 8x15. The kitchen didn't have a coffee maker or paper towels/napkins. When they say this place is self-catered, they mean it. If they expect people from other countries to come, I thought that they ought to provide a phone, coffee maker and perhaps a hairdryer? When the description said vacation home, I thought they would have at least what a hotel would.
Sleep Quality: AWFUL. Springs popped whenever I moved. Sore back after trip.
Service: When we arrived no one was at the reception desk. The manager seemed rushed and we didn't feel "welcome" after a long 24 hour journey. We were handed the keys and given some brochures. That's it. Our manager did come to the door an hour later to see if we had any questions.

Bottom Line: It's all about expectations. If you want a cheap place to stay with no frills and at least a 90 minute drive to everything, stay here. I would recommend staying at B&Bs during your travels. Next time.

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Somersworth, New Hampshire
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2011

We stayed at the Bunratty castle gardens townhouses with 12 friends, we found the staff (Joan) very courteous and the townhouses were clean, very reasonably priced and we all enjoyed the area.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel | Limerick-Ennis Road, Bunratty, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > Bunratty
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty lodging in Bunratty
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