We really liked the hotel—one of the best rooms we stayed in during our stay in Ireland. The rooms are large (big bedroom, separate sizeable living area, and large bathroom with a separate tub and shower [not sure that this is true for all the rooms in the hotel. We were booked on the Executive Level). The room was also the only one we had during our stay that actually had air conditioning (and during our visit to Ireland, it was fairly warm, and remember that almost every housing structure in Ireland is designed for heating rather than cooling. So, if you like sleeping in a cool room, you’ll love this place).
While we really liked the hotel, we were a little less enamored with Bunratty, which is not really an Irish town so such as a string of tourist hotels surrounding a Castle. If you do decide to stay in Bunratty, here are a few tips. First, there are far more tourists in town than there are places to eat. So, if you plan on having dinner at one of the restaurants in town, be sure to make reservations well in advance. We had dinner at the Creamery’s restaurant, and thought that the food was quite good. Also, Bunratty is a town that gets pretty quiet pretty early in the evening. Because we got in late, my wife and I ended up strolling around the town around 9:15pm in search of some dinner, and you would have thought that we were walking around a ghost town. Just about the only place serving up food that time of night was “Durty Nelly’s”—we thought about eating there until we realized that in fact Nelly’s is quite Durty, and that the whole pub is populated by tourists looking for an authentic pub experience in the most inauthentic of all places.
We went to the Castle and folk park, and felt that they were well worth the trip. We also drove up to Dromoland Castle and had lunch and walked the grounds. That also makes for a nice outing.
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