When planning my 8 day trip to Ireland, our planner suggested that we stop in Doolin, because we expressed interest in Irish music, and Doolin, although tiny by all standards, was a deistination to take in excellent traditional music. She booked us a room at the O'Connor's Guesthouse in Doolin for a couple of nights, and my son and I couple be happier with the choise.We arrived to meet Joan O'Connor, the charming and engaging owner (with her husband), who proved to be very accomodating and informative. Our room (room #10) was quite large, a bright and comfortably appointed corner room with wonderful views of the countryside. The room and facility were very clean, with modern conveniences included, including wireless Internet access (although, due to problems with the router, we had to go to the sitting room or lobby area to get enough signal strenth). The breakfasts were excellent, either a traditional Irish breakfast (eggs, sausage, bacon, beans, brown bread, grilled tomato), or the Irish fisherman's breakfast (eggs and smoked salmon). Although Joan is pretty busy, she always would stop and chat with her guests. We also had the honor of befriending Joan's grandson, Dylan, who warmed up to us when Ryan (my son) played video games with him.
The guesthouse is well located, with short drives to the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, ferries to the Aran Islands, the Connemara, and Galway. I get the feeling that in the summer, it will be more difficult to book rooms at O'Connor's, with major music festivals and other activities nearby.
I know that within the next couple of years, I will likely be coming back with another son to Ireland(these trips are college graduation gifts), and I plan to make another stop in Doolin for a couple of nights. And I will definitely be asking the travel planner to book us again in O'Connor's Guesthouse!
The corner room is very large and sunny. The bathroom is spacious and includes both a large shower s...
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