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“Amazing Wedding Location” 5 of 5 stars
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Inishbofin House Hotel & Marine Spa
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Inishbofin | Connemara, Inishbofin, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Inishbofin
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Amazing Wedding Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2011

We got married on Inishbofin at the end of August with the reception at Inishbofin House Hotel. The overall experience was out of this world. The staff could not have done enough for us, the location is stunning and the food was fantastic. Our guests said it was one of the best wedding they had ever been too. Thanks to Colin, Claire, Cora, Simon & Tony for all their hard work. The island is magical, with beautiful walks, beaches and pubs. The great thing about the island is, once you are there you don't need to worry about anything, everything is on your doorstep.

Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2010



If I could capture my husbands and my experience in the Inishbofin House hotel in one word it would be AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!



We got married on Friday the 28th of May and had just over 100 people come to the island with us. 

Colin the manager met us in Dublin where we hatched out our menu. He had a job on his hands between the vegans, vegetarians and then throw the odd person with a severe dairy or mushroom allergy into the mix. Given all this Colin catered to our every little whim with a smile. 

He kept in touch with us throughout the months leading to the wedding and we did not have to worry about one single thing going wrong. He thought of everything and made our wedding a total non-stress free event.

The hotel is overlooking a natural harbor. Very irish looking, stone walls, sheep running free, loads of wildlife and the most amount of peace you could possibly imagine.

The staff at the hotel collected all of our guests from the ferry and transported them to the hotel over the 2 days everyone arrived. On the Thursday a group went out fishing and the hotel cooked and served the fish with homemade tartar sauce and chips to everyone in the hotel bar. 

On the day of the wedding they asked my husband and I to make sure the arrangement of the tables in the dining room was o.k for our guests and when we sheepishly asked could they move a couple of them around the said they had no problem doing it at all.



We had actually got married in a registry office earlier in the week with just 2 witnesses and the wedding in Inishbofin was the ceremony for our friends and family. We loved Colin so much that we asked him to marry us on Inishbofin which he did with pleasure. We wrote our vows and he practiced them with us the morning of the wedding behind the reception. 

We got married in the library which had a huge apex glass window overlooking the harbor. My little girl sang as I came out with my Dad and there wasn't a dry eye in the house (including all the staff). Colin read out our vows and married us. The most romantic day of my entire life. The room filled with candles and everyone drank Mojitos and Champagne afterwards to celebrate.

The dining room was filled with 1000 candles. In fact there was so many that there was no need for main lights. It was spectacular. The food was to die for. Crab salad for starters and a pastry quiche as the other selection. The main courses were freshly caught fish from the local fishermen and steak which was cooked to absolute perfection. You could slice it with a fork it was so tender. Roasted vegetables and a different choice of food for the vegans and vegetarians. For dessert we had stuffed apples with homemade vanilla ice-cream. Yummy yummy, yummy. 



In the evening we let off chinese lanterns into the Galway sky and everyone made good wishes towards the bride and groom. We had our own band who came over with us and then 2 djs who played until nearly 5am. 

The day after the wedding the hotel put on an amazing bbq and also organized the local trad band to come and play. Everyone paid 10 euro and sat outside in the sun eating.

That night we had a cheile and again danced until the wee hours. 

I know many people get stressed about weddings but if you do decide to get married with this hotel you will truly have the most amazing experience of your life. They had simple flowers, candles and nothing else because it really really didn't need anything else.

The hotel is beautiful as it is. Its on a beautiful island, overlooking the most incredible harbor, the staff are friendly and could not literally do enough for not just us but ALL of our friends. They even took the hotel van and brought the oldies around the island on a tour the day after the wedding because they wouldn't have seen the glory of Inishbofin otherwise. 

I would not change a single thing about our day. It was like I said AMAZING!



Thank you so much Colin and Clare for everything. I'm sorry its taken me a few months to write this xxxxxx



Aileen & Conor

  • Stayed May 2010, 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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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2010

We were lucky to hit Inishbofin for an end of October weekend with extraordinary great weather. The personal welcome from Claire and Colm was also extraordinary, and we felt we had come to stay with friends, rather than a hotel. We enjoyed great comfort, buckets of hot water, great food and craic. We walked the island twice, each time a complete circumnavigation, and an experience of peace, silence and scenery that will stay with us forever. The hotel is modern, warm, well laid out and extremely comfortable. The food is great, and nothing was too much trouble. But this is an island, everything comes in by boat: if you are looking to be entertained, cosseted and have a 5 star glitz, go elsewhere

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hove
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2010

We stayed for a week-end reunion and had a great time. The service was good and relaxed. You have to remember that you are on a small fairly remote island so don't expect posh city centre style service. Our room was clean and large with a kingsize bed and beautiful bed linen but make sure you ask for a room with a sea view. The views from our windows were magical over the harbour and beyond to Connemara. Its worth reading a little about the history of the island as it makes the historical sites much more interesting. Yes we'll be back

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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tipperary
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2010

Stayed in the Inishbofin Marine Hotel and Spa. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip and am planning to go back next summer for at least two weeks.

The hotel was much more modern than I would have imagined, the atmosphere was very relaxed. Our room was fantastic, nearly all rooms have access to an external balcony, pillows are duck feather, never slept so well!

The bar is very relaxed, food was excellent and great value for money. Breakfast the following morning in the main restaurant was really tasty, I would love to know who makes the sausages. The staff were all very welcoming and friendly, particularly the manageress Claire who seemed to organise everything with the exception of navigating the ferry from Cleggan and who could not do enough for us!!!!! There is a particularly tranquil library on the first floor with exceptional views of the sea.

Of all the weekends i've experienced in Ireland, this was the best. The Days bar next door to the hotel was great crack and the spa within the hotel was beautiful (did the seaweed bath which obviously did what it said on the tin, I was wrecked after it, so it must have detoxed me).

The island is great for walks, sea air and the fact that there is no mobile reception is actually not a disadvantage, in fact its great to get away from the distractions of the modern world.

On this island the people are very friendly and the ferry only takes 30 minutes, its like a different life away from the hustle and bustle of everyday cares. Good for the soul.

I would recommend anyone to take a trip to one of Irelands most beautiful places - Inishbofin.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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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Mayo
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2010

I love this hotel, newly bulit and so up to date, realy nice and clean. Lovely hotel and best part is it's right beside boat and another pub. We had to walk a good bit to get to the other hotels and wished we had justed waited in our own but we wanted to site see. Diff stay in this hotel, food fab too. :D

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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belfast
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2010

We stayed here for two nights at the start of August. Rooms were clean and food was excellent. The highlight of this hotel however is their staff. They were professional while at the same time naturally friendly and they genuinely could not do enough for you. Compliments and thanks to Colin, Cora and the very friendly girl in the restuarant who was still in great form at dinner one night after serving us breakfast that same morning. Other Irish hotels could learn so much from this hotel about customer service. I cannot understand a previous review which complained about no bedside lamp and late breakfast. It is important to understand that the way of life in Inishbofin (which by the way is great) is different to the mainland. This hotel manages to fully blend in with the Inishbofin way of life and it is vital that it remains doing just that. I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxing break and great food.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Inishbofin | Connemara, Inishbofin, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Inishbofin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Inishbofin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Inishbofin House Hotel & Marine Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inishbofin, the enchanted Island, is set in the wild splendour of Connemara, amid the magical beauty of sea, lake and mountains, located off the beautiful Galway and Mayo coastline in the west of Ireland. An oasis of modern luxury, with a warm island welcome, Inishbofin House Hotel is far removed from the daily distractions of the mainland. The hotel is guaranteed to provide a warm island welcome. Inishbofin House Hotel provides the perfect island getaway for families looking to rediscover nature or couples looking for a romantic break away from it all. With beautiful beaches, walks and cycling paths, an array of birds and other wildlife, the Island and Inishbofin House Hotel has something for everyone. All 34 en-suite rooms are fitted with contemporary furnishings designed in keeping with the beautiful island setting. Sea view rooms offer stunning views of rugged mountains and blue Atlantic waters. All rooms have luxurious beds complete with goose down duvets and pillows. Relax the afternoons away in our stylish Pier bar surrounded by spectacular harbour views. Enjoy casual informal dining with a selection of dishes from our bar food menu to suit everyone. Enjoy live traditional music with local musicians. Our restaurant menu is inspired by the sea and carries a range of dishes to reflect the days catch and the changing seasons. Our wine list caters for every palate with a thoughtful selection of new and old world wines to suit everyone. The Hotel Spa is the ideal place to relax after a day out exploring the island. The Marine Spa has six treatment rooms and a relaxation room. Many treatments are on offer ranging from massages to seaweed baths. VOYA products are used, which is an organic beauty range designed to delight and purify the body. The VOYA seaweed bath is a popular choice. ... more   less 
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