We had a lovely time in Western Ireland and a large part of that was due to the Irish hospitality of Sheelagh and Domnall. They provided a lovely breakfast each day. Domnall even got local specialties from the bakery when he found out we all know quality bread. Our two friends were hiking each day and Domnall made them tasty (and plentiful) packed lunches for quite a reasonable price. I'm a talker and they even took the time for good discussions about the area, Irish, etc.
To Americans who are new to Europe: Western Ireland is a less than wealthy part of the world and much less prosperous than Dublin. This is a family business, so please don't expect the standards you get in America for the same price. (To get those low prices our fellow Americans are often earning a pittance -- literally!) Yes the decor is a bit dated, but it wasn't shabby in either of the rooms we had. We've been in hotels that were much less clean and equally dated without the charm and useful information. Not only that, but the hotel staff were rude and/or ignorant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Westbrook House is a modern purpose-built Guesthouse, situated on the N18 Ennis to Galway road on the outskirts of Ennis town. Its comfortable en-suite bedrooms are finished to a high standard and all have tea/coffee making facilities, multi channel TV, direct-dial telephone, radio alarm, and hair dryer. Free WiFi internet access is available in rooms, and guests have full use of our gym. There is also free private car-parking. The friendly atmosphere gives a "home from home" feeling and your hosts Sheelagh & Domhnall Lynch are waiting to offer you a Céad Míle Fáilte. The centre of Ennis is just 15 mins. walk away with its quaint narrow streets, shops teeming with local goods and produce, traditional pubs and superb restaurants. ... more less
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