So, a couple of things...:
The Rowan Tree is a great place to stay - we stayed for two nights in a double room with our 21-month old (I was in town to cycle the Etape Hibernia). The room was ensuite, with an extra bunkbed thrown in, no extra cost! Lots of room (good thing too; the little one loves to run around!!!)
The staff were excellent - all the signs tell you they're friendly, and it's true! The hostel itself has no parking, but we were allowed to use a staff spot for the restaurant to unload (travel cot and all) before being directed to the nearby, onstreet parking. Also, they were very helpful in sorting bike storage, and in dealing with a little issue on check-out (more to follow).
The sleep quality rating has nothing to do with the hostel - that's just me being funny with mattresses - the two ladies both had great nights' sleep!!!
The kitchen is perfect, the breakfast is basic, but well appreciated (and the perfect set-up for 134km of cycling of a Sunday morning!)
The Rowan Tree Cafe next door is very nice - good food, reasonable prices, very child friendly, and so convenient!
So, the only word of caution after all of this is on the security - no issues with rooms, etc., but the storage area for bikes (although supposedly locked overnight) was a bit disappointing - someone took a fancy to my bottlecages, and decided to unscrew them and help themselves...! (Beats me why, but I'm glad I had a lock over the rest of the bike)! Either way, we had a lovely time at reception the next morning watching the guy on the security feed, and the staff were super friendly and helpful about the whole thing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rowan Tree Hostel is in the centre of Ennis, a vibrant town renowned for its lively pubs and traditional Irish music. Only 20 minutes from Shannon Airport, it is the perfect base to discover County Clare, The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. The hostel has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and offers quality budget accommodation for groups, families and individuals. All guest facilities are brand new and include a fully-equipped self-catering kitchen, recreational lounges and free WIFI and internet access. Choose from a variety of rooms including double, twin and multi-bedded dorms, many with en-suite facilities. Beds start at €15.00.* Voted best Irish Hostel by Hostelworld Customers in 2009,2010,2011,2012 and nominee for Best Hostel in The World 2014 ... more less
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