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“Old Fashioned Charm”
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The Old Ground
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Ennis
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“Old Fashioned Charm”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

The Old Ground Hotel is the perfect location to visit the midlevel town of Ennis. Go out the front door to the right and you are on the charming streets of Ennis. The hotel was extremely accommodating to us as we were dropped off at 7:30 AM after our overnight flight. They were fully occupied the night before, but brought us enough coffee to keep us going till we could get checked in. Bathrooms were spotless, decor in the rooms and public areas was charming. Bathroom towels were on the thin side. Given the quality of the furnishings, they were an exception to the standard of quality with everything else. Breakfast was ample and included a cold buffet as well as a variety of hot cooked to order items. 

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

We really enjoyed this hotel. We stayed at 8 different hotel/b&bs on this trip and the comfort of the Old Ground rated very high for us. Comfortable beds are very important to me and Old Ground's were so soft and luxurious, even more so than Ashford Castle! The wifi was spotty but that's normal in the historic places. Highly recommend!

Room Tip: I'd request a room away from the street side due to noise
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

What's up with the "as good as it gets" people? They must not stay in a lot of hotels. It's an average hotel by US standards. The restaurants -- pub and formal are just ok. The breakfast is disorganized - I got tired of waiting for my order and just did the buffet which i finished eating before they came over to the table to take my order. in the room our towel racks did not heat up. That does not warrant a 5 star from me!

Room Tip: High up and make sure heat works.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

We returned to the Old Ground and it didn't disappoint. Staff as friendly and helpful as ever. We stayed for 3 nights as on our last visit it was only 1 night and we wanted to return. A great base for touring Clare. Breakfast was lovely with a wonderful choice eggs benedict with spinach, poached eggs, full irish lovely coffee, fruit, scones, juices etc. Our room was a good size with 3 windows so plenty of air. It was spotless, very comfy bed. We had an evening meal in the Brendan O'Regan restaurant. I had brie deep fried to start, beef main course which was mouthwatering and chocolate brownie desert. My partner had prawn cocktail, duck and hot apple pie, which he totally enjoyed. We also ate in the bar and again the food was excellent. Will definitely return to the Old Ground, thanks from Fiona and David.

Room Tip: Fifth floor was quiet
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

We stayed at the Old Ground the night before our flight home from Shannon Airport. After a trip full of B&Bs, it was nice to rest and relax in a "real" hotel with VERY clean facilities, new appliances, etc. Great pub and restaurant attached to the hotel. The food is great, too. Worth the price.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

When we first arrived at this hotel after a long day on the road it was an oasis for us. We were given a discounted room (since we just walked up, and it was available), and our valet was incredibly helpful (thanks Dave!). We weren't sure whether to stay two nights, but the young lady at reception made a note that our rate could be extended for an additional day. Everything seemed lovely as we wound down the evening with some pints in the pub and some good trad music.

The next morning posed a bit of a different set of difficulties. As we'd been told, the locals didn't really use AC/heating. We however did, which lead to a lot of dust blowing out overnight (visibly so). I suppose the vents hadn't had a chance to clean themselves out in a while. This set off our allergies, but we were still willing to stick it out another night, as we'd enjoyed ourselves so far. When we went to book the additional night, we were told that the discounted rate wouldn't be honored, as the note had been made for the following night (which made no sense, as we'd told them we were flying home that night). Frustrated, we decided to leave and seek other accommodations. Before we could do so, we were confronted with the most troubling part of our stay: a two inch (3-4cm) wide spider crawling across the bathroom floor.

Spider squashed, we left for a lovely place outside of Ennistymon (Vaugh Lodge).

tl;dr: Nice old/historic hotel that shows its age a bit in weird ways.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Ditto to the other reviews. Terrific location for walking around Ennis, and for traveling around County Clare. Our room (403) was very large & clean, and quiet. The bath seemed newly redone, w/gleaming white tiles, and the bed had crisp, white sheets. Parking was tough, as there was much going on in town, but the staff helped us find an alternative close by. Staff was very friendly. Best of all, live, traditional Irish music in the attached pub! Scones at the attached Town Hall cafe were the best - ever!

Room Tip: Ask for room 403.
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Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Old Ground
Address: Old Ground Hotel O'Connell Street, Ennis, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > Ennis
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Ennis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Old Ground 4*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 4* Old Ground Hotel is located in the centre of Ennis town, just 20 minutes from Shannon International Airport. With 83 newly refurbished deluxe rooms, a restaurant with superb cuisine, it is within easy reach of The Wild Atlantic Way, The Cliffs of Moher and magnificent and challenging links golf courses. The Old Ground Hotel is an elegant and stylish retreat. ... more   less 
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