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“Unsafe, poor value and smelly”
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Banner Lodge
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Ennis
Galway
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13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Unsafe, poor value and smelly”
Reviewed March 8, 2010

Not my choice to stay here and would NOT recommend it. Front door remains open until 1-2am, despite the fact guests being given the key. It is located next to two takeaways and a number of pubs and comes with the scary prospect of revellers wandering into the building at any time of day or night. Noticed another review had a Man U jersey stolen, not surprised given that level of security.

It is a hodge podgy of dark, dreary furniture in the hallway and bedroom. The bedroom smelled both musty and greasy (no doubt from the attached takeaway), had no kettle or hairdryer which are standard in most places now. Bathroom floor had worn, dirty lino and the equivalent of a "tea light" in one of the lights. When I asked for the blown bulb to be replaced in the other light I was told it would be, but it wasn't (maybe best that I couldn't see the full extent of the grime).

Cost €33 for room, with breakfast an additional €7.50 and no parking available. Friends who were attending the same event got lovely B&B's for €40 with delicious breakfasts, secure parking, kettle, hairdryer and iron. Quite a scary place to be honest and I did my stomach a favour by having breakfast in one of the lovely cafes that abound in Ennis.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
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County Tyrone
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Reviewed August 17, 2009

We were more than pleased with the Banner Lodge - cheap as chips, friendly and all that but then, my son's brand new Manchester United football shirt mysteriously went missing from his room - never to be found. Now that really spoilt our holiday. It really is a sad state of affairs when people you are trusting can't leave your items alone!! Won't be going back and will certainly now not be recommending this place. I feel really bad as we checked everywhere - yet no real assistance was given! I know we are in a recession but come on!!

Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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donegal
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Reviewed June 10, 2008

well its a lovely clean place to say but the man himself was lovely but there was no air con n i was sick as a dog because i couldn't breath they were wee small rooms with you double bed in it.... i can't fault the people runnin it tho they were lovely :)

  • Liked — the people who own it
  • Disliked — the rooms to small
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
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Dublin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2005

If you are on a tight budget, and you need a no-frills, reasonably clean place to rest your head in the middle of Ennis town, this place may be suitable. With a single room priced at 35 euro for bed and breakfast, you can't really argue with the price - 10 or 15 euro cheaper than the standard. This somewhat bizarre guesthouse is situated above some kind of pub/restaurant that is undergoing renovations - I looked through the window downstairs and saw a lot of rubble. You book a room by picking up a phone in a little hall at the side of the building, and then you are instructed to come upstairs. When I was there there were two women of moderate friendliness working there. They don't exactly roll out the red carpet, but they have a certain subdued charm. The upstairs landing is surprisingly plush with a mock victorian feel. My room was small, quite cosy with a telly, desk,ensuite shower and wc. It is not the sort of place to swing a cat, or a hamster. They have tea-making facilities down the corridor.
The bed was as lumpy as boarding school porridge, and I could not really sleep all that well. The traffic noise didn't help.
Breakfast was rather good, although the milk for the cereal appeared to be a little sour. I brought this to the attention of the woman on duty; she wasn't exactly apologetic and insisted it was fresh from the carton; but she brought me some fresh milk, nevertheless. Curiously, she seemed a lit bit more friendly after my sour milk complaint.
One of the benefits of this quirky establishment is that is near the centre of Ennis, while plusher guest houses are on the outskirts, which are not very attractive. It is only a hop, skip and a jump away from the pubs and the Old Ground hotel, where I enjoyed a fine supper. Fortified with a few pints of Guinness, you might be inclined to ignore its foibles.

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Property: Banner Lodge
Address: The Market Square, Ennis, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > Ennis
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Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Ennis
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Number of rooms: 8
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