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“More of a hostel than a B and B.”
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Amber Lodge B&B
Ranked #165 of 186 Galway B&B and Inns
Dublin
1 review
“More of a hostel than a B and B.”
Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

We were asked to pay immediately which we thought a bit strange but on reflection, this is normal for a hostel. Amber lodge is advertised as a B and B though so, if you're expecting warm hospitality then maybe this is not for you. The room was pretty spartan, ok for one night but I wouldn't stay there for more than that. It was clean enough but the night in April when we stayed was cold and the room was freezing when we returned at midnight. I slept in my sweater and kept my socks on! Breakfast was an extra 6 euro ( we passed) so at 79 euro for three it wasn't cheap. I'd keep looking.

Stayed April 2014
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

Good for the price. Very livable. The beds were quite comfortable and the bathroom was very clean. I appreciated that they had towels included. You could buy breakfast but at 6 or 7 euros, we decided to eat elsewhere. Good location. About a ten to fifteen minute walk from the city's center. The people at the check-in were more than happy to answer any questions and help us out. I recommend!!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Verona, Wisconsin
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

overall, it was fine to sleep at, but it's certainly not the best place and I'd recommend going somewhere else. There were multiple issues, but the people working there were decent at resolving them. A few thoughts...
1. when we arrived, there was no one there to let us in. Apparently we got there in between the morning and night people so we had to wait.
2. for some reason, the cleaning person forgot to clean our room before we got there. But on the plus side, the person in charge upgraded us for free to a nicer, larger room. The room we were supposed to stay in was small
3. The wifi barely reaches the 3rd floor and most of the time we didn't have internet unless we went downstairs.
4. Breakfast is a joke. We thought it was free because it was so basic, but it turns out it's 6 Euros a person. We opted out of that and found a cafe.
5. on the plus side, when we did have interactions with the staff, I found them to be very friendly and helpful

Room Tip: 3rd floor rooms are nicer, but more expensive.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Portstewart, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Do not think you are booking a B&B when you book this place, and you will be fine.

Fine hostel, clean sheets on bed, private room with bathroom, soap and towels provided, even light bulbs in the bedside lamp. Great location to town centre. Car park was tight but really nice to have. Easy check in, friendly staff. Free Wi-Fi which works most of the place in the house(didn't work in room8). Snacks vending machine available -Great hostel!

But as a B&B... not too sure. B&B that is not a owner's house? Beds not properly made at B&B? No 'cooked breakfast' even you have to pay extra at B&B? They do have tea/coffee facility in room but...I don't think so.

Room8, Family room, was fine for 2 adults. One double bed and two single beds in the room so it is possible for 2adults and 2children to sleep. But nowhere to put your bags, I usually have loads more stuffs when I travel with child.
Also the room is not safe for children. Head board for bad is not attached to anywhere, just placed between bad and wall so they are wobbly and dangerous.
Bedside table is at the height of your face - I bumped my head in the corner of table(photo). Toiled seat not attached(photo). Shower water turn boiling hot to ice cold every 10 seconds. Room floor with lots of dusts and fluffs. Not big problem for adults, as you can be just 'careful', but for children?

My advice If you want to stay at this hostel is to book a family room for two of you. But this is not a place for children.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

The worst place we have ever stayed. The photos make it look so much better, don't be taken in by them. When we arrived, we were greeted by a man and told that we had to pay the three nights, we had booked, NOW, we didn't even get a chance to put our cases down. We paid without thinking much about it, but in future I would ask to see the room first eventhough we had booked. Our room was the room shown in the photo of this b&b, in the car park literally, so everyone passing could see in. We asked if we could be moved to another room, we were moved to a room in the attic. This room was much more private and spacious, but as we were unpacking a few things, the man came running up the stairs and told us that he had just realised he needed the room for a booking the next night, so we would have to move rooms again in the morning. We agreed as we didn't want to go back to the first room. On closer inspection of the room we realised that the sheets were either stained or dirty, and the bath was badly marked or unwashed. The next morning we decided we would try breakfast, but as we hadn't booked the night before this was not possible (the person who came in to do the breakfast had gone, eventhough it was still breakfast time), we hadn't been told this, although I'm sure it wouldn't have been great. Anyway, we got moved to our next room it was above the first one, so not so public, had a view of the guest houses across the road. It was quite small and the bathroom really small, but we would survive that, we would only be there at night. But, before we went out I decided to use the loo,I tried to flush it but it would not flush, I tried to wash my hands but there was no water. It turned out they had had to turn the water off but had not informed any guests. We then tried to lock the door but it wouldn't lock, we ask the chamber maid (she said she had only started) she couldn't lock it, and there were a few problems with the locks. We had to wait for the owner to come back as he seemed to be able to get the lock to work. The owner didn't live on the property, just visited it now and again. Our night in this room was not as peaceful, we could hear other guests, who came in very late (early hours of the morning) and were very noisy for a few hours. The room had not been cleaned very well, my son dropped something and when we looked under the bed to find it, we found peices of rubbish including a cigerette packet. To sum up, there are lots of great places to stay in Galway for a similar price, this is not a well run place, it is not clean. We have since stayed in the Salt Hill Hotel, got a good offer, it was a similar price, we got a super breakfast and room, and could use the gym, pool, sauna and Jacuzzi.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Tiny rooms, even smaller en suite
Squeaky beds, and if you are unlucky enough to sleep to the rear of the building a 24hrbsecurity light that fills your entire room with light and stops you sleeping, to top it all off, they don't do a cooked breakfast so you are paying €6 extra for some toast and cereal, their photos are deceptive and the showers are awful. You could do so much better.

  • Stayed October 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2013

No room to swing a cat. Met by guy who was weird and very quickly asked for payment (i understand why now) - place was very noisy as walls were made of paper. We had a room at the back. Bed was broken and not made properly. DIY was full of bodge jobs. DO NOT STAY HERE!!!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2013
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Property: Amber Lodge B&B
Address: 26a College Road, Galway, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Galway
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Ranked #165 of 186 B&Bs / Inns in Galway
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Amber Lodge B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of the city of Galway, this purpose-built bed and breakfast offers bright, comfortable and attractive en suite rooms in a great location. Amber Lodge B&B is just 3 minutes’ walk from Galway’s bus and railway stations. The lodge is also within easy reach of Galway’s shops, pubs, bars and restaurants. ... more   less 
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