For some years Galway and the 'Oyster Festival' has been high on our ‘Must Do’ list so in September 2008 we were delighted when some planned quality time for my wife and me allowed us to spend a few days travelling around Ireland and ending in Galway to fulfill the dream. The visit to Ireland did not disappoint Irish charm and hospitality sets very high standards and raises ones tourist expectations which is possible why on our fourth and final morning of the Galway sector of our trip we drove away from the Sea-Breeze Lodge and agreed that our overall rating of the establishment was ‘average’.
Both my wife and I have always been reluctant to post disapproving comments on sites such as Trip Advisor indeed this comment would never have been written had it not been for a rather annoying Email which we received two months after our visit soliciting our comments and providing the web link to Trip Advisor, this highlights the disconcerting aspect of the establishment. Freddy is an ‘In Your Face Ego Manic’.
On the positive side our booking was handled efficiently, indeed when we delayed our arrival in Galway by a day the cancellation of what would have been our first night was processed without penalty.
Our room was clean and well appointed, and the breakfast choice was excellent.
The web site is satisfactory for most information except that the directions given and the map provided may well be sufficient for someone who knows the area but proved inadequate for us, statements such as ‘Go past that hotel for about another mile or so, you'll reach a "T" Junction. We're just before that junction on the right’. Not a major criticism just a lack of clarity that if improved upon would be of assistance to first time visitors.
Despite the inference that Salthill’s promenade is ‘within walking distance’ the actual distance was not something that either my wife or I would contemplate as an enjoyable evening stroll to one of the suggested restaurants. Be warned evening meals require a transportation method other than walking.
So why average?
The negativity of the establishment is the constant intrusions of Freddy the owner. Whilst the breakfast choice was excellent I prefer to share my meals with my wife rather than having lengthy and inane conversations with a comparative stranger. When Freddy wasn’t endeavoring to engage breakfast guests in conversation he ‘treated’ one and all to his piano playing and God forbid when he wasn’t seated at the piano his classical repertoire was the sole choice being played on the audio system for the duration of our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sea Breeze Lodge is the first and only bed and breakfast in the West of Ireland to be approved for the prestigious Five Star Award. Luxuriously furnished, all the rooms are non smoking, with own private bathrooms, full size baths and walk-in rain showers, Walnut wooden floors, mini fridges, central heating, hair dryers, all with 32" multichannel Cable TV and tea- coffee making facility. All the beds are fitted with the best Memory Foam mattresses and pillows available. Full traditional Irish breakfast, free Wi-Fi, off street private car park and all taxes are included in rate! Parking lots are directly present before the B&B. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sea-Breeze Hotel Galway