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“Nice venue, pity about the food”

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Knockranny House Hotel
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Westport
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 2, 2013

Having stopped at Knockranny House for lunch last year on our way to Connemara, we decided to take an overnight stay as part of this year's trip. The hotel itself is situated in a quiet location on the outskirts of Westport, and enjoys a stunning view of Croagh Patrick. The interior is beautiful, with impressive staircases, high ceilings, plush carpets, elegant furniture. The bedroom was of a
similar high standard. We settled in and anticipated a wonderful gastronomic experience from La
Fougere restaurant (which, apparently, has won more awards than you could shake a stick at).
To say that our experience was one of bitter disappointment would be a real understatement. The evening was an unmitigated disaster. Firstly, the restaurant's procedure for seating guests at their tables was a shambles. While we dutifully queued at the entrance, another guest simply
pushed past us and made for the last remaining window table. We consoled ourselves with the
expectation of a fabulous meal. Second disappointment. We chose a duck parfait as starter, and received a minute "sample". Tasty enough, but hardly adequate. Should have brought my
microscope perhaps? For main course we had one sea bream, one pork fillet. The fish was bland, dry and tasteless. The pork dry and tough. Accompanying vegetables (one croquette potato each and a couple of spoonfuls of cabbage - yes, cabbage!) did little to satisfy our fairly normal appetites. Nouvelle cuisine is so dated, and no amount of abstract art work on a large empty plate can compensate for a stingy lack of calories. Allegedly this restaurant has received
many awards for excellence - all, presumably recommended by "experts" with non-existent palates and in desperate need of psychiatric help. To make matters worse, service was very sluggish. There's no way one should be expected to wait 20 minutes between courses, especially at the prices we were charged. The crowning insult (culinary) came the next morning at breakfast. Feeling rather hungry, I ordered poached eggs with potato cake. I should have known better. On the plate set before me were two poached eggs and one small disc the size of a 50 pence coin (this was the potato cake). Thank you Knockranny. You do have a beautiful hotel, your rooms are magnificent, but you might need to think again about feeding your guests. We're not all anorexics or elderly and infirm.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

We stayed couple of nights in the hotel in a deluxe room.
The room was nicely set with excellent bathroom.
Good food in the restaurant with a nice view and excellent service.
Overall perfect stay, would definitely visit the hotel again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Just back from a 5 night break in this great hotel, we loved it. We stayed in a grand deluxe room which was well worth the extra cost. Huge room, big comfortable bed and a fabulous bathroom with twin sinks, jacuzzi bath and separate shower. All spotless. There was no view but we didn't find that a problem as there were plenty of areas within the hotel where you could relax and admire the stunning scenery.

Dinner each night was excellent and the dining room is gorgeous. There was plenty to choose from on the breakfast menu, but on the minus side, the only fresh fruit on offer each morning was melon.

The spa is lovely but (again on the minus side) the fitness suite is quite limited with no resistance machines or free weights.

The staff were all friendly and very helpful.

It's not cheap but it is good value for money. I'd highly recommend it and we're looking forward to going back again.

We definitely weren't hungry and had an awful cheek having lunch but I'd recommend both the Willow Cafe Tea Room in High St and the Fishworks Cafe on the Quays!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Spent 3 nights in one of the tower suites and had such a fantastic stay. The hotel is a good bit out of the town but we didn't mind as we just wanted to relax. Staff were friendly and helpful without being intrusive. Food was fantastic in both the restaurant and the bar. Suite was extremely comfortable with everything you would want from a sunken lounge to a cd player and four poster bed. Great hotel and would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Splurge and book a suite. It's worth it!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

I think this is one of the most pleasant breaks we have had in any Irish hotel.We spent 3 nights in a grand deluxe room which was perfect from all aspects. Huge room,very comfortable beds, big bathroom with twin sinks, jacuzzi bath and v spacious shower Lighted magnifying mirror....amazing the number of hotels where you can't see to put on your make up! I think these rooms are in a recently added wing to the hotel and so are really modern and bright. The bar is very relaxing to enjoy a drink before or after dinner. The food is superb and the staff couldn't be more helpful.The only little crib would be that bottled water was supplied in the room on only our first night ,after that, one was requested to buy it at the bar. A bit petty I think. Despite this we will definitely be back to visit Westport and stay in the superb Knockranny House.

Room Tip: Definitely worth upgrading to de luxe room.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Six of us just back from 3 day stay in Knockranny, beautiful hotel, terrific food & excellent service. We were celebrating a significant birthday & this proved to be the ideal location, Stayed in a de luxe room which was spacious, spotlessy clean & well appointed with a king size bed which was really comfortable. The breakfast selection was very good but dinner each evening was a treat. Top quality food, well presented by efficient waiting staff in a beautiful dining room with lovely views & to top it all we had good weather. Westport is a lovely town & we had trips to Louisburg & Leenaun where we had very nice lunches in Louisburg '74 & the hotel in Leenaun.
All in all an excellent few days & to be recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Standard room, clean, room size o.k. bed really comfortable. One shower cap, one small showergel,shampoo & bar of soap per couple. No jucuzzi bath. I was a standard room but was so dissapointed with toiletries, has shower on arrival no showergel for morning & no heated mirror. On the other hand all staff were exellent, after noon tea, evening meal & breakfast. Best yet, was not dissapointed. Would go back again did enjoy our stay. But next time will up grade the room.

Room Tip: Don't book standard room.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank anne O
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Additional Information about Knockranny House Hotel

Address: Knockranny, Westport F28X340, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Mayo > Westport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Westport
#4 Romantic Hotel in Westport
#4 Business Hotel in Westport
#4 Family Hotel in Westport
#5 Luxury Hotel in Westport
Price Range: $122 - $305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Knockranny House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 97
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned and run, Knockranny House Hotel & Spa is one of Ireland's finest 4* hotels. Set in secluded grounds on a hillside, this luxury hotel stands proudly overlooking the picturesque town of Westport and enjoys breathtaking views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay's islands to the west and the Nephin Mountains to the north. The welcoming atmosphere at Knockranny House Hotel begins with the open log fires in the reception hall, and is carried throughout the property with its antique furniture, excellent spa facilities, superb cuisine and friendly service, creating a genuine sense of relaxed warmth and hospitality. It was previously voted as AA Irish hotel of the year. Knockranny House Hotel & Spa is the perfect base for a touring or activity break or just to simply relax. So whether you come west to explore the Wild Atlantic Way or relax in Spa Salveo, we will do all we can to ensure you have a wonderful stay. ... more   less 
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