We were really looking forward to our first break away in a long time. Upon arrival we were checked-in swiftly to our very spacious room.
We had a room facing the Reek and it was marvelous to wake up to it. The décor was dated and in need of new wallpaper but we were very comfortable. The bathroom was a good size with enough shelves for our many toiletries, and had a working jacuzzi for one. It begs for refurbishment too.
The swimming pool was modern and clean. It was manned by a surly staff who still insists on swimcaps at this day and age! The facilities were all very well maintained. It just lacks a swimsuit dryer.
At the bar the staff were very attentive. We sat to watch a rugby match and our drinks did not arrive with nibbles. They had to be ordered at a separate charge (for a 4* hotel?).
We heard good reviews of La Fougère and it did not disappoint! The food was excellent. Breakfast was served there as well and their house-smoked salmon is yum and their own granola is the best I've ever tasted. They also sell them at the reception at an exorbitant price but so scrummy!
There was a wedding reception held at the hotel during our stay and we hardly noticed the party at all. However the restaurant had difficulty accommodating such a large capacity for breakfast. We had to queue to be seated but that did not bother us at all as long as we were served eventually.
Overall I feel the staff need retraining in hospitality services. I did not feel our fine dining experience benefitted from the staffs' rough handling of tableware and a smile always go a long way!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Knockranny Hotel Westport