HOTEL WESTPORT is one of those rarities in Ireland, a highly- successful hotel, still in the hands of the family who founded it. We stayed there soon after it first opened forty years ago, so we decided it was time to return and enjoy the delights of picturesque Westport town and the stunning scenic surroundings of County Mayo.
Leisure breaks are what Hotel Westport is most famous for, often associated with activities such as golf, bridge or bowling. The 20m swimming pool is a big draw for all. Family Breaks are most popular during school holidays when Cubs Corner, Panda Club and Teen Territory swing into action, covering all age groups. The Ocean Spirit Spa has treatments and pampering sessions providing a less strenuous option.
My wife Karen and I chose the laziest package of all – the Golden Holiday/ Over 50s. This is the most popular mid-week option, judging by the number of bald heads and/or Groom-Out-Grey rinses among our fellow guests. It’s a value for money break involving 3-5 nights’packages of B&B accommodation with four-course dinners in the award-winning Islands Restaurant. Other breaks include a Murder Mystery in October and a regular Magic/Storytelling Dinner Show throughout the high season.
Because the euro exchange rate favoured guests from the UK -- and the weather was holding up pretty well -- we opted for an extra night so that we could fit more of the amazing attractions on offer in North Mayo, from driving around the coast of ACHILL ISLAND to visiting the new TITANIC Centenary Memorial south of Crossmolina.
However, literally next door to the hotel is one of Mayo’s most famous Visitor Attractions, WESTPORT HOUSE which is an Irish national treasure largely designed around 1780 by the greatest architect of his era, James Wyatt. The current generation of aristocratic Brownes (who are descended from Grace O’Malley the Pirate Queen) have welcomed four million visitors since they opened their stately home to the public. In the extensive grounds, there’s an award-winning Pirate Adventure Park, an Activity Centre, Caravan Park and everything else that can make the place pay its way. It's a wonderful day out!
Back to the hotel: With many of the ground floor walls already full of award plaques, the Hotel Westport does not really need another trophy from me, but it deserves the highest rating I am awarding it here on TripAdvisor. Here's why:
We LOVED the cosy, Irish Country House atmosphere and the smiling welcome from the staff which was sustained throughout our stay. They are well trained by General manager Declan Henegan and Marketing Manager Eithne Cosgrove. The Reception staff used my name every time I passed, so I am returning the compliment to Front Desk Manager Mary O’Reilly and her team – Tina, Kathleen, Aine,Noreen,Sarah and new girl Aisling.
We ENJOYED excellent bar food on the nights we were not dining at Islands Restaurant, personally served by bar manager John McNamara who is from tiny Clare Island. We saw his 'homeland' off Roonagh Quay when we went for a drive along the southern shore of Clew Bay past the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick to little Louisburg which has grown a lot since our last visit.
MY SOLE COMPLAINT about Hotel Westport was the size of the portion of lamb on one of the dinners. It was far too big!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Westport is secluded in 7 acres of beautiful woodland in the heart of Westport, Co. Mayo. They are renowned for their theme breaks, Golden Years, Golf, Walking, Murder Mystery, Bridge, Indoor Bowling, Theatre Breaks and Family Holidays.The Hotel has 129 bedrooms including 6 Suites and 48 newly extended and refurbished Premier Rooms, offering guests a more luxury and stylish sophistication. Other facilities include their Award Winning Ocean Spirit Spa & Leisure, Hair Salon, Maple Bar and Islands Restaurant. ... more less
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