We stayed at the Castlecourt Hotel on Paddy's weekend 2012 and were looking forward to an extended weekend away, do a bit of the green route on bikes, Achill Island and enjoy some of the pubs and a bit of live music. We took advantage of a special deal on the Junior Suite and were happy enough with the room itself when entering. We did, however, note that it was on the first floor and above the hotel entrance. The first night there was loud music on in the bar below and mercifully that turned off at c.2am allowing us to finally get to sleep. On complaining we were told we could not be moved as there was no free room at the Inn. Saturday night was worse, there was a fundraiser and despite phone calls down to reception I eventually had to resort to going down to the lobby in my dressing room to complain. The music did stop shortly after that but by this time it was close to 4a.m. Madness to put one of the premier rooms above a bar where they have live music until stupid hours of the morning. And it is not as if we were warned of the music, we were not. The next morning the manager was duly sympathetic and apologetic, but the bad taste in the mouth could not be rinsed out, the damage had been done. We were told the Plaza (next door under the same management) was quieter. Don't get me wrong I am full of praise for holding worthwhile fundraisers, but don't put the Suites above the bar and warn us of the possibility of noise before booking to allow us to choose.
We ate in the restaurant which was devoid of atmosphere and nothing to recommend it food wise - good for kids is probably its biggest plus point - it appeared that only residents were eating. Having said that, the location of the hotel in Westport was absolutely ideal, not bang in the centre but just a few steps away. Ideal. I'd also recommend Westport for a weekend break and for trad music you have to go to Matt Molloys.
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