We stayed at the Lantern for 4 days in August. It is wonderfully located, right on Main Street with restaurants and pubs up and down the street. Dingle was our favorite town in Ireland. The music and pubs are fantastic, the people are extremely friendly, and the Slea Head Drive is beautiful (though often the views are limited by fog).
The breakfasts were the best we had in Ireland- the waffles are delicious, the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon tasty, and the freshly-baked breads amazing- we fell in love with the white bread, crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. The breakfast room was a social place to chat with other travelers. The food was plentiful and you can help yourself to unlimited juice, bread, cheese and cereals, which was not the case at all other B&B's.
We had 2 rooms in the family area on the attic floor. They were small but comfortable with one exception- we were under the impression that the only window on the ceiling roof of the room did not open (we tried to open it but could not). Two of the nights, the room was sweltering, and this was during a period when the sun was not out very much. We actually slept with our doors wide open.
We wish that Thomas or Katherine had told us on check-in that the window actually opened, as this is not at all obvious. It is also worth noting that there is no view from that window, as it looks towards the sky, and that one sometimes hears noise from people coming out of pubs in the street, though it seemed to die down by about midnight or so.
The only other negatives were that when we first arrived after a long drive, we rang the bell but no one answered. I then called their phone number and no one answered. After waiting for about 10 minutes, I knocked on the window and Thomas answered. He said that the doorbell was not working. I found this very annoying and a bad way to create a positive first impression.
However, apart from these things, Thomas and Katherine were excellent hosts. They were patient and helpful answering our questions and making a call or two to help us with plans. They also made some inquiries with the Benner's hotel across the street, which led to us finding a wonderful babysitter so we could stay out and enjoy the music at the pubs.
We would definitely stay at the Lantern again. Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula are wonderful places.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lantern Townhouse Dingle is a warm, friendly and welcoming bed and breakfast in the heart of Dingle town. Our priority is to make you feel welcome and comfortable in a clean and cosy environment. We also provide a daily bed "make up" service. All rooms are en suite and tastefully decorated. We are happy to provide you with our local knowledge about Dingle and its environs! ... more less
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- The Lantern Townhouse Hotel Dingle