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Dolphin Beach House
Ranked #9 of 45 Clifden B&B and Inns
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boston
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“We were blessed- luck of the Irish!”
Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

Clodagh Foley continues a family tradition of gracious and warm hospitality. We could not have dreamed of a more perfect venue, perched above the bay, 10 minutes from Clifden centre. Spectacular views, great and hearty Irish breakfast ( and if you are lucky Clodagh will be serving dinner ( call ahead). The rooms are spic-and-span, comfy, very nicely decorated. We stayed three nights and set out on adventures each day: Could have stayed a week! Recommended most highly!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Spent 4 days based in Connemara and anchored here at this beautiful guesthouse in Clifden. Not only did we get everything we were expecting but when my tripod broke I was given access to the basement and tools to put my overworked tripod back together. Great Breakfast overlooking the bay with the best breakfast view I ever had. Speaking with all the smiling guests in the morning you know they were enjoying this rare treat. Will be back.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Chico, California
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

The incredible location of this beautifully appointed bed and breakfast couldn't be more picturesque! With access to a lovely garden, pasture and ever-changed ocean, the all "rooms with a view" setting of Dolphin Beach House ranked as our favorite stay in Ireland. The breakfast room has gorgeous views of the pastoral and ocean scenery, and the meal was beautifully prepared and served by the lovely Clodagh. The "help yourself" pastries/breads, fruits and cereals were as tasty as visually appetizing. Great coffee too! Our room had a fabulous view, was nicely appointed, clean and comfortable. Common areas are beautiful and classy as well. We also heard the best and most accessible music in Clifden at J. Conneely's Bar. We only wished we had planned more time in Clifden. We took one day and visited the Kylemore Abby with it's walled gardens - A Must on your travel plans for the County Connemara.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

At first glance we thought we were somewhere else - this B&B is painted in very Tuscan/Mexican colours - quite unusual for the west Irish coast! But Dolphin Beach is very good - our room was very large as was the bathroom [maybe a bit more bench space could have made things a llittle easier for our toiletries - but not a real draw back], and the view from our room was of rural and coastal lansdscapes - very relaxing and stunning, particularly if the sun was out.
The meals [breakfast and dinner] were exactly what you would expect of a high class B&B and there was all day coffee etc available. We went for a walk around the property and along the cliff tops - all very spectatular and peaceful. Our hosts were very accommodating and were available when needed.
The road from Clifden gets a bit "hairy" in spots but it is sealed and has limited local traffic. A GPS will make finding the place a little easier - most "gems" are off the beaten track anyway!
Dolphin Beach was one of four B&B;s we stayed in during our trip and was equal to the other two we considered excellent places at very reasonable prices. If peace and quiet, coupled with a great place to stay, are pre-requisistes for travellers along the west coast, this place should be considered - very recommendable!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Dublin
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

My wife and I are regular visitors to north Connemara and it amazes me that I had not stayed at Dolphin Beach until recently. This is a beautiful country house hotel, but with only a handful of rooms and so it is much more the country house than a hotel. Hospitality was excellent, very welcoming, helpful, not overly intrusive. The hospitality we received was both warm and genuine.

The room was very large and comfortable, with plenty of space to move about, sitting area, large en-suite bathroom with excellent bath and shower hotness. The bed was a six foot wide sleigh bed, very comfortable (from which you could look out to the sea). Our room was decorated in a classic style with carefully selected antique furniture. The views from this property are just terrific and our room had large sliding doors facing the sea so we could walk straight out into the gardens. Do a google search for "Sky road Clifden" and you will immediately see the great views to be had from Sky road generally, and this property is located on the sea-side of the lower Sky Road, hence a short walk down to its own private beach. On the second morning of our stay, we had just finished breakfast in the lovely breakfast room overlooking the Atlantic, when we saw two porpoises feeding outside the beach cove. I managed to catch only their fins with my camera phone (see pic of bay, tips visible right near waterline to left of rocky outcrop) but we clearly saw them in the water. The name of the hotel is no accident, then! By the time we walked down to the water line they had moved on but it certainly made for a memorable experience.

The house in general is very comfortable, with several different sitting areas for guests to lounge comfortably and pick up a book to delve into. Clodagh might just appear out of nowhere with a mug of team and a dozen biscuits and you are lost for the afternoon, undisturbed with a book and the sea views. There are stove fires everywhere. We stayed three weekends ago and my overridding memory now is of blissful peace and the earthy smell of a turf fire. I think the highest compliment I can pay is that my wife said it was the best place we have ever stayed in Ireland. Coming from my wife, that's very high praise indeed. I will readily recommend this gem of a hotel, for me it far exceeds the others that I have stayed in the area. Its a small hotel so its a different kind of experience.

Other issues: it is between 5 - 10 minutes drive from Clifden. That's either a short drive or a three-mile walk along the famous Sky road. It is pretty easy to find. If you have got this far on Trip Advisor you will have learned that Clifden itself is a three hour drive from Dublin. 2 hours of that is motorway and the last hour out from Galway is through a dramatic, unfolding landscape where you might have to dodge the odd sheep here and there. Well worth the trip.

This is not a big hotel at all, it is instead a country house so don't expect a bar / restaurant on demand, although at breakfast time on both mornings we were invited to book dinner that evening. We didnt take it up this time but certainly will next year.

Room Tip: There are only a handful of rooms and we were offered a choice so ask if you can take a look at them...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

OK - spectacular view about 5 minutes from town.

Beautiful building and large rooms - most with great views.

The owner is very helpful and gracious; she also cooked for us one night.

A real bargain - rooms were only 140 per nite and dinner was 35 per head.

This deserves a repeat visit.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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26 reviews
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

This marvelous, welcoming house is filled with comfortable touches (like happy houseplants, movable furniture and helpful resident managers) and surrounded outside with Irish coastal views that will take your breath away. Every detail is comfortable, quiet and accommodating --- breakfasts included and kindness never optional. We decided to stay here as we happened to be following the same rambling itinerary as friends a few weeks behind -- knowing nothing, not even a web-search, we emailed the responsive manager several times with questions and etc -- and pulled off the tiny hillside road into a setting that defies description. A walk on the headlands, tasty brewed coffee (good for NW Americans) and all the courtesies we could ask for: May we do a wash, may we leave this bag ... and STARS! The night sky was amazing.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dolphin Beach House
Address: Lower Sky Road, Clifden, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Clifden
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #9 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Clifden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Dolphin Beach House Hotel Clifden

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