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The Quay House
Ranked #1 of 45 Clifden B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 5, 2012

As a long time visitor to Ireland (annually for decades), the Quay House in Clifden is by far the best of all accommodation I have ever stayed in and offers its guests the best rooms, breakfast, hosts, location and peaceful surrounding in all of Ireland. Julia and Paddy could not provide their guests with a warmer welcome and stay. Every room is unique and spacious. As Clifden becomes more popular and busier, the location of the Quay House down by the harbour provides for a beautiful,tranquille and exquisite setting for living life in the appropriate fashion - all for the best value in Ireland! You will not find a finer place in all of Ireland and you will return, time after time.

Room Tip: While all of the rooms are terrific, the top floor rooms have wonderful views of the harbour.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 10, 2011

Julia and Paddy have hospitality down pat in this quirky, comfortable beautiful little place. the common areas are interesting and comfortable, and breakfast is served in a glass walled, leaf ceilinged area that makes your meal a special event. The hosts are both welcoming and helpful, and yet not in your face. A great place to use as a base, but the town has great shopping and restaurants as well.

Room Tip: We stayed in #1...huge and comfortable with lots of space to spread out. Great, huge bathroom. did...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for the weekend and from the moment we entered the front door, knew we had arrived somewhere special. Our hosts Julia and Paddy made us welcome and we were shown 3 rooms and allowed to chose which one we wished to stay in. We chose the Napoleon room, but would have been equally as happy in either of the other 2. Beautifully furnished and Napoleon themed, ours had a lounge area, small dressing room and large bathroom, all impeccably clean. Julia and Paddy treated us like old friends and were good fun. The Quay House is 5 mins walk from the town, pubs and restaurants, so very easy to get about and leave the car.
Our thanks to Julia and Paddy for a fab relaxing w/end.....will definitely return!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

We stayed one night in the Quay House and loved it. Our cosy bedroom on the first floor overlooked the estuary. The lounges and dining room were full of antiques and arefacts- the lounge had cosy settees and an open fire. Julia was a wonderful hostess offering very drinkable white wine by the glass and great local advice on dining out. The breakfast the next day was a feast and set us up for the day. I would recommend this to anyone.

We stayed in the Blue room on the first floor. It had a cosy and comfortable four poster, a window with a view, nice antique furniture and interesting decor themed in blue. My only small criticism was that the bathroom was old fashioned with the shower in the bath, but it all worked.
The lounges and public areas were all covered with antiques and artefacts. The hall was covered with mounted horned game trophies and a tiger skin, one of the lounges had a maritime theme. Everywhere there were interesting items to look at - it is a real eclectic mix.
Julia and Paddy own the place and from what I had seen on the walls I assumed one was a retired sea captain and the other a big game hunter, but Julia assures us they were both avid antique purchasers only!! (If you are a green activist dont let this put you off)
We enjoyed an excellent white wine served by the glass by the side of the open fire. We chatted to an interesting couple from the US on their honeymoon and in search of their ancestors. Julia offered great advice on where to dine that evening.
Breakfast the next morning was in an airy conservatory. There was a buffet including rhubarb,grapefruit, cereals, yoghurt and more. This was followed with the main course. You could choose from a full Irish, pollock, eggs benedict. The kidneys were unavailable. (What no kidneys....) We went for the full Irish and enjoyed the bacon, sausage, black pudding, mushrooms and eggs. The quantity was just right. This was washed down with fresh orange juice and fresh brewed coffee. It is this touches of fresh and local produce that made it excellent.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

We (party of 4) stayed with Paddy and Julia at the beginning of October and loved our stay. The Quay house is a perfect location to not only explore Clifden but also the Connemara region. The Quay house is in a beautiful spot right down on the harbor. We had a room facing the water and it was very peaceful and lovely!

Each night of our 3 night visit we walked up to Clifden (a fairly easy walk up a hill to town) for dinner at a location recommended by Paddy. He steered us right each night! We would then walk back down the hill (usually after stopping at the supermarket for some Kilkenny) and end our evenings while reading in our wonderfully comfortable rooms (enjoying our Killkenny!). The bathrooms were quite spacious, the shower in ours (the blue room) had very little water pressure and I had a hard time washing my hair. This the ONLY possible negative that we experienced during the visit - and that is NOT a biggie to me, I just washed my hair once while there :-). My parents had the mirror room and their shower was just fine (according to them). They even had a working fireplace in their harbor view room!

We loved the breakfasts, my husband especially loved the oysters and smoked salmon that he had every day!

I would love to visit Clifden again and would stay with Paddy and Julia in a heart beat. They are very warm and wonderful hosts who make you feel right at home.

Thank you!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

We have stayed her three or four times over the last decade. The rooms are all different in both size and decor, the common rooms are the least common rooms that you may ever see and the host and hostess are kind and helpful.

They serve a complete breakfast, or rather the potential for any kind of breakfast: fresh fruits, cereals, all traditional cooked breakfasts, and fresh breads. They actually have a chef to make the breakfast, with no other meals served during the day.

They will call around and make reservations for golf, dinner or any other activity. Since they are in and of the community, they know everyone and are known by everyone. You absolutely can not go wrong staying here.

Room Tip: We have stayed in four rooms so far and there is not a bad one in the house.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

We spent two nights here and it was one of the nicest places we have ever stayed in. Paddy and Julia the owners make your stay so special. They know everyones name and are so welcoming. The breakfast was amazing wih so much choice - oysters, smoked haddock, etc. The rooms were all themed and we had the best nights sleep. The location right by the beautiful harbour makes it very peacful and yet a 5 minute walk leaves you in the centre of the busy little town of Cliften. I cannot say enough about this place, it really is a special place and well worth visiting.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about The Quay House

Address: Beach Road, Clifden, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Clifden
Amenities:
Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Clifden
Price Range: $165 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
The Quay House Hotel Clifden

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