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Ben View House
Ranked #1 of 45 Clifden B&B and Inns
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

We arrived in Clifden without reservations because of an uncertain travel schedule and stopped by Ben View based on Tripadvisor ratings and information from their web site. Eileen was out to "do the messages" but we decided to wait. Thank goodness we did! What a fantastic first experience with B&B accommodations. There was a bike run going on and the house was fairly well booked but Eileen was very accommodating and fit us in even though we had to shuffle to a different room each night. Great central location to walk around town hitting the shops and pubs. The house is beautifully furnished and has a nice little parlor to sit and organize your photos or thoughts. Rooms are very tidy with comfortable bedding and quiet with the exception of the typical quirks of a house (squeaky floorboard, late arriving guests...). You won't be long before meeting Desmond, one of the most gracious and talkative hosts you will likely meet. Breakfasts were absolutely amazing. Best aspect of our stay was the knowledge of the Clifden area that Eileen and Desmond shared with us. We were attempting to trace family heritage in the area and our hosts were invaluable in guiding us in the right direction. Of our six lodgings during our trip, this was by far the best.

Gary & Tonya Richardson
Westport Maine

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

We stayed over night in Ben View House after a long day driving, we were welcomed by Eileen and shown to a gorgeous room. The bed was so very comfortable and the linen was outstanding, it is one of the first things we look for at BNBs. The breakfast was a delightful experience with polished silver wear and more than enough to eat with the traditional Irish breakfast and bone china. We would highly recommend this BNB to anyone passing through this very quaint town.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

Clifden is a very pretty town, well-located and with lots of charm and good pubs and restaurants for its size. And this is a great place to stay there - centrally located and with parking overnight ( until 11.30 the following day....very relaxed ) right outside it. The house is full of interesting family pictures and stories and Eileen and Desmond made us very welcome. As others have commented, Desmond remembered every guest's name and was always chatty and welcoming. During our week in Ireland we stayed in some lovely places....this was the best B&B of the lot!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Falcon, Colorado, United States
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Reviewed May 10, 2014

Arrived in Clifden without a reservation. We walked in and she showed us a room for 3 plus the lounge and breakfast room. The room was nice and quiet, and away from the street. Wonderful breakfast in the morning! This B&B is on the main street so very close walking distance to all pubs. Recommended!

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Watertown, New York
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Reviewed May 10, 2014

This was by far our favorite B&B during our tour of Ireland. We found it from tripadvisor after driving into town. This B&B has been in the family for over 100 years, and the family is very proud of their Inn and the history they have there. We were greeted by Desmond, and he never forgot a guest's name. Desmond was very helpful with tips for sights and pubs. We also enjoyed the town of Clifden, lots of pubs with live music, a great little town to stay in. Room was clean, large and newly remodeled including the bathroom with new fixtures. We had a great view of the street and could watch traffic go by, but it was surprisingly quiet. The breakfast was fantastic and were given the choice of full irish or pancakes. The pancakes were excellent and a great treat after a week of eggs every morning. Highly recommended!

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Leesburg, Virginia
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Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Ben View House a few nights ago and had a lovely stay. Ben View House is in a excellent location in the center of town, near restaurants and pubs. Eileen is a wonderful hostess, and it was a pleasure to meet her and chat with her. The room was comfortable and spacious. Breakfast was delicious. The town had poured a new concrete walk in front of the B&B that day so Eileen had to welcome us around the side. She was appalled, but we were delighted. It made us feel like family.

We will definitely stay here the next time we visit Clifden.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

I had a great stay at Ben View House. It's ideally located in the city center. Eileen was very welcoming, the room was very comfortable, and breakfast was delicious. What more could you ask for! Do not hesitate then.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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Property: Ben View House
Address: Bridge Street, Clifden, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Clifden
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Ranked #1 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Clifden
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Hotel Class:3 star — Ben View House 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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