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Rathbaun Hotel
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Rathbaun Hotel
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Lisdoonvarna
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Reviewed June 26, 2011

After checking the somwhat unfriendly hotel at the square the welcome here was overwhelmingly friendly by the 3rd generation,also by their parents and the 95 year old grandmother.
Cost was not an issue offseason,food was exellent and the music provided was ok. Room were OK.

However the germans were invading....well,noo prooblem,as they say.

Thankyou for your kindness!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 24, 2011

We stayed at the Rathbaun for 3 nights. It was quiet and out of season so the bar and restaurant for evening meals was closed however great suggestions for alternatives within walking distance were provided by Lynn. Breakfast was superb and great care is taken with choice of suppliers to ensure high quality. The room was comfortable, clean and quiet ensuring we slept well. Lisdoonvarna is a great base for exploring the coast and Burren and the Rathbaun is a brilliant base.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2010

I only wish I had more time to spend here, The Rathbaun Hotel is family run and family friendly. I was travelling solo but I felt i could recommend this hotel to a broad spectrum of travelers. Lisdoonvarna is such a central location for Co Clares abundance of Awesome outdoor activities. The Hotel is minutes away from the beautiful expanse of the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher And Doolin!! All of which were recommended to me by the friendly staff who took the time to direct me in all the right direction.

As a keen surfer this hotel was an ideal choice for me as they exceeded my expectations with facilities ! I had a safe secure place to store my board at night so I wasn't leaving it on a roof rack at night and i didn't have to store boards in my car, also they had outdoor ? indoor area to clean wet suits in the evening! best of all I was centrally located amongst an array of amazing 5 star breaks north and south of the beautiful coast road.

Even though there is a great local night life I never really found my self straying to far from the hotel, which had amazing food , mighty traditional Irish music and the cream of Irish craic! i cant wait to go Back!!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2010

This is a very well run hotel which specialises in providing great traditional music live every night, Music starts about 8.30-9.00 and goes until midnight so don't think of sleeping until then. You won't want to. Best trad band we found after over 1 month travelling throughout Ireland. The hosts and all staff are EXCEPTIONALLY friendly and accomodating. Room was on the smallish size but normal for over pub rooms. The owners should be commended as they are ticking most of the right boxes here. Don't bother looking elsewhere for a meal either as the meals here were 1st. class and reasonably priced.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2010

The hotel rooms are more guest house than hotel so don't expect 5 star but there are lovely personal touches like a teapot with the kettle and complimentary bottles of water in the room. The hosts are lovely. In the morning at the amazing breakfast which is cooked to order they took the time to tell us all about the attractions in the area of which there are many. There is a bar downstairs with music which means the rooms are noisy at night. And we were warned in advance by the owner that this would be the case as we had children. But they do serve breakfast late to make up for it. And they are so good to children giving them board games to play while the adults listen to the music and enjoy a drink or two. I would definitely stay there again if I was around the area.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 16, 2010

They must pick the staff for friendliness here. The rooms are comfortable and a good size. There is no car park but we had no problem parking outside the hotel. I also enjoyed the breakfast. Every guest is asked if they need help with planning their itinerary which is a nice touch if you are unfamiliar with the area. There is music in the bar every evening and the bar is open late.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 5, 2010

The Rathbaun is a nice hotel with friendly hosts, and live music every night in July/August. However be warned the very good house musicians are the same every night. So don't expect a different act each night. There's not a lot to do in Lisdoonvarna unless you are looking to find a husband/wife in which case go in September and look up Willie Daly in the Matchmaker Bar! We were told that at weekends in September it can get a little rowdy with the younger set. If you do stay I'd recommend that you take a boat trip from Doolin (a 10 minute drive away) to the Aran Isles and hire a bike, a lovely day out. Also the Cliffs of Moher are an easy drive from here. You can park right outside the hotel, don't worry about the SINGLE yellow line.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rathbaun Hotel

Address: Main Street, Lisdoonvarna, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > The Burren > Lisdoonvarna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Lisdoonvarna
Price Range: $84 - $127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Rathbaun Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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