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“Very child friendly”
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Shines Guesthouse
Ranked #14 of 20 Athlone B&B and Inns
Bern, Switzerland
2 reviews
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“Very child friendly”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

We stayed at Shines Guesthouse in late July 2012. It's a sweet little hotel, not the fanciest and some of the decor is a bit faded but clean, tidy, and looked after.

We often have trouble finding places to stay that don't require us to rent two separate rooms (and thereby blow our budget) to accommodate the two adults and three children in the family. They put an inflatable bed in the room for our smallest (10yo) and there was still plenty of space for everyone to move about.

The two girls who cooked breakfast were happy to make up what our three picky girls asked for and the price was 99 euros including breakfast for the five of us. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly in every way.

Room Tip: Ask for what you need! We found them very accommodating.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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New York, NY
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

As noted elsewhere, the Guesthouse is above the Shines pub; enter at the back of the building. Warning: entry is by an outside staircase to the first floor reception, i.e. no one is waiting to help with luggage. The guestrooms are spacious and comfortable; the bathrooms well equipped and quite large. The rooms at the back (low numbers) have no view to speak of but also little noise. There is a pleasant open common lounge with television. The staff are friendly and helpful. The breakfast room is large, the food is fresh, the choice is adequate and plentiful. Any special requests, such as decaf coffee and skimmed milk, were filled with a smile. The formerly mentioned retail has gone entirely and there is now a surprisingly good restaurant which can be entered through the pub or at the back, next to the Guesthouse stairs. Last orders for dinner are taken at 9 p.m. We stayed only 1 night, en route from Dublin airport to Connemara and found it an excellent choice.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Mountain View, California
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

Stayed here for one night.
Room was rough around the edges with doors appearing to be unpainted, a few cobwebs and a clothes rail in place of a wardrobe.
Quite a lot of road noise from the front rooms.
Breakfast okay, but nothing special.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Melbourne, Florida
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

If you base your view of Shines Guesthouse on the outside, you likely won't go in, and will miss out on a very nice stay. The guesthouse is on the upper floors of a lively pub, a kebab shop and some minor retail, so we expected (from past experience!) either a noisy or noisome accommodation. We were pleased that was not the case, however, after entering the guesthouse through a stairwell to the rear of the pub. The guesthouse is much larger than expected, with large rooms and large, very clean bathrooms with large walk-in stall showers. The king beds were very comfortable with ample pillows. The guesthouse also had free, working wi-fi (a must when traveling off the cuff), and no noise could be heard from the pub at all even though our rooms were directly above the pub and a bandwas playing as we walked through after coming back from town. The location of the guesthouse is not ideal if you want to be in Athlone center (45 minute walk strolling idly, 35 if booking it) but we're walking types so it was fine with us. The breakfast (included) was excellent and the staff were very helpful and friendly. Parking was free behind the building. Not a bad little spot at all!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed April 6, 2011

Stayed here for 1 night for Irish Olympics last Augst. I would highly recommend as Sue is a fab hostess. Rooms are top class and excellent breakfast. Hopefully we will be back again this year.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Shines Guesthouse
Address: Baylough, Athlone, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Westmeath > Athlone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Athlone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Shines Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shines Guesthouse is a finished to the highest standard offering you luxury of a hotel at bed and breakfast rates ..All our bedrooms host king size sleigh beds, full size cable TV, tea & coffee, under floor heating, free internet. We are located just 5 minutes from Athlone town centre. On our doorstep is Shines Bar, tesco express, take away cafe and a betting office. ... more   less 
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