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“A Lovely Place that unfortunately was a lIttle too Distracted with Personal Issues”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of The Tides B&B

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The Tides B&B
Ranked #2 of 21 Ballybunion B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Wrentham, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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“A Lovely Place that unfortunately was a lIttle too Distracted with Personal Issues”
Reviewed November 3, 2010

I stayed here one night in October. I booked directly thru the owner. I had read some wonderful things on here and was expecting a lot. Apparently I had a not-common bad experience.When we arrived, we were one of only two rooms booked on the property, yet the owner was not aware of how long we were staying. As well, he failed to respond to my emails regarding finding dinner reservations after a long drive and an evening arrival. The owner had booked my spouse to play a 4-5 hour round of golf at 9am the date of departure but never bothered to mention that they have a 10:30 am checkout time!! I was forced to check out and sit in the lobby of the local golf club because I was not even afforded a late check out since the family had "vacation plans". This seemed surprising as he was not sure upon check in if we were staying one or two nights? Obviously a last minute decision due to our brief stay. A shame as we probably would have enjoyed it more.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Dana Point, California
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Reviewed October 20, 2010

It was around 8 PM and we were tired when my friend and I decided to stop for the night in Ballybunion. We had been recommended to The Cliff Hotel, but after looking at a room there, we decided to keep looking. We rang the door at The Tides and were welcomed by David, the most gracious host we me our entire trip. He gave us a tour and showed us a couple rooms. The rooms are very big, modern and well decorated. The beds are comfortable, the towels are thick. The hotel is about a 2 minute drive from town and 5 minutes to the golf course. I use Trip Advisor often in my travels, but have never felt compelled to write a review yet. This property, and especially the professional, warm attitude of the proprietor David was a great, lucky experience that I needed to share.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Florham Park, New Jersey
1 review
Reviewed October 13, 2010

Go to this place. You'll have a lot of laughs but no complaints at the Tides. The room are spotless, great bathroom/showers (Yanks will know what I'm talking about), great breakfast and the best bed in Ireland. After a night flight to Shannon, 18 at Lahinch, and a bit of a drive, when we where greeted at the Tides by a contented golden retriever, we knew we had picked the right place. David and Doreen Walsh have it right and went out of their way to make us welcome. We were four golfers and the Tides was perfect for us. Two large rooms with all the amenities of a Hyatt. Quick ride to town and to Ballybunion. David also flawlessly handled all our golf accomodations around Ireland. When we go back, and we will, the Tides and Ballybunion are on the itinerary.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Bend, Oregon
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Reviewed October 9, 2010

This is truly the "Ritz Carlton" of B&Bs -- but at a very reasonalbe price. The room was spacious, as was the bathroom. They even had a pants presser, microwave, and wine cooler! The queen size bed was to die for -- so comfy. There was a large screen TV plus sofa and chair in the room, and a vibrating chair in the main floor living room. The breakfast was varied and delicious. We cannot say enough good about The Tides -- they do not get any better.

And our host, David, who is an avid and rather good golfer himself, managed to get us a resupply of golf balls for our use at the magnificent course of Ballybunion. New golf balls in Ireland are about 2 to 3 times the price of them in the USA -- so bring a lot or ask David to restock you.

Free parking, internet access if you do not have your own PC, free wi-fi -- what more could one want!~

We would recommend this B&B to ANY of our friends -- no matter what social class they are in. This place is awesome.

This B&B is about 2 minutes from town and from the Club House -- contact them in advance for directions as they are off R 553 (the road to Listowel).

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Muir of Ord, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 8, 2010

From the first welcome to the end farewell, a second to none genuine Irish hospitallity.
We were entertained daily by David during our breakfast, with whit and knowledge and served beautiful food by his wife Doreen.
Our suite was FANTASTIC (look at pics on their webbsite) every comfort provided, right down to the white fluffy robes and a wired-in hairdryer beside the bathroom mirror, BLISS.
I was travelling with my Mother of 79 re-visiting my late Father's birth place, in a little hamlet near Abbeyfeale. My Mother's comments were 'every attention to detail for our comfort was provided at the Tides'
A very big thankyou David and Doreen for making our stay (3 nights) truly memorable.
Christine & Rosaleen

  • Stayed September 2010
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Muskey1, Owner at The Tides B&B, responded to this review, October 10, 2010
Christine & Rosaleen come from the home of Golf in Scotland and we were delighted to have them staying with us at the Mighty Shores of Ballybunion the Irish Home of Links Golf.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us At the Tides Guesthouse and we hope that both your Mom and yourself will get the chance to return and see us in the coming years. We thank you for your kind comments and wonderful review of what we do each day in looking after our valued guests. With our sincere thanks David Walsh.
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la jolla, CA
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Reviewed October 6, 2010

A delightful surprise. The exterior, while charming, did not begin to hint at the very large, modern, and spotless rooms that awaited us. An added bonus was the friendly hospitality of proprietor David Walsh. Would definitely stay there again when next in the area.
David Monahan, La Jolla, California, USA

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed October 3, 2010

Stayed here for one night ,It was a dream.the rooms had a three piece suit., the lardges rooms I have ever stayed in and everything was top of the range.David the owner made the four of us feel really at home and the old Irish friendliness was alive and well.Would love to return .

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Muskey1, Owner at The Tides B&B, responded to this review, October 10, 2010
Louise

Thank you kindly for taking the time to write a review of your satay at Ballybunion and the Tides Guesthouse. The Old Irish welcome will never be lost at the Tides Guesthouse and each person that has left a review of the Tides Guesthouse on TripAdvisor get a special discount on their return. Hoping to see you again soon our sincere thanks David & Doreen Walsh.
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Property: The Tides B&B
Address: Listowel Road, Ballybunion, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Ballybunion
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Ballybunion
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — The Tides B&B 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Tides B&B. Your Family host David & Doreen Walsh await your arrival in Ballybunion, County Kerry. Recently awarded Five Stars by Failte Ireland you can be rest assured you will be well looked after in Ballybunion. Free Parking Free WI-FI ... more   less 
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