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Vaughan Lodge
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Vaughan Lodge is a wonderful small hotel located within easy walking distance of the center of lovely Lahinch and within sight of the world famous Lahinch Gold Club. From the moment you walk in the door, it is obvious that you are a welcome and apppreciated guest. The staff, all the way up to Michael Vaughan, will make you feel like family. The Irish are known for their hospitality but this place is very special. The rooms are well-appointed, large, quiet and comfortable. The bar area is exceptionally beautiful. The restaurant served us what we all agreed was our best meal in all of Ireland during a visit that featured many well-known and highly rated restaurants. I have encountered comparable service only one other place in my travels (Hamanasi Resort in Belize). Do yourself a huge favor if you are in County Clare and stay at the Vaughan Lodge and EAT THERE. If it was possible to give six stars, this hotel would get that rating from me.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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mavaughan, General Manager at Vaughan Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2013

Thank you for the recommendation
We are all thrilled to learn that we served you beyond your expectations.
It is such a reward for us to read your review
Many thanks
Michael

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Michael Vauhgan, a fourth generation hotelier, and his staff, which he treats as family, present a fantastic dining and lodging experience. We had an unbelievable meal, waited on by staff that blew us away with their experience and friendliness. The rooms are extremely comfortable and spacious with the desired accommodations travelers are looking for. The library/lounge off the lobby area is comfortable and relaxing. This is highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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mavaughan, Owner at Vaughan Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2013

Thank you James for your vote of appreciation.
We will work even harder now to keep the standards

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Reviewed August 24, 2013

I did not stay at the Vaughan Lodge, they were fully booked when I rolled in at 11:00pm 8th August, 2013 randomly looking for a place to sleep.

Still, I received a very warm welcome and much needed assistant from an amazing young lady attending the check-in desk by the name of Ilona. Between answering room service requests from guests, not only did Ilona take the the time to search for accommodation for me, but when every on-line search turned up no results, on a hunch she telephoned another facility a few minutes away and was able to secure a room for me, last minute, and at a reduce rate!! She then printed out directions for me to ensure I wouldn't get lost in the middle of the night.

Ilona, you are a *STAR* and Vaughan Lodge is fortunate to have you!

A personal and heart-felt Thank You to you!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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mavaughan, Owner at Vaughan Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2013

Ylonah is a star and represents what we are about at Vaughan Lodge and what we try to achieve whether you stay with us or have some interaction with us on your visit to Lahinch.
We are lucky to have each other is how I would like to think the equation works!!

Stand out Ylonah and take a bow.... you deserve it!!

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Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

Had a great stay here one weekend recently. This small boutique type hotel really hits the mark if you want a little bit of luxury and style. service was efficient and friendly throughout and nothing was ever too much trouble for the staff. Although the hotel was full it was very quiet late at night so a sound sleep was assured. Our room had a sea view , was large and spotlessly clean. It seems to cater for many American tourists especially golfers. The breakfasts and dinners in the restaurant were simply superb as was the service. Being regular travellers to west Clare over the last 10 years we can't believe it has taken us this long to find a hotel like this that is well above average. Only small gripe is the price but you get what you pay for. Walking distance to the beach and town and a great base for exploring the west coast of Clare. Highly recommend this for couples.

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mavaughan, Owner at Vaughan Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2013

Another great expression of my Dad's was that the best marketing a hotel can do is within the four walls of the premises. No amount of Irish Times advertising can explain what the atmosphere of a hotel is like. We are delighted you found us and hopefully we will enjoy serving you again

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Reviewed August 16, 2013

This hotel displays thoughtful design, superior fixtures and 5* service. While our front facing best-in-the-house room was somewhat noisy for me, the room was spacious, elegant and flawless in all respects, & staff repeatedly volunteered change of room. Many quiet rooms available, some with views, but it is the overall superior quality of the ambience and style of the entire institution that stands out. Walls are decorated with high quality canvas-mounted colour plates of the magnificent Burren & Cliffs of Moher shot by the proprietor himself. Room colours reflect the earthy tones of the region and the understated elegance extends to the restaurant and bar.
The restaurant is fine dining with the surprisingly young but experienced Chef exhibiting bold and adventurous cuisine with strong independent flavours.
But it is the open warmth & true hospitality of the proprietor & his staff that wins ones heart!

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mavaughan, Owner at Vaughan Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2013

Well.... not sure that all that is necessary....lol
We just did what we would normally do for any of our guests and try to serve as best as possible.
Stars are immaterial really when it comes to service. It is possible to receive five star service in even a 2 star hotel. We just like to have happy satisfied guests and push ourselves to the limits of what we can achieve here in the wiles of North Clare on the Wild Atlantic Way!
That you considered us 5 stars is better than any hotel inspector's visit
Thank you

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