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“Nice food and great location, pity about the room”
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Leenane Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Leenane
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Reviewed July 26, 2010

Went on a romantic weekend break with my boyfriend. The location is fabulous and it is really that which kept me there. The food in the hotel restaurant and the bar were nice too to be honest. My main issue was with the room. We were put in a room in a different building than the hotel. It was 80s style with faded curtains and bedlinen. Clean - for the most part (the windows could have done with a wash), but kind of depressing. The floor was tiled and the TV had limited reception. I liked the quirky furniture in the room but that was about it. We had to go down fire escape steps in the rain to get to the restaurant and the bar, which is fine on the way...but not so hot on the way back.
I pretty much drove my boyfriend loopy being jealous of what looked like very nice rooms on the other side of the hotel...I'll never know.
The dinner on the Saturday evening was the nicest part of the stay there. The food was lovely. The service left a lot to be desired. Lots of foreigners serving the food who did not really get the language (English). I was not too impressed with the breakfast, and if you are looking for decaff coffee, be prepared for a description of what this is and, be prepared to get caffeinated.... (dangerous if you are me..).
The staff at reception find it difficult to get off the seats in the room behind reception and actually engage in a pleasant way with customers. I found them quite abrupt and not really that friendly or welcoming. A bit like 'you are in the middle of nowhere now...we have you....so we dont actually have to be nice'.
The main lounge in the hotel is interesting and the bar has some charm. The main advantage to staying at this hotel is that you are on the shores of Killary harbour and it is quiet. I dont think I will be back. Fine for a night , probably if you make sure you ask for the newer rooms....

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2010

Hotel offered 3 B and B and 3 dinners for €149 per person and this was great value. Room was in older part of hotel and could do with refurbishment but was clean and quaint / quirky. I loved it and the view over the fjord was superb but I can see how others who expected a modern room would be disappointed. Food was superb. Great taste and choice on the set house menu. Service was hit and miss. One day breakfast seemed in complete disarray with a wait of 20 minutes. We were in no hurry and read the paper but they just seemed to have too few people on. Also the two brothers who run the place were absent on that morning and the woman who was in charge did not seem up to it. Area is superb but quiet. Go and visit. Sea water baths in same building were so relaxing, get your money off voucher at reception and try them for a great hour or two.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2010

We stayed here from 05th-07th July and had a wonderful stay. Couldnt fault the hotel, except for the telephone not working to each room.
We arrived on Monday and were given rooms 37 and 44. Both rooms were clean with a fabulous view. 37 was very modern and 44 was fine for a single person. The other plus was that we were allowed our little dog.
The evening meal that evening was fantastic - fresh with five courses....we were stuffed and the dining room staff were wonderful....attentive and checking everything was in order. Breakfast was also perfect.....there was plenty there, however it could be improved by having a contential breakfast available also.
The view from the rooms is exceptional...breathtaking...this is a perfect hotel if you wish to relax .....

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 8, 2010

Just back from a one night stay at this hotel. We were in the 'new' extension and the bedroom was great. Clean and big with a lovely view. However the breakfast let the hotel down. We were ushered into the third and oldest dining room. The first dining room looked well but was full. The second was being set up (during breakfast) for lunch so we were told to go into the furthest room which was in need of a coat of paint and a general refurbishment.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2010

I did not stay at the Leenane Hotel, but did stop for lunch last weekend while passing through, it was not great.

I had fish and chips, the fish looked and tasted like it had come straight out of the freezer, to be honest not what I was expecting from a Hotel located on the edge of Ireland's only Fjord.

On the upside the staff were nice and the location is good, unfortunately that was not enough to make me want to go back or to recommend eating there to a friend.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 28, 2010

We stayed here with our 13 month old daughter for 3 nights. The room was a good size but a bit dated and in need of refurbishment. We got a great half board deal of 90 euro per night for us all . Dinner was a set menu but included starter, soup, main course, dessert and tea or coffee. There was reasonable variety, the food was pretty good and staff were friendly and helpful. This is a hotel to use as a base to explore the stunning countryside around it rather than to relax in for the day. If going ask for a lakeview room in the the new wing.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 22, 2010

I've been to the Leenane hotel twice this year and find it to be a rather eccentric sort of place. You never quite know how things are going to turn out in terms of service - sometimes (most times really) quite friendly but sometimes also bordering on indifference. A lot of the staff have very little English - which leads to complications in the restaurant if you wish to deviate in any way from what's on the menu! I have observed a guest at breakfast time waiting, with mounting ire, for 20 minutes or so for his simple order of bacon and egg to be (non) delivered, and all the staff totally ignoring him. Eventually he managed to attract attention, his order was written down again, with no apology from the waitress, she didn't have the requisite English to understand what had happened. Another 15 minutes and he got his breakfast and an apology from an English speaking waitress. This is fairly typical of the hit and miss service at the Leenane! The staff tend to be very much much one thing at a time, multi-tasking is not on their agenda. But basically friendly, they just need to be a bit more focused on looking after the guests.

The rooms are also a bit hit and miss in terms of noise. Best are on the top floor (the hotel is 3 storey), worst at the front on second floor over the bar area. The furniture is quaint and everything is rather old fashioned but OK if you are not too quibbly; no problems with cleanliness, although the wooden windows are a bit grubby - but that is the nature of the place. They also have a 2 storey annexe where the rooms are fine, somewhat functional and with tiled floors - a bit like the apartments you get in Mediterranean resorts. The tiles are a bit cold if you go loo visiting in the middle of the night, if you forget your slippers!

The location is rather fine, right beside Killary Harbour, lovely views across the water to the Mayo mountains. Leenane village is 5 minutes up the road and the Western Way 5 minutes in the other direction, around some rather dangerous blind bends. All sort of amenities in the area, as the hotel info outlines, but nothing in the hotel itself. But there are seaweed baths next door if you like that sort of thing.

Best features are very good value for money, good basic food (a pretty good 5 course dinner and a full Irish breakfast served to your table; and lunch sandwiches for 3 euro if you wish), good central location for exploring the area. The bad points are the variable standard of service; also, if you are picky, the old fashioned rooms and furniture - this hotel is not for people used to a lot of comforts. There is no lift, so sometimes the hotel is a bit like an old folks' home as elderly citizens struggle up the stairs with their luggage to their 1st or 2nd floor rooms - they don't seem to do porterage in the Leenane Hotel!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with friends
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Address: Clifden Road, Leenane, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Leenane
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Leenane
Price Range: $87 - $149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Leenane Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 34
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