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“A good nights sleep NOT guaranteed at Moycarn lodge”
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Moycarn Lodge
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Ballinasloe
Reviewed August 18, 2012

We (4) stayed midweek two nights b/b and evening dinner with Groupon.....

Where to start...??
Good points...Lovely location...friendly female staff..ample parking..
Thats it i'm afraid..

Bad points..
Room....smallest room i've ever stayed in,un-bearably hot, unable to leave door open at night because of nearby factory and M6..also no privacy dividers on balcony so the very heavy curtains must remain closed and the window just was not sufficient....
No milk in room on arrival..had to go down to a frequeltly empty reception..
No extra pillows..(2 only)...another trip...
Sockets only on one side of bed only..so everything had to be plugged-unplugged to use....
Tea making tray on desk unit..but nearest socket was at the door..so we had to put the kettle on the floor to boil it...weird..!!!
Stains on the carpet and walls made the room look unkept...
cobwebs and spiders around the ceiling......
The noise from the adjoining and above rooms was totally unacceptable ..people (on both nights) arriving home at 3.30am banging doors and being generally loud disrupted our sleep and left two very tired and annoyed guests ...I cant totally blame them as the insulation in the lodge is non-existant...
En-suite..
The weirdest part of our stay was that the managment decided that it was acceptable to rent this room with clearly defective shower door, which if not closed carefully and exactly would cause the shower door to come off its track and fall into the enclosure...
As a result of the defective runners the doors didnt close together properly..water on the floor was a regular occurence after a shower...
If this door was to fall and injure someone there might not be a Moycarn lodge in a year...
This didnt happen overnight....being in the trade I know that €50 would pay for this to be rectified and its not something that the cleaners/owners would not be aware of...
And while the plumber is there they might get him to look at the leaking soil pipe at the back of the toilet..which is a health hazard and again would be easily noticed by the cleaners when cleaning the floor..which it clearly hasnt been in a while, judging by the stain on the tile directly below...BTW...i dont need my toilet roll end folded into a V...theres more important issues in there.......!!!
Food.....
Adequate.......We were aware that we were being given a "deal" menu , and the quality of the food lived up to this....especially my supplemented steak.....a bit sad really....
The restaurant area of the bar (the restaurant was not open) was totally without athmosphere, we felt while having dinner and drinks afterwards that we could be sitting in a motorway services...nothing that dimming the lights and a few candles wouldnt sort out though.....

Breakfast was better but there seemed to be a choice of "full Irish breakfasts" that we were not aware of....the people on the next table asked for the same as us but got different items....swings and roundabouts i suppose...First morning we had a good spread of the usual continental stuff, but on day two we had no croissants, pan au cholocate and a big bowl of fresh fruit was missing..when enquired to the assistant was told theres none left ..it was 8.45...breakfast finished at 10, and ther was only a handful of people staying.....??????.

Overall it was a very bad stay....i feel sorry for the girls who seem to be running everything....
We met a chap at the dinner and breakfast ,but he didnt seem too keen to interact with us and came across as a tiny big ignorant and unfriendly.....sorry , i say what i see....
Our friends had a larger room and a working shower door, but still complained of the stuffy room and noise problems....
I did not make any complaints to the girl on leaving as i felt it would be a waste of time...I'm confident that the owner is aware of the problems.....

I could not and would not recommend a stay at Moycarn Lodge for all the above reasons...If however the owners decide to make right all the above issues i might change my mind, as i said earlier ,its in a very nice spot .......

One last thing..we have stayed in several "deal" hotels this year but Moycarn Lodge is the first one where we really felt like we were given a lower level of accomodation for the money....

Room Tip: top floor rooms might be the quietest..but could also be too hot in summer....
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

My wife and I stayed in this hotel for 3 days and only wish it could have been more as it was so relaxing and pleasent to be a guest of this very well run hotel and the oweners and staff were always ready available to assist with any enquiry or information required.Some of the local residents visit the hotel in the evenings and are as warm and as friendly as the oweners and staff here. Our bed room was on the top floor of the hotel with a fantastic view of the Marina.
Food was excellent and very reasonable priced. About a 15 minute walk into the town of Ballinasloe.I would certainly recommend this warm and friendly hotel to anyone looking for Quality and Value and I hope I can get back there again for a stay.
Joe Kavanagh

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

My wife, myself and our 11 week old baby stayed in the hotel for 3 night's and had a lovely time. Room was very clean and with the weather been so warm the room got quite hot but a fan was provided so it was perfect. Lovely location and sitting outside eating and having a drink looking over the Marina was fantastic. Inside the staff were so friendly and made the hotel feel very homely. Food was excellent too. Galway city and athlone only a short drive away so plenty to do around the area. We loved our time there and I wish everyone there plenty of future success. We will be back for sure.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

we stayed there last weekend with groupon deal,loved it staff very friendly,food was lovely,and so was the room,lovely location we went into town one of the nights as well that was good.breakfast was very nice we had continental one morning and full breakfast the next that was very nice definetly will be back soon again carmel

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at the Moycarn lodge last weekend and had a wonderful time. Read some rubbish about no staff and notting to do! Some people should stay at home. There were lots of staff and they were very nice to. Food was top class and music on in the bar that evening was very good. We went on into town later on that night to try
The Local night club. 4 euro in a cab. We will be back before summer is over

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

Stayed for 2 nights. Got 1 evening meal in the package which was lovely. On the second night the poor waitress was just running the show all by herself. Restaurant bar and reception. Very under staffed. Rooms are very noizy. U can here everything from the rooms around u. The town is terrible nothing to do in it at all. And on checking out we were told we owed 99 euro, for what I dunno. The girl was jus left a note sayin our room number owed it and didn't know why. Very unprofessional.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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1  Thank Edoll86
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Stayed here with my husband for a long weekend we drove down found the hotel with no trouble stayed in a great room with a great view the staff where so friendly and could not do enough to make our stay better, bar in the hotel is fantastic would recommend this hotel to any of my friends and family.perfect for a break away very central to everything in town.

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3  Thank Anne G
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Additional Information about Moycarn Lodge

Address: Moycarn Drive | Portnick, Ballinasloe, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Ballinasloe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Ballinasloe
Price Range: $60 - $146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Moycarn Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 15

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