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“Very disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Aran Islands Hotel

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Aran Islands Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Inishmore
Certificate of Excellence
Cork
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
Reviewed June 8, 2009

Just back from a wonderful visit to the Aran Islands. However our stay at the Aran Islands hotel was very, very disappointing. We were booked to stay there for 2 nts but after the 1st night checked When we checked into our room at the Aran Islands hotel we really felt that it had not been cleaned properly. This was confirmed when we pulled back the covers on one of the beds to discover sand in the sheets. The mirrors in the room had not been cleaned in a long time, the bathroom was definitely given a quick wipe over and the floor had certainly not been hovered. 2 lampshades were broken and there were cobwebs in the corner of the room. The room was very spacious and had great potential but had a general aura of neglect. Breakfast in the morning was appalling with 2 bowls of cereals in the corner and a jug of orange juice. There was no bread, yogurts or the usual fruit salad. A very basic standard Irish breakfast was offered to us with none of the normal choices one has come to expect in hotels these days. We met with 2 American visitors who were so glad they were only staying the 1 night. They had travelled all over Ireland staying in basic B&Bs and had decided to treat themselves to this hotel for the 1 night. They were extremely disappointed with the hotel. They had returned to the hotel at 10pm the night before to find the bar closed, had to ask for toilet roll etc to be brought to their room, tried to order room service(simple ice cream) at 10pm to be told it was not possible.
We checked out of the hotel after our 1st night and moved to the lovely Pier House. I would certainly recommend this lovely guest house to anyone visiting the island. Simple, clean, good food, friendly people, well run and good value for money. The Aran Islands are a fantastic place to visit with amazing scenery and people. I highly recommend the islands to anyone but stay away from the Aran Islands hotel.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 9, 2009

Really good experience - excellent value family room - friendly and good service - the hotel was possibly overheated but radiators in the room can be easily regulated. The family room was large and well laid out - Velux windows didn't make the best of the views however. While signage in the hotel is "as Gaeilge" the staff didn't speak Irish.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 3, 2009

Stayed here in Feb 09 had a wonderful stay staff are mostly new and it has a new management structure who are very good at what they do, they looked after us and where great with the kids. really enjoyed the stay will be back.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
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1 Thank whitechoc123
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Tampa, FL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2009

We were upgraded to this hotel after booking a room at the Clai Ban B&B. The staff here was exceptional and bent over backwards for us for our two nights. This hotel has a great bar that a lot of locals hang out at and a good menu, even off-peak as when we were there. I highly recommend this hotel!

  • Liked — The view and the location
  • Disliked — Limited menu in the off peak season.
  • Stayed January 2009
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Thank maladrin
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nj
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2008

This is a nice hotel with clean, large rooms. The more expensive rooms overlook the water, but the so-called "balcony" is actually a roof top, not private, with no seating. Also, these rooms are over the bar and the late night music might keep you awake.

The hotel was more than generous and gracious in fixing several problems with our booking.

The staff was friendly and helpful. The restaurant and bar have fine food, and you can walk to the harbor in 10 minutes.

The Aran Islands are quite beautiful and worth seeing. Book an island tour to see the main sites. You can also take some nice walks from the hotel

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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Thank ssgtravel
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limerick
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2008

Stayed in The aran islands hotel on Inishmore for the 3rd year in a row. Found it excellent as usual. Pity the weather did'nt do me any favours.

  • Liked — clean
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank John L
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2008

We stayed at this hotel two nights in May 2008. This hotel is very over priced for what you get and I would highly advise staying at a guest house or B&B on the island instead.

The hotel is very poorly lit, yes the hallways are very dark. Our room had a door that took a good bit of strength to open, the bathroom door did not properly close and there was a leaky tap in the bathroom. Do not pay extra for a balcony room. These rooms just have a door that opens onto a flat roof over the bar. It comprises of concrete slabs that are unset and have many cigarette buts lodged between them.

The food at this hotel is quite poor. Firstly if you are a visitor looking for an Irish breakfast please don't take their breakfast as what an Irish breakfast should be. The food at the bad is okay, not bad but for the price it is not great. There is a little restaurant in the main town that provides very high quality food for a low price. In the bar there are two staff members with quite poor English (they don't speak Irish either) and they are not good at dealing with large crowds (over five people).

This hotel has the potential to be a lot better however unless there are a lot of changes there is no way I would return.

The island on the other hand is very beautiful and a great place to visit in Ireland.

  • Liked — That our time there came to an end.
  • Disliked — Rooms, food, staff.
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Aran Islands Hotel
Address: Kilronan, Province of Connacht, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Aran Islands > Inishmore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Inishmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Aran Islands Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel has 22 standard en-suite bedrooms, including five magnificent kingsize bed rooms with balconies and spectacular views of Kileaney Bay and Kilronan Harbour. All bedrooms are spacious and beautifully appointed and include facilities such as Flat Screen TV, Telephone, WiFi, Trouser Press, Hair-Dryer, Tea / Coffee Making Facilities. The entire hotel is fully accessible for our disabled visitors. ... more   less 
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