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“The feel of a B+B, very toddler-friendly”
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Carna Bay Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Carna
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Reviewed March 19, 2010

Travelling with a 15 months old toddler is not always easy, but at Carna Bay Hotel the staff and owners paid a lot of attention to all the baby's requirements, from food (at every meal we were offered bread, puréed veg, rice, etc. so that the little one could enjoy her time) and friendliness (the owners are grandparents themselves, and they have that inimitable touch!) to accommodation (a local girl, part-time staff, came one night to baby-sit while we parents went out).
Well located just outside Carna, and within easy driving reach of everywhere in South Connemara. We shall come back again on our next visit to the Wild West of Ireland.
Nice pub area and good hearty food throughout our stay.
We extended by one night at the last minute and were offered a reduced rate (absolutely uncalled for).
The only down point might be the bath tub in dire need of replacement, but I believe this will be fixed as part of the day-to-day running of the business.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Thank JerPag
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Reviewed March 8, 2010

This is a comfortable friendly hotel with personal service and welcoming atmosphere. Good beds. Good food. Local information. Excellent to get to know this beautiful area.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank HestE
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Reviewed February 15, 2010

We went there for valentines weekend and I have to say we were extremely impressed with everything.The hotel staff were very friendly and polite and the lady at the reception gave us a map of where to go and what to visit,she was a pleasure to talk to and also extremely friendly.The rooms were spotless and the hotel had a homely atmosphere.The food was gorgeous and the restaurant very intimate and beautifully decorated.The hotel is family orientated but we are in our early 20s and had plenty to do.The scenery is absolutely wonderful and the whole area of connemara is superb.We would definetly recommend Carna Bay Hotel.

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

I stayed here in janurary with wife, a nearly 4 year old and baby. Staff were very helpful, giving us a room with double bed, single bed and a cot. Working in hotels it was nice to come to a place where they are just basically nice, and not trying to gouge you with every little thing being an "extra" and being charged to your room.
Room was nice, food was good, staff were friendly, and to make myself sound like a true tourist, i loved the fact that people were talking irish in the bar, even though i hadnt a notion what they were saying!
I will come again, and hope to see more of the area next time, as only stayed for the one night this time.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 23, 2010

After many year s i took a trip to connemara, not remembering how beautiful it really is. I was booked into the Carna BAy hotel and they very kindly rang me before i arrived to let me know that food orders were finished at 9, as i was still on the road there I made do with snacks from supermarket on the way, and yet when i got there it was warm and made myself a nice cup of tea, had a bath and relaxed into a really comfy bed. Nice.
The next morning I had breakfast , the ladies in the next booth were talking Irish , again quite rare in these days! The landlady gave me directions to a wonderful beach where i spent a few enjoyable hours before driving back along the coast road to galway city. Incredible views mountains sea, huge expanses of blue skies and low stone walls with many sheep. I hope to visit again this summer.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 6, 2010

My husband and I returned to the Carna Bay Hotel in May of 2009. Our second visit was as pleasant as the first. We were welcomed by Patricia and Colm, two of the very attentive staff at the hotel. After we unpacked a bit, we headed to the pub downstairs to enjoy a Guiness in front of a fire that Colm set up for us. Patricia took our order for dinner and chatted with us for a while. Dinner was delicious, as it had been two years ago. In the morning, we had a tasty and very complete breakfast, served to order. Mary, the owner (and new grandmother!) came to visit with us as we waited for the main course of the meal; we had missed her at check-in and inquired about her. How kind of her to respond to our inquiry!

We were only able to stay one evening this year, but the hospitality and comfort of Carna Bay Hotel have not changed. This is a delightly warm hotel that is perfect for families or solo travelers. Rooms are clean and pleasantly appointed. The bathroom is stocked with ample towels, soap, and shampoo. The first floor has a lovely dining room and a friendly pub with delicious food. There is a relaxing sitting area/lounge between the pub and dining room. Carna Bay Hotel is quite a civilized place to stay, in the gorgeous wild countryside of western Ireland.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2009

Myself and my Partner spend three nights in this lovely Hotel. The reason for choosing this Hotel is we both had a hectic year and wanted some relaxing time together.

This really is a gorgeous hotel which depicts all that is good about irish hospitality. From the moment we walked in the front door we were felt welcome. Check-In was quick, Bedroom is modern with plenty of Room for two people, Shower facilities were fine, TV had alot of channels, we could even get wireless Vodafone broadband in the Hotel Room which was great.

We had two dinners in our package deal. Options on the Menu are plentiful. Portions are big so dont have too much food before dinner. The food was absolutely gorgeous especially the chocolate fudge Cake/Apple Pie. Bar Food is also nice. There were alot of locals eating in the bar so if they approve of the quality it cant be too bad. We ate in the Bar one night and it was lovely. Good value also. Breakfast is also good with hot buffet breakfast at weekend and full irish breakfast to order during the week.

The surrounding Area is picturesque. When your driving around there are lovely views of mountains, ocean, rivers, beaches. We went to Cliften one day and the other day we went to Kylemore abbey. Great to comeback to CarnaBay Hotel after a long day to relax and drink some Guinness. In Carna Village itself there are two pubs, we went to one of them on the saturday night. 10 minutes walk from hotel. There was a band playing and people dancing and talking irish. A great night.

A great Hotel/Holiday destination for those people that want a relaxing holiday away from the City and for people to enjoy the Ireland that we all know and love to tell people about.

Thanks Mary and staff for a great stay in your Hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Carna, Carna, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Carna
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Carna
Price Range: $95 - $141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Carna Bay Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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