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Doonmore Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Inishbofin
Certificate of Excellence
Kildare
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5 reviews
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“Many years of happy holidays.”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

We have been going to the Doonmore Hotel in Inisbofin since the year of our marriage in 1973.
We always stayed with the Murray family in the Doonmore. It suited our children when they were small. We took our youngest daughter into Inisbofin when she was i year old. When she left school she worked part time as a student in the Doonmore for two years and now has two children of her own. She still goes to the Doonmore on holiday.

As for myself and my wife we get there every year for the excellent food, the rooms, the walks and the very friendly staff. The hotel is now in the capable hands of Andrew Murray and his sister Aileen who have continued the great traditions of welcome and great food. The hotel caters for all, old and young. We first went when we were young and now that we have aged, our own children still go to the Doonmore with their families.

Even though we are now pensioners we will always go back to the most relaxing place in the world. Great home cooked food, special service and attention, friendly people, lovely scenery and walks. Great music. Long may the Doonmore Hotel and Inisbofin continue.

Maurice and Therese Veale and Family.
Straffan, Co. Kildare.

Room Tip: Most of the rooms have their own features, nearly all have a view of the Island or the sea.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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WestMan77, Manager at Doonmore Hotel, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear Maurice and Therese,

Thank you so much for your lovely review. As I have written in some other responses, it is always great to have long time regular guests taking the time to share their experiences of holidays in The Doonmore over such a long number of years.
As you will know, we have built up a large repeat trade over the past 44 years. We are well aware that our business has been successful because of regulars like yourselves not just coming back to us so often but also introducing so many friends and family to The Doonmore over the years.
Our family have built and maintained this business on the elements of good hospitality that you described. We know that while our job involves hard work it is a relatively simple one; to make sure each of our guests will enjoy their stay so much that they will want to come back again and again. Thank you both for being part of our story and for you and your family's continued support.

Regards,

Andrew Murray
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Limerick, Ireland
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

I and my family are very fortunate to have been referred to Murray's Doonmore Hotel Inishbofin way back just after it was built by Paddy & Margaret Murray in 1969. I always had an attraction to Islands but when I discovered Inishbofin and the Doonmore Hotel I recognised over 40 years ago that this was a very special place indeed and have been extolling it's virtues to anyone I bump into ever since. Murray's Doonmore from the very beginning have a reputation for a very warm welcome, spotless rooms, and lots of home cooked food with fresh Brown Bread and scones daily and local seafood, a great Bar with traditional music by local musicians . The Doonmore is located on an elevated site, 5 minutes from the Fery Pier, with spectacular views especially south to High Island Friar Island and the nearby Inniskinny Islands with its permanent Seal Colony. Murrays Doonmore is a great starting place for walks to a pepper and salt beach, soap stone quarry, Doonmore Cliffs, The Stags of Bofin and North Beach. Paddy and Margaret's son and daughter Andrew and his sister Aileen and excellent staff now carry on the excellent tradition in a very professional and friendly way.

Room Tip: The rooms in the original part, have spectacular views to an array of Islands far and near, the room...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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WestMan77, Manager at Doonmore Hotel, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear Feardorcha,

Thank you for your very comprehensive review and it is great to know that people who have been coming to stay over such a long number of years can testify to the consistency of all that is good about The Doonmore over so many years.
We are, as you obviously know, very much a family run business, with several of the third generation of the Murray family working here at this stage. We are very conscious of staying true to the traditions laid down by our parents who set up the hotel in 1969. Traditions of great service, attention to detail and ensuring we do our level best to give our guests the best, most relaxed and carefree holiday they can have. We appreciate that people pay hard earned money for their holiday and if they choose to spend it in The Doonmore, then we want them to feel it is money well spent.
Thank you so much again for taking the time to write this review.

Regards,

Andrew Murray
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Found this hotel excellent. The atmosphere is fantastic and staff and guests mix socially like a family. The food is great good wholesome food at a reasonable price.They ferry people about from place to place and the comradire is fab

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WestMan77, Manager at Doonmore Hotel, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear Peggy,

Thank you for your review. The title of your review says it all and you certainly seemed to get the essence of what The Doonmore is all about.
We put a huge emphasis on cleanliness, good food, good value and particularly on excellent service and customer care and we hope you come back again soon to see that none of that changes from year to year.

Thank you again for your review,

Regards,

Andrew
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

If you have not already been to Inisbofin get there soon and be sure to stay at the Doonmore.The hotel feels like an extension of your own home.The staff really cannot do enough to make your stay comfortable.
We cannot wait to get back

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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WestMan77, Manager at Doonmore Hotel, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review The Doonmore Hotel. We really appreciate people giving up some of their precious time to let others know about your experience at our hotel. I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay and appreciate how we run our business.
We do try hard to make everyone as welcome and relaxed as possible and that is why you and many others feel 'at home' when you stay with us.
I hope you do make it back soon,

Thank you again,

Andrew Murray
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

I have traveled around a bit. Staying at Murray's is about as special as it gets. There is nothing Andrew and Aileen, their family and staff would not do to make your stay memorable. Want fresh lobster for dinner? Say so in the morning and it'll be on your table in the evening. I am reluctant to say more about this discovery made some years ago. Enough to say that though I live most of the time in the US, Doonmoor and the Boffin call me back. Last year my eldest son who lives in California and I were there. Now he has the bug.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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WestMan77, Manager at Doonmore Hotel, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
Dear Scott,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am looking forward to your next visit and bring Jason again, like father like son, he certainly seemed to have caught the bug.
Coffee in the morning sun,sitting out front on the edge of the cliff is hard to beat.
I'm looking forward to your next visit, hopefully it will not be too long.

Regards,

Andrew Murray
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Mishawaka, Indiana
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

The Murray family and Doonmore staff take extraordinary care of our family and team members when our archaeological team returns each year for over a month's stay on the island to conduct research. The food is wonderful, the hotel services are exemplary, and the staff's knowledge, competence and all-around friendliness are boundless. I cannot offer sufficient compliments and testimonies about the way they bend over backwards to meet our every need, no matter how outside the range of normal holiday-goers it may be. We are lucky to be able to return to them every year, and we plan to keep doing so for years to come.

Room Tip: Family friendly, wonderful rooms facing the sea, rest up for the music sessions in the pub
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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WestMan77, Manager at Doonmore Hotel, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
Dear Meredith,

Thank you for your review. There are few people better qualified to assess all aspects of our hotel than yourselves as you have stayed with us so often, for so many weeks at a time and with so many people of all ages in your groups.
It is always a pleasure to see you all and to look after you during your stay and we look forward to your arrival every year.


Regards,

Andrew Murray
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Westport, Ireland
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed a great welcome and even better service for the weekend we stayed. First class from start to finish and impossible to fault. The island is brilliant as well, it's great to have such a brilliant destination nearby (and no need for airports).

Now if only you could guarantee the sunshine it'd be impossible to beat!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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WestMan77, Manager at Doonmore Hotel, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your lovely review. It is amazing how many people, living within a relatively short driving distance of us, do not know what a gem lies just off the coast.
You are obviously one of the lucky ones and I am delighted you have had the opportunity to sample our hospitality and enjoyed the experience.
I hope you come back to saty with us again soon.

Regards,

Andrew Murray
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Property: Doonmore Hotel
Address: Inishbofin, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Inishbofin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Inishbofin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Murrays' Doonmore Hotel, the most westerly island hotel in Ireland, was built in 1969 and has been owned and managed by the Murray family ever since. We pride ourselves on our hands on approach to customer service so you will be dealing with a member of the family at most stages of your stay. We care about what we do because it is not just a job, it is our life. Our friendly staff are superbly trained and they know that our raison d'etre is to ensure that every customer, from a child ordering a hot chocolate to a group of adults staying for a week, deserves only the best service possible. Our hotel and bar food is famous for its freshly caught seafood and its consistently high quality and value for money. The accommodation is clean, comfortable and warm. The atmosphere is welcoming, homely and relaxed. It is no accident that we have a large percentage of repeat business stretching back to the early days. The proof of the pudding is in the eating (and we bake all our own!) So come out and visit and experience Murrays' Doonmore Hotel for yourselves. Andrew Murray ... more   less 
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