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“The Picture of Tranquility”

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Inishbofin House Hotel & Marine Spa
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Inishbofin
Highlands, New Jersey
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6 reviews
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“The Picture of Tranquility”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

Inishbofin is truly the place to go when you want to get far away from the rat race, and Inishbofin House Hotel is the perfect place to stay. Located a short distance from the ferry pier, it is situated in front of the most peaceful view of the harbor. Rooms with sea views look out onto this view of tranquility, and some open up to a deck that overlooks it. The island itself is magical, with spectacular walks, as well as some traditional pubs and extra-friendly people. Inishbofin House Hotel is the perfect place to retreat to after a long walk, to enjoy a snack and glass of wine at a picnic table on the front lawn on a gorgeous, sunny day, or in the bar, a bright and airy spot with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the harbor, or restaurant, again cashing in on the priceless scenery. The food in the restaurant and pub, by the way, is top notch. The staff at the hotel, headed by Aisling at the front desk, are all most friendly, helpful and gracious, but I must give an extra-special mention to Constantine in the restaurant, who takes extra steps at every moment to make every guest feel very special. This is truly a wonderful, wonderful place to go. I can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a sea view. It is well worth it.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

I just want to thank ALL the staff at The Inishbofin House Hotel for giving my husband and I the
most memorable day/weekend of our lives. My advice for anyone considering trying the knot on Inishbofin is to just go for it. Niall (hotel manager), Aishling, Clare, Donal ,Tara, Fiona, Charlene just to name a few went above and beyond in assisting us with our special day. The foodU, service was second to none and I really cannot recommend the hotel enough. Your guests won't be disappointed. We literally partied till 8am the following morning.Thanks guys for all your overtime and hard work that weekend, we hope to see you all soon before end of season. Niamh and Neill x

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We stayed at the hotel for two nights, and having walked around most of the island and seen the other hotels this certainly seemed to have the best location and restaurant for a quiet break. The views from the bar and restaurant, and the sea view rooms, was amazing! It's also really easy to get to anywhere else on the island, and have a nice stroll in the evening.

We did have a few problems with the hotel however. The room we were in seemed a little tatty and in need of some TLC. The TV was TINY, smaller screen than my laptop. The bathroom door caught on the floor everytime you tried to open or close it which was a bit annoying. The room was also quite dark, not very well lit. The biggest problem for us was that the balcony in front of our room wasn't private, and other guests could walk along in front of the windows of our room which meant we had no privacy when relaxing in our room, or had to close the curtains so we couldn't enjoy the breathtaking view.

The restaurant and bar are both in a great location and we couldn't fault the food or the service we received. On the first night we ate in the restaurant and had a problem with one of the meals but the staff resolved this really quickly and offered us more than adequate compensation. There's also a 'library' which overlooks the sea and was a lovely spot for an after dinner drink.

Despite our problems I would recommend the hotel for the location alone, just don't expect your typical 5 star luxury and you'll be fine!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Lovely hotel which has great views, room was ok and free wifi, excellent shower in ensuite, breakfast next morning could of been better and that's why I'm not giving it 5 stars, inishbofin island is a hidden treasure

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

Inishbofin is a tiny island of the coast of Connemara and I was surprised (and delighted) to find such a high quality hotel there. We traveled as a 2 family group and spent 2 nights at the hotel. We ate both nights in the hotel restaurant, initially for convenience with a 3 and 7 year old, but were very pleased with our decision as the food was delicious. The management and staff were extremely helpful and cordial, even organising Calpol for my feverish child from the island nurse on the first evening. The views from the hotel are stunning and we cycled from one end of the island to the other, leaving our unlocked bikes outside both days with no problem. They happily organise fishing, day trips and guides around the island. If you are looking for a quiet, chilled out spot, this is it....just don't pack heels, pack a jacket, we had sunshine and rain on both days!!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

As a lover of holidaying on islands it was a genuine nice surprise to discover the experience of the formerly Days hotel,, now newly renovated Inisbofin house hotel and marine spa. While it wasn't your five star experience of urban luxury it was the five star experience of Irish island luxury. The chef was the highlight, local lobster, in the form of baked lobster, or lobster linguine, butterfly prawns with veg stir-fry, freshly laid eggs for breakfast, and vanilla panacotta to die for. If you are staying for a while a box of groceries delivered from Supervalu off the boatman for €1.50. Another bonus is that the entire Island is kid friendly, sailing camps for the kids, that my son adored, swimming lessons in the Sea, summer camps available in the community hall, to mention a few of the possibilities.. People know you and your children by name after a day or so, In the hotel,Michael the bar man, Noelle the chirpy waitress entertained the kids while my husband and I enjoyed our meals, and Claire desk manager made sure we kept within our budget, informed us of all actives and sights, and multitasked with aplomb. This Hotel is a well managed family friendly Island hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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County Wicklow, Ireland
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Reviewed July 31, 2014

Staying on an Island hotel is always a super adventure and none more so than magical Inishbofin.
We loved the short ferry trip over which cost 20 euros return per person but unfortunately did not see the delightful dolphins which I heard often accompany the boat.
The island is full of charm and I loved the way we were picked up and brought the short distance to the hotel by minibus, though the distance is so short we walked it on our return to pick up the ferry on our way home.
The staff gave us a wonderful warm welcome and we were absolutely thrilled to be assigned a sea view room which we loved. Due to an oversight it had not actually been made up and so we were offered a very welcome drink on the house in the bar while we waited which was really much more of a treat than an inconvenience.
The rooms were smart, very clean and modern but a little light on comfort with a kind of ikea style to them. However the colours were very cheerful and the bed was not huge but comfortable and the spectacular view made up for any lack of sumptuous luxury.

We would have LOVE LOVE LOVED to have coffee/tea facilities and wifi in the rooms.

Lots of people would balk at the wifi request saying this is a retreat and what a shame not to unplug from the world which I agree with in theory but with an elderly mother who depends on my regular and frequent phone calls and no phone signal skyping in the glorious but public lounge was to say the least ...AWKWARD!

Breakfast was a triumph and the brown bread fabulous and a meal in itself. Great cappuccinos, wonderful super cheery service and a real treat.

Dinner was also gorgeous and the views from the dining room made it spectacular and super romantic.

Again the service was just wonderful and I am just so very sorry I have such a bad head for names as there was one very pretty girl in particular who looked after us so well and really impressed us with great hospitality and charm beyond her years.

Would we go back?

This is a tricky one. My husband who is very hard to impress says he is simply dying to return especially due to the lovely staff and super service. I fell in love with the rugged beauty and magical qualities of "The bofin" as the locals call it but with a 40 euro extra added by the boat trip per couple return I would like to go firstly for more than two days and I would like to find somewhere with wi-fi or broadband in the rooms so I do not have to carry out my endless chats with my mother in public on skype and also have tea and coffee making option in the room and maybe just a touch more luxury.

Having said that - very hard to beat that amazing view, wonderful food, great staff and stellar service and I wonder in deed if there is a better place to stay on this fabulous, romantic, magical, mystical island?

Room Tip: Whatever it takes, get a sea view room .......... priceless!
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Inishbofin House Hotel & Marine Spa
Address: Inishbofin | Connemara, Inishbofin, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Inishbofin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Inishbofin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Inishbofin House Hotel & Marine Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inishbofin, the enchanted Island, is set in the wild splendour of Connemara, amid the magical beauty of sea, lake and mountains, located off the beautiful Galway and Mayo coastline in the west of Ireland. An oasis of modern luxury, with a warm island welcome, Inishbofin House Hotel is far removed from the daily distractions of the mainland. The hotel is guaranteed to provide a warm island welcome. Inishbofin House Hotel provides the perfect island getaway for families looking to rediscover nature or couples looking for a romantic break away from it all. With beautiful beaches, walks and cycling paths, an array of birds and other wildlife, the Island and Inishbofin House Hotel has something for everyone. All 34 en-suite rooms are fitted with contemporary furnishings designed in keeping with the beautiful island setting. Sea view rooms offer stunning views of rugged mountains and blue Atlantic waters. All rooms have luxurious beds complete with goose down duvets and pillows. Relax the afternoons away in our stylish Pier bar surrounded by spectacular harbour views. Enjoy casual informal dining with a selection of dishes from our bar food menu to suit everyone. Enjoy live traditional music with local musicians. Our restaurant menu is inspired by the sea and carries a range of dishes to reflect the days catch and the changing seasons. Our wine list caters for every palate with a thoughtful selection of new and old world wines to suit everyone. The Hotel Spa is the ideal place to relax after a day out exploring the island. The Marine Spa has six treatment rooms and a relaxation room. Many treatments are on offer ranging from massages to seaweed baths. VOYA products are used, which is an organic beauty range designed to delight and purify the body. The VOYA seaweed bath is a popular choice. ... more   less 
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