Just completed a tour of Connemara with my partner and our stay at the Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel was definitely the highlight. The setting is picture postcard perfect (looking out over the beautiful Lough Inagh to the the Twelve Pins mountains). The ambience is of genuine hospitality, with all the hotel staff giving you the sense of being committed to their jobs and that going out of their way to help you is second nature to them. The room we stayed in was also superb with a king size bed and the nice touch of an ante-chamber/dressing room en-route to the spacious bathroom. Although we didn't have a front-view room (highly desirable if you can swing it!), this wasn't a problem since the tables and chairs out front meant the best way to drink in the view was to sit out front with a pint of Guinness or G&T. Topping this off was the restaurant which not only served up excellent fare in the evening but also gave us the best and most varied breakfast menu we had enjoyed on our tour.
As someone who had visited Connemara regularly and wanted to share the spirit of the place with my girlfriend, this was the perfect place. It is a bit isolated (the village of Recess is 4 miles away and is little more than a tourist shop) but that is one of essential charms of Connemara. For city-dwellers like ourselves it gives a fantastic sense of space. It more than made up for the disappointment of our stay at the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel (see separate review) which on paper had more recommendations and cost significantly more but had none of the simple magic of the Lough Inagh Lodge.
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- Also Known As:
- Lough Inagh Hotel Recess
- Lough Inagh Lodge Ireland/County Galway - Recess