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The Moorings Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 8 Portmagee B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 25, 2013

We arrived in Portmagee after driving part of the Ring of Kerry on a beautiful sunny (cold) day. The lady in reception was so kind, welcoming and efficient. Once we dropped our bags at the room we took a drive over to Valenica Island! WOW!! We had visited the Cliffs of Moher earlier in the week, but I have to say, the Fogher Cliffs were by far a better experience. After our sightseeing of Valenica Island we ate dinner in the restaurant. There was a nice warm fire burning and the wait staff was very at tentative. The food was very good and the serving sizes plentiful! I wish we could have stayed longer than one night as this is such a cozy, quiet Guesthouse with so many things to see and do. A+ on the hospitality!

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

On Good Friday we travelled for a scuba diving weekend in Portmagee. We arrived in sunshine to this beautiful port town with the fresh salt sea air cleared the cobwebs of winter.
We travelled as a family of five- two adults, one teenager, one energetic four year old and one 19 month old. We stayed at the gorgeous moorings in a room that had a double, two singles and spotless travel cot all set up for us. It was spacious, bright, clean, welcoming, friendly . . .Everything tired parents want to find with small children in tow. It was so lovely to stay there.

The food in the restaurant could only be described as amazing. Even the baby bowl I asked for my son was tasty and interesting. It was what I as a mother would consider "going the extra mile". The fish is to die for and all locally sourced. You can witness the fisherman on the pier yards away across the road as proof of this

There are interesting things to do around the town. We travelled to the Skelligs chocolate factory, we went on the cliff walk, we went to a nearby beach, we went to the playground, we travelled across the bridge to Valentia island in search of the candle making factory. . . .And saw lots and lots and lots of sheep.

In all a very enjoyable trip and friendly locals made our stay fun and our hotel made it fabulous.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Half way around the Ring of Kerry, with great views of the harbour and Valentia Island, which is worth spending a whole day on - great walks and views. We would have liked to take the boat trip to the Skerries but got to the visitor's centre just too late.

Room Tip: Sea view worth the extra.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Have now had two expériences of Portmagee hospitality, once on site and once in associated self-catering house. Whichever option you choose, this award-winner mérits thé many plaudits it has received. Good food, great atmosphere, superior service, à decent réal ale option would make it perfect but quality porter is no hardship. Prices à bit painful but that's the Republic for you. Location is pretty amazing too

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

I cant even begin to explain how great this place was. It was spotless you could have your dinner in the toilet with no concerns. The food was outstanding. But the staff were even better. We visited the whole island of Valentia and loved every minute. Came back to a fab dinner and a room so comfertable . jacussi bath so relaxing. Fisherman bar a couple of door down is the craic. Breakfast is the best I have ever had . We will visit again. Keep up the good work this is what ireland is known for. Best of luck in the future

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

One doesn't have a wealth of accommodation options in Portmagee, and this is regarded as the pick of them. The room was comfortable, the staff were friendly, and the location was perfect. However, the breakfast was substandard, which was disappointing, as dinner the night before in the restaurant was delicious, and the guesthouse itself is a little bit pricey. Overall though, a good place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

Not many choices in the small fishing village, but this is a great one. Friendly staff, great rooms and everything you need is right here. Can't wait to make a return visit. The locals dance and play traditional music a couple if nights a week, makes for a great experience.

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Additional Information about The Moorings Guesthouse

Address: Main Street, Portmagee, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Portmagee
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Portmagee
Price Range: $82 - $146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled into the picturesque seafront of Portmagee, the Moorings Guesthouse overlooks the village's busy working harbour. Just a 30 second walk from the pier, where boats leave for the Skelligs every morning, and right at the heart of village life, there's simply nowhere more convenient to base yourself when you stay in Portmagee. Offering 16 rooms in total, the owners have created a calm and surprisingly luxurious ambience through the use of traditional yet contemporary furnishings with crisp, clean lines of soft ivory against vibrant reds. The Moorings strive to deliver personal, attentive service while matching the very best standards in efficiency and attention to detail that you've encountered elsewhere. Room facilities include direct-dial telephone, satellite TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, iron and ironing board, ensuite marble bathroom with power shower, bath, hairdryer and Gilchrest & Soames toiletries. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout the guesthouse and there is free car parking for guests. There's nothing more endearing than knowing that some of the Hollywood's biggest movie stars like Mark Hamill and Director J.J Abrams have visited the sleepy village of Portmagee, and even sat in the Bridge Bar local pub where Mark Hamill poured a pint of Guinness behind the bar. The Moorings was home to the pre-production team of the Star Wars VII movie and you can visit the room where all the magic took place and listen to the stories told by the staff. The Moorings is open all year round. Great food served all day with traditional music at weekends. Trips to Skellig Michael can be arranged and packages are available from April to September. Cois Cuain gift shop is open from March to January. The Moorings is located in a fishing village with a working harbour, post office, general store, coffee shop, bar, restaurant overlooking Valentia Island. The Moorings received a platinum award for green hospitality in 2013. They have introduced a 'Green' package which offers two nights B&B in The Moorings Guesthouse, a guide to a wildlife shore search and a special '30 mile' menu where all main ingredients are sourced within a 30 mile radius. ... more   less 
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