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The Moorings Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 8 Portmagee B&B and Inns
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

The best thing about The Moorings is its location next to the docks for the boats going to Skellig Michael. It is right across the street. However, you have to take into consideration that the hotel is right on top of the Bridge Bar. Consequently, if you are in rooms 9-12 you are right above the back door of the bar. So, you get all the kitchen noise and loud staff and the cigarette smoke wafts up through the open windows of the rooms from the staff. I think that the staff was very disorganized taken on the whole. The rooms themselves were very dark with poor lighting.

Room Tip: Do not get rooms 9-12 as they get all the noxious smoke and noise from the bar.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Kenny B
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Stayed here on a Friday night before boat trip to Skellig Micheal on Saturday morning. The breakfast was fabulous, everything was fresh and tasty. Staff in B&B and restaurant were helpful and friendly, bar staff service was a little slow but I was on holidays so no rush! Overall it represented very good value and a very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank Prof30
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Owners greeted us, the rooms were spacious and clean, very modern bathrooms, some had views over the harbor. We ate at the restaurant, drank in the pub and dined on a delicious meal of fresh black sole, gold stars for quality and taste. Breakfast was also very good, great choices and generous amounts, perfect as we stayed the night before a boat trip to the skelligs, boarded the boat across the street, could not have been better! Highly recommend!!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Leonards2013
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

We liked this guesthouse but not its price.

It was in a great location in Portmagee, with its boat trips to the Skelligs, and bridge to Valentia Island. Portmagee is tiny, with just a few B&Bs and pubs, but this guesthouse is on the small main street with the docks and the bridge right across the street. This is definitely a tourist town so expect to be around other tourists, rather than locals.

The room was very nice and very spacious. It had a big comfortable bed and a large bathroom with all the amenities. It had free wireless too. A terrific pub with traditional music and an excellent restaurant are downstairs. We had a very good meal in The Moorings restaurant.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay here. The biggest negative was the price. We spent more per night here than some of the places we stayed in Europe, including Paris. It was simply overpriced and I think it’s because it is the largest and most recognizable guesthouse in Portmagee so they have a bit of a monopoly for the area. But, there are other smaller B&B’s close by and you may get much better value than here at The Moorings.

If not for the price, I would recommend this guesthouse.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Travel_Buff_BL
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

There's good and bad here. First of all, don't expect a "B&B experience." This is a small hotel, not a B&B... something like 17-18 rooms, I think. Despite having read/heard about the wonderful people who run the place (including from the last B&B we stayed in), we never met them. We were checked in at the front desk by a somewhat clueless young lady who really couldn't answer our questions and wasn't too concerned about that, either. Bathroom could use an update, but was perfectly functional. We stayed here in the middle of a July "heat wave" and there's no A/C (not normally needed) so we slept with the windows open. There was noise from the courtyard behind the bar and there was also a noisy group of guests in the hallway after midnight... so the sleep quality left a lot to be desired. Here's the good news: if you're thinking about heading over to Skellig Michael, the location is perfect. Park your car at the hotel and leave it; boats leave from the dock right across the street. Also, although the restaurant was closed on the Monday we stayed here, the food from the pub was above average.... not that you have much of any choice in Portmagee! So, I can't get quite as enthused about this place as some of the other TripAdvisor folks have, but it served its purpose.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank FlyGuy47
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Stayed late June. Excellent friendly and good staff in hotel, Room v well presented. Quiet rooms to the back, rather than over the bar. Excellent showers and hot water availability.
A great location for trips to skellig, bookable in the hotel. Breakfast had a woderful choice, lemon sole, kippers, waffels plus the full Irish.
Additional benefit is the restaurant at night and options of bar food for a little less on price. Traditional ceile music on fri night, no music on Sat but music again on sunday.
Staff excellent in all areas of the moorings.

Room Tip: ask for room near the rear for extra peace and quiet.Room 15.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank surfandturfDublin
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We arrived without a booking on a rainy evening and got the last room along with a fantastic welcome! Staff on reception were efficient, welcoming and friendly and room was roomy and clean with a view on to Valentia. We had dinner in the restaurant - the food was certainly good but perhaps a bit pricey for simple fare. The staff were great and very attentive. After a beautiful walk on Bray head the next morning, breakfast was fresh and delicious and checkout smooth. Would highly recommend this hotel: its friendly and with a warm Irish welcome, there are impressive eco-friendly touches in the bedrooms, the location is great and betweent the restaurant and the bar, there are plenty of eating options. There was also set dancing in the pub which was also excellent and loved by the tourists!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank SachmoIreland
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Address: Main Street, Portmagee, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Portmagee
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Portmagee
Price Range: $93 - $192 (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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