Monday, July 13, 2009

Ireland: Oh, the places we stayed!

Previously: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, and Day 8 and 9

When it came to places to stay in Ireland, we knew we wanted to stick with homey B&Bs. I came up with a list of potential B&Bs through a combination of Google search + Trip Advisor and started shooting off emails. I mentioned it before that we didn't give ourselves a lot of time to plan this trip, but fortunately, all the B&Bs I contacted were all responsive. The whole booking process was a snap.

Dunromin Bed and Breakfast in Kilkenny is my favorite. Prior to this trip, I had never stayed at a B&B, but Dunromin is everything I imagined a B&B would be - a place covered in wallpaper, filled with books, and decorated with family pictures. Dunromin is about a 10-minute walk to town. Very convenient. We paid 35 euros pp per night.

The lounge area has lots of books + maps and this is where we had tea and cookies upon arrival.

Although we booked a room for 2 people, we were given a 3-person room. The room is clean, spacious, and has a TV.

I really enjoyed our stay at Dunromin. Val and Tom were great hosts and as it was our first few days in Ireland, they gave us a lot of good tips!

We stayed at Abbey Court Bed and Breakfast in Kenmare. Our hosts - Brendan and Geraldine - were friendly and warm. Whenever we had questions, they were always there to answer. After hubs left his adapter at Duromin, we asked to borrow one from Brendan and he gave us several to test out.

The best thing about Abbey Court is the location (a 7-minute walk to town), breakfast (they are super generous!), and the afternoon tea (we love the cookies so much that we bought some from the local market to take home). We paid 37 euros pp per night.

Our room is nice with a view of the lake and has a comfortable double bed.

This is the lounge area, picture taken from the dining room. Fresh fruits and cereals are always available for people to grab.

We stayed at Duinin House Bed and Breakfast in Dingle. When we arrived, we were the only guests there so we got to pick any room that we wanted. We picked one in the back - from our window we saw herds of sheep. It was definitely very country and quiet.

Pat and Ann were friendly hosts. The breakfast portion was not as plentiful as the previous two B&Bs we stayed at, but delicious nonetheless.

Although the location is good - near town center and right on Conor Pass - Duinin is not walkable to town. The one road that leads to town is high traffic and without sidewalk. We booked a two-night stay here, but changed to one. Pat and Ann had no problems with that. We paid 31 euros pp for one night.

My favorite room at Duinin! From the sun room, we saw gorgeous rolling hills.

Since we left Duinin early, we stayed at Shanville Bed and Breakfast (no website) in Limerick for one night. We found it simply by following the sign by the road and grabbed the last room. One guy arrived steps behind us and was turned away. We paid 30 euros pp for one night.

We arrived to Shanville late and left early the next morning. We really didn't get a chance to talk to our host, Mary, but she seemed very approachable and cooked us a delicious breakfast. For this particular B&B, we basically "lived" with our host and her family as guest rooms and their private rooms are all next to one another. This is a clean and simple B&B, no bells and whistles.

The lounge/dining area, where we had breakfast.

We stayed at Atlantic View Bed and Breakfast in Liscannor. Our host - another Mary - was extremely accomodating and offered us a ride to the Cliffs Of Moher. She was super friendly and chatted with us - about nothing and everything. :) The room we stayed at was clean, comfortable, and offered a great view of the countryside. We paid 32 euros pp for one night.

There are two local pubs within walking distance to the B&B, but other than that, you have to drive everywhere. Cliffs Of Moher is a 2-minute drive or a 20-minute walk.

The lounge area.

Whenever we go on vacation, we always come back with tons of pictures similar to this one.

Lastly, we stayed at Pembroke Townhouse in Dublin. Pembroke is located in Ballsridge, which is a 15-20 minute walk from city center. Not a bad location really, especially since there are plenty to see along the way. There are lots of lodging options in Dublin, but I picked this one because the price was right, the location was quiet + convenient, and it was near an AirCoach (our transportation method to the airport) stop. We paid 44.5 euros pp per night. Breakfast not included.

There are several markets and restaurants near the townhouse. Basically Pembroke is just like a typical hotel, but the staff was very friendly and helpful. Our room was clean with two comfy twin beds.

The bathroom looks so posh, I like the rich color.

Overall, I was really pleased with all the places we stayed. No complaints whatsoever!

In Ireland, B&Bs are everywhere and they are perfect for budget travelers. The US is the exact opposite, they are more readily available in small vacationing towns and are considered luxurious. I wish that wasn't the case. I find B&Bs much better than large hotel chains!

The warm Irish hospitality we received just made our trip that much better!

2 comments:

  1. Those places look so nice - and to think of the good breakfast and the yummy tea and cookies really makes me want to go back for a stay.

    Of the mirror pictures I like the one where your hubby is smiling at the door best. :)

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  2. Man, what a great trip! When I think about vacations, I always tend to focus on the sights and sounds but always forget about the places where we parked ourselves each and every nite. The whole B&B system in Ireland is amazing. It would be great to have these here in the states instead of hotel/motel chains. For the money, Irish B&Bs are worth every penny. Everyone is so friendly and the fact that these places are the homes of the owners make it even more special.

    I'm starting to miss Ireland all over again... =[

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