Auburn Lodge Hotel & Leisure Centre
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I didn't enjoy today very much, until the afternoon - then it got better :)
It just seems like the last few days we haven't been stopping at SUCH interesting places. It felt like were were just stopping to eat and walk through malls (maybe partly because it's been raining). We've been on the coach a lot.
To add some fun to the …
... I was curious about these stats, so naturally I looked them up. 36.3% of Austrians smoke, putting them at number one. That’s slightly over one in three. Greece comes in second with 35%. Ireland and the UK are tied for number twelve with 26%. And based on my own experience, this makes sense. The US is way down the list at number twenty-eight with 17.5%. They all eat at Maverick’s in Norco.
I’m reading a book ...
... I found the city. After a leisurely stroll and one wrong turn, I found the city in 45 minutes. I think the distance is about 2.5 miles. If rain is pelting down or my arms are filled with groceries, I doubt the walk will be quite as fun, but when the weather is nicer and time is on my side, I found my main source of transportation into Limerick - my own two legs. I also used these two legs for sight-seeing, getting a better idea of my new home. ...
... Atlantic coastline. It is broken into innumerable creeks, bays and little harbours. Connemara's unique landscape, varying settlement patterns, and dramatic contrasts of sea, sky, land and bog, have inspired many famous paintings and literary figures over the years. A large part of the area, sometimes described as lar-Connachta, and stretching along the southern coastal area from Bearna as far as Carna, is Irish-speaking and all the signs in this area are ...
... get lost at least once in each city and indeed we did in Galway. And we didnt even knw the name of the street the B and B was on. At one point we were reversing 200 feet down at one-way parking alley with the words coming out of Nicoles mouth "Im about READY TO FRIGGEN THROW IN THE FRIGGEN TOWEL" with me getting ready to get out and direct traffic from the four different directions it was coming.
Got home, unravelled ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Auburn Lodge Hotel & Leisure Centre Ennis
We were very disappointed in this hotel. Rated as a 3-star, (and for the price) we expected more. The first room we were given smelled of smoke. We were given a new room, but it still had problems. There was a big stain on the rug and on one of the two chairs in the room - neither of which were comfortable sitting chairs, just desk type chairs with a cushion. The room furnishings are definitely just average in the rooms we were in. Possibly there are better rooms than what we were offered (room numbers in the 300 series). We would not stay here again. If you are staying in Ennis, stay at the Old Ground!!
Nice hotel, clean, good service and decent food. Clare itself is beautiful and if youre a golfer then the links at lahinch and doonbeg are stunning. Cant wait to return!!
Fawlty Towers service in the restaurant
The hotel itself was fine, the staff very pleasant on the whole but for the one incompetent member of staff manning the Oyster restaurant who seemed to have been given no training whatsoever. The food was fine when it eventually turned up and mostly bore some resemblance to what was described on the menu although on occasions there were no biscuits served with the cheese, no chutney with the terrine and an empty spring roll. No use trying to find the waitress as apparently it was a "madhouse" in the restaurant that night - yep, its always that way when you have six people in for dinner!
The rooms are fine, spacious and clean. And the desk staff very friendly and accomodating. Do stay there, but don't bother eating on the restaurant unless you have a lot of patience and a sense of humour.
Well worth a visit
After reading some of the reviews for this hotel I was a bit concerned about my visit. However it was great value for money. Comfortable room. Friendly and helpful staff. Really great food. What more can anyone want. It sits in a prime position for access to Limerick, Galway etc and is well worth the visit. I look forward to going back.
DO NOT go by the bad reports. Go and try it.
Anne & William KILMARNOCK
Fire Alarms & Showers
I set the smoke alarm off for the entire hotel, 3 nights in a row with a shower. The bathroom door was closed, towel stuffed under the door, bedroom window wide open, taking lukewarm quick shower. Other than that, it was an ok place ! Ask at the desk for a room that doesn't have that problem.
Friendly,value, quality and tasty food
a good grade A three star hotel that delivers in relation to all aspects.
Quite simply it is a terrible hotel. Much of the rooms are old, dirty and very basic. The food and kitchens are utterely appalling ( I sneaked a look into the kitchens when I shouldn't have). The location is terrible. It is advertised as a short walk from town but the reality is that it is a 30 minute walk along a very busy road that does not make for a pleasant stroll. My advice is that when in Ennis, stay at "The Old Ground" or Temple Gate hotel, much nicer places
Can't wait to go back
I stayed in the Auburn Lodge Hotel in May 2002. Myself and my husband had nowhere booked. We drove out the Galway road just touring and came across this beautiful stone building. We decided to check if there was rooms available. We checked in for one night but ended up staying three nights. The staff in the hotel were very helpful, polite and happy. No job was too much and whatever you asked for, you got!. Both the restaurant food and Carvery food was of excellent standard but what I most liked was the number of choices one had in the menus. The main reason we stayed for 3 nights was the craic in the Bar. There was music nightly, dancing if you wanted and everyone joined in, in the craic. I now understood what people meant when they say "Ceol agus Craic to be had." Well recommeded. Rebecca.
Good Very Happy
Stayed for 4 days overa long weekend in May. Food was excellent and the staff were great, loved the new bar and the rooms are spacious bright and done well.
Best Irish breakfast we had during our trip, o and try the seafood chowder , its a proper chowder.
Not Highly recommended
I was part of a group that stayed at this hotel in Nov 2001. I was in a triple with my two brothers and was also traveling with my 3 sisters and mother. There were 32 in all in our group. The rooms and much of the hotel smelled very musty and our room smelled like something died in it and we had our room switched. The accommodations were reasonably clean, but the bathroom was dated and could use an upgrade. The room was small for a triple and had three single beds. The prepared meals, breakfast and dinner, were good. Especially the dinner. The phone in one of my sisters room did not work and I found the front reception desk personnel to be somewhat disinterested in acknowledging my presence at the counter. Once I finally was able to get their attention they were quite helpful. The entertainment in the pub that evening was very good and the Guiness was excellent. This was the first stay on our tour and everyone on the tour group noted that they were glad that this was not indicative of all of the hotels we stayed at during the remainder of our trip. These accommodations were easily the worst of our six nights in Ireland.