Falls Hotel & Spa
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Historical Traveler Reviews Falls Hotel & Spa Ennistymon
Hotel with Character??!!
Well, I stayed here with my partner at the beginning of May after a long drive from Dublin we were greeted by a receptionist that knew nothing about our booking except that we were booked in, the last thing I wanted to do was to stand there and argue about the price that we had paid for the deal and go through the internet to get my confirmation of book - I though the reference number would have been sufficient..
We eventually got checked in to an OK room.. Nothing special..
The food and service in the bar was awful, had to ask twice for soup that we had ordered and ask twice about what was on the menu as there was no Physical menu!.. It was just a bit odd.. Dinner later on that night more than made up for our rocky start.. Very tasty and lovely service!
The hotel is in a good spot for seeing the sights... The only bad thing is you really have to eat in the hotel if you dont book somewhere else in the area, there is only 2 other restaurants, the holywell an Italian Vegetarian Rest and Browns - very pricey though tasty. Both booked out very quick!!!
Overall - just ok - as everyone else is saying good as a base.. oh and nice swimming pool!! Bring a swim hat!
Ok as a base - skip the food
If you are looking for a good base to do the West coast (Cliffs of Moher, Galway etc) then the Falls Hotel is a nice enough location, but the details ruined the inital impression.
Our room was ready when we arrived a little earlier than we expected, although it did smell a little smoky - not enough to be an issue, but enough that an ex-smoker noticed. The view of the falls was very nice from the restaurant and bar, but we could not see them from the room. The bathroom has huge rust stains on the tiles, the extractor fan vibrated the entire wooden surround so badly that it was a relief when you turned the light off. One tap on the bath was completely loose, and just rattled around in its mounting hole, and the shower 'curtain' needed an engineering degree.
Front desk service was prompt and efficient. The restaurant was somewhat less stellar. The evening meal was really ruined by constant banging of glassware and rummaging of cutlery as the dining room staff changed the tables from dinner to breakfast - Given that the restaurant closed by 9pm, I'm not sure why my $70 meal had to be constantly disturbed ! The food was average, although the price was on the expensive side for what it was.
Our phone initially didn't work, some cable wiggling finally fixed it. We booked a 7am call, but it didn't happen. Luckily, we woke by 8, so it only set us back an hour or two. Unfortunately, the delay was not enough to stop us eating breakfast in the restaurant. Breakfast is buffet style, though the hot items are served by the hostess...last I looked, I was capable of spooning some beans on my own plate. Irritating really - either plate up the food and deliver it, or let the guest plate his own !
Overall, it was an ok stay, but I probably would opt for something else nearby the next time around. For the same money, you could probably get a really nice B&B in any of the nearby villages, and have a much better experience.
Ok as a base
As a place to lay your head in the evenings this will do fine. Also couldn't fault the breakfast. Basically as long as you don't eat in the "the cascade restaurant" it's ok.
Rooms are def. a bit dated but the new pool and leisure centre is very nice and modern so maybe the rooms are next to be done up.
If in the area you should def book a meal in teh Holywell restaurant which is a vegetarian italian restaurant. Food was very nice and reasonable(and I'm not a vegetarian)
Best option if you're in the area
We stumbled on this hotel and decided to give it a go. We only paid 50 euros pppn so it wasn't too bad value. The rooms are very old fashioned but clean and have everything you need. It took a long time for the hot water to run through the pipes we got there in the end. We headed into town for some food but all the restaurants were closed and there was only the kebab/fried chicken shop open so we headed back to the hotel for a bar meal. It wasn't bad (better than nothing!) and we got a good nights sleep which is all we needed.
I stayed at the falls hotel on a two night weekend break. This hotel really is value for money. There is a beautiful drive up to the hotel which is located in the centre of the small town of ennistymon. When we arrived we were greeted with more than helpful staff on reception, our room was bigger than your average 3 star hotel with a stunning view of the waterfalls. The bar was very impressive, with huge glass windows overlooking the river, with a very warm and inviting atmosphere. We ate in the bistro, the food was exceptional and portions where plentyful. The thing that impressed me most was the Leisure Centre and the Swimming pool, this is certainly a place I will be returning to in summer.
Nice hotel but not very friendly
Average hotel room. The outside looks nice, but our room (number 310) felt like it was in the basement. There was just no charm to our room...just plain and a clean bathroom. The dining room was empty and dull. The restaurant presents you with a fixed priced menu that's very expensive, but we asked for a la carte, and they gave us the option to order just a steak and potatoes. Food was average. The front desk receptionist was not friendly which turned me off a bit.
Dinner was awful
We booked this hotel at a special rate... 2 nights, breakfast and one dinner for 99 euro each night. It's a great location and a beautiful looking hotel, but the room lacked charm. It was too big and didn't have enough furniture to fill it.
We were sadly dissapointed in the meals though. The breakfast was just okay and dinner was dreadful. The food was more cafeteria quality than anything else. The view while dining was greath though. I think they were more qualified in handling the large bus tour groups that were there than small intimate groups.
Coach trip from s. wales
I have recently returned home after spending a few days at The Falls Hotel.
There were quite a few disabled people on our coach but the staff were most helpful in ensuring they could use the lift and the porterge was extremely helpful to them.
The food was excellent and there was a good choice to suit all tastes every day.
Entertainment was provided on one evening and there was 'no problem' on other evenings when the coach group played BINGO in the spacious reception area.
The rooms were well decorated and comfortable with a restful colour scheme. In all of our rooms there was a double and a single bed each with matching throws. The bathrooms had a bath and a shower and had tiled walls in burgundy and white. The bath had a non- slip surface and there were three helpful rails,2 on the sides of the bath and 1 on the wall.As it was off the road the only noise to wake me in the morning was birdsong.
The sight of the salmon in the river and the donkeys in the paddock was really pleasant.
Any shopping could be done with just a five minute walk and a drink in the local pub "Eugenes" was a memorable experience.
I would certainly recommend THE FALLS to anyone and certainly will be looking to return one day
Could do better
Hotel is situated in a nice location overlooking the waterfalls. Nice reception area and the bar food was good. Very shabby rooms with no character at all. Could do much better.
Old fashioned splendor
If you like old-fashioned hotels, huge marble lobbies, with high ceilings and long carpeted hallways, elegant Hollywood like stairways you'll love the Falls. The rooms are a throw back to Victorian times, with all the modern conveniences. You will experience old style furniture,friendly staff, a great bar adjoining the bright and clean restaurant. The glass-walled restaurant, and several of the rooms have a view of the local waterfall which runs through the middle of the old town. (Hence, the name)
There are several TV's in the bar if you like to watch sports on an evening. Snacks and meals are served throughout the day and into the night.
My wife and I spent a great week here a few years ago, at very reasonable off-season rates. When we can afford our next trip, we will certainly return to The Falls.
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