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... He reminisced about the old days when they would have to take their boats and it would take 3-4 hours on a good day. Even now, if they get caught in a winter storm, the ferry could be cancelled or could take a long time to get back. One story he told us was of the ferry taking five hours to get back due to rough seas. He joked that the men were happy because there were barrels of Guinness on board to keep them entertained. He laughed saying, " They could walk straight when they ...
... be this happy in life. Beautiful countryside must have been part of the reason these people have such pretty attitudes. My highlight of the day was the Cliffs of Moher which was a sight to be sunk into. The magnitude humbled me, the fresh air revived me and the beauty that nature comes with astounded me. Will I come back to Ireland? I definitely will but for now, my next stop was for Barcelona where I will be celebrating my birthday. Till then, goodnight.
... co-exist with the cows grazing. (What Kathy's not teling you is that they don't mess with the forts because they believe the "wee" people live there...oy). Enough of the wee people... Did you know that one of the major investors in the National Stud is Sheik Urbooty? (Oh, Dennis...!) Well, after the sheik, we are stopping in Limerick to go to Mary Immaculate College. (No, I don't know why--this is the part of the trip that's educational!!) Dennis: It's because Dennis ...
... to figure out how the car worked - mirrors, check, seats, check, gearshift? On the left, and don't forget to take off the parking brake or the car will ding angrily at you. We set off toward the "way out," and around each turn Katie would quietly remind me to stay to the left. Thankfully, this was rather successful. Thank goodness for roundabouts - you never miss your turn, even if it starts feeling like a Griswald vacation. Our first stop is Clare Abbey, as it was ...
... Island in a carriage. We agreed for 8 Euro a person. I again am cheap so if they are going to give you the supreme tour, then 8 Euro seemed reasonable, this was not that scenario…. but we will get to that in a minute. The tour guide took us first to the shipwreck.
Supposedly it was a boat that washed up on shore with the crew still on it. They all lived but the ship is still there. I tried to get as close ...
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Rats in the walls, terrible food, rude service. Never Again!!!!
From many of the reviews below, people seem to be comparing the Great Southern Hotel to five star hotel stays. My review is based on the fact that the hotel is a three star property, with rates starting from €59 online (I spent €69 for an easter weekend stay), and not against five star properties.
In Brief: An excellent three star property, with large well decorated rooms, great food, and friendly staff. Great value at €69 - booked directly with the their hotel website.
The GSH in Shannon is a three star property located at the airport, and the journey time from the aircraft door through immigration to the hotel lobby took me no more than fifteen minutes. It has free parking for residents.
Rooms in the hotel sleep three, with a double and single bed in all (I understand). Decor is contemporary, and beds comfortable. There is a TV (with about 10 channels). There is no Pay TV. The Bathroom is large with a bath and shower over. I had no problems with water temperatures - pressure was excellent.
I had room service breakfast (additional charge only €3). Breakfast was excellent, and filling.
I had dinner both nights in the Bar, where resturant quality food was served at reasonable prices. I recommend the Fish Chowder as a starter. Not as good as a Boston version, but good for this side of the Atlantic. All Food was home-made - unlike most three star hotels where meals can be processed elsewhere. Even down to the Tartar Sauce and French Fries. Very impressed.
The Bar is quaint, with a large fire - Beer was good
Friendly, but completely overworked. The Bar Manager never stopped the second evening I was there.
Negatives... and now the negatives...
Reservations - the hotel couldnt find my reservation, but this was no problem for them.
Nightlife - frankly - none - Shannon is an airport, not a town centre. TV was on in the Bar - showing some obscure Soccer match.
Unresponsive staff, rude porters, TV in disrepair, heat cannot be controlled, no hot water in morning, breakfast was unedible, and tables filthy. If you enjoy these amenities, then be their guest!
A relaxing finish
A very nice place to start or finish your holiday. The rooms are well equipped, the staff is friendly and helpful and the food is good, especially breakfast. You can't beat it's proximity to the airport as it's only a 2 minute walk away. If you ask for a room that overlooks the estuary you would never know that the airport is that close.
Convenient, comfortable and friendly staff!
I stayed here after reading the reviews on this website, so I thought I would add my comments too.
I was very happy with my recent stay (May 2004) at this hotel. The staff was very courteous, and answered all my questions (Where to buy petrol? When to check in at airport? How to adjust heat in the room? Why are there no washcloths in Ireland hotels? etc.) They even offered to let us come back to our rooms, after checking in at the terminal, for more relaxation.
In my opinion, the rooms were a mixture of contemporary elegance, along with a "used" look to some of the painted surfaces.
We spent 10 days in Ireland, and stayed here for our last night, before departing Ireland the next morning. It was a nice, comfortable way to end a vacation. We had stayed at a wide variety of accomodations during our vacation...from a castle, to a manor home, to B&B's, to a farmhouse. And Great Southern was a nice way to end the trip.
The rooms were quiet, and dark (good for sleeping, but perhaps a little too dark for doing desk work). I was pleased to have a phone book in the room (good for looking up Irish surnames). The restaurant food was decent, and the wait staff was very friendly. The convenient location could not be beat, since we could walk to the terminal in about 5 minutes! There was also some nice stationary in the room, and there was a TV checkout option, for more convenience. The bathroom was clean and classy, I thought.
My only slight disappointment was the absence of a pen in my room (I'm sure I could have called for one), and my mother's room was a little too warm, even after turning off the radiator. Also, the TV/radio station only had 2 radio stations, and I would have preferred RTELyric, which was not a choice. Also, the wall clock did not work in my mother's room.
In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this hotel as a point of departure for a last night's stay in Ireland!
Avoid at all costs
Stayed in early March 2004. Found the staff to be very rude and unhelpful except for Amanda at the front desk. Could not get bar food at 8.45pm desoite the fact that others seemed to be eating. When it was asked when the food service stopped, seversl steff looked at each other and simply repeated that it was closed.
Rooms barely of three star standard. our shower stuck in the on position. Help came quickly but when it was pointed out that the floor was flooded due to the lack of a shower curtain, little interest was shown. On checking out the next day a curtain still had not beeen provided.
Had one meal in the hotel provided by ignorant staff. It was horrible in every respect and an experience not to be repeated. ( ate in Gallaghers restraunt in Bunratty which I found fantastic).
The Great Southern can only be described as a blot on the landscape of the lovely county of Clare.
Our Stay at Great Shannon was great
I just read a review on this site about this hotel and I disagree with their review. Our stay at the Shannon Great Southern was great with a capitol "G." Not only was the staff very helpful and the rooms nice, but everything there was wonderful. We stayed for 8 days in April and I am going again in March and staying there again. Boo Hoo that you had to take your own luggage to the airport. It's all of a 2 minute walk.
Or, you could have gone over to the airport and got a trolley like we did. Or, were you too lazy. The saddest part of my vacation was leaving. The staff was wonderful and helpful.
Good older hotel
If you are expecting a 5 star property--look elsewhere. This hotel is nice and clean with a great staff but the hotel is old. Be very careful with the hot water--it is very very hot. Also-be sure and take your alarm clock as wake up calls are non-existent
Home away from Home!
In February, 2003, I returned to Ireland to visit my dying father. Circumstances prevented me from making a firm reservation, but staff, especially Manager, Brian Bowler, at the Great Southern Hotel, Shannon, insured that I received a warm welcome. The service I received from the hotel staff, including receptionists, restaurant and bar staff, was greatly appreciated. The morning I was departing for Canada, the porter (Seamus) even sat on my suitcase to help close it. I ask where else in the world would one find such service or flexibility? Many, many thanks to this superb team, who certainly demonstrate positive attitutes, obviously enjoying taking care of their guests and going beyond the call of duty. Great Management, Great Saff!
This hotel is most unsatisfactory.
We have recently spent a night at this hotel, based at Shannon Airport, and unless you are prepared to drag your own luggage across to the airport, I would not recommend it at all. There are no carts, no mini-bus and no porters to help! There was no one to help with the bags either, on arrival or on departure,which I consider very bad for a 4 star hotel. The rooms were nice and the food too, but the bathroom had many flaws. However I insist that the lack of help with the luggage, and the unfriendly and unhelpful manner of the personel at the reception desk, should be most certainly be reported to the Hotel Group and to all future guests.