Oak Wood Arms Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Oak Wood Arms Hotel Shannon
Good Place for your last night in Ireland
We stayed here on our last night in Ireland because we wanted to get up in the morning, see Bunrattly Castle, and then get to the airport for our flight home. It was a good place with good service, friendly people, and a decent pub that served plenty of Guinness and Beamish. It was a lively place at night since a tour bus dropped off a load of French tourists anxious to enjoy the pub all at once. There were plenty of people but once we got back to our room, it was quiet and comfortable. We watched some World Cup Soccer and went to bed.
Breakfast was a buffet and it had a good selection and our waitress was happy to get us things like toast and decaf. As in the pub the night before, the staff handled the crowd of bus tourists well and without complaint.
It is a good hotel with a great location and they know how to handle crowds efficiently.
Fabulous Hotel - Great Location
I can only say good things about this hotel. I have just come back from 2 nights there and it is fantastic. The staff are extremely helpful and full of Irish charm as you would expect, the food was wonderful - I had a full Irish breakfast included in my room rate and I certainly could not go hungry. I found the rooms extremely pleasant with the best shower I have ever used and lovely warm gas central heating which was much appreciated after a day in the cold mountains! I really could not fault this hotel, a great price and a great stay, I will definitely use again.
I stayed at the Oakwood Arms Hotel for two nights in February 2006 - I was pleasantly surprised.
The hotel is well run, with clean, comfortable, warm rooms. They have a good breakfast buffet, and an excellent lunch service - I didn't eat there in the evening.
It is a bit isolated - Shannon has a single building called the town centre, and apart from that, a police station and a large government office, there id almost nothing else there. I suspect that most of the local population work in the government offices, the airport of the large industrial estate which is between the airport and the town. It's quite amazing that the town doesn't have more facilities, but that's not really a drawback, as Shannon is an excellent base from which to visit the many superb local sights.
The staff working in the hotel were efficient
The food was good, and reasonably priced.
The rooms were clean and comfortable.
The hotel is easily found, and the roads leading there are good.
The hotel has a three star rating, and provides good value. Although Shannon town centre has little to entice me to return, I'd happily stay at this hotel if I needed a base near the airport or as an economical base from which to tour Clare.
My husband and I chose this hotel to be close to the airport. We had stayed in b&b's all week and thought this would be a real treat since they boasted of a sauna and steamroom, a hairdryer & iron w/board in the room. So I was willing to pay a little more. WELL... the hairdryer had duct tape wrapped on it and it still didn't work. The steambath was broken. You have to let the desk know 30 minutes ahead of time so they can turn it on. We did that. Then we waited an additional 45 minutes waiting for the thing to start working. It never did. The tea cups in the tea service were dirty. There was an old used tea bag sitting right in the middle of the tea and coffee. The light in one of the nightstand lamps was burned out. One of the lights in the bathroom was burned out. They would only give us one keycard... and you have to leave one in the receptacle in the room so that the lights will work. And there was a wedding taking place and the dining room was closed. You had to eat in the pub which was fine except it was so crowded with overflow from the wedding that there were hardly seats. The parking lot was so packed there was not a parking spot. And there were about 7-9 kids running up and down the hallways that were in or should have been in attendance at the wedding. Of all the places that we stayed in Ireland, this one was the worst. I guess the old saying about "the more you pay the less you get" is true in this case. And to make matters worse when I nicely told the desk clerk all the things that were wrong he nonchalantly shrugged. We will never stay there and we will make sure that all our friends know before they book there lodging in Shannon.
I'll be back!
As a frequent business traveller around the Globe, I was very impressed by the Oakwood arms. It operates to a very high standard in all areas from helpful staff to clean spacious rooms to ease of access from airport. I had a little chuckle to myself on leaving when comparing what the Oakwood offers as a three star and compared it to some of the so called four star hotels I have stayed in.
Excellent but middle of nowhere
we decided to take a short weekend break to ireland and have been to dublin several times this place is great but you need a car shannon is as big as a postage stamp 6 shops and 2 pubs however the hotel is very good restaurant is fantastic and we travelled around the area and the bunratty castle is very good
Great Discovery in Co. Clare
I have stayed at this hotel many times as I travel back and forth to Ireland several times a year and I love it. It is not terribly well advertised and I pretty much stumbled across it when the hotel I usually stayed at in nearby Bunratty was full. The facilities at this charming hotel are excellent and the staff are friendly and efficient. The best discovery of all turned out to be their restaurant, the Spruce Goose, which serves top class meals beautifully presented. The on-site bar also serves a great lunch. There is not a lot to do within walking distance of the hotel but it is more than worth the drive or cab fare to any of the nearby attractions. Also, the hotel is 5 minutes from the airport which makes it a very convenient place to begin or end one's visit to Ireland. It also explains the aeronautical theme throughout the premises including rooms named after aviators Amelia Earhardt and Lady Heath. I highly recommend the Oakwood Arms as a wonderful place to stay in Co. Clare.
Nicely designed, big rooms, close to airport. A bit too pricey unless you book ahead. Good atmosphere in pub. Our only frustration was that we couldn't get into the restaurant-- it was already booked full by the time we arrived-- and there are no other good restaurants nearby, just a McDonalds. The menu in our room looked good and we were looking forward to it. But alas, we ended up eating in the pub which was OK but not ideal. Tour bus groups were staying here so maybe they're partly to blame-- I know they managed to devour all the breakfast pastries and hit the road before the other guests were awake. Still, the hotel should provide for everyone, and if big groups come in, keep the restaurant opened longer and buy more pastries. That said, it was nonetheless a pleasant, comfortable hotel.
Terrible hotel! Overpriced, noisy and in very bad need of a remodel. Drive a little farther and stay someplace else. This place is a dump.
Near the Airport in Shannon
I found this hotel very nice. Refered here by my customer, it is located very close to the airport. The place has a short but intereting history. It is well decorated with local artifacts from the age of float planes that would stop on their way to and from Europe. The rooms are large, clean and the staff very nice. The breakfest was included with my room rate. It was large as you would expect an Irish one to be.
This place also has a large pub, meeting rooms and a resturant. Near by are some other pubs as well as a short walk away a small shopping center. I have stayed here now 5 times over the last 12 months with no complaints.
TripAdvisor Reviews Oak Wood Arms Hotel Shannon
Travel Blogs from Shannon
... for me. A lovely young lady instructed us to "turn right out the gate and when you come to a T-section about a mile down the road, go straight ahead." She said this twice before correcting it to cross road. :)
We pulled into the local hotel with the feel of a fishing village next to a golf course. Too tired for a swim tonight, a welcome meal at the bar saw us ready for ...
... amp; shops. I was on a mission to find the Irish perfume that I had worn on our wedding day, no luck.
Had a wonderful dinner of fresh smoked salmon, mussels & a seafood pot pie. We thought we would be hanging out more in the old traditional neighborhood pubs, but was told that these are about to be a thing of the past as pubs were getting more modernized. The good news is that their wine selections have improved & that's good enough for me!
... the "squeeze as much in as we can to get a flavor" kind of stretch. There were many things we just didn't have time to do. I really hadn't "planned" on doing anything particular on this day except making our way down to the airport in Shannon. The roads are not like our interstates and take a lot more time and energy to drive. We noticed that we saw much more traffic on the southwest roads and MANY more tour buses (which caused John to grit his teeth on several occasions while ...
We had a sweet goodbye and started North to Dromoland Castle. When we arrived we toured the grounds. The castle is well preserved with a lot of original architecture. We biked the trails and found a lilly pond and a walled garden. John liked to walk the gardens as a King would... hands clasped behind him. We had coffee in the Gallery in front of the fireplace... 2 hours later we headed to our room. We were upgraded to an ...
... rock. Though once you’ve hiked through them, it’s apparent that there is plenty of greenery. The farmers brought in sand and seaweed from Galway Bay and used it to create the fields. They aren’t fertile enough to grow crops, but they are perfect for grazing cattle and sheep which are here in abundance. The soil is actually warm, never falling below 6 degrees C because the limestone soaks up the heat from the sun. It also absorbs rainwater ...