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Yep, that's my name! We had a very good long sleep and slept in. we had breakfast after putting our stuff in the car and visited Kilkenny castle. Next was Cashel rock which was another castle and a smaller castle in ruins nearby. Then we had lunch, bought groceries and drove to Cork and to Blarney Stone, looked at the castle, ate dessert and drove and slept overnight in ...
... Kathy needs a dose of Catholicity. Kathy: Hey, I will take any help I can get! Well now I know why we stopped: wow! They had planned this for a long while--we had a little bit of a cultural trade. They had about 10 people from staff including their President to tour around with us. (He's a priest, wears a suit and tie.) We first went to their theater (SPE doesn't even have a 500 seat theater!) where they had a student group of 7 who played a scene from CATS, costumes and ...
... way and would offer a decent first stop to get us immersed immediately. The Abbey is basically off a driveway to someone's farm and was in ruins, but still very pretty on our first sunny day. I got some practice in on the camera while Katie mastered some portraitist skills. When we got back to the car, we realized that we didn't know how to lock the doors. Everything in the car, except for the transmission, is manual. This is bad if we can't lock our car for two ...
... to the B&b, where they must have been cooking all day. we were greeted with champagne with something in it???? fancy appetizers followed. We sat down to a four course dinner. I posted a pic of the menu, but it seemed like the food was endless. Not only did they have steak and mashed potatoes as the 3rd course, but they brought out sides of more potatoes and vegetables, and of course, bread. there was dessert with the meal, because ...
... I might have eaten that didn't fare well. Was it the Indian? The fudge? The fish? I've been eating the fish this whole week, but sticking it back in the oven to heat it up. Maybe it was undercooked? My housemate was sick last week, so that could have something to do with it. Apparently something dreadful is going around. Did the sickies finally catch up with me?
Thursday I pretty much did a whole lot of nothing. I needed to feel better and refused to spend ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Oak Wood Arms Hotel Shannon
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.
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.
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
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.