Oak Wood Arms Hotel
Travel Blogs from Shannon
... walking around a bit we went into a pub and had a beer. When we were back at our house, Uncle Snuffy and I decided to go on a walk. We saw several goats and cows along the countryside...it was beautiful. When we got back to the house, Geraldine was there with her granddaughter talking to my family about things to do in the area. That's about all for the first day since we were pretty tired. ...
... else, stopped in the gift shops/toilets on our way down. While it wasn't a sunny day, our timing was perfect for viewing the cliffs. The fog really came in as we were driving away. Now I understand how you couldn't see the cliffs on a foggy day. All of my planning and research was over. We came, we saw, we conquered. There are several things I wish we had been able to do, but I am going home a very happy and satisfied traveler. We both enjoyed our time together and got along ...
... She really did a great job and no accidents occurred. As I mentioned on Facebook, I would've probably peed in my pants 1,000 times had I been driving. I was better at giving directions.
The weather was cooler and a little rainy today, in the 50s. We have been spoiled all week, so we really couldn't complain. As I type this, we're sitting in Shannon and will soon be boarding our regional Aer Lingus flight ...
... a funny combination to have?M: I think it would be funnier if I was in a van full of Irish locals..F: Well what are you waitin' for, come on in!M: *bags go in, followed by me on the luggage*[During the next hour, they told me stories of what they thought Muslims were, Americans where and Indians were. They wondered if I was the same. But the fact that I was traveling made them think I was a gypsy but a "well dressed one"]After going atleast a ...
... when you put a hood over the head of the bird. 2. Under my thumb --when you're fixing the jesses of the bird. 3. Wrapped around your (little) fingers --again, how you control the bird. 4. (Can't remember this one) 5. No crime in fair trade (can't say as though this one is familiar to me) --when a bird grabs its prey with its claws, it holds on tight; you have to offer something better a distance away so the need to hang on lessens and they ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
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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.