The Old Ground
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So excited to start our adventure with our driver Ant-knee.... Our tour guide Joe is pretty funny... I really have to pay attention so I catch all of what he is saying.
We checked into the hotel and took a walk around... a little later we had a guided walking tour around the main streets of Ennis... We heard about Biddy Early, the witch of …
Today was another Irish day – not very warm, drizzle and, not so common, wind. Lachlan and family joined us and we drove to Kilrush, down to the marina which last time we visited had a lovely café/coffee shop. This is no longer operating so we found a place along the Market Square which was warm and dry.
We then had our photos taken …
We joined many of the O'Deas, including Lachlan, Marline and family at 09:00 Mass in the Cathedral across the road from the Old Ground hotel, where we are staying. Getting up in time for breakfast then Mass was not easy!
After a catch up with the O’Dea Jnrs after Mass, we caught a bus to Doolin to catch a boat to Inisheer. The …
This morning we all (about 150) visited the Dysert O'Dea castle. We were broken into groups and our group first took a tour with Dick Cronin, the local historian. He took us into the wet fields, in the rain, to see St. Tola’s high cross and the ruins of the O’Dea church – both now very old and the worse for wear.
After a moderate breakfast, compared to recent meals, we left and drove what Tom called the "scenic route". That is, along narrow, windy roads, often with obstructed views of oncoming traffic, with some lay byes to allow a car to pull in so a car coming in the opposite direction can pass. Some of these roads are signposted with a maximum speed of …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Old Ground Ennis
Hotel is beautiful... dinner was delicious... Staff is very friendly
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Old Ground Ennis
Top marks for The Old Ground
We have just returned from Southern Ireland and a short stay at "The Old Ground" in Ennis, County Clare. We chose this hotel on recommendation of Trip Advisor, and were not disapponted. The town itself is beautifully preserved as a thriving market town. All the shops, bars and restaurants are individually owned and full of character. The hotel, right in the middle of town and opposite the handsome Parish Church is a lively bustling mix of guests. Rooms are all renovated to modern standards with good bathroom facilities. The public rooms provide a comfy slightly shabby haven for meeting friends to catch up on the day's activities. Food is served in the O'Brian Restaurant, a comprehensive menu, reasonably priced, served with a smile, and suffice for the largest appetetite. Breakfast too was well cooked, varied and efficiently served.
In all, "The Old Ground" is well worth a visit, and can be contacted personally by email for current offers.
Hotel Reception Staff, rude, unhelpful
Some travelers report this was a charming place and we can see how it could be so but some staff interactions convince us to not to patronize this hotel again.
Its convenient location and exterior building style atrracted us - Paid more than USD 270 per night for a smaller suite. After being at 4 star country inns and B&Bs, we were shocked by the reception staff! And it wasn't just one person - at most we asked 1-2 simple questions daily. //// The front desk staff were Irish natives and we were shocked not to see smiles and a warm welcome.
Example: we couldnt locate the hairdryer - when I called the desk and asked, "we can't find the hairdryer, where is it stored?" The reception person responded flatly, "it's in the drawer". Then I asked, "which drawer?", as there were several drawers - "I dont know" was her response with no apology or offer to assist us.
A pretty straightforward request that was handled poorly - there are other examples but you get the picture. The staff seems unduly rushed also, even when there is no queue.
The paint fumes in the hallway drifitng into our room didnt help either.
In their black smocks/jackets, they looked like sullen distracted workers or morticians.
As international travelers, we pride ourselves on flexibility and we don't expect other places to imitate US hotel 100% - our expectations werent out of wack.
Next time: we'll try the Temple Gate Hotel, also mid-town.
The place to stay in Ennis
I can't really fault this hotel. We had a huge room overlooking the Cathedral. The room was well appointed and spotless. The public rooms are all charming, and the food, which is served in 3 dining areas was absolutely brilliant. We ate evening meals in the Poets Corner (the hotel bar) and the Town Hall (the bistro). Breakfast is served in the main restaurant. All are well used by the locals and it doesn't take a genius to figure out why.
We spend a lot of time in Ireland, but this was our first stop in Ennis. I suppose the fact that we were in a good hotel had an influence, but the place is really buzzing, and the nightlife is excellent. We will definitely be back.
Great hotel, great location, fantastic food
We have just stayed at the Old Ground for a short break in December and it was lovely. The hotel is just a stone's throw from the main shopping area and centre of Ennis. Although parts of the Hotel date back a hundred years or so, the rooms are very spacious and have every modern convenience. Our room overlooked the local Cathedral (which is currently undergoing some restoration but that still didn't spoil the view). The food is fabulous. We dined in the main restaurant (O'Brien's) and the bistro (The Town Hall) and both were excellent - 5 star in fact. We also had a few drinks in the pub, which had live Irish bands on Thursday and Friday (we left on the Saturday lunchtime but I think there is music on most weekends). The staff were all very friendly and really helpful. There are no swimming pools, Jacuzzis, gyms or beauty treatment at this hotel but I would definitely recommend it if you want to just chill out and relax with good food, good wine and a bit of local music.
Loved this Hotel!!!!!!
My husband & I stayed here last week (Oct-31-Nov 2, 2004) We had a fabulous room that could have held a family! It overlooked the garden. The furnishings were beautiful- had a wonderful shower!
The staff was outstanding (especially Fiona!) Breakfast was superb in a great dining room. The pub in the hotel was super. The location was great-right in the town which was also great for both shopping & sightseeing.
Next trip to Ireland, we will arrive in Shannon & head straight for the Old Ground Hotel. We did mainly B&Bs this trip, which were also great, but this hotel was superb!
The room (double) was extremely comfortable with one double and single bed, plenty of room to open a suitcase. The hotel is located in the town centre. It appears this hotel is very popular (even in October and November), so maybe a booking is something to consider. Breakfast was included in the rate, payed 105 euros in late October - breakfast was reasonable without being spectacular.
Loved the Old Ground
I stayed at the Old Ground in October 2002 and unless things have changed dramatically since then I would recommend it highly. The rooms were comfortable and immaculate, the staff very friendly and helpful. The food in the dining room is good, Ireland not being a place you'd go to for gourmet meals. There is also an excellent pub in the hotel, The Poet's Corner. Ennis itself is a charming town and the Old Ground is right in the middle for easy walking in all directions.
The Old Ground
I am really sorry to see a bad review of the Old Ground Hotel as I Both my partner and I have just returned from one of the most delighful weekends we have had in years. I do know that the hotel has just reopened after six months of refurbishment but it has returned to its original charm and has maintained a class of it;s own which I really believe is unmatched in Ireland. There is a welcome feeling from the moment you reach the reception till the moment you leave. I found the rooms a delight so airy and spacious with a beautiful piece of local sculpture in each room and the service from all staff was impeccable. The food in the Town Hall was truly AMAZING>i had fillets of monkfish that tasted as though they had just been caught. The Decor of the restaurtnat leads itself to be anywhere in the World. I am sorry to go on but I had to reply.
My husband and I stayed at the Old Ground Hotel on April 22, 2004. I was advised at the time I made our reservation that they were closing for renovations and would be re-opened in time for our stay. Wrongfully, I assumed this to mean that their hotel would be fresh and clean at the time of our arrival. Their brochure presented beautiful photographs of an elegant, historic Irish manor. We elected to pay a premium for their King bedroom suite. It was an awful disappointment! Huge water stains on the ceiling. The carpet, bedding and furnishings were severly tattered and stained. I must say that the front desk was responsive in changing our room - which was some bit of an improvement. The pub food in Poets Corner was very good. The construction workers and their materials were a poor sight. I'm not sure what the were actually accomplishing. My first review - I felt compelled!
We stayed at the Old Ground hotel for two nights on November 2003. It is an excellent hotel, the staff was very helpful and courteous and the atmosphere was wonderful. Each morning after a very tasty full Irish breakfast, we brought our coffee to the lobby area to sit in front of the fire before heading out for the day. The first night, after having a bite to eat in Ennis, we walked back to the hotel which is located right in the town center and there were several people in a booth in the pub playing traditional music. We slept very well as the room was very quiet, they are currently working on the building but this did not cause any problems as we were out during the day. The room is complete with a safe and a tea and coffee center. The Old Ground hotel is about 25 minutes from Shannon airport, 45 minutes from the Cliffs of Mohr and about an hour from the Rock of Cashel. I highly recommend this hotel and will be staying there every time I fly out of Shannon. I really cant say enough about this hotel, it has an atmosphere that is truly welcoming and charming.