West County Hotel
Travel Blogs from Ennis
Late start today as the Aran Islands were more challenging than we thought. Off to the Cliffs of Moher (more of this later).
There was a castle on the way although, this being Ireland, it was really a tower house, Dungunaire. Bought by an English woman in the 1930s as a ruin, so she put in a garage and a kitchen. Her main activities were …
... to our sports bars (Buffalo Wild Wings/Rusty Bucket). Many have great food and the environments are very laid back and nice. The Pub that we went to had dancing later on in the night. We stayed until 12:00 talking and dancing! It was a blast. The DJ played great songs that I recognized and was able to sing to (attempt to sing to). I could barely hear or talk by the end of the night.
Time has a whole other meaning here. It is forcing me to ...
... levels of intelligence. I wonder if the inspiration for their name comes from this drive or area of Ireland. Whether it was or not, it made me think back to it, and I thought I would at least make not of it.
Dingle is not only the name of the town, but obviously the name of the Peninsula, and just about every other place name on the drive. For a time, the people from the area tried to change it all to Daingean, which is the Irish term for ...
... trips becoming very car sick! The whether turned a little, so it was chilly and a sprinkle of rain in the air. Us bridesmaids were in strapless short dresses (classy ones though!) Rachael the other Aussie bridesmaid and I, were freezing! But all the local Irish guests were saying how lovely a day for the wedding! We were pretty confused on that one! Oh yeah the marrying couple sit down on chairs at the front of the alter in an Irish catholic ceremony.
From the church ...
... of your soul in Ireland. The people of the land keep it safe for you, or if you decide you want it back you can return in 20 years and put your feet back in the same place, it it will be returned to you. Putting my own beliefs about souls aside, it made sense to do it.
I feel as though part of my heart has already belonged here for the last 20 years, so why not leave part of my soul here for the next 20.
I know I'll be back for it.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews West County Hotel Ennis
I attended a wedding in august in this hotel and all i can say is WOW!!!!
because i was travelling from Mayo to Clare on the day of the wedding I needed to check in early but i hadnt phoned in advance. when i arrived at reception at 11.00 they got staight on to their houskepers who had my room ready in just 15 mins. I was so impressed by everyones attitude and plesent nature.
room was standard enough but very very clean.
didnt eat in hotel only at wedding function and i must say it was fab and again service wonderfull
we will be back
My fiance and myself stayed at this hotel in September 2004 as we were guests at a wedding there. We were glad that we were only staying there one night - because the place is absolutely dreadful.
West County thoughts
Stayed with family group of nine. Staff accomodating. Rooms clean and comfy (apart from one brick filled pillow!). Breakfast O.K. - more choice for early diners. Food available did not match everything listed on menu. Did have problem with working the shower; water peculiar colour when gave up and ran a bath. There are notices advising that you boil water before drinking. It's a fair walk into Ennis, especially for young children or older people. Enjoyed our stay!
All the charm of a typical family hotel. Very Very friendly. Rooms small but spotless and well fitted. Loads op food options and a livley bar. Huge mix of customers there while I was there but great atmosphere
This review is rather late, as I only stumbled across this Website via a friend who himself only discovered it today. Please forgive me for writing a review (in August 2005) of a stay I had at the West County, Ennis, in December 2003.
We needed a place near Shannon Airport to stay for one night, and made the mistake of checking in here. Desk Reception assigned us to room 113 (that was an omen). The furniture in the room was old, dirty, scratched, stained, and creaky. It looked to be at least 20 or more years old. The bedspread was stained in several places which gave my wife and me a severe case of the creeps. The bed sheets were clean, but the thought of lying in that bed after seeing the stained bedspread was scary. The curtain on the window was dirty and wrinkled as if it has never been ironed. The room carpet was patched which made me wonder what was it that caused the hotel to cut out from it. In brief, this was a pretty gruesome room that the hotel had no right to foist on anyone. I went to desk reception and complained. They were apologetic, but they know damn well that this room is a disgrace, but chose to assign it to us neverthe less. They moved us to a new room which was slightly better, but at least it was clean, better maintained, and had recent (not new!) furnishings. I think the Lynch Hotel chain ought to be ashamed of this place and seriously think about shutting the doors for a few weeks and painting it throughout, replace all carpeting and give it a general overhaul. Pass up this hotel.
Took a family trip for 3 nights August 2004 - a party of 16 of us including 4 children - we had the package deal which included dinner from a quite varied menu and unlike the other reviews the food was good but the dining area for "package people" was sub-standard, just a group of tables bunched together in a cold room unlike the more atmospheric pay as you go restaurant directly beside it ! The rooms were cleaned daily however on day 2 the fire alarm went off early and when I grabbed my 5 year old to exit -I found the cleaning staff discussing where they were clubbing the night before and were not in the slightest bit helpful if it was a drill or not. We were celebrating my husband's 40th birthday and the bar staff were more than accommodating to a large group - live music every night of the week also was great. Overall, the hotel is fine, nothing spectacular but we got a good deal for mid week. They have a Kids Klub in the mornings and evenings which is full of variety and the leisure center with pool, jacuzzi, spa, steam room and workout area is very well supervised at all times. Walking distance to Ennis town center - don't even try drive - the town is beautiful but tiny roads. Oh yes - did I mention the rain.....
Christmas Day Lunch 20003
We a party of 14, booked Christmas lunch, in the West County hotel, Ennis. The cost was 60 euro a head ,a total rip off.To say our meal was poor would be generous, the service was slow and very disjointed.No wine was included in the price!!When our order for wine was eventually taken,it arrived so late that we brought it home with us. The main meal was dreadful,meat dried out, and the veg resembeled babyfood! Then to cap it all off the staff stood over us so that we felt we had to finished and leave, never to return.
We, party of 8, decided to eat out this Christmas day. Since we were in Ennis, we booked lunch at the West County Inn. We were advised, at the time of booking, that wine was included in the cost. The cost per person was 60 euro, which seemed expensive, but we assumed the food and atmosphere would be great. Boy, were we wrong! The music was loud and not very Christmas like. The turkey and ham were dry, the stuffing was 'like sand', according to my 11-year old, the potatoes were cold. And, the wine was NOT included in the price. Nor were soft drinks included, which added another 5 euro to the already enourmous bill. And just as we were about to dig in, the table next to us decided to light up their after-lunch cigarettes......On our way out, I asked to speak to the hotel manager. I explained that we were unhappy with our meal, but mostly I explained to him that when we booked, we were advised that wine was served with lunch. He said they never include wine with the meal. I explained we'd been told otherwise when I booked. He said, "thats not how we do things".....This was one argument that I wasnt going to win, and besides I had better things to do on Christmas Day. I left a message for the hotel manager to call me, so far, no word. All I can say is this. If the West County Inn expects to stay competitive in Ennis, attention should be paid to the customer. Customer service obviously isnt a priority. Next time, we'll go to the Templegate or the Old Ground, two establishments which hold their customers in high esteem. Thanks!
Way over priced
Was charged 210 Euros for a room for 3 persons. This was definitely not value for money. The room was nothing special, and definitely was not worth anything near the rate they charged. Could get a room in a 5* hotel for less.