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Historical Traveler Reviews Woodstock Hotel Ennis
After reading the reviews on tripadvisor, I was aprehensive about booking to stay at the Woodstock, however I am now so glad that I did. The staff were very friendly and extremely accommodating. Although we had to boil the drinking water (I believe there is a problem in the Ennis area) they provided us with complimentary bottled water any time we needed it. When we checked in, they gave us a twin room although we had requested a double, but they moved us with no hesitation and the room was fabulous. The food in the resturaunt was outstanding. I've never had a better meal!! Thanks to all at Woodstock! We'll definatly be back.
Four Star Hotel! Ha! In Your Dreams!
Stayed here recently with my wife on a midweek break. The two miles quoted to the town of Ennis was actually to the outskirts of the town, it cost €8 in a Taxi to the centre of Ennis a distance of roughly about four miles! I drove down from Dublin and was really underwhelmed with this hotel. I have stayed in finer 3 star hotels about Ireland, thats not to say the hotel was bad but I expect better from a so called 4 Star. The room on the 2nd floor was large but there was a noticable smell in the room each night we returned. Weather was warm when we stayed so the window was left open permanently but imagine when its freezing outside and the windows shut with the heating on full blast! 4 course dinner was priced at €35 per head, I had French onion soup, Lamb shank and Ice cream in a wafer basket(which I couldn't eat 'cos it was served fully frozen, perhaps It should have come with a steak knife!) starters and main course were well presented although the ingredients were not top quality. You can get a similar meal in Dublin, the Capital City for €30 so it was at least €10 overpriced!) To put my finger on the point, there was a lack of attention to detail here and everything could have been better, for example the town has been having problems with toxins in the water supply since the week before my arrival, yet they had no mineral water in the rooms,most 4 stars I've stayed in supply mineral water even when there isn't a problem with the mains supply. We were told to boil our kettle and use that even for brushing our teeth,now that's hardly four star luxury is it? Finally I picked up a late deal on a budget website of €218 for both of us including dinner on one evening and even at that price I would not be tempted back had I paid the €370 quoted on the hotels official site, I would have demanded a refund! Will definitely be back in Ennis though, had a great time in the town itself, but I will try out the Old Ground Hotel mentioned elsewhere on this web site the reviews there seem far more positive!
Not quite a 4 star hotel.
Stayed here for a mid-week break in Aug 2005. Intially we were put in a room on the ground floor that was supposed to be non-smoking. Thought there was a bit of a smell in the room when we arrived but all the windows were open. Closed the windows as it was a cold day and headed out sight-seeing. When we returned the smell was much more pronounced. Went to reception and asked to be moved as we had requested a non smoking room. Receptionist was unhelpful and really annoyed that we hadn't requested move on arrival. She wanted to set room for some other "non-smoker". The 2nd room was better and although very basic and old-fashioned met out needs. We ate in the hotel restaurant on the 1st night and couldn't fault the meal or service. This level of service carried through to the breakfast. Overall the hotel was very old fashioned and had a 2/3 star feel about it. The hotel is also out a bit from the town in a residential area. The 2 miles from town stated on website seemed more like 3 or 4.
Not good value for money
well where to begin??....the receptionist was rude....the food was very average and most of the staff appeared to have gone to the basil faulty school of hotel management.....
For the rates this place charges it should be much better.....the hotel itself is in a nice location and looks well but is one of the worst run i have ever seen...stay somewhere else...
We have just returned for the Woodstock Hotel, Ennis where we attended the wedding reception of my husbands niece on 2 July 2005. We stayed for 5 days which passed far too quickly.
The Hotel is excellent, food service and surroundings. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and management to ensure you enjoyed your stay.
We cannot praise the Hotel enough and will definately re-visit when we again visit Ennis.
Watch the ashtrays
Stayed for a weekend break with a my wife & two year old son. Lovely hotel, nice pool. However, not child friendly. We got charged for a breakage in the lobby where our young son broke an ashtray (this was before the smoking ban). The dining room is only OK. Food is reasonable, but not cheap. Service in diningroom was very slow.
the woodstock hotel was very expensive but getting the service we wanted we didn't mind that.
paying was not an issue
what was an issue was being handed the soap at reception when we were going into dinner for a friday evening. The receptionist was lovely but did not have a clue about anything past ireland
Please god when these high class people pay pots of money building hotels and putting fittings in they will get there heads out of ireland and think about staff. Staff are the backbone of any buisness and the sooner these people realise this the better.
My husband and I have been to a lot of places. Australia is the place were they actually train there staff how to act.
Ireland is tenfold behind.
Ireland is behind more than I ever thought. We were afraid to ask for more toilet roll in the woodstocks in clare in case we had to carry it from reception to room. after our dinner.
That is not to say that reception was unfriendly but when I stay in four star or five star I don't want to be handed soap at reception.......................
Excellent place to stay!
We stayed at the Woodstock Hotel for one night in December 2004.
This place is truly excellent. We flew into Shannon Airport and hired a car. The hotel was a little difficult to find, but that's the only problem we had with this place. Once arriving, everything was great.
Our room was very nice, very clean and very quiet. We had an excellent meal in the restuarant, which my wife says was the best meal she had on our five week holiday around the UK.
The Woodstock Hotel has a great ambience - we wish we had stayed longer! Would recommend this hotel to everyone.
Fantastic Weekend Break !!
I had a wonderful weekend at this hotel, we arrived late on the Friday evening, and enjoyed a drink in the beautiful bar, Saturday morning I played golf in the Golf course, while my wife enjoyed the shopping in multi-cultural Ennis. We had a great meal in the hotel Saturday night and finished of the weekend in the leisure centre, I would recommend anyone to stay at this luxuries hotel
Doesn#t live up to expectations (April 2004)
We spent 3 nights in the Woodstock in April 2004. Based on the descriptions we were expecting a lot more for our money. To start off they had no record of our reservation which we had made online, luckily they did have a room available. Our room was average size with no special features and definitely not "luxurious" as described. We had dinner in the restaurant the first night but were so disappointed (poor quality ingredients) we declined to eat dinner their again. On the plus side: the staff were great - efficient and very pleasant to deal with.
The leisure centre is small but well run. It's a good location for exploring Co. Clare.
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