This was our second visit to Dingle, and the price of a room at the B & B we stayed at last year had risen dramatically – from 40 euros per room per night last year, to 68 euros this year! So I searched a bit further and came up with James G Ashe’s, which cost 55 euros a night (admittedly, room only, so not really much of a saving).
It’s easy enough to find, being right on Main Street, and there’s usually plenty of places to park. We arrived shortly before the stipulated check in time of midday and were somewhat surprised to find the whole place quiet and locked up, and it was only after banging on the door for a while that a lady (the cleaner, I think) opened the door. Unfortunately, she didn’t speak much English and had to phone the owner, who didn’t seem to know anything about our booking (done by email), but she showed us to our room. This was at the back of the building & had a window to the side: it seemed nice enough, but there was an unpleasant smell, and when I opened the window, the smell got worse (I think it came from the bins). So we asked if we could move to another room. The next room was pleasant, with a big window overlooking a somewhat overgrown green area (I couldn’t call it a garden) at the back. But there in this room there was an unpleasant noise (almost as if there was a huge cat in the room beneath, purring). It really wasn’t the sort of noise you could live with, so we asked to change again. Luckily for us, the B& B was empty and we ended up in a room at the front, overlooking Main Street.
This room (number 3) was nice enough, very clean, light and airy, and the ensuite shower room was perfectly adequate. Satellite tv, hairdryer and alarm clock were provided as advertised. Being on Main Street, it was slightly noisy at night, and might very well be noisier at the weekend!
Breakfast isn’t provided, and I’d definitely recommend going to Deirdre’s Café (just up Main Street on the opposite side), where you could get a yummy “mini-Irish” breakfast for 8 euros.
The pub/restaurant itself seems to be only open from 4pm in the afternoon, so for a lot of the time it was just us in the B&B part. When we checked out of our room, the cleaner again had to phone for the boss to come and take our payment.
All in all, it was a pleasant enough place to stay, but as there are so many establishments in Dingle that offer bed & breakfast, in future I think I would probably choose somewhere that’s not quite so unsupported by staff. And going “room only” wasn’t really much of a saving, as breakfast seems to cost between 8 and 10 euros anyway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Accommodation in town center. All rooms en-suite, sat t.v, Free WIFI,without breakfast. ... more less