We are a family of 5 and stayed for 3 nights..the staff were always really nice, helpful and friendly especially with our kids. The family room was really spacious, spotless and always plenty of towels etc.. and the wifi came in handy with the children..The air conditioning made a big difference and comfortable as it was quiet hot during our stay.The lobby is really big and spacious especially when you have younger kids. There are lots of brochures and leaflets on the area, theres a direct line to a taxi company and the reception staff were always obliging and nice to us. The staff in the bar were so nice, one bartender gave my kids cookies and another gave them a jug of miwadi juice no charge..We had a meal in the bistro on our first night and we really really enjoyed it..I had the black pudding starter and steak for main, my husband had the smoked salmon starter and duck leg main. They were really delicious, my steak was cooked to perfection, the staff were so nice and the atmosphere was really relaxing and comfortable. On our 3rd night we dined in the restaurant. The food here in my opinion wasnt as fantastic as the bistro. I had the chicken and bacon caesar as a starter but I didnt get any bacon in it and I ordered the Hake but for me it was ok, my husband ordered the fishcake and trout main which he enjoyed. The waitress was really nice and friendly, she chatted with my kids, I asked for more sauce for my kids pasta and she got for them no problem, she brought them an extra bowl of fries also.Only faults I had was she asked me if I would like tea but she never brought it. I wasnt too bothered because I hadnt planned to have a tea anyway and even though I had received an email advising me to prebook our table, which I did, on the evening they didnt have any record of my booking so we had to wait in the lobby for about 10 min for a table, the head waiter (I think) did apologise and suggested we wait in the bar and it was clear to us anyway that they were really busy as there was a few large parties already dining and staying in the hotel. If I was to choose to dine again I would definitely recommend the bistro firstly. However, the breakfast buffet in the restaurant was flawless. Full Irish, many cereals, breakfast juices, fruits, breads (the fresh brown bread was so tasty) and breakfasts cakes. The leisure centre was fabulous, we went twice to the pool. We were supplied with towels, there are armbands supplied for kids ( its a good idea to advertise this as I had bought a tube for my youngest and I probably wouldnt have if Id known before.) The pool was spotless and fun and again staff were great. The grounds outside were fantastic, we loved exploring the little wooded area and took a few lovely pics. We got a taxi to Salthill but we walked back, it took us about 20 min, my 3 year old managed it but I wouldnt recommend if you are not a good walker. Theres a supermarket, Joyces about 15-20 min walk from the hotel and a pizza restaurant, Capones. One suggestion would be to have some live music, something simple. We noticed alot of tourists and coach parties visiting and Im sure they woud have loved to have been able to return to the hotel after a day sightseeing and have a small group or soloist even playing some nice mellow traditional Irish music to round off the evening. .... Overall we had an amazing stay and I cant wait to visit again.
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- The Ardilaun is a family owned hotel, newly refurbished to a 4**** standard, Ideally located amongst spacious private grounds, minutes from city centre. 125 Luxurious bedrooms to include garden rooms and unique suites. Comfortable spacious lounges, award-winning "Camilaun Restaurant" and superb leisure club with its 18m swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and gymnasium. Beauty salon on site. Conferencing facilities for up to 650 delegates. Complimentary car parking. ... more less
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