We coulda flown from New York to Dublin in the time it took to drive here. As we approached Westport David Bowie was singing 'Gene Genie' on the car radio; we saw a mountain in the distance and from a distance it had the shape and form of Cheops, the largest of the three pyramids of Giza. Buddy Holly playing as we parked in the hotel; 'Think it Over what you just said.' Check - in was about the fastest we've ever experienced at under a minute. All the staff mega friendly. The room was warm and cosy with tea & coffee making facilities. Comfy double bed and a single bed in the room. Old style 20 inch tv. Two chairs and a mini table.The room floorboards were creaky underfoot. I worried that someone below would be bothered by my walking about. The view from our room was a car park. We had 3 rounds of sandwiches not long after arrival €4.50 each. Took a bit of time to rustle them up. I had a pint of clew bay real ale (€4.30) as I waited. It was wonderfully good. I checked out the company on line; it has 3 ales on offer, sadly only one available at the hotel, yet the big breweries are here in abundance, what a pity there's no more room for local producers. Wine is a minimum of €6.25 a glass, making a bottle €26, pricy and seems to be served by pump. May be ok for locals but to UK, French, Spanish & Portuguese folks it's very expensive. Most of the usual fare is on offer at breakfast with few highlights, there's cheap sausage & bacon (not organic) over cooked black & white pudding, mushrooms, beans, tomato, fried and scrambled eggs (not organic) and a guy in a chefs outfit dishing out the cooked cheap meats. No ham, no salami, no croissants nor chocolate croissants. If there was cheese I didn't see it. No salmon. One jam one marmalade on offer and 3 types of fruit juices: apple, orange & cranberry. Good coffee. There's a seed and nut based brown bread which is very good and about the highlight. The porridge is great too. I had kippers, well a small lonely dyed orange salty kipper on a big plate really, with two poached eggs. Next day the equally small whiting. The dining room has little natural light without scenic views. The spa & pool area is fab. Great steam bath, jacuzzi & pool area. The hotel room numbering is a bit chaotic and a bit of a labyrinth to find the spa from our room. Lots of parking at the hotel. It's walking distance to the town. There's plenty of restaurants in town giving good deals. From experience I recommend Maple Moose cafe in the town centre for friendly service, great crepes, waffles & panini as well as great coffees. Achill island is about 20 miles away from the hotel and a must see along a stunning Atlantic drive and the whole area has a raw natural as well as stunning scenic beauty. It also has a great, long history: Westport means "stone fort of the beeves' it is at the south-east corner of Clew Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. The town centre was designed by James Wyatt in 1780, in Georgian architectural style. Its layout follows medieval principles of urban design introduced by the Normans in the 13th century. The design for the town was commissioned by the Lord Sligo of the nearby stately home, Westport House, as a place for his workers and tenants to live. A particular feature is the incorporation of the river into the composition, contained for two blocks by low stone walls producing, on each side of the river, attractive tree lined promenades (The Mall) with several stone bridges over the river Carrow Beg. The layout further includes several tree lined streets, addressed by the narrow fronted commercial buildings typical of Irish towns, though with many here remaining of a singular refinement and charm. Some modern interventions, like the Garda station, are less successful in maintaining the original continuity of the urban fabric. It was the home of the pirate chief Grace O'Malley in the mid-to-late 16th century. The famous Roman Catholic pilgrimage mountain of Croagh Patrick, known locally as "the Reek", is some 6 ml west of the town near the villages of Murrisk and Lecanvey. The mountain offers a striking backdrop to the town. The church on the summit can just be made out with the naked eye from Westport. Westport is a popular tourist destination. It scores highly for Quality of Life. It has won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition three times in 2001, 2006 & 2008; in 2012 it won the Best Place to Live in Ireland competition run by the Irish Times.
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- Hotel Westport is secluded in 7 acres of beautiful woodland in the heart of Westport, Co. Mayo. They are renowned for their theme breaks, Golden Years, Golf, Walking, Murder Mystery, Bridge, Indoor Bowling, Theatre Breaks and Family Holidays.The Hotel has 129 bedrooms including 6 Suites and 48 newly extended and refurbished Premier Rooms, offering guests a more luxury and stylish sophistication. Other facilities include their Award Winning Ocean Spirit Spa & Leisure, Hair Salon, Maple Bar and Islands Restaurant. ... more less
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