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“First experience of pilgrimage”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Tara Hotel

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Tara Hotel
Ranked #126 of 185 Hotels in Lourdes
Douglas, Cork
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125 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“First experience of pilgrimage”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

It's been a while since I've travelled to Lourdes. It was first experience of a pilgrimage and we came as a diocese pilgrimage in June 2008, the 150th anniversary of the apparition. Our parish chose Tara Hotel. The hotel was very close to the Sanctuary but the hotel was very run down looking. The lifts took an age to come to our floor, especially on the morning we were due to check-out and as we were on the 5th Floor, I didn't want to be running up and down the stairs. The pillow (one pillow) was very flat, so the first night I did not sleep, but I requested a second pillow the second night and the sleep was better. No view from our hotel window, but I didn't come to Lourdes for the view, but prayer and sacrifice.

I forgot the adapter for my kettle and the concierge gave us a spare one, which was lovely. There is a shop on the ground floor, so you could buy your souvenirs and candles for the night procession. There was not much of a choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but I did not starve. Many people complained about the food, but I thought it was edible. The waitress did not have any English as so when people asked questions, she was not able to answer them. I tried to help with my broken French.

I am coming back to Lourdes again in August 2012, PG, but not to Tara Hotel

Room Tip: Maybe on the second floor, so you do not have to use the lift.
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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listowel, co. kerry
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2008

had seen some bad reviews in this site so dreaded arrival, was pleasantly surprised!!! rooms were spotless, eg. bed linen bathroom etc. food was good,and staff brilliant, only complaint was we had no itinery but would blame tour operator for this.as it was our first trip to Lourdes it would have been nice to know times etc. of what was happening eg. masses, procession of light, when baths were open etc. Overall a very enjoyable experience and would go back again. thank you to all at the Tara hotel.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — small rooms
  • Stayed October 2008
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2008

Myself, my sister and my mother stayed here for 3 nights. Has to be the worse hotel either of us has ever stayed in.
Rooms were small and dingy, no friendly atmosphere.
The worst was the food. Could only be described as appalling. 'Salad' was wilted and warm. Water jug was dirty and undrinkable. During the course of one of the dinners a pubic hair was found on the food. That was the last time i set foot in the restaurant.

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — the food
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2008

We stayed in The Tara earlier this month and I was surprised to see the poor rating the previous people made.
The rooms were modern and spotlesley clean, the staff were most helpful and spoke superb English.
The food was delicious and there was more than we could eat...we have a teenage son who could eat all day!
Value for money was quite simply remarkable...where else can you stay and have bed, breakfast and dinner for less than£50 per day.
We will be going back to Lourdes next year and we will be staying in The Tara Hotel again

Stayed April 2008
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NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2008

My husband and I stayed in the Tara in October 2004 For 5 nights.It was a 40th Wedding anniversary Gift from the family Flights Hotel Pilgrimage to lourdes all paid in advance.
We did not like the Tara Hotel it was old fashioned , old dark timber, lifts dark , small single beds, But the food was the worst we ever got anywhere ,It has never left our mind after all those year.We only got a computer lately and found I could write a review about the Hotel thats the reason for the delay
The Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner was terrible.
We had to make our own tea and toast each morning there was a crowd waiting for the one toaster so it was a long delay , no choice of fruit or cooked breakfast.
Dinner and Lunch was the worst ,the same every day One large basin of soup left in the centre of table`with ladel in it , to serve ourselves, we shared the table with a young couple from midlands of Ireland, If you were late comming to the table the soup was almost cold .Dinner was the same a Basin of Soup and tasteless.We have told several of our friends not to stay in the Tara who were planning a Pilgrimage to lourdes.as I said It never left our mind ,hope it will save others from getting this shoddy accommodation.

  • Liked — Convient to Sanctuary and 2 minutes walk to Shrines ,Good location
  • Disliked — Food ,and Soup every day and no choice ,Horrible
  • Stayed October 2004, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank High_Flyer_8
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Limerick
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2007

spent 5 days in the Tara hotel and found it very shabby,
2 lifts
1 in the reception area had names scratched in the wood panelling.
the other lift had the glass panel missing showing the number of the floor we were going to
the doors of the rooms were of vthe darkest, brownest wood colour.
single beds were so small
room were very small
only 1 socket in room (outside bathroom door up high )
meals in restaurant were meager to say the least.
will add photo's later.
would not recommend this hotel to anyone

Stayed June 2007
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3 Thank Eileenfomlimerick
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Property: Tara Hotel
Address: 6 avenue Peyramale, 65100, Lourdes, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Hautes-Pyrenees > Lourdes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #126 of 185 Hotels in Lourdes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Tara Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 71
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