My wife and I spent 3 nights with our 2 boys aged 10 and 3 at the Ocean Sands Hotel. We went for the family package deal which was 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast. We found this to be great value for money as each night the dinner was a 3 course meal albeit it was a set menu but you had a choice of 3 different starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts. The kids menu was the usual basic choices but covered all bases also. We enjoyed every meal we had although on the 3rd night I asked if I could upgrade to a sirloin steak which was at a premium of 9 euros approx. This was not offered to us by the waiting staff and we had to ask for this. The food was great quality however the kids chicken goujons were not very good quality which surprised us because everything else was.
You could choose to eat in the bar or downstairs in the restaurant and the bar is much more suitable and the waiting staff much more agreeable. We ate in the bar on the Wednesday night and there is no atmosphere and we had to wait 45 minutes between first course and main course!
We were in Room 7 and we had booked for a sea view which was an extra 15 euros a night however the only way we could see the sea was to walk over to the 1 window and stretch to look around the corner of the hotel. This was not worth the extra as we imagined we would be upstairs overlooking the back of the hotel for that price.
The kids club was excellent and the boys both enjoyed it. The supervisor was excellent with the kids and was not overly dominant but at the same time kept them in line and under control. This gave us the added attraction that we could relax and enjoy our dinner knowing they were being looked after each evening and were also having fun!
The hotel is situated on the main street of Eniscrone which has a few wee bars and restaurants and any that we were in with the kids were all very pleasant.
The evening entertainment on the Wednesday night was brilliant however that cannot be said for the Thursday evening!
The hotel staff were more than courteous and as good as any I have encountered in the world and also the room and the cleaning service was spot on.
The hotel is very close to one of the best beaches in the world where you can spend the whole day walking up and down or paddling, or if you get the weather, swimming!
Finally I have to mention the excellent breakfast each morning which was a buffet which had eveything you could want!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Enniscrone, a picturesque seaside town in County Sligo, this hotel is situated on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, near to 5 km of golden beach. The hotel enjoys spectacular views of Killala Bay, Enniscrone Pier and the Valley of Diamonds. Located within 5 minutes walk of the hotel is Enniscrone's Championship Golf Links. Children’s activities in the area include Waterpoint, a fully-equipped water park, health suite and sports centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Ocean Sands