Five years ago on our 40th wedding anniversary we stayed at the beautiful Dolphin Beach House B&B and loved it. It was our first time staying in Clifden, a town where my mother had lived for part of her childhood, and which we enjoyed. This time we didn't hesitate to return and were surprised and delighted to be given an upgrade to the room we'd had last time, the Peacock Room, for our three night stay in May 2013. Clodagh greeted us and offered us tea right away, which was greatly appreciated after a long drive. She was friendly, down to earth, and extremely accommodating, while also providing excellent meals. The large pancake, really a crepe, was a welcome change from so many days of eggs, which were also offered. Dinner was excellent and geared to our tastes.
The drive into Clifden is narrow and high but my husband got used to it quickly. This time we took the opportunity to drive beyond the hotel on the way back and the views are even more spectacular especially at sunset. The B&B is very clean and well decorated with some light wood furniture (some made by the family) and white bed linens, always a plus in my opinion, while also being very warm.
We were sad to leave and then, when we returned to the US, we discovered that our camera case with memory card showing photos of our visits with my relatives, etc. was missing. At first the car rental company thought they had it. When I followed up, it turned up that they had been mistaken. Then I emailed every place we'd stayed where it could have been and, thank God, Clodagh emailed back that someone had turned it in and, of course, they didn't know who it belonged to. I immediately knew that she would handle the situation efficiently, which she did, and in the end sent the case without charging me the 4 euros it cost for postage.
We normally don't write reviews but Dolphin Beach House is a B&B that we hope to return to as long as we take trips to Ireland - and hope that Clodagh is there to take care of us once more.
- Also Known As:
- Dolphin Beach House Hotel Clifden