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“Relaxing surroundings, beautiful views, good food”

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Dolphin Beach House
Ranked #9 of 45 Clifden B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 October 2013

Our sons booked a weekend stay at Dolphin Beach House for our 25th wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful time. We had dinner at the hotel on Friday and watched the sunset over Slyne Head through the panorama of windows in the dining room while enjoying fresh homemade food and the genial company of guests from around the world. After a walk along the rocky coast the next morning we enjoyed a lovely breakfast. The hospitality was just what we like: warmly helpful and attentive but not overbearing. Our room was spacious and full of interesting furniture, as is the whole house. The Sky Road where the hotel sits is narrow and challenging on a first drive out from Clifden, but the views are worth it. We would go again and recommend it to friends, or strangers.

Room Tip: The Crooked Room opens out to the front of the B&B with great sea views. The bed is huge, comfy...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

I've been to the Dolphin Beach House twice, once with a friend and later booked a group of 13. It's a lovely house and hostess Cloddagh is warm and welcoming as well as exceptionally helpful with directions, details and recommendations. The rooms are truly individual gems, very spacious and with wonderful touches throughout. The location is great too; you wake up to a stunning water view and the grounds offer opportunities for walking/exploring. Little details are wonderful...like magazines in the room for late night browsing. You really feel welcomed.

Room Tip: I love being downstairs with a room that opens directly to the lawn/garden.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

I spent 6 nights in Dolphin Beach House and it was a true hidden gem. I immediately felt at home in the gorgeous surroundings, just like home but better. The rooms have a stunning outlook onto the coast and they are roomy and filled with interesting knick knacks. The sitting room looking out onto the sea is airy light and so comfy it was an effort to move each day. I suggest you try the dinners when you stay as the food is so good, all home cooking and its a great opportunity to meet the other guests. Clodagh does everything to ensure that your stay is a memorable one and that you really feel more like part of the family than a guest. She is a total star! This is a hotel which encourages you to switch off and getaway from it all. As a single traveller I felt completely at ease here and met some lovely people. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to everyone looking for a unique Connemara stay although part of me wants to keep it my own little secret!

Room Tip: The crooked room is large, with a double height ceiling with a side view onto the coast and a front...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

We spend two weeks crisscrossing Ireland this summer and this place was the highlight of our trip in many ways. It is a truly family run place - as local as you can get - with the father making incredible, high-end handcrafted furniture, his very charming and smart as a whip daughter running the desk and house and the brother dropping in to check on things and surf.
The rooms are very private, very large and stunningly decorated. Not too fancy just simply beautiful and classy. So much care has been put into it! The large dining room upstairs looks out over the sea - just gorgeous. The TV room is filled with local interest books - be sure to check out the one about the Conammara ponies. The gravel beach is a wonderful cove with magnificent green water and little caves to climb into at low tide. We didn't see the dolphins ourselves as we slept in too late each day but other guests did. There is also a large field adjacent with a beautiful white horse that will eat apples out of your hand if you can be still enough for him to come over. Hiking that field provides increase sea views and a million good photo ops.
It is a very short drive to the town of Clifden which is quite lively and has many restaurants and shops. We loved the whole Connemara area and this B and B was ideal for exploring it. It is also very "green" so those who are eco-conscious will especially appreciate those touches. It is very romantic but also perfect for those traveling with kids. Our 12 year old son loved it as much or more than we did. I

Room Tip: We stayed in a room in the "back" ie not facing the water but off a little private patio a...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Dolphin Beach House in Clifden , Ireland is by far the most beautiful place we have stayed. We have visited Ireland more than six times and always go back to Clifden and the Dolphin Beach House each time. Our room has a king size bed and a large bathroom with a great shower. The view is beautiful and Clodah, our hostess is warm and friendly. Breakfast is served in a room with a spectacular view of the water. Well worth the winding drive on lower sky road to stay here in this spectacular B&B. We will definitely go back again.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the lower level with a private patio.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

I have just read the "Irish Idyll Review" and they are my sentiments exactly. We have just returned from a 3 month holiday to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and during our travels stayed at Dolphin Beach - it is a rare find and Clodagh is an absolute gem -wonderful sense of humour and still very professional...the location/accomodation/hospitality is superb and I wish we had been able to stay longer just to linger and really enjoy the place and all it has to offer - mmm maybe next time.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

My daughter and I stayed here on a road trip around Ireland and this was one of the highlights of the trip. Getting here added quite a bit to our journey but it was more than worth it to stay in such a gorgeous place. The views from here are stunning, as is the place itself. Dolphin Beach House is beautifully decorated and full of interesting features from the moment you enter the door. We loved the vintage record player in the hallway. Our room was absolutely beautiful and had a lovely sea view. The bed was really comfortable too. In the morning, we enjoyed a lovely breakfast with panoramic views of the sea. You couldn't be in a nicer place. Clodagh was a great cook and a wonderful hostess, really friendly and interested in what we were doing. Clifden itself is a lovely place to visit and Clodagh recommended a great restaurant where we were treated to fantastic live music. Just fabulous!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Dolphin Beach House

Address: Lower Sky Road, Clifden, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Clifden
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #9 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Clifden
Price Range: £35 - £45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Dolphin Beach House Hotel Clifden

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