Managed by Clodagh and Dara, this long established b&b is quietly situated about 4 miles from Clifden on the lower Sky Road. If you don't want serene surroundings, gob-smacking coastal views, a comfortable room and some of the nicest hosts you are likely to come across then Dolphin Beach House is not for you. It was certainly all that we needed for an all too short week-end stay.
With a distinctly rustic character our double room provided a nice en-suite and a very comfy bed. Some will bemoan the absence of the ubiquitous flat screen (a nice change actually) and complimentary tea & coffee (in plentiful supply on demand in the lounge). Personally, I found more than adequate compensation in hosts ready to oblige in whatever way possible. This included arranging restaurant bookings, calling taxis (about 12 euro one way into Clifden) and sorting out tyre depots on a Sunday!! The sun lounge (if the weather is against you) and external terrace overlooking the coast are havens of peace and quiet.
Dolphin House boasts a great breakfast comprised of cereals (including porridge) fruits and hot selections. Smoked salmon can be had and if you are lucky kippers may also be available. Dinner was not available during our stay (we chose, anyhow, to dine in Clifden) but I understand this was an exception. Probably best to enquire when booking.
Clodagh's family have a long tradition in hospitality and it is clear she is keeping the tradition alive and knows well what works. Thank you very much.
Dolphin Beach House charge about 100 euro per night.
- Also Known As:
- Dolphin Beach House Hotel Clifden