My husband and I did not like this B&B at all. It reminded us of an American ski lodge complete with shoe echoing floorboards, loud voices and banging doors. Our room was horribly spartan for the money we paid (which was more than what we paid at Quay House in Clifden the night before).
We were definitely misled by the blurb on the Dolphin House website – the beach they describe is not a beach even by Irish standards and we saw not one dolphin, duck or chicken – let alone an opportunity to collect eggs for breakfast. In reality, we found ourselves forced to sit and wait ages while the breakfast room coordinator totally ignored us and chatted at length to a large group of American guests at another table who, incidentally, had finished eating. Unfortunately, there was nothing left on the 'help yourself' table - fruit, yoghurt etc - which we could have tackled to fill in time while waiting. When we were finally served what we each received was a very small mediocre cooked breakfast and a feeling of being a nuisance when we asked for coffee rather than the tea offered.
This B&B also lies some considerable distance (5 kms?) from the nearest town Clifden. The road is high, narrow and winding which (unless you are a local) is extremely tricky to drive on - making dining out at night difficult.
We have read with surprise the rave reviews for this place on Tripadvisor. Personally, we want more of the true Irish hospitality - which includes - better service, better breakfast and a lot more amenities for the money we paid. We definitely won’t be back.
- Also Known As:
- Dolphin Beach House Hotel Clifden