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“Quirky eccentric marvellous.”
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The Quay House
Ranked #1 of 45 Clifden B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 December 2013

Stayed here autumn 13 about three times overnight only.
I would rate the breakfast in this place as probably one of the finest I have had anywhere.
Looks like a great place for a romantic weekend. Eccentric stunning location very close to all amenities. Try the poached egg and smoked salmon.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

My partner and i were travelling the West coast of Ireland without an accommodation plan and ended up staying here with no prior research or consideration for our choice.

Well, what absolute serendipity that we ended up at The Quay House! Now i don't want to give it all away but this B&B is simply the most charming and delightfully idiosyncratic place i think i can ever recall staying (and i'm fortunate enough to be fairly well traveled).

Each room is themed in its own way and is a marvelous feast for the eyes and intellect. Naturalists and historians, in particular, should love it!

The view was glorious...see pics. Clifden is a beautiful and memorable place to visit in general.

Breakfast was wonderful - great food and just a a peaceful and rejuvenating experience sitting under creepers with the sunshine peeking through.

Service was gold standard - Paddy and Julia seem deeply and warmly invested in the business and committed to delivering a happy and relaxing customer experience.

We have since purchased gift vouchers for family members and will certainly be returning to The Quay House again as soon as we can.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sierrajuliette
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We traveled to Ireland with 4 other couples during July 2013 and The Quay House was our very favorite B and B (we stayed at B and Bs throughout our 2 week stay). Julia and Paddy couldn't have been more hospitable or friendly. Two out of three of our rental cars had minor "encounters" with inanimate objects requiring some repairs. Paddy jumped right in to help by calling people who came to the B and B to make the necessary repairs.

The inn decor is quirky and fun with each room decorated with a different theme. The breakfasts in the a bright and airy conservatory were delicious and new specials were available daily. Paddy and Julia consistently went above and beyond the call to accommodate special requests (like going to the store to buy champagne for one of our couples). Stay it this wonderful B and B for a real treat and fabulous Irish hospitality.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank NorfolkDianne
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

A return visit and still the best---we love the Quay House and its quirkiness, we love the pugs, we love Julia and Paddy, we love Clifden, we love the wonderful breakfasts, we love the beautiful views. Sorry to be so over the top but this is just a great place and we were so happy to return. As others have said, the décor is fascinatingly over-the-top in some ways but is appropriate and fun. And make no mistake, this is a professionally run place but it is run by people who love what they do and who genuinely like other human beings.

We stayed in studio1 which was huge and had a kitchenette (as I think all of the studios do). Nice little balcony and French doors overlooking the harbor. Very comfortable bed. Easy walk (but a bit uphill-----we did get lazy and drive one night) to town. As others have said wifi is only available in the sitting room---I think these old buildings and thick walls make it difficult to have it in all rooms although it would be nice.

All in all, just a grand place---and Clifden is a little gem!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank mmob100
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

This is an amazing place. Each room has a theme. We stayed in the Napoleon room that was like a museum to all things Napoleon. This room had good views of the water. Our hosts gave us an introduction and each time we met them would have a conversation with us. As others have mentioned the breakfast is really special with fresh mixed berries, pink grapefruit and mackerel fresh from the fishing boat. The breakfast room is a conservatory so very light and has a vine growing across the inside of the roof. Wifi access is only available in the sitting room which makes for an interesting experience with many people communicating with the world but not with each other.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank lird5
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

We spent seven nights at the Quay House. We adored it!
Paddy and Julia we wonderful hosts and we felt that we were not just guests, but treated as friends, in a courteous manner.
We stayed in room 6 (with lots of birds in it - is that the "Parrot" room?) which was at the top of the stairs but was not that difficult to get to and from. A spacious room, with a large bathroom and a small kitchenette that came in useful for making coffee and snacks mainly in the early evening when we were peckish.
Breakfast is a "five star" experience and is absolutely scrumptious.
Paddy and Julia (and the girls/ team working in the kitchen in the morning) made our stay memorable with all of their tips for places to visit and absolute musts to see in and around Clifden.
Wandering around The Quay house is like a treasure hunt, with unexpected artistic delights (books,paintings, sculptures, engravings, artifacts) hidden from view at oblique and curious angles. I noticed a reflective sculpture in a plant pot at a knee high level during breakfast in the conservatory. There it was, observing me all that time ;-)
Alice in Wonderland anyone? I was expecting a march hare to dash past me at any moment.....
It would have been nice and more convenient to have wifi in our room, but it is understandable that as we were three floors up that the WiFi would not connect to us.

Paddy/Julia: Maybe "WiFi super boosters" on each floor? Perhaps Banjo and Blossom could be put to use with a "roaming booster" attached to their collars?

One thing to be aware of is that you should get to your restaurant in Clifden before 9pm. Otherwise you will not find any establishment open to serve you, as we found out!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank SpiritofByron
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Our group of 2 couples stayed here two nights and really could have stayed much longer as this area has SO much to offer - from castles to an Abbey, to hiking, to a beautiful rugged coast with very exciting drives along the way, and the town of Clifden with its gorgeous harbour and extreme high/low tides. The Quay House's owners are top drawer and extremely experienced - one can rely on them and their advice for anything in this region. Very attractive premises, rooms, parlour rooms, and dining area. The breakfasts are super and their servers and wait staff are first class and caring. Situated directly on the harbour, one can easily walk into Clifden for shopping, pubs and restaurants. Very higly recommend this as your destination stop when in this area.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Quay House

Address: Beach Road, Clifden, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Clifden
Amenities:
Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Clifden
Price Range: £125 - £143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
The Quay House Hotel Clifden

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