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Hillside Lodge
Ranked #3 of 45 Clifden B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Zurich
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“So good, you definitely have to come back!”
Reviewed 26 August 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Hillside Lodge for the third year in a row.
It's because of the beautiful location, the house itself, the furniture and, of course, because of the hosts.
This year, we had the Deluxe room with private TV-Lounge (satellite-Tv). And a very nice shower in the bathroom.
As always, Ruth keeps the house very clean and everything has its place.
Breakfastmenu has lots of choices and the pancakes are so yummie!!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

There was a messup with our booking. We had booked through their website at about 9am the last available room (a twin) for the same day, and when we arrived about 5pm we were suroprised to see the sign "vacancies" and to be shown into a double room. Wehen pointing out that we had booked a twin, but only because doubles were no longer available, we were assured that both options were available and kept the double.
One hour later however the couple who had booked the last double - and for whom we had been mistaken - arrived and the mixup came out. Well. This other couple were our friends, travelling separately, we had arranged to meet there and they had booked before us... so, we were 2 Italian couples with similar names, I can understand they confused us and as we were among friends the room swap was no problem at all. But it did bother me that the B&B hat not taken notice of our booking at all and if anyone had enquired before our arrivl we would have found no available room (despite confirmation e-mail and all).
That was a shame because for the rest the B&B is really pretty, in a lovely position, recently and stylishly decorated, breakfast is particularily good (a lovely buffet of fresh fruit and cereals and yogurts, and several choices of cooked breakfast, all yummy) and staff is very friendly.
Our room anyway was also not great. Pretty and with a lovely view but quite small and lacking furniture: beside the bed we only had one chair, some hooks on the wall and a shelf with very little free space beside kettle and cups.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

We stayed at Hillside Lodge for 3 nights in August 2013 and had an amazing time. The owners and staff are very friendly and helpful and the breakfast is just amazing: try the smoked salmon which they get from Connemara Smokehouse!! It's truly amazing! on the buffet you can help yourself to fresh fruit salad and yoghurt as well as cereals and orange juice. The house is decorated with U2 memorabilia and all rooms are individually and lovingly decorated. Our room had a decent size with a very comfortable bed and everything was very clean. Even though it was fully booked, it was quiet. A great addition to the B&B is also Ella, their friendly labrador - she can be taken out for walks and is very well trained. However, she usually stays in the owners part of the house (which is good for people who are afraid of dogs). Clifden itself is a lovely town near the Connemara National park and the location of the B&B is great for trips to the sea as well as the Park and hills (hiking).
All in all, I can highly recommend this B&B and will definitely book a room again when coming back for another (longer) holiday.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Aurora, Colorado
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

On our drive into Clifden through Connemara, we took a few pictures of a place that reminded me of a Rush song, The Way the Wind Blows. Funny how music became the dominate theme of our visit to Clifden. We arrived at this perfect B&B, run by Ruth and Stuart Morgan, around dinner time and were greeted by Pamela, the familyʼs Au Pair. We were immediately impressed with the modern feel and well run nature of the home and my wife commented that this was her favorite so far. We settled in and then drove up to see the views of the Atlantic on Sky Road about two miles up the road. Very nice. The local music scene at J Conneely's Pub was terrific. The morning started early with a scheduled 0830 breakfast where we met Ruth and had a delicious meal. Afterwards, Ruth provided bicycles for us to ride down to the beach and around the town. Upon our return, I met briefly with Ruth's husband, Stuart Morgan. In his other profession, he is the guitar technician for U2ʼs Adam Clayton and works with many other bands. Currently he is involved with the Killerʼs and their tour. Very down to earth gentlemen. The B&B is adorned with many framed historic events in his life with U2 and other bands. Of unique distinction, is his stand in performance, in place of Adam Clayton, at a concert in Sydney in 1993. Adam was bed-ridden and Stuart had to make it happen. It was fun to meet with him and discuss music. This B&B was extraordinary find and we appreciated both Ruth and Stuart hospitality and attention to perfection. This is THE place to pick when considering a B&B in Clifden.

Room Tip: The Beatles room is very interesting. We chose the northeast room with extra TV/reading room.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kildare, Ireland
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

The hubby and I have been fortunate enough to have stayed with Ruth, Stuart, Molly, Ella and Sparkles on several occasions. Every time we do, the experience just gets better and better!!

As many, many previous reviewers have pointed out, the standard set in all areas is exceptional. In fact, I challenge anyone to find a better B&B anywhere!!!

The breakfast dining experience is just exquisite. Ruth outdoes herself each morning with a delicious array of fresh salad, homemade muesli, marinated prunes, organic yogurt and honey, etc. and that's just the buffet. Ruth also provides a very tempting porridge with cinnamon and honey on request. I opted for maple syrup instead and it was yummy!!

Wait until you see the wonderful cooked breakfasts on offer! There is so much choice that even the most discerning will have difficulty picking just one!! I particularly recommend the pancakes, and the poached egg with homemade potato cake. I overheard a lovely couple commenting that the vegetarian option is gorgeous too!

Hillside Lodge is such a warm, inviting, calm home-from-home that you will struggle to leave! We love our stays there and really enjoy chatting with Ruth and her charming, beautifully mannered daughter, Molly. Ella and Sparkles (gorgeous cat!) ensure that any animal lovers get their animal fix, which really helps if you are missing your own much loved furry friends while travelling!

Many other reviewers have discussed the amazing decor and memorabilia but seeing is believing. Ruth and Stuart have done an outstanding job creating an interesting and informative environment which music lovers will really enjoy checking out. But fret not, you don't need to be passionate about music to be able to relax in the sumptuous surroundings provided, both in your room and in the stunning guest lounge.

If you are travelling to the Galway area you really should come to Clifden, and you definitely must stay with Ruth and family!! It will be the highlight of your holiday!!

Our only complaint...it's too difficult to leave!! :)

Room Tip: If you have special requests, just ask...Ruth will do her best to help in anyway. :)
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

My son n I stayed there just for a night. If we would've known better would've planned for more! Ruth is a lady,A lady with taste! She is a great cook,immaculate taste of decor and great music fan.Their dog Ella kept my boy from missing our dog back home. Great location,great food,great people absolutely splendid! Must stay at least two nights here to enjoy Sky Road,Clifden.

Room Tip: Best place in Clifden.
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Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

We stayed at Hillside Lodge for 3 nights. The house is filled with memorabilia from U2 concerts, guitars hanging on the walls, pictures of musicians and concerts. The dog is named Ella and there is nice jazz music playing at breakfast. We had our best breakfasts in Ireland while at Hillside Lodge. Ruth bakes her own bread and serves the BEST smoked salmon in the whole country! (large portion..) Her fruit salad was huge and fresh every morning.

The room was large and clean. The road is a bit busy, especially during the weekend.

Great location to see Connemara, Kylemore Abbey and the Sky road.

However, we didn't get to see and talk to the owners that much.

Room Tip: Our room was close to the stairs, but we didn't hear the other guests all that much.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hillside Lodge
Address: Sky Road, Clifden, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Clifden
Amenities:
Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #3 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Clifden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hillside Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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