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“Hillside in Clifden, Connemare--County Galway, Irelend”
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Hillside Lodge
Ranked #3 of 50 Clifden B&B and Inns
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Cody, Wyoming
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“Hillside in Clifden, Connemare--County Galway, Irelend”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

We were just going to stay two nights, but decided to stay two more in Clifden. The Hillside Lodge is a wonderful, nice large room, good shower and a copy of Keith Richard's "Life" as reading. Breakfasts were especially tasty. Love this place and we will be back!!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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College Station, Texas
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We stayed for two days while touring through Connemara. The house very nice and the rooms were clean and nicely decorated. Stuart works in the music industry so there were lots of great Irish rock memorabilia decorating the hallway. They had a copy of McCarthy's Bar on the bed stand which made for some humorous reading in the evening. Ruth was helpful giving us good recommendations for dinner and drinks in Clifden. Breakfast was very tasty and the service was top notch. The pancakes were very good with lemon syrup. Their dog Ella is very nice and is more than happy to go on a walk with you.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Tastefully decorated rooms. Relaxing enviroment both in- and outdoors. Close to all attractions in Connemara. The owners are service minded and the breakfast is very good.
Spend evening with dinner in Clifden and then go back to enjoy a cup of tea and a interesting book in the sofa at the B&B.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Zurich
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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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fiumicello
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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.

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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
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Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #3 of 50 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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