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“Excellent” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Shines Guesthouse
Ranked #14 of 20 Athlone B&B and Inns
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for my hen night and the staff could not have done enough for us from the moment we arrived till we left the following day. The service, food and staff were outstanding, they brought us in their own cars to our destinations and picked us up they also went and bought us a hairdryer as we forgot to bring one. A very big thank you to all staff especially Morgan, Reni and Sean.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Kildare, Ireland
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

From the minute we arrived the staff straight away seated us in there cosy restaurant. They carried are bags. We had traveled up on the train from Portarlington and were very early for are reservation at 3 we had are rooms and all by 12. Bags were carried up to our rooms while we finished breakfast. Are hen was very sick and we had to stay in so we had a drink in the foyer and the manager came to check on us several times bringing us glasses and ice allowing us to drink are own alcohol and even brought us free shots he said "if you can't go out to party he would bring the party to us". Even the next morning we had breakfast well after 11 without any hassle and didn't have to check out till we were ready. They even found us a place to keep are bags while we went shopping in Athlone. Fantastic stay, excellent rooms, brilliant food, and amazing staff.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CiCi1990
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Portarlington, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

Had the best weekend at Shines. We had an amazing lunch downstairs before heading up to the rooms, the chicken wings were amazing. The service was unbelievable, I have never in my life stayed in a place with such friendly staff. The staff more than out did themselves, one of the staff members herself drove us to the train station, as we couldn't get a taxi in time for our train, they were all just so genuinely nice. It was the best weekend away I've ever had.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Romorawr
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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93 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

We were sent here by a B&B Owner we had been referred to after a miscommunication of reservation with the B&B we had originally booked.
If we had more time to look for alternate accommodation we would have been better off. Having traveled a lot in Ireland on business I've become accustomed to modest but clean and decently appointed accommodations. Unfortunately Shines was neither

When we arrived we were told there was no B&B accommodation, only a room that we had to pay for before seeing...this should have been a warning sign, but when someone recommends a place it often lowers your guard.

After lugging our luggage up 2 flights of stairs in the rain we were guided through a maze on the 2nd floor to a long hallway leading to our room at the end. Sadly the room we were given looked as if it hadn't been cleaned or dusted in quite some time. Our roommates, several spiders in their webs surrounded with dead carcasses, didn't seem to mind the dust or our presence.

The bed was extremely uncomfortable though at least the ensuite bathroom and shower facilities were satisfactory. I would only say to stay here if you have NO other option and there are several to choose from in the Athlone area.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Westernhorizon
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013 via mobile

Stopped on our way to Dublin for lunch. Food was horrible. Very disappointing. Would never go there again or would not recommend. The fish I was served was not edible. Don't go there for food! Did not stay so can't comment on rooms.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Gillbrowne
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Galway, Ireland
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013

perfect for a short stay , great food downstairs in the pub , there's a small tesco store next door which was really convenient, rooms very clean , good breakfast, what more could you ask for ,
highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank galwaylad11058
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Roscommon, Ireland
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2013

I can't comment on the rooms as I haven't stayed here but i've eaten in their restaurant for lunch on a few occasions with a few girls from work and we all agree that the food is just divine. The staff are really friendly. Will be back - recommend :-)

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Flame187
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Additional Information about Shines Guesthouse

Property: Shines Guesthouse
Address: Baylough, Athlone, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Westmeath > Athlone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Athlone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Shines Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shines Guesthouse is a finished to the highest standard offering you luxury of a hotel at bed and breakfast rates ..All our bedrooms host king size sleigh beds, full size cable TV, tea & coffee, under floor heating, free internet. We are located just 5 minutes from Athlone town centre. On our doorstep is Shines Bar, tesco express, take away cafe and a betting office. ... more   less 
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