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Coosan Cottage Eco Guesthouse
Ranked #10 of 20 Athlone B&B and Inns
Reviewed 16 October 2011

We stayed 2 nights in Coosan cottage and found the place to be perfect for what we needed for the weekend. Tom, the owner is quite a character & makes you feel welcome and at ease. The rooms are spacious, clean and relatively new. The bar makes the B&B quite unique and was perfect for a few pints of guinness after we checked in on the first night. Breakfast is somewhat self service but good. Rooms could do with a few things like kettles, hairdryers & maybe even some toiletries -but that is nit picking. Anything we asked for was never a problem and I would return to coosan cottage.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2011

Lovely guesthouse with clean, bright and spacious rooms. Tom and his staff provide good cheer and will do anything to make your stay great (I recommend his top notch gift wrapping service!).
Thoroughly recommend!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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2  Thank saritalloyd
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

My family and I stayed here when we were celebrating an anniversary. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. The proprietor Tom is friendly, attentive and professional. The locals relax in the lounge in the evenings, this says a lot for the quality of the Guinness and the friendly service. We're going back to stay here this coming weekend and I'm very much looking forward to the generous, full Irish breakfast.

Irish hospitality at its best, a home away from home.

Room Tip: The lounge gets busy, we couldn't hear a thing from downstairs though, not sure about the rest.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Bannone2
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Reviewed 9 July 2011

We were attending a wedding in the hodson bay hotel in athlone and we stayed over night in coosan cottage. We were served a great breakfast which was much appreciated After a late night.Joe was an excellant host & very friendly. Would def go back & stay there & would be interested to have dinner there... If the breakfast was anything to go by. A bottle of water given to each of us as we left was a thoughtful touch.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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1  Thank Nomadlar
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Reviewed 9 July 2011

We stayed here recently as we were attending a wedding in Athlone town. Tom, the owner, is certainly a character and has quite a personal and relaxed way of welcoming you and checking you in.
Our room was downstairs, and was fine: a standard sized double bed, a pine wardrobe, dressing table and one locker. Some of the handles were broken on the furniture but that was not a problem or a big deal. The room was clean, and although a little cool, when we mentioned it to Tom on our way out, the heat was on when we came back and the room was lovely and toasty in the end. There were only 2 pillows on the bed, so maybe a couple of spares in the wardrobe would be a nice touch for the future. The showerroom was fine too, clean although only 3 towels provided and no shower mat. We didn't bother asking for any extra, but I'm sure it wouldn't have been a problem if we had. There was an ironing board and phone in the room; no TV and I can't recall there being a kettle or tea/coffee facilities, but we were only really docking in for the night so it wasn't a big deal.
We had chosen our breakfast time on check-in, and Tom had it ready for us when we arrived up. A good full Irish, with really tasty rashers and sausages, and all nicely presented. There was no cereal, fruit or pastries though, which I think could be something he could think about providing in the future, especially at the rates being charged.
We didn't use the bar, but it seemed to be in full session with locals when we came back in - we didn't hear a thing from our room though so it wasn't a problem.
I would say that whilst the room and bathroom were clean, the communal areas could do with a bit of dusting! Some of the knick-knacks and shelving are developing a nice thick layer of dust that hasn't happened over a day or 2...
My main criticism of this B&B, however, is the price. I think €80 is too much in 2011 Ireland for a fairly standard B&B and is more than other B&Bs are currently charging in the area. I also am not convinced that the VAT reduction was passed on: I booked pre July 1st, and the rates hadn't changed on paying. I did ask and was told that the rates had been reduced by a fiver a person, which if this is the case is a good reduction, but I still think €40 pps is still far too much for this type and standard of accommodation. Also, the lack of credit card machines is a little outdated and inconvenient for guests: it also means you don't get a written VAT receipt too...
I wouldn't rush to recommend this B&B until the rates are reduced to reflect better the standard of accommodation, or the service on offer is greatly enhanced to reflect the pricey rate being charged.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2011

If you want a taste of Irish hospitality, this is the place!! Recommended to us by the Lonely Planet we were not disappointed. Tom is the perfect host. His cottage is clean, comfortable and not far from the lake. If you want to meet some locals, hang out at the bar of an evening and enjoy a pint, a poem and a song! Be prepared to share one of your own though!!! Tom provides a great breakfast and loves to share a yarn. We had a great overnight stay and would come back again and again!!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Ingamasmith
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Reviewed 10 September 2010

Stay at Coosan Cottage during the Athlone regatta.The Ecoguesthouse is spacious and well run with a fanastic bar with great Guinness.The food was second to none .The rooms were very clean and the drying was excellent for our wet gear.A great facility in a beautiful area .Music and crack were all join in.We'll Row Back.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with friends
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2  Thank regattachief
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Additional Information about Coosan Cottage Eco Guesthouse

Address: Coosan Point Rd. | Coosan, Athlone 09064, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Westmeath > Athlone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Athlone
Price Range: £101 - £121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Coosan Cottage Eco Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coosan Cottage is Ireland's First Ecoguesthouse approx 2.5 miles from the town centre and 1.3 miles from Lough Ree Lake. We are a Hotel standard Ecoguesthouse with a licensed bar at B and B prices great value for money. We do private parties and re-unions, provide music and great food ideal for groups of 25 max. ... more   less 
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