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“A nice meal....but too close for comfort!”
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Portfinn Lodge
Ranked #2 of 6 Leenane B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Limerick, Ireland
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27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“A nice meal....but too close for comfort!”
Reviewed 22 September 2013 via mobile

I recently booked a meal for my boyfriend and I to celebrate his birthday. The one thing we did notice when we arrived is that the seats were so close together. We felt everything we said was being listened to... Even our food order brought silence to the room. A little background music would have been nice. Starters were nice bit my mussels were a little overdone-just a little. Calamari was fab. Lamb was delicious. Steak was beautiful but my boyfriend loves his mushroom sauce and could not get some! Deserts were very nice. Homemade pavlova is always a bonus. Must say that the service was great and the blond waitress has a very nice bubbly personality and she was always quick to come if we needed anything. Would highly recommend on a visit to leenane.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

The rooms are basic, but very clean and comfortable, certainly adequate for a one or two night stay. Breakfast was individually cooked and plenty of it! We had and evening meal as part of our stay voucher. We thought the quality of our evening meal was exceptional and opted to stay in for the second night and again the food was well presented and good value for money. It was a very wet week that we visited, there is a pub virtually at the end of the steps in their garden with all the history about the book and film "The Field". Lovely warm log fire as well as good Guinness.

Room Tip: The front facing are an advantage looking over Killary, the back ones look over the mountain.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 September 2013 via mobile

The bedrooms are in dire need of refurbishment and colour injected into them. The bathroom very small and rather grubby shower, cistern leaking into a plastic container. In contrast the food was excellent as was the waiting staff. Unfortunately we were informed that there were NO TVs either in the bedrooms or the lounge. We were informed that the ethos of the B&B was to relax and mingle; I can understand this comment but as adults I feel you need a choice of what you wish to see or who to mingle with! We did not stay for the two nights as we had booked. Could be superb if substantial investment was injected.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

What an amazing place! Stopped in by chance looking for a room for 3. We managed to get the last room. Gorgious entrance with spectacular views for Killary fjord from the living room. Very clean and the decor is beautiful. Large windows to admire the surrounding mountains.
Staff were very friendly and helpful.
We had dinner in the Portfinn restaurant which was amazing. Lovely fresh food made with local produce. Especially the rack of lamb - beautiful.
The whole experience was wonderful. We will certainly be back for longer next time we're on the west coast.

Room Tip: Both sides of the B&B offer incredible views. Either of the fjord or the mountains.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

Walking the Western Way, I stayed at the Portfinn Lodge for one night. Arriving early in the afternoon, I was warmly welcomed & quickly shown to my room. The staff gave me a few other options for walking near Leenane & also gave me a quick rundown on the hi-lights of the town. Room was a bit small, but very clean & comfortable, with a great view of the town. Food & service at breakfast was very good.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

At short notice we were accomodated at the Portfinn Guesthouse which meant some great touring options were then available the following day. With Kylemore Abbey nearby, Ashleigh Falls in it's shadow and Killery harbour at the front door life was wonderful in Leenane. Having travelled the Sky Road from Clifden our day was long and finding quarter at Portfinn, a welcome and reception from the Manager that was heartfelt, was appreciated. Rest was easy and the hearty breakfast meant we were ready for more travel the next day. True kindness was found and seen at Portfinn, the welcome that Ireland is renowned for, proved in Leenane. If in the area I'll call for tea and cakes there and if I'm touring once again I'll book ahead and know there will be a real welcome there.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Wicklow Ireland
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

We were staying in Leenane just for one night and decided at last minute to go to Portfinn for dinner. We didn't have a booking but they were very accommodating. I had the seafood pasta which was excellent and my partner had three fish starters. We were very impressed with the standard of food and will definitely be back.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Portfinn Lodge
Address: Clifden Road, Leenane, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Leenane
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Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Leenane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Portfinn Lodge Guesthouse is located in the picturesque village of Leenane, Co. Galway, overlooking the majestic Killary Harbour - Ireland's only fjord, in the heart of Connemara. The fjord is the only Irish entry in Steve Davy's "Unforgettable Places to see before you Die". We are located on the N59, which itself is rated by AA International as "one of the top ten drives in the world."Portfinn's guesthouse accommodation boasts 11 comfortable en suite rooms with spectacular views of either Killary Harbour or the Maumturk mountains. Located in the heart of Leenane Village, Portfinn Lodge is an ideal base for touring Connemara and the surrounding areas. ... more   less 
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