My girlfriend recently won 2 nights stay in the Carlton Shearwater for mid-November. The hotel is nice, but badly in need of some rudimentary repairs- the room we stayed in had a broken faucet and toilet seat. The lamp in the room was not working and there were lumps and strips out of most of the furniture.
The breakfast was extremely poor. The first morning we tried some of the buffet items on offer, but left most on the plate and stuck with the muesli and toast the second day. How an Irish hotel, in the middle of prime farming country, can offer such dreadfully poor fare is beyond me. Even if cooked well, the quality of sausage and pudding was of a very poor standard, but to make matters worse, apart from the scrambled egg everything seemed to be deep fried to the point of tasteless, then left under a steam-heated counter the entire whole morning.
The offering of food seems to be an inherent problem in this hotel, as we were looking forward to eating in the restaurant on the first night, but were told on arrival that it would be closed on both nights of our stay. Instead we ate in the hotel bar, which had a very limited menu, but admittedly very good quality food. And, as with the rest of the hotel, the staff were fantastic- the one glimmer of hope for the hotel if they can get competent management.
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- Also Known As:
- Carlton Shearwater Ballinasloe
- Hotel Carlton Shearwater
- Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe, Ireland - County Galway