My 2 sisters and I were traveling all over Ireland these past 2 weeks and one of our nights we planned to stay near the park. We didnt have a place booked yet so we drove around looking. We drove by the lodge assuming it was out of our budget but after few options we decided to check the prices there. As stated before, no one was plastered to the front desk, the staff was visibly in the quaint restaurant/bar adjoined. We used the phone and we told someone would be right down. Before the gentlemen (who was the owner) made it to us one of the staff came over to help us. She was so friendly and joked with us. A 4 bed room en suite was 18€ per person. Needless to say we immediately booked. When we inquired as to wether it was a mixed dorm she said if anyone comes in she will make sure to only put a female in our room. About this time the owner arrived and also proceeded go greet us like old friends. It was an overwhelmingly welcome atmosphere. Some people may not have picked up on their travels but Ireland does not do the same "type" of customer service we do in the states. I personally like it much more. They don't fake being nice because its their job, the servers don't scowl if you split a meal (which we did, the omelet and chips *DELICIOUS* only 8.25€ no tipping required in Ireland).
I found the whole lodge to be adorable, clean and easy going like home. The restaurants food was very reasonably priced with a decor that would have suggested otherwise. The rooms were clean and roomy with an up to date bathroom and *hot water!* in the shower. The kitchen upstairs for guest use was huge and stocked with anything you could need as well as a sitting area with books.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and all the staff we had the pleasure to meet. Should I visit the park again I know where I'm going to stay.
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