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Review of Inis Meain Restaurant & Suites

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Inis Meain Restaurant & Suites
Ranked #1 of 4 Inishmann B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Wonderful place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2013

We ate at the restaurant last year and the food and service is superb, particularly the wonderful fresh fish; Ruairi and Marie Therese have created a place that Inis Meain can be proud of. Highly recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank foodluvr31
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Helsinki, Finland
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2012

Last spring I read an article in a Finnish magazine about Inish Meain and this incredible hotel. I instantly started dreaming of a different summer holiday on this rough-looking and edgy island – and booked the trip.

Inish Meain Suites & Hotel provided a true retreat. We flew to Dublin, spent a few days there, took a bus, another and a ferry and finally arrived to Inish Meain. The welcome was warm and friendly. A car took us to the hotel and the owner Marie-Therese was waiting for us there with two glasses of sparkling wine. Nice.

When I entered our room I almost started to cry. The panoramic window offered amazing scenery. The room had everything we could have wished for. Minimalistic furniture, soft bathrobes and flippers, lovely cashmere shawls and a mini-deli full of gourmet goodies.

Every morning when you woke up there was a lovely breakfast tray waiting for you full of organic delicacies. A few hours later a backpack with lunch soup and warm bread appeared into the entrance hall. Everything well planned for your needs!

The dinners at the Inish Mean Restaurant were every time the highlight of the day. Simple and beautiful dishes full of pure flavours e.g. I never knew that grated carrot could taste so wonderful!

We spent four days hiking and biking around the island and had one lovely night at the local pub drinking Jameson with the locals.

I truly recommend this wonderful hideaway for an alternative honeymoon, anniversary or birthday.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank piaaf
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australia
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21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

A great island with the best accommodation I have stayed anywhere in the world. The hosts are lovely and the locals are so friendly, the food incredicle and the packed lunch every day is perfection. The pub up the road is lively, with sing-alongs and Irish Flair.The best Guinness in Ireland. We stayed in the apartment, and although expensive, worth every penny. Thanks for an amazing one-off expereince.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank caitlinmac
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2012

Our second visit. Wonderful bedrooms with huge 25 feet windows and amazing views. The sky is delightful and ever changing. Rory and Marie Therese are incredible hosts. The fish is excellent for dinner with a wide selection of wines.
Thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2012
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1 Thank drwinbow
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ireland
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73 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2012

I've been wanting to stay here for some time - well worth the wait. This is a truly unique experience. Wonderful, warm Irish hospitality and stunning architecture in a wild, unspoilt landscape. The de Blacams and their team are professional and charming, the food home grown, artisan and delicious, the breakfasts and picnic lunches just perfect. If you're looking for a real Ireland holiday experience or just a getaway into nature, look no further.

  • Stayed September 2012
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1 Thank clontarf
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Alton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2012

My husband, 20 month old son and I stay four nights in the Inis Meain Apartment and it was amazing. The apartment provided unparalleled views and ample space to relax and enjoy the scenery with an amazing breakfast assortment and hot lunches delivered to our door – all inclusive. With bikes included as well, there is little more you need to enjoy the island.

Dinner in the restaurant (or delivered to the apartment one course at a time) was amazing – I understand why the Financial Times ranked them one of the top 12 restaurants in the world!

What really made the difference is the service. Marie Therese went well above and beyond any expectations I had, even for a 5 star hotel. She provided cot, baby monitor and a baby sling to help lighten our load! My sister and brother-in-law brought their 20 month old and 5 year old boys. Marie Therese found a bike for the 5 year old (and replaced it with another bike when it was too big!) and a toddler trailer so we could enjoy seeing the island from bikes. She also helped shuttle us to and from the ferry so we could have a day out on the smaller island where there are horse and cart rides, a large beach and an amazing playground.

The Aran Islands provide an amazing opportunity to escape to a remote and beautiful environment, far from the maddening day to day of city life. Inis Meain allows you to enjoy that rugged landscape in a luxury environment with amazing food. Adding in how family friendly they are, it is a true gem!

Oh and there is also an amazing Aran island factory that sells blankets/sweaters and other knitwear made of wool/cashmere/mole hair/silk and other amazing textiles at wholesale prices. Ask at the restaurant for more information.

Room Tip: The suites are studio in style looking out over the ocean. With a fold out couch and a baby cot, my...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank KatStan
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Dublin, Ireland
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26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

This place is wonderful. We were made so welcome! Lots of little touches to enhance the experience - Ruairi and Marie-Therese really work hard at making you feel welcome and relaxed.

The food in the restaurant was delicious and beautifully presented - although VERY simple. I mean - what does one NEED to do with lobster?? First time I have had the delight of not struggling with the carapace - just look, smell, feel and taste.

Providing their guests with a backpack containing lunch in delightful little Thermos flasks made all the difference to our ability to explore the island in comfort.

The fact that the sun split the stones on our weekend away really added to the experience. We recommend this experience highly.

Did I mention the 8-seater twin-engine plane from Inverin? An 8 minute flight sure beats the ferry from Rossaveal.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PatrickAndBernie
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Additional Information about Inis Meain Restaurant & Suites

Property: Inis Meain Restaurant & Suites
Address: Inis Meain, Province of Connacht, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Aran Islands > Inishmann
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Inishmann
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inis Meain is one of the Aran Islands, 15 miles off the west coast of Ireland. It is just 3 miles across and supports 160 inhabitants. Ruairi & Marie-Therese de Blacam created Inis Meain Restaurant & Suites to enhance visitor's appreciation of the island by providing a style of accommodation and dining that is complimentary to the location. The suites are simple and understated in styling, with ample space and views. The restaurant serves mainly island-sourced food. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Inis Meain Restaurant And Suites
Inis Meain Restaurant Hotel Inishmann
Inis Meain Restaurant & Suites Ireland/Aran Islands

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