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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
Cold Spring, New York
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Special Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Amazing place. Produce from the garden out back, seafood from the bay, skill in the kitchen. There are what- eight or so tables? There is a fixed menu, so you do not have choices. However, you couldn't be in better hands. We had fresh monkfish, salmon, lobster. Lobster! All with just enough light sauces to bring out the natural flavors in the prime ingredients. The pristine nature of it, that's why you are here. A tiny island, only half of it covered with grass, with about 150 permanent residents, and just a handful of bushes that exceed ten feet tall. You are here to take in the sea air, walk the hills and sea cliffs, and visit the J. M. Synge cottage, that looks like he just stepped out a few minutes for a stroll. The suites were spacious to the tune of twenty feet wide, modern, glass across the back with great views of the island, and the building is constructed primarily of the traditional stone drywall typical of the ancient huts that dot the island. Oh- and the wine. A smart list- i.e., not the usual suspects, not run-of-the-mill or boring.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

An experience to repeat again and again, welcomed like old friends with delicious flapjacks and coffee on arrival. Inis Meain itself is a wonderful little island and Marie-Therese, Saileog and Ruari, are always on hand to give advice on where to go and what to see and do, there also is lot's of reading material on the island in the suites.

Fear not, you won't go hungry whilst exploring, nourishing and delicious soup with focaccia bread accompany you and if you are like us, grab a bottle of wine from the fridge to wash it down on one of the many beaches!!

Food was outstanding, 'elemental eating' was a new concept for us but was just amazing, I normally eat food in a hurry but I savoured every mouthful and for once took time to taste every ingredient.

Room was luxurious and the high pressure showers were exceptional, breakfast dropped off in the porch to enjoy at your leisure, and with the wall to wall views, hard to beat in Ireland.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Navan, Ireland
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

We enjoyed ourselves so much last year that we came back again. It was even better this time around. The food and hospitality is still stunning with some new additions to the building. Ruairi now has a kitchen almost big enough to swing a cat in (!) with a mirror on the wall in front of it, so everyone at the table can admire the spectacular view out the restaurant windows while he and his colleagues serve up fantastic dishes. This is the most unique and special place I have ever eaten in.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Karen D
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

In all my travels, this is truly one of the most wonderful places I have ever stayed. Ruari prepared exquisite meals using fresh ingredients from the island, Marie-Thérèse and staff made us feel completely taken care of, and the suites themselves are beautifully designed with stunning views of the water. A truly magically experience. We will absolutely be back.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Chelsea B
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

Staying at Inis Meain Restaurant & Suites was one of the best decisions my group and I ever made. Totally recommend this hotel and the island itself.

We started the trip by taking a quick eight minute flight in one of the tiniest planes I’ve ever been in. So thrilling/scary/hilarious. So much fun getting there... and quick! Highly recommend it over the ferry. When we got to the island we were met by one of the hotel owners, Marie-Therese. She was super friendly. She gave us a lowdown of the island which we found really informative. Driving to the hotel was funny because you couldn't really see the place since it is designed to blend in with the rocky surroundings. They succeeded. There are only 5 rooms at the hotel and we had stayed in the larger suite. It was very big, modern, and well thought out. I remember wishing we had an apartment in NYC that size, and with those views. Oh, and the dueling showers? Genius.


We ate dinner in the restaurant both nights we were there. The second night's sunset was unbelievable! Ruairi, our chef/co-owner, made us some AWESOME food. The restaurant is small yet relaxing. The whole meal/restaurant experience was great. Highly recommend your dinners here as it just adds to the experience. Breakfast is no different when it comes to their creativity level. It is delivered to your doorstep without a peep with tasty food and generous portions.

Exploring the island was my favorite part of the trip. We barely saw any other people the entire time. Our group walked everywhere. The landscape was incredible. Open fields, grazing animals, etc. Do NOT forget to make your way over to some of the rocky cliffs. The water below, the waves crashing up at you and sometimes spilling over the ledges, the caves... it just felt so magical. The hike was made even easier by the packed lunch we were given by Ruairi. It had the tastiest garlic bread and corn chowder. They think of everything!

Before our morning flight out, we were able to squeeze in a biking trip around the other parts of the island that we never quite made it to. You can see the Cliffs of Moher in a way most tourist don’t from certain parts. I highly suggest taking advantage of everything available to you (equipment, landscape, meals, etc.) I really feel like we experienced it all there! As cheesy as it sounds... I remember during breakfast in our suite that last morning saying, "this is a once in a lifetime experience!" I think that statement still holds true looking back.

Thanks for everything Ruairi and Marie-Therese! Hope to make it back there someday.

P.S. Don’t forget to stop at the quaint (and only) pub to indulge in a few pints of Guinness. Also, make sure you get to the sweater factory. They make the traditional Aran Island sweaters right there behind the hotel. Ruairi's Dad is the owner. They opened the store early for us because we asked... and we probably were the only customers that day anyhow. Accommodating folks.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are great. The suite is a lot larger with some extras like dueling showers, full ki...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Carlow, Ireland
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

We (a group of 5 lads) had a fantastic experience at this restaurant. The food is exquisite, the views are excellent and the team leaves no stone unturned in ensuring the perfect experience for the diner. Marie Therese and staff are most welcoming and helpful and Ruairi's use of home-grown produce, combined with no-nonsense cooking, ensures the perfect dining experience.

You'll really enjoy the sunset and sea views as you dine.

Beidh mé ar ais, le cúnamh Dé.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

This is a truly unique place. Ruairi and Marie-Therese de Blacam have managed to do almost the impossible. They have created a modern, high class set of suites which blend in perfectly with ancient, beautiful and unspoilt surroundings. We loved the warm genuine welcome, the comfort of the suite, the carefully thought-out extras (binoculars, excellent bikes, fishing rod, coffee/tea and freshly made oat cakes on arrival, and much more). There is virtually a library of books and info about Inis Meain and local history in each suite. The restaurant is equally unique - much of the the food is grown or sourced locally, if not on Inis Meain itself. The two dinners we had are amongst the most memorable ever - certainly Michelin star quality, unfussy, unusual, just brilliant. The island itself is perfect for walkers and there are plenty of quiet roads and paths for gentle biking. There are wonderful walks, exploring the archaeology, following the coastline around the island with panoramic views of the ocean, and close encounters with high cliffs, monstrous seas and blow-holes. We took the short flight from Inverin (Aer Arann) to Inis Meain. Would caution against the ferry from Doolin, esp in windy weather - the more reliable ferry crossing is from Rossaveal - but the plane is the best option.

Room Tip: One suite is a little larger than the others and has a fireplace.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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
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 
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