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“Short Stay - exceeded expectations” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Dolphin Hotel and Restaurant Inishbofin

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The Dolphin Hotel and Restaurant Inishbofin
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Inishbofin
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Short Stay - exceeded expectations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2012

My wife and I had short a stay here during spectacular weather in May'12. Our room was huge with large king-size bed, large modern bathroom (with double bath) and a terrace with a sea view. The proprietor collected us from the ferry and delivered our luggage for the return. The food was good and staff friendly. The hotel is a short walk from pristine beaches and hill walks and the small harbour where the ferry arrives and other pubs/restaurants are located, Inisbofin is a compact and beautiful island offering the best of West of Ireland scenery. Our experience of the Delphi Hotel simply enhanced the experience. On departure my wife and agreed we'd plan to return here as soon as possible. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Dermot R
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Long Island, NY
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243 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2012

We had a wonderful stay on Inishbofin and thoroughly enjoyed The Dolphin. We were met immediatley at the dock by Pat and taken to the hotel where we were given our rooms. The rooms were spacious and the view from the hotel was breathtaking. I would highly recommend a trip to Inishbofin and a stay at The Dolphin. The island is beautiful and you won't find a better host than Pat.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank dannyo62003
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Dublin, Ireland
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71 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2012

We recently attended a wedding on the island and stayed in the dolphin for 2 nights. I have recently been convinced that Irish hospitality was dead and buried untill we arrived here. From the moment we got into Pat's bus on the pier to the moment he dropped us back again this was a fantastically relaxed place to stay. I think some of the other reviewers on here seem to forget that this is an island hotel. I'm glad that this is not Irelands most luxurious hotel, I'm glad that the decor is not up to some peoples standards and I'm glad that Pat's bus has so many miles on it! and you know why.....because nothing else would fit in with the rest of the island. The guineas was fantastic(much better than the bigger hotel) the breakfast was the nicest I have ever tasted with the most amazing produce. Pat where do you buy that black and white pudding? There was a BBQ here the day safter the wedding and again the food was fantastic. I think the chef is the owners sister and it is not hard to see the work that goes into this place but always with a smile on the face. The weather was great and if you could perdict a good week in the summer then this would be the place to go. Can't say enough good about it and hope to return real soon for a longer stay. Keep up the excellent work Pat.

Room Tip: Get one of the 3 downstairs room with your own door out to a private patio
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Tevezr
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Cincinnati, Ohio U.S.A
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150 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2011

We were told about this Hotel by the people in Roscommon the Gleeson's family! They were right it is a beautiful Island and the owners of the dolphin were very kind and friendly! the food was top notch and Pat and Kathy were very welcoming! Would highly recommend this as a lovely weekend or romantic getaway! a lovely walk around the Island to be sure!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Andy M
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Dublin
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2011

Hotel staff were helpful and very friendly. Room was well appointed, underfloor heating made it very cosy. Dinner in the restaurant was excellent. Fantastic seafood, beautiful views. Will definately be back.

Room Tip: Rooms 1-3 have a deck area with private picnic table and external door
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KatieOTDublin
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Ireland
Level Contributor
10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2011

Loved the couple of days on Bofin. The hotel is ideal. Paddy picks you up from the boat and is very helpful. The rooms are lovely and all that we needed. The dinner was first rate. Breakfast was nice with plenty on offer. The island is breathtaking but has to be seen with a bike. You could walk it but i think the bikes were much more fun. I will be back at some stage and Paddy definitely runs a very friendly and welcome hotel.

Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank sway06
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Sligo, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2011

This is a totally unique hotel experience set on a beautiful island the owner pat embodies the true "céad míle fáilte". The location of the hotel is perfect, it has a beautiful menu and is immaculately clean. What really sets this hotel apart from all others is the genuine irish hospitality and friendliness of its host pat.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sarah0009
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Property: The Dolphin Hotel and Restaurant Inishbofin
Address: Middle Quarter, Inishbofin, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Inishbofin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Inishbofin
Number of rooms: 11
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