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Renvyle House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Renvyle
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

Stayed for two nights to attend wedding. The food was consistently very good. The hotel is in a beautiful location. Rooms are ultra basic and dated. Very cold in room and no heat from radiator. Enquired at reception to be told the boiler was on a time clock. In any event they turned the heating on. Everything about the hotel is 1970's. Badly in need of an upgrade. Would not be inclined to stay again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

We booked this hotel because of its reputation as a place to chill out. The idea was that if the weather was bad it would be nice to curl up in an armchair in a nice lounge in front of a turf fire with a good book. Unfortunately not so. The hotel was full of families with young children and there were no restrictions on where they could go so there was no place to get a bit of peace and quiet. On one night I had to ring reception to ask if the children, unsupervised, in the playroom at 11.30, aged from 5 or 6 to approx. 9 could be collected by their parents so that other residents could get some sleep. No consideration by hotel staff and management to the needs of guests who did not have children.
The hotel is in a beautiful location and the food was very good. Rooms and central heating system very dated, no heat in radiators due to airlocks and gunge. No hot water one night to run a bath.
If one is looking for a quiet break away be wary of hotels which advertise themselves as "Family Friendly".

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 November 2013 via mobile

Great spot .
Beautiful location.
Best food I have had anywhere in Ireland.
Proprietor is very attentive. and ever present.
Bar is very lively, and good social spot.
Rooms are certainly dated.... Reminds me of my child hood.
A revamp this winter is planned- this should round it off .
Very pleasing overall.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

This was my third visit to Renvyle and once again it wove its spell. The grounds are lovely and if its long peaceful walks you're after there is no better place. Even if you don't like walking you can stand on the shores of the hotel lake and watch the ducks and geese or stand on the shore of the nearby Atlantic and listen to the waves sweeping in on the pebbled beach - magic!
The food is excellent. Dinner is top class and breakfast may you leave you not wanting o eat for the rest of the day.
The staff are excellent. Nothing is too much trouble and they always have a friendly hello.
And then there's the turf fire in the lobby....
The bedrooms are on the small side but thats a small trade-off for everything else.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

We stayed here for one night in Sept. 2013. We thought the location was nice and the public rooms rustic. The dinner was good. However, the room was awful. It was very dated. You could barely move in the room due to the small size and the excessive amount of cheap furniture. The dresser and bed were so close that you could barely pull out the drawer. But, the absolute worst was the bathroom. Not only was it done in ugly green tile, it was filthy with mold growing in the corner of the shower. But, worst of all, there was NO hot water. Did we complain? No, the line to get to the reception desk was so long that we just packed and left. This hotel was proof that just having badges from various "professional" reviewers does not guarantee a good, quality establishment.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

We just spent three nights at Renvyle House Hotel, arriving on Friday, 12 October 2013 and departing on Tuesday, 15 October 2013. This was our third visit to this lovely property. Prior to booking this reservation we checked to ensure that Irish music would be on full display during our visit and were informed that would be the case. Imagine our disappointment when we were informed upon our arrival that not only would music not be available that dinner would not be available either. The reason for all of this - a wedding was transpiring and as a previous reviewer, John L. mentioned, essentially shut the place down for guests not associated with the wedding party. I think it is incumbent upon Ronnie and the management team to notify other guests when a wedding is transpiring and that some services may not be available as normally would be the case. This would give one the option of booking for another time period. My wife and I truly love the Renvyle experience and plan to return for three nights in June 2014; however our stay will not encompass any part of a weekend I can assure you of that.

Overall, I can say that we had another splendid time at Renvyle. The hotel is set amid the Atlantic Ocean, lakes, and mountains so it does not get any better then this. The food is exceptional, with a very diverse menu. Also, I can still smell the aroma of the turf fires in the lobby, etc.

Our room was excellent in all respects, with a view of the ocean as well. I have read on occasion that the beds at Renvyle are not comfortable and this has never been the case with us. Our sleeping experiences have been great.

Overall, the staff at the hotel is quite good. I think Ronnie, the CEO or GM (can't remember which title is correct) is exceptional in all respects. He is genuinely nice and very helpful. The restaurant staff and pub staff are also extremely competent and quite personable. For myself personally, I did not think that some members of the reception staff were particularly engaging or very helpful when planning daily itineraries or obtaining some directions, etc. We inquired about one local activity and related directions and the young lady simply said she was not from here and could not help. Additionally, some travel brochures that were said to be available in the lobby were not. Of course, this could be attributable to the season winding down and was not considered a big deal in the whole scheme of things.

I did rate the hotel as "Excellent", however it was borderline due to the wedding and the attitude of some members of the reception staff. I am not casting aspersions on the entire reception staff, just a couple of ladies that had an attitude of indifference. From a macro perspective, we always have a truly wonderful time at Renvyle and tend to overlook small snafus one might encounter anywhere. We are definitely looking forward to our next visit in June 2014.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Our last stay in June was affected by a wedding taking place and the same happened this time. This time we were there for 3 nights Thursday to Saturday and everything was the usual pleasurable stay on the Thursday but Friday the wedding party virtually took over the place (no more stress free zone). The service was so stretched that it was almost impossible to get any speedy attention from the staff. This is understandable given the extra work put on them all but surely prospective guests should be warned that a wedding will be taking place, especially when many if not all the guests will be resident. In our case the groom was from Scotland. Had we known we certainly would not have chosen those nights to stay - once bitten.......

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: North of Tully | Connemara, Renvyle H91 X8Y8, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Renvyle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Renvyle
Price Range: £89 - £199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Renvyle House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Renvyle House is a four star, historic country house, family owned and family run. It first opened as a hotel in 1883 and is spectacularly located on a 150 acre estate on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way (midway point of the longest car touring route in the world!). Renvyle House is known for it’s “air of otherwordliness” which we believe is a strong and unique selling point and something of which we are very proud. Our emphasis is on customer service “friendly combined with professional” and we believe this plays a large part in why Renvyle enjoys over 55% repeat business. The hotel resort grounds include a private lake, a par 3 golf course, a beach, woodlands, gardens and numerous activities on site including tennis, croquet, outdoor heated swimming pool & Canadia Hot Tub which overlokks the Atlantic (summer months), fly-fishing, canoeing and more. Renvyle House is also well known for it’s good food and this is as much due to the locally sourced fresh produce (lamb, fish, vegetables and herbs from our own garden) as to Tim O’Sullivan’s expertise in the kitchen (Tim is our award winning Executive Chef). Renvyle House always has a warm welcome guaranteed for every guest. ... more   less 
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