Doolin hotels have managed to remain competitive over the past decade in spite of the ever increasing number of larger hotel chains entering the market. The 3 independent guest houses and hotels chosen for this article highlight the finest food, views and lodgings in Doolin.
The Aran View House is the largest hotel in Doolin, but with 19 rooms it manages to still feel very personable. The main draw for hotel guests is the magnificent sea views out to the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands from west-facing guest rooms.
As befits a genuine Georgian country house, the guest rooms are spacious with high ceilings and the recent renovations have raised the standard of the en-suites to a more contemporary style and quality. The hotel restaurant has a superb menu of Irish dishes, with a-la-carte options, and the family-friendly bar hosts traditional music sessions in summer to entertain the guests.
The Ballyvara Guest House is unique to the area, in terms of guest houses, as it was specifically built as a guest-house with an eclectic mix of room styles. This includes two studios, family rooms, quad rooms, luxury doubles and the ubiquitous twin and double rooms.
The room facilities and furnishings are modern in all rooms. The luxury suites have more space, a king size bed and a spa bath as standard. The adjoining studio apartments are self-contained with an open plan design that includes a kitchen and dining area.
The Tir Gan Ean is one of the newer styles of hotels in Doolin that mixes traditional Celtic architecture with modern creature comforts. The hotel has an almost boutique feel to its twelve spacious rooms that all feature under-floor heating, modern en-suite bathrooms, plasma TVs and broadband connectivity.
The hotel restaurant and bar is a fine spot to relax when the pubs in Doolin village become hectic and in the mornings the breakfast buffet is a real treat with everything from scrambled eggs with smoked salmon to pancakes with syrup.
A holiday break at one of these three Doolin hotels is the perfect way to enjoy relaxing, comfortable lodgings all within close proximity to the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and all the other attractions in this part of Ireland.Like this blog post? Buy me a coffee or send me a tip!!!