Set on the shores of Ireland's second largest lake, Ashford Castle and its 350 acre private estate has delighted its guests for over 700 years. Once the estate of the Guinness Family, Ashford Castle's location, only 30 minutes from Galway city center, is ideal to explore the surrounding areas of Connemara, Mayo and entire rugged West Coast of Ireland. Galway city, with its famous Bay, is a picturesque and lively city with superb shopping, dining and fun filled pubs. Traditional Irish music abounds in this area. Its Spanish Arch and Medieval Walls are evidence of a long and storied history. Be sure to visit Claddagh, just outside the city to see where the famous ring was first made.
Upon entering Ashford Castle’s Great hall, you are greeted by lavishly decorated rich paneling, fine period pieces, objets d’art and masterpiece paintings. Each guest room is individual. Many of the 83 rooms retain their original features and all are equipped with modern amenities including broadband connectivity and Interactive TV. Creative cooking, inspired use of seasonal ingredients and an innovative menu, await you with a choice of dining options. The George V Restaurant, Cullen’s at the Cottage and the Prince of Wales Cocktail Lounge offer menus inspired by the magnificent surroundings. Estate activities include the castle's 9 hole private course, the Ashford Equestrian Centre, fishing the great lake and Ireland’s first school of Falconry. A modern health center is also available to guests, comprising of a whirlpool, sauna, steam room, fully equipped gymnasium and lake view conservatory.
The Ireland Bed & Breakfast package offers travelers the complete flexibility of creating their own itinerary. You can select your accommodations ahead of time, or take advantage of the flexibility of choosing them along the way. Enjoy your choice of accommodations from big cities to small towns to quaint villages to countryside manors. All of the B&Bs pride themselves on providing their guests with a fresh, home-cooked full Irish breakfast each morning and quality accommodations that cater to every need. At a B&B, you are much more than just a room number, you’re a welcomed guest.
Draw on the local knowledge, personal touch and warm welcome of your Irish hosts. Learn about all the best local restaurants, pubs, shops, attractions and activities. Your hosts specialize in the best services available from golf to walking tours of the area, to adventure breaks and much more.
Why Stay in a B&B?
Most bed and breakfasts are owned by the B&B operators themselves, who usually live on the premises. It's natural to expect that B&B operators who live in their own B&B's will bring a different perspective to the job.
At B&Bs, "customers" are truly guests, and it shows. The B&B owners will gladly help you find the best restaurant in town, the best pubs, point you to the best tourist attractions and local amenities and much much more.
Many B&Bs depend on word-of-mouth recommendations. Combine those two factors and it's easy to see why B&B owners go out of their way to make sure your stay provides some great memories of Ireland.
B&B check-in is between 3-6pm.
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Set in the center of the historic city of Dublin, this modern seven-story hotel is located 150 meters from the Writers' Museum and a short distance from the lively nightlife of Temple Bar. All of the attractions of Dublin including, Trinity College, The Guinness Store House, St. Stephen’s green and Powersourt Design Center are all within easy reach. Why not enjoy a walking tour of this historic city with the Free podcast download (visitdublin.com) which includes tours of the Croke Park Museum, Georgian buildings in Dublin, Viking and Medieval Dublin, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle.
The 310 air-conditioned contemporary guestrooms are all equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD televisions with cable service, direct dial phones, 24 hour room service, laptop compatible safes and tea and coffee facilities. Best Western Academy Plaza Hotel offers a bar and lounge and a coffee shop. This property features beauty services, fitness facilities, and spa services. Guests have 3 dining options on property, Abacus – a modern Chinese restaurant, Sir Harry's bar and brasserie and Giuseppe’s which specialized in traditional Italian fare.