Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis
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Up dated oppinionfrom tony2phones
These are two of the Questions I asked myself last week after my third visit this year.
The price is always good. the staff are cheerful & friendly, any problems are resolved in a highly professional manner. The rooms are comfortable, Self serve breakfast is always good. The gym is also very good.
Arriving late after a really bad drive across country from Dublin only One room had been reserved for 3 adults although 2 had been booked, A neighbouring room was quickly allotted by the receptionist, (pity it hadn't been prepared to a better standard by housekeeping).
My request for a Downstairs room had been met.
The Hotel was also catering for Young Dancers who between the ages of about 6 to 10 yrs old were running around the residents lounge in their nightwear (23:00) watched by their mothers who were quite happily drinking & chatting
The following morning Chris upgraded us to one of the refurbished rooms near the gym & very nice they are.
So why am I considering staying elsewhere next time. If its just me on Business I probably won't. The Auburn Lodge ticks all the right boxes. If I am over with the better half & family. I may look elsewhere or upgrade before arrival.
First trip to Irelandfrom mick-the-Baker
Hotel was cold all heating on coridors was switched off, heating in room didn't work, reception staff as cold as heating, very noisy on Saturday evening / Sunday morning untill 3am, commented to reception, but told "it should be ok tonight".
Overall opinion, I would not stop here again.
Enjoyed our stayfrom AspenPine
Checked out: 21 Aug 2006 (3 nights)
Room number: 502
Price: €106/night - got a package at the web site that included full breakfast each day plus 2 dinners from a set menu (wine extra - €4.50/glass).
Booked via Auburn Lodge web site.
Located a couple miles north of Ennis town centre on the N18 to Galway, which was good for us as we generally went north (not good for walking into town, though). Traffic through Ennis on the N18 was incredibly dense during the day because the N18 goes right through town; they are building a motorway bypass around Ennis that is slated to open in May 2007 (and not a moment too soon!).
The front of the hotel building is close to the road, but rooms are well back. We were in room 502, in a new wing that seemed to have opened quite recently. It was a smoking room - witness the ashtray on the table - but it was so new that either no smokers had yet stayed in it (though I thought I saw a cigarette burn mark on a chair) or not enough had stayed to embed the smell. So that was fine. We were on the ground floor, overlooking what used to be a parking lot but was a construction site at the time. Fortunately we were there over a weekend, so there was no construction activity until Monday morning; even then it didn't really start until around 8 am. New townhouse apartments were under construction behind the hotel.
Our room, being new, was quite modern with a king sized bed, flat-screen TV, DVD player, mini stereo system, nice tiled bathroom, large wardrobe (but with no hanging bar in the section for long items like dresses). No wireless internet access, alas, though when we checked out we saw some signs at the front desk for some kind of pay internet service that we hadn't noticed (or that weren't there) when we checked in.
No washcloths, but there were facial tissues. Like other hotels we stayed at in Ireland & Scotland, the only toiletry supplied was large bottles of liquid soap by the sink and liquid hair/body shampoo in the shower. Oh, and there were shower caps.
The shower head had several settings and water pressure was generally good. The toilet was a little hard to flush - we had to push in the button fairly strongly.
There were coffee (instant)/tea (bags) makings in the room (real milk).
There were no elevators (lifts) that we noticed, but quite a few rooms were on the ground floor. The place was very popular with bus tour groups! But that was not a problem, either during dinner (when groups were in their own dining room) or breakfast (when we went late enough to have missed most of them).
We had the two dinners in the Oysters restaurant. We had a nice waitress who remembered our room number the second time even though there was a day in between our two dinners there. Food was quite good, and plentiful. Poached salmon was especially good. Also had steak in a peppercorn sauce (ordered medium rare but was more medium; still good, though). My S.O. had pan-fried chicken with some kind of sauce the second time and seemed to enjoy it. Vegetables and potatoes were served family style. The restaurant was not crowded at all the two times we dined there (a Friday at 6:30 and Sunday about 8:00 pm).
Breakfasts were okay but the eggs (scrambled) had an odd, custardy consistency. The foods offered were cold cereals, croissants, bread, yogurt, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, beans, and black pudding (I think). Breakfast was served 7:30 - 10 am.
Reception staff was very friendly on check-in and check-out.
Good room, average foodfrom Teithwyr
In common, it seems, with most hotels in Ireland the staff were not Irish, so we didn't get much local flavour.
Look elsewherefrom Ozblossom
Pro's: The lobby, pub, and restaurants were all adorned in rustic wood which enhanced the atmosphere to that of a traditional Irish hotel/pub. The rooms were standard with no fluff or flare. The water was hot and the storage was adequate. The courtyard was a nice place to sit and chat if the weather cooperated. Parking was ample. Location was ideal for those traveling North to The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, or Galway. Good size banquet room for weddings, group meetings, etc. Located right next to a supermarket and a few blocks from a gas station.
Con’s: Not the hotel for guests 40 years old or younger who wish to avoid the dreaded tour bus crowd. There seemed to be a reoccurring problem with the room card keys maintaining their code to let you in the room. Heaven forbid you choose to stay out late until the pubs close and you require assistance at the front desk. You must use the intercom (no mention of this at check-in) to beg plead for someone to show up at the desk in order to have your key re-coded. If the front desk attendant doesn’t remain at the front desk late at night, I would think the door should be locked with a sign pointing to the intercom. Granted, if our card key would have maintained its code, we wouldn’t have needed assistance at all. Additionally, the hotel allows anyone and everyone to hangout in the courtyard or the parking lot long after the party, wedding, or equivalent is finished in the banquet room. Needless to say, if you’re looking for peace and quiet the night before your drive to the Ring of Kerry, this isn’t the hotel to stay at. The bartenders were quite unsociable compared to others in the town of Ennis. No iron/board in the rooms; you have to get them from the from desk, but they never seemed to have any available. The carvery(lunch) set up is quite awkward. The free traditional Irish breakfast could use some variety so if you plan on staying at the hotel a few nights, you may want to buy some muffin's, etc. or you may get quite bored with the food.
Lovely Hotelfrom Amanda_9
Average Hotel, Above Average Pricefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Try driving around town looking for a B&B instead.
Relaxing stayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
December 2005from roskena
Our first night - we were kept awake until 2.30 by a party in the hotel. When we complained at 1.15 we were told it would be ending at 1.30. On ringing back we were told it would be 2.00 and the original person we spoke to had gone home (for a good nights sleep!) We complained next day and suggested we should have been told about the party and we could have been moved to a quieter area of the hotel. Our complaint was dealt with again promptly by the Manager who was most helpful. We received a bottle of wine compliments of the hotel - so we were happy. The Oyster restaurant is excellent - and was part of our package deal so very good value. Breakfast was disappointing no variety especially for a four night stay.
The bar was lively and great fun.
Top Local Tips for Ennis
Stay at a B&B They are cheaper and better plus they have a good breafast. I've heard very good things about Grey Gables.
Touring Base Ennis is an exelent touring base well served by public transport, close to Shannon & Galway Airports. It is also a good Shopping Venue and catters well for both Buissenes and Tourist ventures.
Restaurant The Town Hall restaurant is worth a visit - book in advance
Other names for Auburn Lodge Hotel
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- Address: Galway Road Ennis - Ennis - Ireland
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