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Auburn Lodge Hotel

, Ennis
3 star

Rooms: 95

Galway Road Ennis - Ennis - Ireland 065-6821247
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Up dated oppinion

from tony2phones
Why do we stay here on a regular basis? Why have I consistently recommended the place for the past 3 years or so?
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.

But.

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 Ireland

from mick-the-Baker
Hotel was clean, breakfast's were good, room reasonable.
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 stay

from AspenPine
Checked in: 18 Aug 2006
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 food

from Teithwyr
A clean, quiet, modern hotel. The room was more than adequate and twice the size of our room the previous night in Dublin, at half the cost. If it had been better weather we might have been able to enjoy the small garden. Our only disappointment was with the 'carvery' which had stopped serving meals way before their advertised closing time. They served sandwiches and so on, but they were very disappointing and poor value. The live music was aimed at the senior citzens' coach parties. Mind you, after seeing Ennis on a Saturday night I'd rather play safe and stay with the grey tops.

In common, it seems, with most hotels in Ireland the staff were not Irish, so we didn't get much local flavour.

Look elsewhere

from Ozblossom
We chose this property based on other reviews and closer proximity to the Shannon airport (about 20 min drive) w/out the airport noise. Check in was confusing - rooms not ready, keys would not work. Very small rooms with no air conditioning, worn linens, and a tiny bathroom where you could barely move in the shower. We were able to secure an ironing board and iron from the front desk, which was graciously delivered to our door. The receptionist was always pleasant, but there seemed to be a steady stream of unsatisfied customers at the desk anytime I walked through the lobby. The pub area looked nice, but the service was so poor - (no one ever waited on us) - that we left to go elsewhere. Internet access was "pay as you go", which we did not find anywhere else in Ireland. We requested a room change, based on the smell of smoke in the first room, and now find that our credit card has been charged for 2 rooms (I feel quite sure this can be rectified, but is annoying all the same). Lots of bus tour and wedding reception traffic. We would not return and would recommend looking for more quiet and accomodating B&B's within close distance to the airport. This was our worst accomodation while touring Ireland, but the price was lower - and we got much less than we payed for. Investigate other options before booking.

Frustrating

from PhiloBedo
After reading some of the reviews, we decided to stay at this hotel for six days rather than the Temple Gate Hotel. Knowing what we know now, we would have preferred to stay at the latter. To make the review simple, I'll just categorize into "Pro's and Con's."

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 Hotel

from Amanda_9
We stayed at this hotel recently and were very happy with it. We generally stay in four star hotels as a rule and i was a bit chancey about going to a three star hotel. It was perfect. They are doing renovations at the moment and had only opened up their new bedrooms to the public a few days prior to our visit so we got one of the new bedrooms. From experience of previous hotel rooms it was well above average and much more from what i woudl have expected from a three star hotel. Of course it didn't have the small little things for example the heated towel rails or air conditioning. But to be fair the design and comfort in the room was of high quality. We had a meal in the hotel that night and it was beautifil. Swiftly served and excellent service. We also had a few drinks there after our meal and the craic was good there with lively music playing until twelve (which was a little bit too early for a saturday night i thought). All in all we ahad a very enjoyable night there and the rates are very reasonable for high season.

Average Hotel, Above Average Price

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at the Auburn Lodge based upon on recommendations/posts. Would not stay there again unless absolutely had to. AL is owned by Irish Court Hotels, the owners of the much hated Queens Hotel in the center of Ennis. Our room (#310) had very musty smell. Was definitely a room that had been smoked in before. It's not entirely smoke free, though it did pass the sniff test of my very sensitive wife. Breakfast was on par with some of the B&Bs we stayed at during our stay in Ireland. Restaurant staff were very nice. The front desk staff were cordial, but not smilely. Location is industrial (sits near car a few dealerships, right on the N18). It's about a 1.5km-2.0km walk to the Ennis City center, which wasn't that arduous. Wife and I did it 2x the day/night we stayed there.

Try driving around town looking for a B&B instead.

Relaxing stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
Had a great stay at the Auburn Lodge Hotel, they are doing extensive work on the grounds building a leisure centre and extra rooms but this did not make a difference to the stay. The staff were very helpful, couldn’t do enough for us, the food was amazing. Some of the older rooms in the hotel do look a little dated but this all going to be changed with the work going on. We were very happy with our stay and will go back again as soon as the pool and gym is finished....great value

December 2005

from roskena
Stayed at the Auburn Lodge last week for 4 nights. Our first room smelled of smoke but we were moved promptly on our request. The rooms are a little tired looking and would benefit by decorating, bathroom/shower very good.
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

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  • Address: Galway Road Ennis - Ennis - Ireland
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