Historical Traveller Reviews of Temple Gate Hotel
Temple gate is one of the best hotels we every stayed at. From our arrival at the hotel to the day we checked out was just perfect. The staff are so courtesy and professional. The rooms are gorgeous, clean and spacious. The food was excellent. I would highly recommend staying here.
We stayed at the Temple Gate in December. The hotel is very central, near local shops and there is plenty to do. The staff were extremely helpfull and friendly. The food was absolutely delicious and to a very high standard. We attended a function in the great hall and a good time was had by all. The rooms were clean. I would highly recommend this hotel.
t stay there again
i booked a non smoking room several weeks in advance of arriving on the 25th november. they were unale to accomodate that and we ended up in a smoking room. the water was tepid/cold in the shower and i had the briefest shower as a result. i complained about the water problem and went out for the evening.the following morning the water was again tepid/cold. the receptionist told me they wanted to upgrade us but only communicated this as we were checking out. (they had a contact number and could have phoned). our beds were hard and i slept very badly. i went out for a walk at 7am because i couldn't stay in the bed. the breakfast was second rate and arrived with a speed that suggests it was precooked and hanging around dehydrating under some keep-warm lamp. very disappointing. there was lots of street noise during the night, although in fairness the hotel is centrally located and it was saturday night. i've stayed in hotels all over europe and never been so disappointed (especially as i come from this area of ireland). we were only staying one night but i would have checked out had we booked longer. we were not offered any recompense, discount or otherwise. all we got were limp apologies from the receptionist. we have had an experience that falls well below the standards of any place calling itself a hotel. Dr Thomas Hanly
t do it
I stayed at the Temple Gate for 2 (long nights) in August of 2006 and it was by far the most disapointing hotel in Ireland. The website depicts a very quaint place but it isn't. The rooms are awful, dated and dirty. The beds were horrible (really old and you sunk into the center and they were hard on the sides). The linens were old, rough and the bedspreads looked like they were 20 years old (or older). This place needs a MAJOR renovation. They do have a good restaurant and bar but the patrons stay outside and scream at all hours of the night and it echoes into the rooms. By the way, no a.c. so you had to leave the windows open (not a good combination). The hotel is nicely located to the town square so I give it that and the restaurant/bar is good but for sure try and stay somewhere else when in Ennis. Ennis is a cute down and shouldn't be missed but there has to be better accomodations. Go to Cruise's Pub for drink and music which is a 5 minute walk . Note, if you have to stay here make sure to stay on the side that doesn't face the parking lot to the bar.
Good place to stay while exploring the area
Our family of four (two parents, 14 year old girl, 11 year old boy) stayed at the Temple Gate for two nights in August. We picked Ennis as a base for visiting the Cliffs of Moher and other attractions. We were pleased with the quality of the hotel. Our family room was much nicer than the one we stayed in at a major chain hotel in Dublin -- Double bed, twin bed, and small sofa bed. There was also room to move around when the sofa bed was pulled out. The staff was very helpful in answering questions about directions, nearby stores, etc. Just a short walk through the courtyard of the hotel are several shops and restaurants on quaint, little cobblestoned streets. Several pubs offer live music as well.
The only meal we ate in the hotel was breakfast, and it was disappointing. The hot food menu is very limited and our meals weren't very good. The next morning we stuck to the cold buffet (cereals, limited fruit, breads) and toast.
We found the hotel very satisfactory as a "home-base" for a few days.
Booked on the internet. This hotel was touted as something it was not...charming. It was very plain and very boring. The beds were like boards, the linens were threadbare...the pillows had as much fluff as a magazine. Breakfast was good however when the masses from bus tours came in they were not ready for them! Very sorry we spent money to stay in a converted convent. It looks nice from the exterior pictures. Room depicted in advertising look nothing like the room we stayed in or any other we saw for that matter.
Not Good enough
from A TripAdvisor Member
Just spent 5 days in the West of Ireland which were amazing but the whole experience fell apart when we stayed at this hotel. We have never encountered such rudeness from a receptionist as to whether the room was non-smoking or not. We enquired if it she knew of any good local restaurants and got another blank stare.The bedrooms were basic with no airconditioning which was not good considering the heatwave Ireland was having. We asked for a fan and after waitiing for 30 minutes gave up.We attempted to have food in their bar and had to wait 10 minutes to be served and then another blank stare from the waitress. The food was barely edible and like alot or Ireland was overpriced ..
We spent three days at this hotel in April this year. The rooms were very clean and comfortable, a good size and well furnished, also having tea and coffee making facilities. It was a short stay to see a very ill relative so the staff were outstanding and could not have been kinder having been told the reason for our visit. The hotel's location is ideal for exporing the town. We highly recommend this hotel
Basic hotel with great location
from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent one night in this hotel at the end of a trip across Ireland. It was nice to be back in a full service hotel, but the hotel is very basic in its offerings.
The location is excellent. Ennis is a small town of music pubs - located about 30 minutes from the Shannon airport. It is conveniently located as a good jumping off or ending point to a tour of the north and west of Ireland.
The hotel itself is on the grounds of an old monastery. The "Grand Hall" is the old chapel and is spectacular (ask the front desk to let you in for a photo). The onsite pub "Preachers" is incredible - decorated like an old monastery hall.
The rooms are very basic - most with 2 beds, a chair, a window and small desk/dressing area. There are no irons or pants presses, but there are tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom is large with a decent shower. The rooms are small, but we survived, even with one big suitcase and lots of shopping bags!
I would recommend this as a tourist hotel - not a destination. If you are looking for a place to rest after shopping and sightseeing - with lots fo good music pubs within walking distance - give the hotel a try.
Well Below Par
from A TripAdvisor Member
Wanted a night relaxing night in this hotel but did not get same. TV was on the blink when we wanted to lie down to relax. Water in the bath was a dark brown. Shower was impossible to regulate to a temperature suitable. Room was dirty, lampshades had stains on them that had to have been noticed by cleaning staff. Noise of people passing through the walkways by the hotel would walk you at 3 or 4 in the morning and staff are less than quiet when going about their tasks. Would not stay here again unless as a LAST RESORT!
Top Local Tips for Ennis
If arriving at Shannon airport and intending to hire a car for part of your visit,hire it at the airport.There is a good bus sevice to Ennis (takes about 45 mins) but not much option for car hire in the town.
we chose Ennis as it was rated as a town for traditional music and singing we had to trawl all the bars before we found some music and then it was,nt that good I don,t think i would visit Ennis again.
Great food in hotel restaurant. Top notch.
I would recommend booking as this seems to be a favourite with the locals too. You won't be disappointed with the food here! delicious.