Since Ryan has decided to venture into hotels i suppose i’d better add my two-pence worth as well! I have stayed in many hotels down throught the years, some excellent, some not so. The most recent one i visited was The Temple Gate Hotel in Ennis Co. Clare.
Greeting & Check-in
We were met at the reception desk by a very friendly lady who was on hand to check us in. We were staying at the hotel with the supervalu get away breaks. Of course i brought the wrong card (that was only half full) but the lady agreed to let me send the completed card up after i arrived home. It was a fast and efficient check in with a smile.
Appearence & Location
It is in the center of the lively town of Ennis. It is convenient to all amenities in the town and is a short walk from shops, restaurants, pubs etc. The hotel is built on the grounds of an old convent and still retains some of the features. The great hall in the hotel is certainly worth considering for a function or a wedding.
Staff & Service
We found all the staff at this hotel to be quite helpful. One morning when we were having breakfast we heard a lot of shouting from one staff member. It was unprofessional when guests could hear this. Overall service from all staff was of a very high standard.
We had both breakfast and dinner in the hotel and the breakfast stood out more to be honest. The dinner which was included in our deal was not too bad but wouldn’t stand out as being great. I had steak and it was ok. There is bar food available but we didn’t try any.
To be honest this is probably more important to Ryan than myself. I don’t see this as a major need for me at present. I normally go away for weekend breaks and not on business. All rooms do provide isdn lines.
We paid 95 euros each for two nights b+b and one dinner. To me that is excellent value for a weekend break. That was with the supervalu book as i mentioned. At this time of year you can expect to pay 89 euro pps for one night. That rate comes from the hotels web site. If you stay at this hotel and are looking for somewhere for dinner, try Jasmine Palace restaurant in the town. The food is excellent.
You will find more information on the hotel at www.templegatehotel.com