Myself and a group of friends stayed for a weekend at the Inis Oirr hotel. We were very happy with everything over the weekend. The rooms were well appointed and very clean. The bar food was good and the breakfast was excellent. The staff were friendly and helpful. We will be back. Gerry Carroll
We booked in for three nights but, after two nights, extended it to five - such a lovely, relaxing break. Lovely room and bathroom. Very welcoming and friendly staff. Ate very enjoyably in the hotel three of those nights - dinner the first few nights and just had lovely chowder the last two (only because we had eaten in other places during the day). French toast (made with brioche, I think) was delicious for breakfast and our Irish-speaking server remembered our 'special requests' (weak tea!) from day to day. Had a great break - cycling, walking, seeing an outdoor performance of a translated Becket play, having an outdoor drink here and there, listening to the hotel's musicians (outdoors) and chatting to the locals. All I could wish for in a break.
To be honest, the Inis Oirr people in general perhaps need to be a bit more welcoming and appreciative towards summer income and visitors. Our experience was that workers and locals in and around the hotel were no more or less than ignorant, rude and to be honest, no more welcoming than as if we where no more than invaders. Staff were rude, locals very standoffish , the musicians playing obnoxious and in general we wouldn't go back
We booked a trip to Inis Oírr last minute and were fortunate to find an available room at Hotel Inis Oírr. The room was lovely — large in size with 3 velux windows in the roof, a good size bathroom and all in excellent condition. The hotel is located a short walk from the port. The hotel service, however, is fairly disorganised... We arrived at 3.45pm and were told that our room was ready and given a key, only to walk into an open room that had not been cleaned! Reception was apologetic and we walked around for 40 mins and bought some Man of Arran fudge (highly recommend!) and returned at 4.30pm to check in. Very long waits for breakfast with only one person looking after all residents and doing her best. If it's not possible to add another server, then it would be more practical if residents could help themselves to juice, milk, butter, tea, toast etc (as we'd been able to in other hotels), but perhaps this is the hotel's COVID protocol. We arrived at 9.10am and only got our breakfast at 9.45am... If checking out at 11am, I suggest arriving at 9am on the dot to get your order in first. A nice touch that breakfast to order (we had full Irish and French toast) is included with all room rates. Bar was idyllic in the evening with a trad session outside. Paper thin walls, so don't book if you're a light sleeper or can't cope with noise from other rooms and outside. Recommend the hotel if staying in Inis Oírr, but be prepared to be patient!…
We originally booked for 2 nights but phoned well in advance to cancel our second night due to unforeseen circumstances, the lady Toma Flaherty who I now know is the owner was so unprofessional on the phone , very snappy, borderline aggressive. The service in the restaurant is very slow. Food isn’t great. Basic. We also got No sleep. A group staying at the hotel. Shouting and roaring outside our windows well into the early hours then were staying above us, running around and stomping. We had two young children trying to sleep.