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Dolphin Hotel Inishbofin

Inish Boffin .
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The Dolphin Hotel and Restaurant Inishbofin
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4.5
#2 of 3 hotels in Inishbofin
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.2 of 5 bubbles
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See why so many travellers make The Dolphin Hotel and Restaurant Inishbofin their hotel of choice when visiting Inishbofin. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a romantic setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

The hotel features a sun terrace, and you can stay connected during your stay as The Dolphin Hotel and Restaurant Inishbofin offers guests free wifi. Plus, The Dolphin Hotel and Restaurant Inishbofin offers an on-site restaurant, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

If you like seafood restaurants, The Dolphin Hotel and Restaurant Inishbofin is conveniently located near The Beach - Day's Bar and B&B and The Dolphin Hotel and Restaurant.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at The Dolphin Hotel and Restaurant Inishbofin as you experience all of the things Inishbofin has to offer.

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Property amenities
Secured parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wifi
Restaurant
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Board games / puzzles
Shuttle bus service
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Charming
Mid-range
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Sean D wrote a review Sept 2020
Dublin8 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the Dolphin Hotel in Inishbofin, now I need to break this into the proper categories. First the boat trip to and from Cleggan it's 30-40 minutes across. On the way over it was rough very bouncy but if you're nervous stay downstairs. On the way back it was so calm beautiful.
The Dolphin Hotel, I could say so much about this hotel and staff. Rooms were really comfortable and clean.
Food was outstanding OMG It was so tasty we went through the menu between the 4 of us and every plate was cleaned.
Staff were so friendly and helpful Pat the owner is hilarious and makes everyone feel at home.
The Island itself you can get around it in a couple of hours but we didn't have enough time to do everything we wanted because in Bofin, time is different (throw your watch away) it's Bofin time. Beautiful beaches, outstanding views it's a little bit of heaven on earth.
Do not put this on your Bucket list you will want to go again and again.
Love it.
Sean D
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Diane L wrote a review Apr 2023
Ontario, Canada25 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
You can't beat the warm hospitality and craic at this beautiful well appointed hotel. Proprietor Pat Coyne's sunny disposition no matter the weather will warm your heart rain or shine. In a pastoral setting facing the sea with the bleating of the sheep and gorgeous sunsets you'll be hard pressed to find a more serene, peaceful place to explore. Daily breakfasts, full or mini Irish started the day off right with a dose of laughter provided by the host.
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Date of stay: April 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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finn r wrote a review Aug 2020
5 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Pat and his staff made us so welcome. The restaurant is first class and our bedroom with patio to garden was great. stunning view. We've stayed in all the islands off galway and dolphin house was the best accommodation we've had.
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Thankyounext wrote a review Oct 2021
20 contributions8 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I read the reviews before booking and in hindsight I think overall they were a bit generous. There were pros of course:
Transport to and from the pier provided.
Pat the host makes an effort to engage with all the guests.
The food was delicious.
But that is where the good ends. Given the amount we paid for a 2 night stay off season I was shocked when we saw our room. There literally hasn’t been a penny spent on the hotel since it was built as far as I could see. Tired, worn, run down appearance. The cheapest most basic furniture and thin, transparent curtains. I’d forgive all that though if it was clean which it did not appear to be. The bathroom in particular would not make you feel at ease. Floor tiles lifting. A damp smell. Rust stains trailing below the hand rail, the cheapest shower curtain I’ve ever seen and a rusty rail it was hung on.
Being there off season but not off season prices as I’ve already mentioned left the place feeling completely without atmosphere due to lack of people about; both staff and guests. I wasn’t expecting luxury but I had thought maybe an open fire of a miserable September evening. No such luck. Lights turned off for the season in downstairs toilets and there wasn’t a notion heating of any sort would be turned on. I guess it’s a case of supply and demand. There is huge demand and only a few non self catering options so it seems they don’t have to invest too much as they know they will get custom anyway. Seems to me bofin has benefited from the pandemic and the increased tourism demand for the domestic market and boy have each and every business owner decided to capitalise. The island itself is beautiful and a walkers paradise. But from the lady who appeared at cleggan in a luminous jacket when we returned with her hand out for €6 (no signs on said carpark indicating the charges the day we parked) to the overpriced bar food in the only option on the entire island for lunch (days beach bar) food was lovely but so expensive to the price of the bikes we have definitely been and gone with a feeling of everyone you met were happy to rip you off and move on. So will we be back, probably not. Daylight robbery is not attractive and neither was our grim room for the price!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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bayheads12 wrote a review Aug 2022
Copenhagen, Denmark26 contributions35 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is very poor value for money and the property needs to be maintained and cared for better. The main person working here in June was the owner. He wasn't there when we arrived as he was picking up other people from the boat. We had booked in for two nights plus dinner for 330 euro and thought it would be a nice treat. Unfortunately that wasn't the case and it seems very over priced and not good value for money. The rooms needed to be renovated. The dinner and breakfast were terrible. He disappeared again during dinner so we were not offered desert. We left and went for a stroll and he passed us by in his van with another lot of people for his hotel and self catering options. The owner is plesant but perhaps has lost interest in this venture. Overall not to be recommended.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Janette wrote a review May 2023
3 contributions3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely friendly owner, good breakfast, rooms could do with a little tlc. Views are stunning, location about 15 mins walk from the pier & bars/restaurants. Bike hire just across the road. All in all a lovely stay. Would return if bedroom standards were a little better.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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eelvira wrote a review Sept 2020
Dublin18 contributions17 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our second visit to Pat in The Dolphin and wouldn’t dream of staying anywhere else. Comfort, lovely food, and made to feel so welcome. It’s the icing on the Bofin cake. You are one of the Bofin family and Pat can wizard up whatever is required at the drop of a hat. It’s convenient to the harbour, the fab beaches and walks and the ideal rest for the weary traveller after a day exploring the beautiful island.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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TeriTierney wrote a review Aug 2023
Limerick, Ireland21 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Delighted with the hotel and the service during our stay. Pat was hilarious as he squashed 8 of us into his High Ace van and gave us a great introduction to the island with his sharp wit! The rooms were spacious and clean with a beautiful shower. Breakfast was freshly cooked and tasty. The hotel is 10-15 min walk from the Pier. Beautiful views all around. The ferry crew calmed my anxiety on our return home, when Pat hadn't arrived with our bags and everyone else was loaded. They said he'll turn up with a big smile at 3 minutes prior to departure, and so it was! Got loaded up and departed on time! Gotta admire his laid back approach!
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Date of stay: August 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Monica2012Dublin wrote a review Sept 2020
Dublin26 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Didnt stay here as didnt know about it.

Loved the restaurant -great room, great food and great view. Pat the owner is an excellent host and couldnt do enough to make you feel welcome.

Would highly recommend visiting here !
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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rosemarie_oneill wrote a review Oct 2020
Belfast, United Kingdom69 contributions43 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We only had 24hrs on Inishbofin, but it did about a weeks worth of relaxation. So glad we chose the Dolphin Hotel to stay. It was great to be picked up from the boat and our room was big, clean and comfortable. Really really delicious dinner and breakfast. Kat was great at making us feel welcome, and give us super options for spending a glorious day on the Island.
A very enjoyable stay and I'll be recommending it to all.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Inishbofin
Yes you can bring a dog if it is house trained, clean and sleeps in its own bed. You need to let us know in advance if you are bringing a dog as we only allocate certain rooms for dogs
Maria M wrote a tip Jun 2022
Western Ireland, Ireland32 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"July can be quite busy, so if your looking for a quite time, try earlier in summer or later.."
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Ben W wrote a tip Aug 2021
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure to pay a visit."
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John L wrote a tip Aug 2019
Chelmsford, United Kingdom17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 9 is a big double room upstairs."
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James M wrote a tip Sept 2017
3 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Drink the carlsberg."
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Simonprice2017 wrote a tip Aug 2017
5 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms come with a choice of sea or garden views."
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PRICE RANGE
€132 - €134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
the dolphin hotel inishbofin
LOCATION
IrelandWestern IrelandProvince of ConnachtCounty GalwayInishbofin
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dolphin Hotel Inishbofin
What are some of the property amenities at Dolphin Hotel Inishbofin?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Dolphin Hotel Inishbofin?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Dolphin Hotel Inishbofin?
Yes, secured parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dolphin Hotel Inishbofin?
Conveniently located restaurants include Inishwallah, The Beach - Day's Bar and B&B, and Doonmore Hotel, Bar and Restaurant.
Is Dolphin Hotel Inishbofin located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Inishbofin.
Are pets allowed at Dolphin Hotel Inishbofin?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Dolphin Hotel Inishbofin accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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