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The Moorings Guesthouse

Main Street, Portmagee V23 RX05 Ireland
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#2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Portmagee
2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
Nestled into the picturesque seafront of Portmagee, the Moorings Guesthouse overlooks the village's busy working harbour. Just a 30 second walk from the pier, where boats leave for the Skelligs every morning, and right at the heart of village life, there's simply nowhere more convenient to base yourself when you stay in Portmagee. Offering 16 rooms in total, the owners have created a calm and surprisingly luxurious ambience through the use of traditional yet contemporary furnishings with crisp, clean lines of soft ivory against vibrant reds. The Moorings strive to deliver personal, attentive service while matching the very best standards in efficiency and attention to detail that you've encountered elsewhere. Room facilities include direct-dial telephone, satellite TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, iron and ironing board, ensuite marble bathroom with power shower, bath, hairdryer and Gilchrest & Soames toiletries. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout the guesthouse and there is free car parking for guests. There's nothing more endearing than knowing that some of the Hollywood's biggest movie stars like Mark Hamill and Director J.J Abrams have visited the sleepy village of Portmagee, and even sat in the Bridge Bar local pub where Mark Hamill poured a pint of Guinness behind the bar. The Moorings was home to the pre-production team of the Star Wars VII movie and you can visit the room where all the magic took place and listen to the stories told by the staff. The Moorings is open all year round. Great food served all day with traditional music at weekends. Trips to Skellig Michael can be arranged and packages are available from April to September. Cois Cuain gift shop is open from March to January. The Moorings is located in a fishing village with a working harbour, post office, general store, coffee shop, bar, restaurant overlooking Valentia Island. The Moorings received a platinum award for green hospitality in 2013. They have introduced a 'Green' package which offers two nights B&B in The Moorings Guesthouse, a guide to a wildlife shore search and a special '30 mile' menu where all main ingredients are sourced within a 30 mile radius.
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Lor2ies wrote a review Today
Ireland19 contributions1 helpful vote
Room pretty basic, no sea views available. Booked 2 nights, Sunday and Monday night at a cost of €240 for both of us for room and breakfast only. Purchased meals that evening , was ok, was nice to eat in and have a drink afterwards inside. When we went to bed, the mattress seem very soft until I realized the springs were gone in the mattress so I had to move to the smaller bed, not a good start for a couple of days away. Next evening at another average meal I mentioned it to the, I am guessing either the owner or the manager about the bed. He suggested another room. After the meal we went up more steps to another room, again no sea view and again springs gone in the mattress. He took us to another room, along another hallway, and that bed was ok, but too many steps to get to it as I had a injured knee and my partner has mobility issues. We finally told him its ok we'll keep the room we had as we were leaving next morning anyway and too much hassle to move stuff. Went to bed that night and was woken at 6.45am by a fire alarm. We looked out the hall and window and saw no smoke or anyone else. So we quickly dressed and went to the tiny lobby only to be told it was a false alarm!!! Now there wasn't many in the hotel on the Monday night, I do not understand why they did not ring the room to let us know??? So we had to wait until 8am for breakfast and the alarm still rang until 7.45am outside our room. After breakfast we went home, wouldn't recommend. Good things was the location for a visit to Valencia Island and breakfast in the morning, which was very good. Staff were friendly. Even the cocktails I ordered did not have a real orange slice but a dried one....
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: A lot of stairs to climb, no elevator. Test beds before accepting the room
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Rachelle Z wrote a review Yesterday
13 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed here for one night. Great set up, despite COVID restrictions. Unfortunately the Skelligs Landing tour was cancelled, due to the OPW not getting organised in time, but we still had a lovely stay. Making us feel very warm and welcome. Thank you!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Claire C wrote a review 20 Jun
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It’s a lovely family-run guesthouse / hotel overlooking the water in scenic Portmagee. Very friendly staff and cosy atmosphere. We highly recommend the breakfast and we will most definitely be back ! :)
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Katie M wrote a review 10 Jun
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We stayed at The Moorings guesthouse on the June bank holiday. When we arrived we felt so welcomed. It was very clean and the service and food was amazing. I will definitely be going back to The Moorings. Thank so much Gerard. Katie
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Aoife H wrote a review Oct 2020
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Really enjoyed our stay! It was clean and the staff were very friendly and all covid precautions in place and felt very safe! Really good value and the food was delicious! Could not fault the guest house
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$108 - US$187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Moorings Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to The Moorings Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Skellig Ring Scenic Drive (4.8 km), Skelligs Chocolate Co. (5.0 km), and Geokaun Mountain and Cliffs (3.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Moorings Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Moorings Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Moorings Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Moorings Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include O'Neill's The Point Seafood Bar, Bridge Bar The, and The Moorings Restaurant.
Is The Moorings Guesthouse located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Portmagee.
Are there any historical sites close to The Moorings Guesthouse?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Slate Quarry (4.6 km).
Does The Moorings Guesthouse have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.