Fodor's Expert Review The Quay House

The Quay, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland Fodor's Choice

Nineteenth-century time travelers would feel right at home in this three-story, town center Georgian house, Clifden's oldest building (1820) that once housed the harbor master. The ancestral portraits, mounted fish, Victorian engravings, and cosseting fabrics all lend a frozen-in-amber allure. It's made all the more homey by touches like model boats and, alas, a few too many animal-skin rugs. A roaring turf fire in the living room greets you as you enter the burnished breakfast room, while the nearby terrace has been gloriously sheathed in glass for a conservatory feel. The peaceful setting by the harbor quay ensures a good night's sleep and the guest rooms are unusually spacious; those in the main house are imaginatively decorated with deep-color walls and wonderful period accents; all but two have sea views. There's also a new wing with seven studio rooms with balconies overlooking the harbor.

PROS

  • fetching decor
  • quiet location
  • harbor views

CONS

  • uphill walk into town
  • rooms in new wing less attractive than those in the main house
  • you'll need to book well in advance

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Views
Casual
Countryside
Design
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 095-21369

HOTEL DETAILS

14 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–mid-Mar.

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