10/10 , we eat in all the restaurants on island and the hotel was very good, food and service was very good. Could not find a fault. Great atmosphere in hotel. The chalets are very clean and shower is very good. Entertainment at weekends.
I’m only recovering now from what was arguably the best weekend of my life. I booked the Aran islands hotel for my wedding which was initially due in 2021, and immediately we saw the quality of the hotel when Niall pro actively got in touch to postpone due to covid. Not only that but he had a number of alternative dates lined-up. He’d clearly held off overbooking on the off chance something might go askew. From here things only got better. We were organizing the wedding from overseas so times were awkward, but that never stopped Niall, he was available by phone or email whenever we needed him, and responsive throughout the planning process. Of course he was able to provide us with suggestions based on other weddings he’s done and these were helpful too in getting us in full planning mode. When it came to the actual wedding, where to start. As soon as you land into Aran it is like being transported to another world. The island itself is magical, my fiancée had never been (trusted my venue selection in fairness) and once we got to the hotel it was clear why. The views, the location, the staff, all incredible for the best and most important day of your life. Pictures try to but don’t do the place justice. Right in front of the hotel is a fantastic beach that is perfect for photos- along the wall you can get some great group shots. Finally onto the staff, and of course our wedding planner extraordinaire Niall. What he couldn’t do for us I’ll never know. He spent more time driving up and down to the pier collecting passengers from multiple ferries, preparing sandwiches as a set of grandparents arrived, he was in behind the bar pulling pints when required. We came to the hotel with a lot of our own ideas, and crucial to the success was Niall’s flexibility. He knows the island, clearly knows weddings on the island, and was a great help in getting the master plan executed. He’s worth listening to! For the rest of the staff we can’t say enough good things. The 3 ladies behind the reception desk provided comic relief to all the guests as they checked in, and were just incredibly polite, respectful and a mix of professional but unreal craic over the weekend, sharing a laugh and joke with everyone who arrived. The bar and restaurant staff had a job on their hands, but made it look easy. Again they felt like they were almost a part of the wedding party by the end of the event. I cannot recommend the Aran Islands hotel enough, from start to finish we’d the best time ever. It is a personal experience that everyone should have for their wedding. Aran Abú Few tips 1. Work with Niall, he’s flexible, open to pretty much anything, knows what works and what doesn’t and is there to help 2. Consider landing in early- we arrived Wednesday and it was great to have all day Thursday to prep so we could greet people arriving Friday 3. Definitely book a 3 night event, for guests it’s 3 nights in Aran, a holiday in itself and you get to have your quiet Friday, fun Saturday, and then day 2 is another event. Most of our guests were down for the 3rd night. 4. Logistics aren’t the easiest thing ever but designate people to bring whatever you need back and forth to the island. In fairness The vendors know the layout (shoutout to Keane’s florist for making the church and marquee look incredible), but if you have any extras we made the mistake of Trying to carry a lot back ourselves. 5. Michael Óg Muldoon has to do the music, he’s local, did our music start to finish, and had the place lifting. 6. When looking at balcony rooms in the hotel book them out for your closest family and friends. The balconies are all attached and it makes for a great time when you can all run around together.…
This day last week we were celebrating my best friends Matthew's wedding. I was allocated a chalet - they are absolute fabulous, only thing missing is a mini-fridge. The staff couldn't have been nicer, shout out to Paddy behind the bar, Brian the chef, Jean (hope I got that right) at reception and Niall the owner. Lovely down to earth atmosphere, wholesome food and great pints of Guinness, etc. I can't wait to go back and check out the rest of the island, hire bikes and go swimming. You won't regret booking nights at the Aran Islands Hotel. Thanks for everything. We had the most memorable stay!
Stayed in a sea view chalet.This was lovely and warm very adequate in terms of a bedroom open plan it contained coffee table 2 armchaand TV. There was ample wardrobe space and a beautiful ensuite. There are tea/coffee making facilities hairdryer and all very conveniently located in the room. There are also two deck chairs with a table outside each chalet should one prefer to sit outside. The food in the hotel was beautiful and the staff and receptionist were extremely kind caring and helpful.
Hotel rang to confirm booking as they had busy wedding .The bar was busy food was beautiful & service was excellent little walk away from Glamping site but worth it main course & sweet was lovely wine was ok not as nice as what you can buy in the spar on island.
We stayed at the Aran Island for 2 nights. Were blessed with gorgeous weather, Inis Mor, Aran island is amazing, beautiful. Can't believe it took me so long to visit. Costs similar to the rest of Ireland
We got a good deal on a midweek break in May. Following online booking I had a number of questions which were promptly answered by Gina. A courtesy bus is provided from the ferry and check-in was straightforward. The balcony room was large and bright. The bed was made of two single beds joined together which left a seam down the 'middle' and was generally quite uncomfortable. Tea and coffee making facilities were provided but there was no welcome pack with any information regarding dining hours, emergency services etc that would normally be found in hotel rooms. There was no housekeeping on day two but adequate towels were provided. The markings on the hot and cold taps had been reversed. Perhaps a previous guest thought that would be funny. Time then to hit the bar for food and drinks. The first thing I noticed was the lack of any sort of lounge seating. The emphasis is clearly on dining and this is probably due to lack of space and demand during peak period. My travel companion had some particular requests regarding the food and Ciara was most obliging as was the chef during our entire stay. The same items were unavailable each night and the 'Home Cut Double Cooked' chips were bog standard frozen. There may be a reason for this, either money saving or due to a shortage of potatoes (In Ireland???) but if you don't have it, don't put it on the menu and if you are going to serve a substitute, tell people so that they can make another choice. It is not untypical that staff are the stars of the show and this was no difference. A special mention goes to Sinead and Ciara who helped to elevate what was otherwise a very average experience.…
So pleased with our short stay in Inis Mor. We got such a warm welcome it was like visiting family! Thanks Sinead! We enjoyed our stay, one point it would have been nice to have a king sized bed, but we do realise the rooms are not too big! Great food and super attention from staff. Really looking forward to a return visit when high season is over!!
Went for dinner with 3 friends took us a while to get served the waiter looked like he was running the place on his own friendly guy shaved head no sign of any the waitresses Our food order came down to e table before our drinks so I asked the waitress to chase up the drinks we were waiting for a while Ordered glass Cabernet it was awful had a bad taste and smell tasted like it was gone off I asked the waitress to open a fresh bottle for me and to have a glass but when it came down it was still very bad I could not drink it the waitress didn’t seem happy that I complained the first time so I didn’t complain a second While up paying for the bill I also noticed other people returning their red wine maybe get a new supplier 7.50 for a pint bottle of bulmers and 8.00 for a glass of bad wine scandalous prices when you get the same cheaper in the other pubs on the island…
My family and I visited the Aran islands with my in laws, 7 of us in total and we stayed between the hotel and the shalets out the back. I could not recommend this hotel enough. It is very clean, close to everything, has lovely views, great food and drink but the real gem of this hotel are the staff. From the pier the bus driver to the receptionist (who only needs to hear your name once to remember it) to the bar & restaurant staff they are absolutely fantastic. Their attention to details for the kids to my older crowd was exceptional. I will definitely be back as it was a wonderful visit & the staff made it for us. The island also was just brilliant- plenty of cycling and sightseeing which was a welcome distraction from everyday living for us all.