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Oranhill Lodge 2.5

Oranmore, Galway, Province of Connacht

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Pros

  • Friendly, family-run bed-and-breakfast
  • Five-minute walk to the Oranmore Village, a 15-minute drive to Galway city center
  • Bright, modern rooms with en-suite bathrooms
  • Cozy lounge with DVD library, fireplace, and guitars
  • Free on-site parking and Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Standard Singles Triples are on the small side
  • Some rooms face the road 
  • No elevator in three-story property

Bottom Line

Oranhill Lodge is a friendly bed-and-breakfast off N18 -- the main route connecting Derry and Cork -- and is about a 15-minute drive to Galway city center, and a five-minute walk to Oranmore Village. The seven rooms at this two-and-a-half pearl property are fresh and bright, with modern en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and tea- and coffee-making facilities (unusual in bed-and-breakfasts), though rooms, especially Standard Singles and family-style Triples, are on the small side. Breakfast, included in the room rate, is a real highlight, with an excellent made-to-order full Irish breakfast, or a continental buffet with home-baked bread and scones. The knotty wood floors and furnishings add a homey ambience, and with its private bathrooms and lovely patio area, Oranhill Lodge is good value. But for a local pick with a bit more buzz, check out The Coach House Hotel in the village center.

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Scene

Family-run bed-and-breakfast with knotty-wood interiors and engaging hosts

A private driveway off the main road leads through a set of wrought-iron gates to the family-run Oranhill Lodge -- a large and modern, double-fronted redbrick house set within manicured gardens. The lobby leads to an immaculate lounge with leather sofas and a fireplace, and to the bright, airy breakfast room with an outdoor patio space. Knotty pinewood doorways and floorboards create a homey ambience, while a wooden staircase connects the three floors (there's no elevator). Upstairs another lounge area leads to a small furnished balcony overlooking the garden. The owners of this bed-and-breakfast, Michael and Ann, provide an especially warm welcome to guests, who include families and mature couples from Europe and the United States.  

Location

Off the N18, and 15-minute drive to Galway city center

Oranhill Lodge is located on a quiet street off the busy N18 road that runs between Derry and Cork. It's a five-minute walk to Oranmore Village, with its restaurants and traditional Irish bars, and a three-minute drive or a 12-minute walk to the Oranmore Castle, which overlooks Galway Bay. Galway is a 15- to 20-minute drive. A supermarket is right around the corner from the property, while business travelers will find the Deerpark, Westlink and Oranmore office parks within a five-minute drive of the hotel. Galway Airport and the M6 motorway, which connects to Dublin in two hours. 

Rooms

Bright knotty-pine rooms with en-suite bathrooms and 32-inch flat-screen TVs

The seven rooms at Oranhill Lodge are all well-presented, with modern country-style decor that includes knotty-pine floors and beds, and paintings of Ireland by a local artist. They all include free Wi-Fi, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. En-suite bathrooms are clean and modern, with step-in showers but no tubs. Rooms can be on the small side, particularly the Standard Triple Rooms with multiple beds and the Standard Singles. Some rooms face the road, but road noise is not a problem (though some noise between rooms isn't uncommon).

Features

Excellent breakfast, free parking and Wi-Fi, and a cozy TV lounge

An excellent breakfast, served in the bright and airy dining room, and includes a home-cooked full Irish breakfast with porridge and pancakes, or a continental-style buffet with home-baked breads and scones. A lounge offers comfortable seating on leather couches, an open fire, a TV and DVD library, and even a couple of guitars. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout, and there's also free parking in front of the property.

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Address

Oranhill, Oranmore, Oranmore, Galway, Ireland

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