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Ireland Lodging Advice???

Old Feb 16th 2007, 12:31 pm
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-Spike
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My wife and I along with another couple will be travelling to Ireland for the
first time in the middle of April. I am the type that likes to book all my
lodging ahead of time but the other couple feels we can wing it and book B&Bs by
just showing up the day of. Is this adviseable for this time of year? I hate
the thought of sleeping in the car!

Also do many of the pubs in Ireland offer lodging accomodations like in the UK?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Spike
 
Old Feb 16th 2007, 1:02 pm
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Mjl
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"Spike" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> My wife and I along with another couple will be travelling to Ireland for
> the
> first time in the middle of April. I am the type that likes to book all
> my
> lodging ahead of time but the other couple feels we can wing it and book
> B&Bs by
> just showing up the day of. Is this adviseable for this time of year? I
> hate
> the thought of sleeping in the car!
>
> Also do many of the pubs in Ireland offer lodging accomodations like in
> the UK?
>
> Any help would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
> Spike

On trips to Ireland and Scotland with my wife, I have done the same.
Arranged most of the traveling in advance (partly becasue I was traveling
with my daughters at times), despite being told to do the B & B bit on a day
by day basis by my parents (far more wordly travellers than I). Last Spring
I visited the ancestral home in County Mayo with my mother. We did the B &
B bit and it worked like a charm. B & Bs make the trip much more
serendipidous . My parents have traveled with other couples - sometimes
they cannot get into the same B & B, but they stay at B & Bs that are close
to each other (all B & B owners in an area know each other and are willing
to make these type of arrangements). My mother's MO is to find a B & B, ask
to see the room, and if see is not happy with it, she moves on (but she has
not had to do that too often). In Ireland, if a B & B is hanging the
shamrock sign outside, it is a safe bet that it is a nice place. I would
definitely recommend this approach to your trip. It should add a bit of
charm to your trip. Enjoy!
 
Old Feb 16th 2007, 1:33 pm
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Padraig Breathnach
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Spike <[email protected]> wrote:

>My wife and I along with another couple will be travelling to Ireland for the
>first time in the middle of April. I am the type that likes to book all my
>lodging ahead of time but the other couple feels we can wing it and book B&Bs by
>just showing up the day of. Is this adviseable for this time of year? I hate
>the thought of sleeping in the car!
>
Outside July and August, there is no problem getting accommodation on
the day except, perhaps, in Dublin. I prefer to get sorted before 6.00
p.m. Many B&B proprietors are formally or informally networked, and
can recommend somebody at your next destination, and book ahead for
you.

>Also do many of the pubs in Ireland offer lodging accomodations like in the UK?
>
Not many.

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Old Feb 16th 2007, 2:44 pm
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In article <[email protected]>, Spike <[email protected]> writes
>My wife and I along with another couple will be travelling to Ireland for the
>first time in the middle of April. I am the type that likes to book all my
>lodging ahead of time but the other couple feels we can wing it and
>book B&Bs by
>just showing up the day of. Is this adviseable for this time of year? I hate
>the thought of sleeping in the car!

I've done several tours round Ireland and have never booked lodging in
advance. The only time I almost came unstuck was when partner and I
arrived to find on our first night that nothing was available in Dunmore
East, our first proposed stop, nor in Waterford where we must have asked
at almost every hotel, nor in Dungarvan and all points in between. It
turned out our visit coincided with a bank holiday weekend.

We were beginning to resign ourselves to a night in the car (a VW
convertible), when it started to rain very heavily. Much later, through
the deluge, on our way to Cork, we spotted a small B&B sign and followed
a lane off the main road. Eventually we arrived at a small B&B that had
just one room left. It wasn't the best place we've ever stayed, but we
were thanking our luck all the same.

There aren't any bank holidays mid-April after Easter, so you should be
OK winging it, unless you plan to stay in any nice places such as those
listed here:
<http://www.irelands-blue-book.ie/map.htm>
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Old Feb 16th 2007, 2:47 pm
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Padraig Breathnach wrote:
> Spike <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>> My wife and I along with another couple will be travelling to Ireland for the
>> first time in the middle of April. I am the type that likes to book all my
>> lodging ahead of time but the other couple feels we can wing it and book B&Bs by
>> just showing up the day of. Is this adviseable for this time of year? I hate
>> the thought of sleeping in the car!
>>
> Outside July and August, there is no problem getting accommodation on
> the day except, perhaps, in Dublin. I prefer to get sorted before 6.00
> p.m. Many B&B proprietors are formally or informally networked, and
> can recommend somebody at your next destination, and book ahead for
> you.
>
>> Also do many of the pubs in Ireland offer lodging accomodations like in the UK?
>>
> Not many.
>
We used to book the B&B on the same morning, moving forwards by
distances of about 50-100 kms. We never had any problems outside the
high season.


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Old Feb 16th 2007, 6:29 pm
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On Fri, 16 Feb 2007 14:33:43 +0000, Padraig Breathnach
<[email protected]> wrote:

>Spike <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>>My wife and I along with another couple will be travelling to Ireland for the
>>first time in the middle of April. I am the type that likes to book all my
>>lodging ahead of time but the other couple feels we can wing it and book B&Bs by
>>just showing up the day of. Is this adviseable for this time of year? I hate
>>the thought of sleeping in the car!
>>
>Outside July and August, there is no problem getting accommodation on
>the day except, perhaps, in Dublin. I prefer to get sorted before 6.00
>p.m. Many B&B proprietors are formally or informally networked, and
>can recommend somebody at your next destination, and book ahead for
>you.

II had a good deal of trouble finding accomodations in Dublin and in
Galway city even 2 weeks in advance. There was a trip in mid June. I
also noticed that when we got to Galway city, there were "No Vacancy"
signs everywhere.

In the countryside, we didn't make reservations in advance and had no
problem at all.
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Old Feb 17th 2007, 10:36 am
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Thanks to all who responded to my original post here. We have decided to wing
it in the country and make reservations in Dublin.

Again Thank you very much!

Spike
 
Old Feb 17th 2007, 11:45 am
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Alan S
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On 17 Feb 2007 03:36:50 -0800, Spike <[email protected]>
wrote:

>Thanks to all who responded to my original post here. We have decided to wing
>it in the country and make reservations in Dublin.
>
>Again Thank you very much!
>
>Spike

We used www.goireland.com successfully by dropping in on
public libraries and using the net to book a day or two
ahead. We stayed in a mixed range of B&Bs at excellent
prices in Waterford, Killarney, Clare and Limerick.

Quality varied (from rooms you could play tennis in to ones
where you couldn't swing the proverbial cat:-), prices were
cheap, breakfasts were marvellous and you got to meet people
at breakfast to chat to about the area.

Much better than hotels (and certainly better than the
Dublin Airport Regency) but you have to be prepared for
occasional surprises.

Cheers, Alan, Australia
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Old Feb 17th 2007, 1:31 pm
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"Spike" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Thanks to all who responded to my original post here. We have decided to
> wing
> it in the country and make reservations in Dublin.
>
> Again Thank you very much!
>
> Spike


Here's the best advice I can give you for Dublin - for possibly the best
pint of Guinness in the world go to John Mulligan, see

http://www.mulligans.ie/origin.html
 

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