The Lonely Planet Castlebar, though part of the Lonely Planet chain of hostels, is really homey. It's run by this adorable man named Pat. The rooms are clean and there's an awesome old-school English garden out back.
Okay, enough of that, here's two really cute Pat stories:
1) When we got there, Pat gave us a price that was half what the lady on the phone said. We wanted to be clear, so we told him what we'd heard on the phone. He said, "Oh, that's mother! She loves to buck it up for you Yanks!" (adorable, no?)
2) When we went to the room, he said, "Will you be needing a single or a double?" We thought he was for some reason asking if we wanted to sleep in one room or two. I replied, "A single's fine." and Pat said, "Okay - young ones. I don't judge!"
He came back with a set of sheets and he said, "Um, the one bed we have for, um, couples is, uh, right about mother's room - so if you could . . . keep it down."
We quickly exchanged our one set of sheets for the SINGLE BED for the two sheets that go on the bunk. We may have been heathen Americans, but we weren't going to engage ourselves in that manner in some youth hostile over a price-inflating old Irish lady.
Landlady Nora Ward has been successfully running this B&B for about 20 years now.
A warm welcome, excellent service, clean rooms with comfy beds, and last but not least a hearty breakfast (Irish or continental) - what else could one wish for?
Devard B&B is approved by the Irish Tourist Board (Bord Failte).
All rooms are en-suite and have electric blankets, coffee/tea-making facilities and tv.
There is parking space, the Spar shop is only 2 doors away (and open till 21.00h daily) and even though situated along the main road to Westport, you don't have to worry about traffic noise.
The B&B is a 30-minute walk (about 2kms) away from the town centre (walk to the roundabout, turn left (Lannagh Road), take the first right and walk straight on).
We wanted to look up some Family history in County Mayo and needed a place to stay, Devard was ideally suited for us, and it was close to everything. This B&B is within walking distance of downtown Castlebar, we walked into town every evening for dinner, and it was nice to be free of the car. All rooms are on the ground floor and are very comfortable, with a tea maker, cookies, hairdryer, electric blankets, TV, and a bathroom with shower.
Devard has off street parking. There are beautiful gardens in the rear of the B&B, and a Sun Room in the front. We spent our evenings sitting in the Sun Room with Nora and her husband the proprietors chatting about our day and what our plans were for the next day. There is a Spar Foodstore just two doors down, great for any odds or ends you need.
The Knock Shrine, Achill Island, Croagh Patrick are all nearby.
A warm welcome awaits you in thier comfortable, non-smoking, spacious home. All bedromms are tastefully decorated with breakfast menu and home baking provided. Our home is Bord Failte Approved and a member of the Town and Country Homes Association. The house is close to the town just off the main Dublin road (N5). Castlebar is a thriving, friendly town, well serviced by good restaurants, lively pubs with traditional music, and the ideal place for a break. Whether you wish to fish, golf, walk or cycle, this area will cater to your needs.
Daly's Hotel was established in 1795 and has been tastefully renovated and refurbished to combine all of what is good from both the old and the new.
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