More about Knockranny House Hotel
Knockranny Spa within the Knockranny hotel is a beautiful spa on the outskirts of Westport town. It has a freshwater pool surrounded by sandstone paving and muted lighting. There are a number of rooms off the pool including a sauna, steamroom, monsoon shower, brine inhalation room, and aromatherapy room. The best thing about it is that the few times I've been there, there has either been no-one else using the facility or one/two other people.
You can pay to use the pool, or it is included within the price of one of the treatments.
Wednesday in Westport
Was at The Legend Of Grainne Mhaol last night (Wed) and it blew me away. This is a musical type show telling the story of Grainne Mhaol, bit like Riverdance but on a smaller scale and I would say from the 2 standing ovations that its a lot more energetic and intimid. Having an interest in the great sea pirate Grace O' Malley this show tells it all. It is suitable for young, teenegers and old. Worth seeing if you're in Westport, Co. Mayo. Saw The Pirate Queen in New York and was disappointed however this amateur local version was unreal
Plenty of time to have a meal beforehand, would recommend for fish specials An Port Mór (award winning) or Mango's, or for pasta the one and only La Bella Vita or Torrino's. Quick bites from O Malleys or Cosy Joes. Posh dining Quay Cottage, The Wyatt, The Plaza or the exc Knockranny Hotel restaurant.
Every 4 star hotel could learn from Knockranny
Spent 2 nights and 1 day at this hotel and cannot say enough good about it. A lot of 4 star hotels could learn from Knockranny and especially from their staff. From the outset, there were professional, helpful, chatty, friendly and could not do enough for you, and that was everyone. Had dinner there one night and it was divine....the lamb maybe had too much fat but that was the only complaint. Breakfast had a good choice, porridge, fresh fruit (none of your tinned stuff), pancakes and full irish....with real clonakilty black pudding. I think though a wider variety could be available if one does not like eggs and a fry. The Spa is heaven, as my appointment had to be moved, I received a gift pack as a thank you....was not expecting that and the facial itself was very good. I loved the relaxation room and everyone should have one at home - if only.... The guy in the piano bar was fabulous to listen to and not at all intrusive. Overall, excellent weekend, excellent standard, excellent staff...would highly receommend this hotel and will be back.
Lovely hotel with friendly staff
We have just returned from a two night stay at the Knockranny House Hotel. The hotel staff were very helpful and friendly. Comfortable rooms and very good food. We had an evening meal in the restaurant and it was very enjoyable and service excellent. We would certainly recommend a stay at this hotel - it was a real treat!
One of the best !!
We were in Westport in April 2006 and spent 2 nights in a suite in the Knockranny House Hotel. The service was perfect. Our room was hugh with a bay shaped sunken seating area. There was a mini sterio unit, a DVD player with a free selection of DVD's at the desk, and flatscreen tv ( a bit small but so what.) The bed was a 4 poster bed with a great mattress. The spa was a bit formal for my taste - but it is quite nice. even thought there is construction in progress @ the back of the hotel, it had no impact on our visit.
Bob and Sue OBrien
New Providence NJ
Well worth a visit
Knockranny House Hotel
The room was clean, well appointed and had all the creature comforts expected in a modern hotel.
Breakfast was good, but the hotel let itself down badly by providing orange juice which tasted like a cheap, powdered, reconstituted effort.
The bedrooms were comfortable, but again, one small detail let the hotel down – the toilet paper was cheap and flimsy!
Dinner in La Fougére restaurant was excellent, offering a reasonable choice of well cooked and well presented foods.
The Salveo Spa was superb. The changing rooms were spotless, the pool, steam rooms and sauna were also clean and comfortable. The sauna has a pipe from which cold water would fall onto the oven stones, but I could find no tap with which to turn the water on! The range of treatments available in the spa was excellent, but for anyone who is planning to pamper themselves, a word of caution – book in advance! We stayed early in April, and the spa was fully booked 24 hours in advance, so don’t leave it until the last minute to book a treatment.
Despite the shortcomings, I’d stay here again next time I’m in Westport.
We have just come back from Westport and thought that the Knockranny House was superb. The staff were fantastic and our room in the tower was lovely. Don't really agree with the comments about the food - top breakfast and the restaurant in the evening was great.
Westport is also very very nice - with some superb restaurants.
We stayed here for a "Gourmet Weekend" in February, including mulled wine on the Friday night, a wine tasting followed by a seven course meal on the Saturday and two nights B&B. The staff here are second to none. They cannot do enough to help but are not overbearing.
We stayed in a standard room and it was clean and spacious but not luxurious.
The evening meal on Saturday was top class but the breakfast on both mornings was average. The breakfasts are pre-cooked and arrive warm instead of hot.
Knockranny is a new build hotel overlooking Westport town. The view from the bar looking at Croagh Patrick is beautiful, few hotels are as well positioned.
A new spa has been added which was spotlessly clean. The pool is small but adequate and never overcrowded. There are wonderful Elemis products in the changing rooms and showers in the spa for guests to use.
I would stay here agian without hessitation.
If you visit Westport be sure to venture to some of the pubs in the town, we went to Moran's (opposite Matt Molloy's) on Friday night - it has a little shop to the front like pubs in the old days and a freindly crowd of locals hanging out there. Most of the pubs in Westport have bags of character. Everyone we met in town was friendly and helpful and we had a great weekend!
Everything was great until we got to our room - it reeked of stale smoke. Housekeeping were aware of the situation (there were 6 rooms that had been smoked in the previous night) but did nothing until we complained. An ionizer was brought in which removed some of the smell but replaced it with a smell somewhat like stale hospitals. Breakfast was disorganised with children running riot. Very disappointed having spent E475 for 2 nights B&B with one evening meal.
Good in parts
My husband and I stayed at this hotel for two nights over St. Patricks weekend. Overall I was quite happy with it. The rooms are lovely and clean. The food is very good and in general the service is very good. The spa is absolutely lovely and was the main reason we booked this hotel.
However, there are some issues the hotel needs to address. While we were having breakfast on our first morning there we noticed that the guests at a number of the surrounding tables seemed to be having trouble with the service. There were numerous complaints to the staff which appeared to yield no results. We felt fortunate that our breakfast was fine and we had no difficulties. Later that same evening at dinner, we witnessed a couple seated next to us wait for nearly an hour to get their starters and then get up and leave in disgust when no food was forthcoming. My husband went for breakfast alone the next morning and again said there was confusion and chaos with mixed-up orders all over the place . Overall the restaurant seemed to be disorganised and poorly run, both at breakfast and dinner, although you couldn't fault the food (when it did arrive) which was superb.
In addition, we were told that there would be live entertainment in the hotel bar on St. Patricks night. Dissapointingly though, it was only the resident piano player who had just moved from the restaurant to the bar. I imagine this is the standard live entertainment at the weekends but we felf it was a bit bland for the night in question and the bar was completely lacking in atmosphere as a result. We had hoped for some traditional ceili music or similar. It's a pity the hotel couldn't have made more effort with their entertainment for St. Patricks night.
No brewer's droop here...
AT THE OLD FARM YARD
IN IRELAND'S WEST....