More about The Boulevard Guesthouse
Irish hospitality? I don't think so.
The Boulevard Guesthouse in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland provides exactly what one looks for in a bed and breakfast - a bed and a breakfast. The accomodations were clean, and our room was spacious. We had a decent breakfast in the morning.
But the lady who runs the place was quite frosty. We made reservations over the internet and gave her our credit card information to hold the room several weeks before arriving in Ireland - the same way we booked all of the other places we stayed on our trip. We showed up at 7:00 after hiking through Connemara all day (nowhere near a phone), and she was very upset that we had not called to tell her our time of arrival. When we asked about our room, we were met with silence and a stare that could kill. She hinted that she had given our room away. My husband asked if she had. She paused, possibly for dramatic efffect, and finally said, no she still had our room, but was going to give it away if we hadn't have shown up in the next 20 minutes.
The next morning at breakfast, she had the music in the dining room turned up so loud that none of the diners could talk to each other. Someone turned it down lower so that everyone could hear, and she came right back in the room and turned the music up even louder than before. We stayed at 8 different B & Bs in Ireland, and I would rank this one absolutely last, not becuase of the accomodations, but because of the hostess.
Simple and beautiful in fabulous location
My Aunt and I stayed in Westport for one night and found it beautiful. The guesthouse is in an amazing location to centre of town (unlike some of the bigger chain hotels) and the street is generally quiet enough to park right outside for free! As we were only there for one night we didn't get to experience the amazing hospitality that many of the reviews rave about. However, the staff that we came accross were all very friendly and our bedroom was clean and spacious. I would definately stay here again if I was in the area!
Westport itself is small but lovely - we had a fabulous meal in a little place called Twigs bistro and the bars are lively enough.
Very surprised and... disappointed!
Initially e-mail directly with B&B months before trip and requested a specific room....No problem! When we arrived, they had given the room to another couple, who had dropped in for one night and decided to stay three. They put us in another room...and said, we could change in the morning if we desired. I was very surprised, as having traveled throughtout Europe....if a party has a room reserved the "1nighters" would have to move, NOT the arriving party!
About the room:
Sheer curtain in the bathroom (that faced the street)???
Stain pillow cases.....comforter that didn't fit the bed!
Paper thin walls
No rugs on old plank floors...you can hear everything & everyone on all 3 levels!
It's definitely the last time I trust a Rick Steves recommendation!
Steps From the Canal...
My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at this very very nice guest house on a recent cycling trip through Ireland. The owners, John and Sadie Moran, are such wonderful hosts, extremely friendly and very helpful. Their guest house was a perfect place to end a perfect trip. We had a huge room in their lovely guest house, and the garage area was great for our bikes, secure and covered. It opened onto their lovely courtyard area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with the Moran's. They cannot do enough for their guests and are so enthusiastic and warm. It is a wonderful place! Westport is a great city, lots of shops and sights and super restaurants. The Boulevard Guesthouse is situated in a perfect spot, on the canal and off the main street, within walking distance to everything. A truly beautiful location, peaceful and idyllic, steps from the welcoming Boulevard Guesthouse.
Home Away from Home
For the basics, this beautiful home met our high expectations: superb location, great breakfast, and charming room. But our expectations were vastly exceeded by our gracious hosts, John and Sadie, who acted as surrogate parents during our stay. My girlfriend had gotten very sick prior to our arrival. John arranged for and then personally escorted us to a doctor, while Sadie allowed us to stay well past check out as my girlfriend recuperated. They were both kind and generous and exemplified the best attraction in Ireland: its people.
Different, but in a good way
There are a couple reviews of this property that describe run-ins with the owners. I can see how that might happen, but I can also understand all the others who raved about their reception. Sadie has a bit of a way of looking at you that suggests she is trying to decide how this relationship is going to go. Ours started a little slow but we were all best buddies by the time we left.
The rooms are very large and nicely furnished. There is a small sitting room and library on a landing off the stairway with reference and reading materials. Our breakfasts were perfectly prepared by Noreen, and Sadie was very attentive to all of our needs. The canal is across the street and it is a very pleasant 3 minute stroll down the boulevard to the heart of the restaurant and pub action. We had a tough time trying to get into restaurants while we were there on a weekend, but we made a great find of a little Italian called "Mediterraneo" in Brewers Alley across from Matt Molloys.
Westport was one of our favorite Irish stops (with Dingle and Kinsale) and the Boulevard Guesthouse was in the best location. They don't take credit cards, they do want you to call before you arrive, and they don't refresh your room or make your bed during your stay. They have their way of doing things but that isn't so bad.
Untouched service and value.
Stayed for 3 nights at the end of Jan to celebrate my 40th birthday. Everything about the guesthouse was superb, the rooms, breakfast, advice on day's out and above all Sadie, John and Noreen. If you travelled all of Ireland, you couldn't wish to meet nicer people.
I'd recommend Westport to everyone, the people, the pubs and the surrounding scenery is the best I've experienced. Please take advantage of such a great place !!
Simply the best
I stayed at the Boulevard Guesthouse in mid-February, 2007. I would highly recommend staying here. Sadie and John furnish Irish hospitality at its finest. John suggested stunning spots to visit, and even drove with me to the road I needed so I wouldn't get lost. I stay at B&Bs because I like to meet people and learn about their cultures and lives. I found this stay to be the most rewarding and memorable stay yet. John, Sadie and Noreen, I feel fortunate to have met you and shared conversations over breakfast with you. I will be back for a longer stay!
Laurie Morkre, Boulder, Colorado
I was treated like family at The Boulevard!
My stay of four nights at the Boulevard was wonderful!
John, Sadie, and Noreen made me feel extremely at home and treated me the way we all want to be treated: as family.
As I'd heard, the accommodations were clean, comfortable, and attractive. Their location along the river on the mall is close to all of the Westport attractions.
I am an author and was in Westport for research. The helpful advice and direction given by John and Sadie was very appreciated!
One final example: I made the Famine Walk in Southern County Mayo. John graciously drove over 30 km to pick me up and return me to my vehicle.
This is the type of service I received at the Boulevard.
Dry Creek, Louisiana US
Rate: 75EUR 2 persons/night B&B
Location: excellent, just around the corner from the main street of Westport
Reception: very helpful and friendly
Room: Clean and cosy, comfortable bed
Breakfast: Delicious home cooked meal off the menu, very filling and fresh
Also, able to park your car on the street out the front of the guesthouse.