...stuff like shampoo/soap?! washcloths?! a TV bigger than 12" screen?! are you kidding me!
... reservations (confirmed by phone) mysteriously disappearing when you arrive... your room not being ready because the previous tenant hasn't left yet and no solution offered by front desk...
... paying for full breakfast and getting only continental ...
... rooms booking via "travel sites" that end up being the worst one in the place which is why they were cheap (like my uncle discovered when his feet dangled off the bed and he's only 5'10")... so beware! Don't assume same level of service as your used to in N.A.
visa may be everywhere you want to be but their transaction machines don't seem to work!
(could it be that the merchant doesn't want to pay the credit card vig?)
had this happen more than once (fortunately we learned to carry cash just in case)
The 'Celtic tiger' is the name given to the so-called economic miracle which existed for about 10 years up to the stock market crash of 2008. It made Ireland one of the most expensive places to visit in Europe.
Prices have dropped a little, but this warning is more about the hotel sector.
It is widely predicted that during 2009 at least one hotel a week will permanently shut it's doors. These will often be quite smart three and four star places that have only be open a couple of years. Many were products of the boom times - built more on tax breaks and expectation rather than anything else.
My advice is to book into larger chains or long established hotels to ensure a greater chance of it still being a hotel when you get there.
So what will happen to all these places ? The smart money is on them being turned into old people's homes - someone out there will make another fortune.
If you are from the US, don't bring $100 bills. They will not change them.I was told this has to do with fear of them being counterfeit. A few banks will change a $100 bill if it has the old design( With the smaller face on it) Traveler's checks can be a pain too. I would just use your ATM. You will also get the best exchange rate this way.
While I am on the subject of banks and changing money, I saw something I thought was pretty cool in the Burren region. A "traveling bank" This is a large truck that is a bank and they visit the smaller towns that don't have a bank in the immediate area. Great idea.