Carna Bay Hotel

3 Star

Galway, Connemara


Hotel description

Located amidst the wild splendour of Connemara, owned and managed by the Cloherty family, their friendly team will ensure your stay is a memorable one. You'll find that most of the rooms have scenic views. We offer a babysitting service and our own laundry facilities. Pets are very welcome with notice and their own bed.

Check In From

3:00 pm

Check Out Up To

12:00 pm

Cancellation Description

Once you cancel your booking up to 48 hours prior to arrival you will not incur a cancellation fee from the hotel. Cancellations that are made within 48 hours prior to arrival and no shows at the hotel will be charged the 1st night of the stay to your card. Please note that your booking deposit is non refundable.

Travel Description

From Galway take the N59 (the Galway-Clifden road), pass though Recess and turn left onto the R340 to Carna. Alternatively, from Westport come down to Leenane, then along Killary Harbour, and on until you come to the Inagh valley turning, turn left, down the valley, right at the bottom onto the N59, then left onto the R340 to Carna. Keep your camera ready as this is one of the most spectacular drives in Ireland.

Area Description

Visit local historic sites, take a boat out to MacDara's Island to visit Irelands last surviving Island Oratory, or enjoy the splendour and serenity of Kylemore Abbey. Visit the local boatbuilding yards, the creators and builders of the unique and historical Galway Hooker.

Hotel Restaurant
  • Breakfast served
  • Dinner served
  • Lunch served
  • Vegetarian options
Hotel Children Facilities
  • Baby listening service
  • Baby sitting service on request
  • Cot available on request
Hotel Bar
  • Bar food menu
  • Fully licenced Bar
  • Food served from 12 noon
Hotel Guest Services
  • Wireless internet in areas
  • Non smoking hotel
  • Ok for pets with notice
  • Breakfast served to your room
  • Complimentary WIFI access available
  • Laundry facility
  • Wifi access in public areas
  • Baby sitting on request
  • Free car parking
  • Babysitting service
Hotel Venue Entertainment
  • Christmas parties
Things To Do In The Area
  • Boat trips
  • Walking trails
  • Local sightseeing
  • Local restaurants
  • Go to the beach
  • Golfing
  • Hill walking
  • River fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Lakes
  • Sea fishing

Reviews for `Carna Bay Hotel`

Pablos scored 5 / 5 on 24/10/2017

Had a lovely one night stay in this hotel. The room was fine and had all amenities. The weather wasn't good but had no problem with the wifi. Breakfast was lovely as were the staff. The hotel is being upgraded and has lovely new curtains and carpets. A good base for a trip to Connemara. Hope to stay again.


Bren scored 4 / 5 on 01/12/2015

A lovely family run hotel in the rural and rustic retreat of Connemara. We had a very pleasant stay here albeit very short. The breakfast was just what the doctor ordered after partaking in the local hospitality the night before! was only staying the one night but on my experience would certainly recommend the place.


Larry scored 3 / 5 on 05/10/2015

As stated this is a small family run hotel. Rooms a little small although very clean and comfortable. Staff extremely pleasant. Lovely breakfast. Excellent base for exploration of south Connamara. Although we thought the restaurant prices a little high for the fare available we would stay there again.


Christine scored 1 / 5 on 15/06/2015

This hotel is the worst hotel I have stayed in throughout Ireland. I take four to five small breaks a year in Ireland visiting various places and hotels. The Carna Bay Hotel was filthy and had a constant stench in the hallways and in particular dining room and bar. The food had a lot to be desired, with old fashion menu but regardless of that, the food was not cooked properly. We had booked in for three nights but left the hotel after the second night. I would not be recommending Carna Bay Hotel to anyone.


Roisin scored 4 / 5 on 25/05/2015

The welcome was warm and friendly our rooms were of a high standard with all you needed. If i was to find fault i would say the bar area needs painting the doors were very shabby and the whole room or rather two rooms needed painting and sorting. The food was brilliant our evening meal was just delicious and the breakfast all you could ask for. Our visitors enjoyed it and I hope next year my husband and i will go back for a two or three night break.


Nellie scored 2 / 5 on 16/07/2014

Made feel very welcome by owner who was very involved and hands on confirming the benefits of a small family run hotel. Wi-Fi poor breakfast lovely- home made scones a treat


Joseph scored 3 / 5 on 04/07/2014

We had a great weekend in the carna bay hotel the staff were great and very helpfull. We would re visit the hotel again.


Richard scored 3 / 5 on 21/05/2014

fantastic stay in the carna bay hotel , room was very comfortable food was beautiful we would stay there again


Trevor scored 5 / 5 on 23/04/2014

Nice clean, friendly family run business. Food was super and a reasonable price. Decor is a bit dated but it's quite reasonable to stay here. We got booked on a bank holiday for €39 b&b which was good value. The place is spotless, and very welcoming. Wifi available, will definately be back for a visit in the near future.


Anna scored 2 / 5 on 29/08/2013

Very disappointed on arrival to see how old and dingy this hotel was. Was expecting something more up-to-date.its not that scenic an area either much better scenery to be found a short drive away. Having said that I got a wonderful nights sleep in the hotel as the area is so quiet. Terrible old mattress on the bed also and the kettle was so brown inside. It can be used as a base for exploring Connemara but I wouldn't recommend it as first choice! Staff were excellent very friendly and the food was brilliant no complaints there. Just the overall look of the hotel and rooms, badly in need of a makeover. Would definitely not book this hotel again or recommend it either.


Una scored 3 / 5 on 09/06/2013

Homely. Basic accomodation. No scenic view.


Sanziana scored 4 / 5 on 21/05/2013

We had a wonderful time during our stay, and the food at their restaurant was just excellent! I strongly recommend the chowder :) Very welcoming staff!


T scored 4 / 5 on 02/11/2012

Stayed in the hotel for three nights. Remote and beautiful. No sea views though which was disappointing as this was one of the reasons i had booked. Beautiful beaches nearby though. Fabulous scenery and many beautiful places to visit. Hotel is on the shabby side, but very clean with lots of hot water. The food was great.,We toured a lot and it served the best fish dishes we found, hake, crab, black sole etc. Would recommend for a real get a way from it all holdiay. Very relaxing. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The negatives were very minimal comapred to the many positves.


Harry scored 1 / 5 on 31/10/2012

This has to have been one of the least pleasant hotels I've stayed in for a long time. It's difficult to image how any of the rooms at the front of the hotel could have a "scenic view" as they all over look the car park, the road and the houses opposite. I can't speak for the rooms at the rear of the hotel as I didn't see these. The hotel is basically shabby compared to the hotels I've stayed in recently. The carpets are old, the paint work is scuffed and the place has an old smell to it. We only ate in the bar once because the meal we were served was very poor. I had a BLT with no lettuce; but 3 layers of soggy toast. My wife's open salmon sandwich was served on a brown scone instead of bread. The cooked breakfast was also of poor quality with sausages that just tasted of salt and nothing more. The room itself was basically clean if you ignored the run down state of the furniture. There were only 3 TV channels available, none of them Irish (unless you count UTV), Down in the bar they were showing RTE; but this was not available in the room. The shower ran at a reasonable volume and temperature; but then would switch to scalding hot with no warning. The hotel description said free wifi - it's free for 10 minutes a day after which you have to pay for it.


Maria scored 5 / 5 on 24/09/2012

we stayed in this hotel for 2 nights,the staff are very friendly and helpful,the food is excellent,if you want a good nights sleep in beautiful countryside this is the best place,you get the real connemara experience.would give it 10 out of 10..


Barbara scored 3 / 5 on 24/09/2012

Stayed for one night 15th Sept . Lovely stay very friendly food good . Perfect place for touring Connemara ,


Sean scored 4 / 5 on 17/09/2012

Although the hotel was very isolated, for anyone wishing to have a quiet break it was wonderful. The hotel itself was very nice 4 out of 5. The food was excellent 5 out of 5. The staff were warm and friendly 5 out of 5, overall 4.75 out of 5. Note it may not be everyone up of tea in terms of the isolation. And as for value from lidl Brilliant.


Niall scored 5 / 5 on 10/09/2011

We had a great mid week break at the Carna Bay Hotel. The staff were fantastic and very kind and polite the food was 10 out of 10 and we really enjoyed it. We will most certainly return there in the future. The Hotel is perfect for exploring the west of Ireland Niall and Karen Cork, Ireland.


Pelo scored 4 / 5 on 31/08/2011

Excellent food at very reasonable prices. Friendly staff. Great to have a hotel where dogs are welcome. Good clean rooms and hotel in general. We'll definitely be back.


Martina scored 5 / 5 on 23/08/2011

This hotel really surprised me. When I arrived in the tiny village in Conemara I didn't expect so much choice on the menu or such nice surroundings. The hotel was lovely the food was great. The staff were lovely most helpful. The entertainment in the bar was fantastic. A perfect place to stay


Caroline scored 4 / 5 on 21/08/2011

I had an absolutely wonderful nights sleep here staff were super friendly and the breakfast was beautiful


Lynne scored 4 / 5 on 28/07/2011

My mother and I have just enjoyed a two day break at the Carna Bay Hotel which was traditional and comfortable - the staff were very friendly, helpful and courteous and most were local which made the experience even more authentic. The food was plentiful and traditional. I had an excellent plaice stuffed with salmon and king prawns.Other guests were making appreciative comments about their food. Sadly my mothers 'roast of the day' - pork was unpalatable, she was offered an alternative but declined. When checking out we were reimbursed for the main course which was much appreciated. Would recommend for a peaceful break in the heart of beautiful Connemara.


Suzi scored 5 / 5 on 06/07/2011

the hotel was warm and welcoming. our room was lovely and clean. the bar was too dark. the food and menu needs to be updated, although the service was very friendly you did feel that you were left too long between courses. breakfast was far better in a very light and airy room, the service was very friendly.


Dermot scored 5 / 5 on 02/07/2011

Everything was as described excellant value, very pleasant staff, comfortable room , three star


Martina scored 3 / 5 on 11/06/2011

We had a lovely time at the Carna Bay Hotel last weekend, 4th - 6th June. Granny, Mom and two teenage children. It's a lovely homely hotel, the staff were very courteous and helpful and the food was delicious. The hotel is close to two fabulous sandy beaches and the locals are very friendly too. If you want a quiet break away from it all, this place is for you. It's perfect for touring around beautiful connemara, the scenery is something else! As it was a Lidl break, it was also very reasonable and great value for money!!


Cathal scored 4 / 5 on 18/01/2011

We spent one night here recently. The staff were very welcoming, friendly and helpful which makes a stay so much more enjoyable. The food was excellent and plentiful. The surrounding area is spectacular. The accommodation is basic but clean. I will be returning and would definitely recommend the hotel to friends and family. Overall it was very good value for money.


Mary scored 5 / 5 on 12/01/2011

unfortunatly owing to a broken ankle I could not go away for weekend but I hope to go at another time


Adrienne scored 5 / 5 on 04/01/2011

Great value. Staff very friendly and helpful. Hotel cosy. Excellent value.


William scored 4 / 5 on 19/11/2010

Visited the Carna Bay Hotel on the 12th Nov. for two nights. Got there between 8pm and 9pm. Given a very warm welcome by Mary and met her son Michael the following morning. Hotel not very busy this time of year but given the full bar menu to choose from as the restaurant was not open . Food was really good and the amount left nothing wanting. Staff were very helpfull and were given everything requested. There are, from time to time, items of interest which do not appear obvious by staff which need attention unless they were staying in the room and these have been conveyed to the management. These were minor. An example of two is the difficulty in locking the bedroom door from the inside. Another is a blocked shower rose head which would not become apparant unless you were a guest. None the less I would recomend this hotel and I would have no hesitation in returning. Lidl breaks speaks for themselves. Its a no brainer. Really good.


Catherine scored 3 / 5 on 04/11/2010

I thought the hoiel was very comfortable. the staff were the freidliest staff I have ever met in any hotel. They could not have done more for me or my husband. kudos to colum in the Bar and Heidi and to the ladies that made breakfast!. The overall experience was great value for money. I woul d definitely recommend the Carna Bay Hotel for anyone who wants to get away from everything. Catherine & Peter Mooney Rahtfarnham Dublin 16


Jack scored 4 / 5 on 27/10/2010

My partner and I had a very enjoyable two night stay here over the October holiday week-end. food was lovely and staff were very warm and friendly. We were upgraded to a larger room on the second night and the lidl brek special odffer is fantastic value.All in all a very relaxing and pleasant stay


Nuala scored 3 / 5 on 12/10/2010

I spent a faboulus weekend in the Carna Bay Hotel recently. The atmosphere was really warm and friendly, the rooms clean and comfortable and I got the impression if I'd requested anything, anything at all, the management would have done all in their power to comply. Definately recommend this hotek. Nuala (Co Wicklow)


Eric scored 3 / 5 on 26/09/2010

Friendly family run hotel,good food,small rooms,dinner served in bar, breakfast in large bright dining room Why?? Hotel decor rather dated, For some isolated location.


Tony scored 4 / 5 on 22/09/2010

nice hotel, the one negative thing i would say is that the room was a bit cold on saturday evening


Mary scored 4 / 5 on 13/09/2010

We just stayed 1 night , the room was small but very clean and the bed was very comfortable. The staff were very friendly &helpful. The evening meal was plentiful and very very good as was breakfast. Would definetly go again.


Dolores scored 2 / 5 on 26/08/2010

We found the staff very helpful and pleasant. The hotel overall was reasonably satisfactory. Breakfast had a great selection. Unfortunately there is nothing to do in the evening. Once you get back in the evening there is only tv. We booked for 3 nights and would suggest one would be enough. LIDL Breaks are fantastic and we have suggested them to a number of friends. Some of them have booked weekend breaks already.


Marian scored 5 / 5 on 02/07/2010

we really enjoyed our overnight stay in the carna bay hotel the room was very comfortable and the food was excellent


Gerry scored 3 / 5 on 30/06/2010

could do with a face lift. The food and the staff were fantastic. lovely snenary


Dolores scored 5 / 5 on 29/06/2010

We had a wonderful time in Connemara.The Carna Bay Hotel was excellent, all the staff were so friendly and helpful and so kind to our twenty month old grandaughter, the food wasvery good, and we would like to visit again soon



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