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1. Posted by sophieob (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

I went to Dublin for the day last year and want to take a 2-week tour of Ireland in late August/Sept. The B&B landlady I stayed with said not to book with booking.com if I visited again as they had to pay 18% commision. She also said that as the company is foreign and isn't Irish, the local economy loses this money. Is there a website that I can find a list of B&Bs with phone numbers or email addresses? I'd like to plan my trip then ring round to book my B&Bs.
Thanks for any advice - Sophie:)

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 710 posts) 13w 1 Star this if you like it!

You can try the official Irish tourist office online site at Ireland Tourist Information web site

We have friends who own a B&B and it is a fact that Booking.com takes 18%. We usually use booking.com but when we stay with them, we book with them. If we know the people, we book with them, but if they are strangers, we usually go with the booking.com web site because we know we can cancel and we know the reviews are by people who have stayed there. If we can't use booking.com for some reason (no places where we want to go), we use the local tourist office and have never had a problem with this. They offer local accommodations with photos, addresses and phone numbers as well as email addresses if you have questions. If I email and they don't answer reasonably quickly, I look for another place.

In Ireland you should have no trouble. There are so many B&Bs and most seem to be quite nice. We usually rent houses/cottages, but in Ireland we used only B&Bs and loved all of them. We had a month so spent more time than you will be able. When you open Google Maps, you can check the areas and see how long it takes to get from one to the other. These are optimistic estimates because the roads are a bit slower than one would expect although we had no trouble driving.

Here is a list of all the places we stayed. Perhaps you can use some of them. Don't know where you want to go.

Norely Theyr B&B, Barronsland, Bennettsbridge, Kilkenny (free wifi)
Latitude: 52.576872
Longitude: -7.170982
web site: http://www.bnb-network.com/bed-breakfast/kilkenny/bennettsbridge/norely-theyr.html
phone: +353 (0)56 772 7496

Algret House, Countess Grove, Killarney (free wifi) (Easy walk to town and to the national park; they will arrange local tours for you.)
Latitude: 52.0560
Longitude: -9.5031
web site: http://www.algret.com/
phone: +353 64 6632337

Bunratty Haven B&B, Clonmoney North, Bunratty, County Clare (free wifi)
Latitude: 52.717215
Longitude: -8.830068
web site: http://www.bunrattyhaven.com/
phone: +353 61 708 362

  • The following was our absolute favorite B&B on the entire trip.

Kilbrack House B&B, 2 Woodfield, Barna Rd., Galway City (free wifi) (Great public transportation; they will arrange local tours for you.)
Latitude: 53.260259
Longitude: -9.124017
web site: http://www.bedandbreakfastgalway.net/
phone: +353 91 590802

  • The following was our second favorite B&B with great nearby restaurants

Cillcoman Lodge B&B, Rosbeg, Westport, County Mayo (free wifi)
Latitude: 53.79589
Longitude: -9.55744
web site: http://www.westport-mayo.com/
phone: +353 098 26379

  • The following was a bit shabby chic and very old-fashioned. Definitely need a car here.

Cavangarden House, Cavangarden Ballyshannon, County Donegal (free wifi) (You can have a horse here but it is a bit run down. The setting is lovely and the people friendly.)
Latitude: 54.525702
Longitude: -8.149409
web site: http://www.cavangardenhouse.com/
phone: +353 71 9851365

Cranmor House, Dunderry Rd., Trim, County Meath (free wifi) (Good location for near-Dublin sightseeing.)
Latitude: 53.570330
Longitude: -6.783610
web site: http://www.cranmor.com/
phone: +353 4694 31635

3. Posted by ToddP (Budding Member 26 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Hi Sophie,
Unfortunately this is cost of distribution and like in many sectors the 'big guys' dictate the rules as they have the power.

Suggest to browse in the official tourism Ireland website. Here you will be able to find all approved B&Bs and book them.

https://www.discoverireland.ie/Where-To-Stay/B-Bs

4. Posted by Stefmuts (Budding Member 105 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

I bought a B&B guide at the tourist information in Dublin, it had all the adresses I needed (and more) Ireland has lots of B&B's, we didn't book anything on forehand except first day and last day hotel in Dublin and we didn't have any problems (this was mid september in 2008) , most B&B's had rooms available and the few who didn't we just picked another from the big book

5. Posted by natnatroswell22 (Inactive 36 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

You can try the official Irish tourist office online site at Ireland Tourist Information web site

We have friends who own a B&B and it is a fact that Booking.com takes 18%. We usually use booking.com but when we stay with them, we book with them. If we know the people, we book with them, but if they are strangers, we usually go with the booking.com web site because we know we can cancel and we know the reviews are by people who have stayed there. If we can't use booking.com for some reason (no places where we want to go), we use the local tourist office and have never had a problem with this. They offer local accommodations with photos, addresses and phone numbers as well as email addresses if you have questions. If I email and they don't answer reasonably quickly, I look for another place.

In Ireland you should have no trouble. There are so many B&Bs and most seem to be quite nice. We usually rent houses/cottages, but in Ireland we used only B&Bs and loved all of them. We had a month so spent more time than you will be able. When you open Google Maps, you can check the areas and see how long it takes to get from one to the other. These are optimistic estimates because the roads are a bit slower than one would expect although we had no trouble driving.

Here is a list of all the places we stayed. Perhaps you can use some of them. Don't know where you want to go.

Norely Theyr B&B, Barronsland, Bennettsbridge, Kilkenny (free wifi)
Latitude: 52.576872
Longitude: -7.170982
web site: http://www.bnb-network.com/bed-breakfast/kilkenny/bennettsbridge/norely-theyr.html
phone: +353 (0)56 772 7496

Algret House, Countess Grove, Killarney (free wifi) (Easy walk to town and to the national park; they will arrange local tours for you.)
Latitude: 52.0560

Longitude: -9.5031
web site: http://www.algret.com/
phone: +353 64 6632337

Bunratty Haven B&B, Clonmoney North, Bunratty, County Clare (free wifi)
Latitude: 52.717215
Longitude: -8.830068
web site: http://www.bunrattyhaven.com/
phone: +353 61 708 362

  • The following was our absolute favorite B&B on the entire trip.

Kilbrack House B&B, 2 Woodfield, Barna Rd., Galway City (free wifi) (Great public transportation; they will arrange local tours for you.)
Latitude: 53.260259
Longitude: -9.124017
web site: http://www.bedandbreakfastgalway.net/
phone: +353 91 590802

  • The following was our second favorite B&B with great nearby restaurants

Cillcoman Lodge B&B, Rosbeg, Westport, County Mayo (free wifi)
Latitude: 53.79589
Longitude: -9.55744
web site: http://www.westport-mayo.com/
phone: +353 098 26379

  • The following was a bit shabby chic and very old-fashioned. Definitely need a car here.

Cavangarden House, Cavangarden Ballyshannon, County Donegal (free wifi) (You can have a horse here but it is a bit run down. The setting is lovely and the people friendly.)
Latitude: 54.525702
Longitude: -8.149409
web site: http://www.cavangardenhouse.com/
phone: +353 71 9851365

Cranmor House, Dunderry Rd., Trim, County Meath (free wifi) (Good location for near-Dublin sightseeing.)
Latitude: 53.570330
Longitude: -6.783610
web site: http://www.cranmor.com/
phone: +353 4694 31635

Thanks for the details, tips and suggestions, It'll be a big help for my soon to visit in ireland.

6. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1867 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

I travelled Ireland without booking anything and found lots of B&B about, even staying in a room in a pub in Lurgan.

As said a car is needed. That way you get off the very beaten track that everyone else does. Do be careful of speed cameras, near Dublin, etc.

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