Old-fashioned Irish Hospitality on the Menu at the Woodstock Hotel
The moment you set foot inside the family-run Woodstock Hotel in Ennis, Co Clare, you are greeted with the warm traditional hospitality that Ireland is renowned for, but which is sadly lacking in many establishments today.
For co-owners, Sean and Elaine Lally, who took over the hotel in November 2016 in partnership with Choice Hotels, the personal touch is hugely important.
“We offer the best of both worlds really. The old-fashioned Irish hospitality of a family-run hotel with friendly local staff combined with all the benefits of being part of a leading international brand. Myself and Elaine spend a lot of time walking around the hotel talking to all our guests, getting to know them, finding out what they like, and what makes them happy. People love that kind of personal attention,” explains Sean.
Having worked in the hotel business for 30 years, it was always Sean and Elaine’s ambition to run their own hotel some day, and they could see that Hotel Woodstock had the potential to become a major player in the mid-West market. The family-friendly hotel boasts 67 modern, spacious bedrooms, and a newly refurbished leisure centre with a 15m pool.
And hospitality must run in the blood as their son Oisin (18), who has just completed his Leaving Cert, plans to pursue a career in hotel management. Daughter Caoimhe (13) has represented Clare in camogie, and won numerous awards and medals in Irish dancing.
Hotel Woodstock is ideally located on the outskirts of the bustling market town of Ennis, with its picturesque winding streets and historical buildings. Known as the Boutique Capital of County Clare, Ennis boasts great shopping facilities and a wide range of cafes, pubs and restaurants. Its location just off the dual carriageway only a 20 minute drive from Shannon Airport has been crucial to the success of the hotel.
Sean notes: “Once the Limerick to Tuam dual carriageway opens, you will be able to drive from Ennis to Galway in only 30 minutes. With occupancy levels and prices very high in Galway, we offer lots of opportunity in terms of location. Guests can stay with us while they visit Galway, European Capital of Culture 2020 or explore the rugged beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way.”
While the hotel is the idyllic venue for any event, Sean and Elaine specialise in small intimate events, such as weddings, civil partnerships, christenings, communions and confirmations, birthday parties and other gatherings.
“We personally look after our wedding couples from the time they book their wedding to the time they leave us as a married couple. We offer a unique free service where our experienced child-minders can take all the children off to the kids club for two to three hours to allow the wedding party enjoy their meal in peace. Many brides and grooms have children now, so this goes down really well,” says Elaine.
Contact Elaine Lally- Hotel Woodstock, Ennis Co Clare – 065 6899800= email@example.com