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The Ellison - Formally The Harlequin Hotel

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by Mille on Oct 16 2018 12:31

It was fabulous hotel, staff so mice and food was top class would recommend it to everyone

by Donal and Cindy on Jul 31 2018 17:48

my self and my wife stayed here on friday 27th july for my wifes birthday and what a fab time we had,from the absolutley fantastic Lisa who checked us in to Arthur in the restaurant,they were just top class,i would highly recommend this hotel to anyone,we will be back Donal and Cindy,Galway

by Kenny085 on Jan 16 2018 22:05

Fabulous hotel, great staff & breakfast. Fantastic value for money. Great rooms & a comfortable bed.

by Sophia on Jan 9 2018 11:32

Charming boutique hotel. Rooms are tastefully decorated and comfortable. Breakfast and dinner were tasty and of high standard. Highly recommend.

by JD on Nov 9 2017 14:50

We had a fantastic time at the Harlequin Hotel. All aspects of our stay went incredibly smoothly - from check-in to check out. I had worried that the great deal we'd got through BargainBreaks was too good to be true but everything was perfect. 10/10!

by NOC on Nov 2 2017 10:28

Overall a nice stay: Room was Lovely and very clean. Reception staff are great. Located just across from a lovely park by the lake and very close to everything. Perfect Location. I did have terrible experiences in the bar/restaurant though. Never seen such a disorganised spot. Every table filthy, piles of glasses stacked up at the bar. Staff were not very good, bit rude at times. Arrived for dinner and gave my room number and girl struggled to find a table that was clean, eventually sat us down and we had to set our own table with knifes and forks etc (same happened for breakfast) and they didnt even bother to help. Dinner was just dropped in front of us and the server just ran off. Dinner was tasty but the cereal bowl of milky defrosted veg was a bit of a turn off. Ordered an Irish Coffee after dinner. 15mins later no sign, was asked my room number and told it was on the way, 10 mins later no sign, again Im asked my room number, girl checks on it to make sure it is being made, 10 mins later.... it is not being made at all, I get up to leave and Im called back and asked my room number for the 4th time to settle the bill. €6.50 for a warm glass of white wine mmm Sadly this did put me off staying again but the rest of the stay was very nice.

by Caroline on Apr 27 2017 09:51

Lovely hotel, 3rd time staying there, staff very helpful and friendly

by ELEANOR HACKETT on Apr 26 2017 16:11

a great hotel with ease of access, friendly staff, free wifi and carpark. Our room was lovely and spacious . We were returning customers and will certainly be back again. would certainly recommend this hotel

by Martin McAnaney on Feb 21 2017 12:24

Hotel was fine , would stay there again. the one draw back was the staff in the restaurant were not at all friendly. Otherwise a fine hotel well located and very reasonably priced.

by geraldine curran on Oct 27 2016 10:31

the hotel was lovely, not far from the centre of town. the food was great and the room was spotless. will def go back to this one.

by TOM /MARY FLANAGAN on Sep 12 2016 14:05

Fantastic stay and beautiful dinner, more than we could have expected, I wish it was longer, will go again sometime. Many Thanks, Tom and Mary

by bernie morris on Sep 8 2016 20:40

Food good and rooms nice, dissapointed with bar and dining room.

by Tim on Apr 26 2016 11:08

We found the hotel to be excellent. All staff were friendly and co-operative. Our room was very good. Food was very good. Hotel location across from the park was a great bonus. No concerns at all - we will be returning ! Rgds, Helen and Tim.

by Korky on Apr 3 2016 11:54

Good experience, nice getaway for Good Friday.

by Honoria on Feb 24 2016 19:49

Recently stayed two nights. Nice hotel with very helpful staff. Room very nice and comfortable. Breakfast and dinner very impressed. Lobby is too open and very cold in sitting near the doors - but it is a small lobby. Overall very enjoyable stay and would recommend the hotel.

by reviewer39208632 on Feb 24 2016 10:50

Beautiful hotel,the staff are all very helpful and friendly.Food was great.We really enjoyed our stay.

by Get O Malley on Nov 24 2015 20:34

Beautiful hotel ,staff couldn't do enough for u ,the breakfast was lovely. But the dinner I was nt impressed with, other than that I couldn't fault it

by Ina Fridenberga on Oct 21 2015 09:41

Was very nice staff, lovely food and atmosphere. Thank you from Co. Monaghan family.

by bronagh wheeler on Oct 20 2015 18:03

Really warm elegant hotel with on site free parking handy to shops. Dinner was delicious with friendly efficient service. I loved the decor throughout znd very helpful staff . Thank you

by mary on Jul 15 2015 18:05

Comfortable rooms, lovely staff, food was delicious :) good value for money

by Eileen on Apr 21 2015 12:24

Stayed here last Saturday night and it was superb. The Hotel Receptionist was very welcoming and the room was spectacular. We had dinner also which was very good and I would recommend anyone who wants to stay in Castlebar to stay here, simply fantastic. The only thing missing was the swimming pool but other than that very nice.

by Peter and Patricia Clerkin on Apr 3 2015 14:04

I stayed at the Harlequin Hotel on the 31/03/2015 the girls on the desk were very nice and and the breakfast was first class a very good place to stay if going to a show in the TF as its just next door to the hotel will stsy here again

by Aidan Kenny on Feb 21 2015 17:49

Very enjoyable stay.Close to all amenities and town centre.Staff very efficient and friendly.Ideal location for shopping also with free car parking for residents.Would highly recommend.

by Sheila on Feb 10 2015 12:08

Lovely Hotel stayed 1 night if I am in Castlebar again I will certainly stay here.

by Kathleen Hickey on Aug 10 2014 20:30

Excellent Hotel. Great Location everything in walking distance including Bus Eireann to take you around Mayo. Hotel is very comfortable,rooms are spacious and very pleasant. Breakfast is very good with a wide selection of food. We had diner which was very good and of course Staff were excellent. Would highly recommend this Hotel

by mary dowling on Jul 25 2014 15:15

mary d carlow stayed 3 nights here and will definately be back.lovely bright and clean hotel with friendly staff.

by mary m. co kerry on Jul 1 2014 23:15

location excellent, welcome very courteous . room was spotless, breakfast plenty choices, staff very pleasant at all times, thanking you ,will return,

by reviewer12072028 on Jun 4 2014 10:36

very good 5 star

by jacqs on May 28 2014 00:38

this hotel is okay if you want to stay in castlebar, not too far from town, very bright and clean, has a car park, dinner was amazing but breakfast was disappointing but then thats a personal opinion because i dont eat fried food.....we stayed elsewhere the previous night and had scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on the same deal....i was happy

by Tom on Apr 29 2014 13:46

Very happy with our stay.

by Jimmy on Apr 24 2014 22:50

We stayed for two nights it was perfect the food was great and the staff were very helpful it was just a great hotel to stay in would recommend it.

by Rosemary Quinn on Apr 1 2014 11:39

Enjoyed our stay in Harlequin Hotel. Great location, very comfortable bedrooms, staff pleasant and helpful. We thought that the breakfast was good, the food freshly cooked and a nice range of fruit and breads. The only quibble we would have is the carpark. We overshot the hotel (could be better signposted!) and had trouble identifying how to approach the car park. Perhaps the hotel could post a map identifying how to approach and access the car park?

by mary barr on Jan 28 2014 18:11

great hotel and staff very friendly

by eugene kennedy on Dec 3 2013 11:35

I certainly would have no complaints about the Harlequinn. The room was very comfortable and the staff friendly and helpful. The underground parking is also a big plus. Will definitely stay there again.

by James on Dec 2 2013 10:47

Had a good stay here. Very pleasant looking hotel, the staff are friendly. The food was above average and the bed comfortable. Really good value overall. My only complaint is that the room heating was on too high and we were uncomfortably warm.

by Rebecca Morris on Nov 9 2013 19:42

Excellent stay.staff were friendly and helpful and the breakfast was my highlight. Well recommended

by claire on Nov 5 2013 21:04

i must say it was a fab place to stay the staff were all so nice food was very good and the room was cosy and clean and we will be back again

by The Longford folks on Nov 1 2013 20:22

My husband and I stayed in the lovely Harlequin once again last Sunday night. Our stay was faultless. Staff lovely, so welcoming, friendly, chatty & efficient. Free car parking in multi storey adjoining hotel is a real bonus. Room lovely, warm, cosy, bed very comfortable. Dinner was sooo tasty, as was breakfast, plenty of choice and the usual diced fruit to "die" for. Hotel's location is a bonus, beside shops yet just out of town centre and next door to T.F. theatre. Bar bit of a disappointment, it's really only a small counter at the side of the dining room, we went elsewhere for our drinks. Thank you staff for another great overnite, we will be back.

by D on Oct 30 2013 18:30

Overall I was not impressed by this hotel. Hard to believe it is a 4 star. While there are positives i.e. within walking distance of the town and free parking, the room we were in was on the side of the hotel situated beside the road. Therefore it was extremely noisy, especially at night time when all you could hear was boy-racer cars zooming up and down the road endlessly. The suite itself was lovely, comfortable and spacious, however, when we opened the window about 20 flies fell to the floor and these were not cleaned up at any point over our three night stay. The breakfast was delicious with a great variety of foods. Our package included a two course meal each night (supplement for certain foods). We each had the steak one night and I can say it was the worst steak I ever had - my partners was also bad. It was bland with no taste and no vegetables/potatoes were given with it until we asked. The chicken and beef we had on the other nights was delicious though! The fact that there is no 'bar'/pub (as in a separate room) was very weird. The open plan reception/lobby/bar/restaurant area gave a very un-cosy feel to the hotel.

by a. irving on Oct 17 2013 01:40

Excellent service, staff were helpful, polite and efficient. Room was beautiful and well laid out. Would recommend couldn't fault it

by dave on Oct 10 2013 13:23

Average hotel but the food was a disgrace. I had the fish and got the smallest portion ever seen. Vegetables, again the smallest portion ever seen. Complained about the fish portion and the chef decided to send out another portion when dinner was over. Wont be booking dinner here again in a hurry.

by JOD on Oct 9 2013 16:46

We enjoyed our stay at the Harlequin Hotel in Castlebar. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. We had breakfast and lunch, both excellent. Thank you. J O D

by jabos on Sep 24 2013 14:45

We were glad it was just a 1 night break. We requested a non smoking roon, but our room 425 smelt of cigarette smoke. The silk runner at the end of the double bed had cigarette burn holes, and also stains, I did mention this at checkout, as I felt that housekeeping should have noticed this when making up the bed. Breakfast was a joke as the hotel dining room did not have enough space for their guests. We were asked for our room number and told we had to wait until a table became available. At least 10 couples before us waiting for tables. It was like being at bingo, calling the room numbers as tables became available. Dinner the evening before was fair not much choice, but for the price we paid I suppose this was fair. I would not class this hotel as a four star, no face cloths in the bathroom, glad I brought my own slippers and facecloth, most 4 star hotels we have stayed in provide these, also no bottled water. The staff were friendly, but I would not stay in this hotel again.

by niamh on Sep 17 2013 11:03

Lovely bright and airy hotel. Staff were very friendly and helpful and breakfast was excellent. Would definitely stay again if going to Castlebar.

by David Callan on Jun 25 2013 14:42

Great value for a Weekend. Staff were very friendly and helpful and the Breakfast was wonderful. Rooms are to a High spec!

by reviewer36159769 on Jun 12 2013 21:00

Stayed in the hotel for a weekend - staff were lovely and friendly. We were expecting more of a boutique hotel to be honest, felt this hotel was more of a 3star with funky decoration as opposed to a 4star boutique. Room lovely and big, no mini bar though which was a disappointment and the view was the roof and graveyard. Curtains were stained as was the carpet although the bedroom and bathroom were very clean. Walking distance to shops, restaurants. Breakfast was ok, definitely not 4 star standard though.

by Fergus on May 14 2013 10:50

Really enjoyed our stay in the Harlequin on saturday. The room was very comfortable and the meal was very nice. Good value. Only slight negative was boy racers out on the road in the middle of the night but hotel can't control that. Would reccomend the hotel. Went for a few drinks in the Irish House pub around the corner. Great bar for a pint if you're in the hotel.

by Ann Marie Rowe on May 11 2013 19:31

Had very pleasant stay very happy with hotel and food was delicious

by Rachel on May 8 2013 12:26

Gourges hotel lovely food and staff very friendly can't wait to stay again xxx

by Philip Molloy on May 7 2013 13:19

Booked two nights b&b and one meal at the Harlequin last week. We enjoyed our stay. Room was quiet with comfortable beds. Staff were very friendly and efficient. The Dinning room is in the wrong place and should be moved to one of the Conference rooms this would open the bar It is the case that the bar in the hotel is small but the pint of Guinness is really good. The hotel location is great - on the corner of a complex containing quite a few large shops and a few minutes walk from he main street.
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Hotel Details

The Ellison (formerly the Harlequin Hotel) is a four-star hotel located in the heart of Castlebar, County Mayo. Recently purchased by the Comer Group Hotels. Centrally located in Mayo, we are only 15 minutes drive from Westport, 35 minutes drive from Ireland West Airport and 25 minutes from Ballina. With the train station only a 5 minute taxi ride and the bus stop less than 5 minute walk this hotel offers the perfect base to explore all that Mayo has to offer. The Ellison is very popular for that short breakaway. Our style conscious guests love our fresh unique style and the contemporary feel of our newly refurbished hotel. Although we love our style, the comfort and enjoyment of our guests is of paramount importance. From our spacious comfortably furnished rooms to the newly created Siar Restaurant & Bar where you can dine in Castlebars newest eatery where fresh, local produce is the main ingredient, your great experience is our goal.

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 : Approaching Castlebar from Dublin, Sligo, Ireland West Airport, Derry and Belfast: Proceed straight through the first 2 roundabouts, taking the exit signposted for Westport. At the 3rd roundabout, take the 2nd exit sign-posted to Newport. Proceed for approx. 300 meters and the hotel and Multi-storey Car park is located on your right. Proceed directly into the Multi-story car park, which has direct access into the Hotel. Entering Castlebar from Galway, Limerick, Cork, Waterford: Proceed to the first roundabout and take the 1st exit signposted for Westport. At the 2nd roundabout, take the 2nd exit signposted to Newport. Proceed for approx. 300 meters and the hotel and Multi-storey Car park is located on your right. Proceed directly into the Multi-story car park, which has direct access into the Hotel. GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 53.847666 Longitude: -9.311256 Eircode: KVV 350X

Area Description : As Castlebars only centrally located four-star hotel, The Ellison is in the hub of Castlebars entertainment & shopping district. Step outside into the town centre filled with delightful little shops and cafés, a bustling nightlife and spectacular shows and events at the Theatre Royal and Linenhall Arts Centre, these are all within easy walking distance of the hotel. Come and explore the Wild Atlantic Way and the stunning natural beauty that Mayo has to offer, cycle the newest stretch of the Greenway from Lough Lannagh to the striking must visit National Museum of Country Life, offering an experience for all to enjoy regardless of age. The vibrant heritage town of Westport with the incredible Westport House and the famous Matt Malloys Pub or visit the unmistakable peak of Croagh Patrick which is only a short drive away.

Hotel Location
Hotel Facilities

Hotel Bar

  • Bar food menu
  • Fully licenced Bar
  • Food served from 12 noon

Hotel Children Facilities

  • Baby sitting service on request
  • Cot available on request

Hotel Restaurant

  • Dinner served
  • Lunch served
  • Vegetarian options
  • Breakfast served

Things To Do In The Area

  • Live music venues
  • Near holy shrine
  • Surfing
  • Night clubs
  • Boat trips
  • Cafe
  • Bowling
  • Sea fishing
  • Walking trails
  • Cycling
  • Cinema
  • Local restaurants
  • Concert venues
  • Paint ball
  • Visit local heritage sites
  • Historical trails
  • Golfing
  • Go to the beach
  • Local sightseeing
  • Hill walking
  • Theatre
  • Museums
  • River fishing
  • Children play centres
  • Shopping
  • Horse racing
  • Horse riding
  • Lakes

Hotel Venue Entertainment

  • Theatre for shows & plays close by
  • Music venue for concerts close by

Hotel Guest Services

  • 24 hour room service
  • Wifi access in public areas
  • Secure car parking at a charge
  • Dry cleaning
  • Complimentary WIFI access available
  • Express checkin
  • Ironing service
  • Free car parking
  • Breakfast served to your room
  • Baby sitting on request
  • Non smoking hotel
  • Concierge
  • Internet access
  • Laundry facility
  • Wireless internet in areas

Hotel Meeting Rooms

  • Refreshments available
  • Conference & meeting rooms
  • Projector / screen available
  • Complimentary Wifi access
  • Stationery
  • LCD projector
  • Black out facilities
  • Dedicated organiser
  • Natural daylight
  • Internet access

Hotel Business Centre

  • Meeting rooms
  • Complimentary WIFI access available
  • Photocopying service