Hotel Doolin

Hotel Doolin is located in the village of Doolin in North Clare, the capital of traditional Irish Music.
Hotel Doolin is just a 10-minute drive away from the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre, Doolin Pier with access to the Aran Island cruises, and the start of The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark.

The hotel has 17 deluxe bedrooms and a very busy food & beverage operation. We host weddings every weekend of the year, hen parties, corporate events, and meetings, The Doolin Writer’s Weekend, The Doolin Folk Festival and The Doolin Craft Beer & Roots Festival.

Hotel Doolin has its own in house Pantry where we display all of our own products from jams to chutneys, cakes, breads pastries, we also offer a wide selection of local food and products from small suppliers. There is also a café that becomes a Pizzeria in the evening times, the café serves made to order sandwiches, soup and homemade desserts and the pizzeria serves made to order pizzas from May to October every evening. Chervil Restaurant is a little gem hidden within the clever architecture of Hotel Doolin. Looking out onto the manicured gardens of Hotel Doolin and our prized poly tunnel where we grow our own, herbs, veg & fruit with tender loving care. From the garden to your plate you can be guaranteed the freshest of produce is used in our dishes.

Fitz’s Eatery is known for its wholesome food and is popular with both residents and locals alike. Offering a calm and relaxed atmosphere you can enjoy your meal by the crackling open fire while listening to some of the finest singers & musicians in our nightly traditional Irish music sessions.

Here at Hotel Doolin we have a passion for delivering original wholesome and inventive food, wherever possible using local produce, organic and homemade, home grown ingredients. We keep our own ducks and hens and grow as much of our herbs, salads, vegetables and fruit on site in our gardens and poly-tunnel. North Clare is a haven for foodies with a raft of independent.

To Promote ‘The Burren’ as a destination, we are piloting a campaign with other businesses in the Geopark called “Cycle to me and get a free cup of tea!” which will encourage customers to cycle around the Burren instead of using individual cars keeping in line with our Sustainable transport efforts in our area.

Hotel Doolin also supports its local economy in 3 ways:

– Green purchasing policy: Buying from local suppliers, meat, fish, chicken, cheese, cooking all of our own pastries in house, jams, chutneys, desserts and using our own herbs from our polytunnell at the back of the hotel.

  • Employing over 100 staff where most of them are local families
  • Strong social responsibility conscience, every year the hotel adopts a local charity and the staff run events over the year to raise funds for the charity. For our latest charity event, we invited St Vincent The Paul’s families to come and stay at Hotel Doolin on the 24th and 25th of December hoping to better their Christmas this year.

Doolin is a small village of around 400 people, we have 40 full-time employees all year around, during the high season (March to October) this increases to 90 to 100 people working in the hotel. Most families in Doolin are working or have worked in the Hotel at some stage. In fact, we have nearly entire families working with us, cousins, brothers, in-laws, etc.

We have increased our wedding market also from 13 weddings in 2012 to 40 weddings booked for 2015 since we only have 17 rooms in the hotel most of the wedding guests must stay in B&B and guest houses in the village which brings great extra business to all involved. Our festivals also attract over 5000 people from Ireland and overseas and Doolin village is completely booked up in all of those weekends well in advance, with an overflow of rooms moving towards Lisdoonvarna (the next village).

So far we have reduced our consumption by:

– 19% per guest reduction on land field waste from 2012 to present

– 27% per guest reduction on Energy from 2012 to present

– 29% per guest reduction in water consumption from 2012 to present

We are also members of the Cliffs Of Moher & Burren Geopark were all businesses follow a code of practice (similar to Green Hospitality Program) to reduce CO2 emissions but also to help conserve The Burren and its landscape and to encourage Sustainable transport methods to tourist. We have taken part on spring clean-ups, local beaches clean ups, in November last year the Conservation subgroup of the Geopark organized a Meithal where all volunteers helped the local farmers re-build their stone walls that had been damaged by tourist for the winter ahead. We are currently running a pilot with other members to adopt a Hedgerow, where each business will select a stretch of road that they will maintain free of litter. 



About the author

Helen Jennings

Helen has studied at the Universities of Goldsmiths, Kent, Jyvaskyla (Finland) and The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø) where she obtained a MA in Indigenous Studies. She has travelled extensively and has lived and worked in Canada, Scandinavia, and South America. Helen is particularly interested in cultural, indigenous, and spiritual tourism, ideas behind sensible ‘regulation’ and is convinced of the value of ethical and sustainable tourism.

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