My first stay at what is now the Doolin Inn was back in October 2014, before Halloween.
At the time the property was the Doolin Hostel, a charming budget accommodation as perfect for backpackers as it was for families.
When I returned in 2016 the wee village of Doolin had become one of the most popular spots along the Wild Atlantic Way. And the hostel was set for an evolution as well.
In 2017 the Doolin Hostel became the Doolin Inn, a charming boutique hotel in the centre of Doolin.
Doolin Inn – at the Heart of Doolin
When it comes to choosing where to stay in Doolin, location is everything. And Doolin Inn is perfectly located overlooking Fisher Street and its colorful shops.
From Doolin Inn you can walk to everything in town. Choose a local pub (there are 4) for an evening meal and music. Stroll down to the wonderful shops for souvenirs and gifts. Or, if you don't mind a longer walk, you can hoof it to Doolin Pier for a day trip to the Aran Islands.
This perfect placement is only the beginning of what makes Doolin Inn such a wonderful accommodation for exploring Doolin and the surrounding area.
Rooms at Doolin Inn
Though I had been watching the renovations at Doolin Inn via their Instagram account I wasn't fully prepared for the changes that greeted me in early 2019.
The clean and comfortable, but simple, rooms had been completely renovated.
Built in headboards and custom storage areas were added to each room, then painted a soft, neutral grey. White trim and bedding gave the room a casually elegant feel. Throw pillows and brightly colored pictures added a charming pop of whimsy.
The rooms, once organized for maximum capacity, now felt larger and more open, welcoming you in to enjoy a cup of tea and relax in the sitting area.
The private bathroom also received an update, the simpler fixtures now upgraded to gleaming glass and porcelain.
Even the free wifi had been upgraded, the signal strong and steady, making it easy for me to check email and post quick updates to Instagram.
Dining At Doolin Inn
The bedrooms weren't the only thing at the Doolin Inn to receive a makeover.
The charming sitting area has been expanded, constructed with floor to ceiling windows to take in views of Doolin overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. On a fine day the brick patio feels like an extension of this open, inviting room.
Doolin Inn serves a delicious breakfast buffet daily. The emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and traditional recipes is evident as you examine both the continental offerings and freshly cooked options of eggs, meats, and potatoes.
The on-site coffee shop is the perfect spot for an afternoon pick-me-up. Enjoy a barista made coffee, rich hot chocolate, or hot tea, along with a slice of home-baked cake or cookie.
If your plans for the day include a ramble to explore the start of the Cliffs of Moher (or another hiking trail) the Doolin Inn will even pack a picnic for your adventure. Tip: be sure to request this the evening before!
Booking Your Stay at Doolin Inn
To get the best rates at Doolin Inn book directly from their website.
Be sure to check the Offers tab at the top of the site for special deals and activity packages including sea kayaking, rock climbing, and horse riding.
Things to Do in Doolin and the Local Area
In addition to the activity packages available from the Doolin Inn you'll find plenty of things to do in Doolin to keep you busy for a few days!
Doolin sits just north of the Cliffs of Moher. It's easy to join the guided Doolin Cliffs Walk or enjoy the Cliffs Coastal Walk on your own.
From Doolin you have the entire Burren at your feet.
From ancient dolmens to wondrous caves, the stony area will astound you.
Far from being a barren place, the Burren is home to the award winning Burren Food Trail. Take a tasty tour that includes goats cheese, smoked salmon, free-range pigs, and even wild foraging. Be sure to stop at a few of the restaurants along the route- you will be amazed by the flavors and freshness of the food!
Just south of Doolin in Lahinch you'll find adventure in many forms! Try surfing or kayaking in the Atlantic, or rock climbing, indoors or out.
Looking for a spot to golf? The links course at Lahinch is famous for its difficulty and views. Closer to Doolin you'll find an 18-hole pitch & putt course.
And be sure to leave time for a day trip to one of the Aran Islands or a cruise beneath the Cliffs of Moher.
For more details on these activities read: Spend a Few Days in the Burren
A Note About the Doolin Hostel
While the Doolin Hostel is no longer in it's original building it is still operational and great place to stay! You'll find it right across the street from Doolin Inn, next to the bus stop.
The hostel has dormitories and private rooms as well as a self-catering kitchen and complementary continental breakfast.
See the Doolin Hostel website for more information.