Three Simple Rules for B&B-going in Ireland (and anywhere)

Sign for a B&B (courtesy of

1. Fornication. Don’t get so sexy that you wake up the entire house at 2 a.m. It sounded like they were “filming a porno” right in our hotel, as one of our group members put it. Great for them to have such passion, but know the limits of these paper-thin walls (and ceilings and floors). It’s beyond-all-reason inconsiderate. We lost an entire night’s sleep – and Jason had to march upstairs and pound on their door. I slept in the main-floor lounge for about an hour and that’s about it.

2. Proprietor hospitality. If you aren’t an accommodating person, don’t run a place of accommodation. It’s that simple. (Identical to the axiom of politics: if you hate government, stay out of policymaking.) They tried to pawn us off in the attic area where four bedrooms used one nasty bathroom. We were moved to a room with an en-suite bathroom, but the carpet is filthy and the windows don’t open. I write this after having learned about Irish immigrants being banished to steerageย while trying to make it out of the country – by those standards, to be sure, we’re getting fanned by the pool at the Taj Mahal.

3. Internet. While 10 years ago wi-fi was a luxury, it is now a necessity. Our Cashel Town Hostel B&B has piss-poor connectivity – and, as a writer, I need that to do research and stay in communication with the outside world. Remember, travelers have a life at home that they are trying to manage while traveling abroad. The technology is there, it’s just the willingness of the host to make it work well.

Complaining is tricky business, and I don’t want to sound like a curmudgeon-grump. But these simple rules followed by all involved in the B&B business could make traveling much more enjoyable.

UPDATE: The visit to the Hostel/B&B improved considerably after the “porno-gate” fiasco, with a visit coordinated by the B&B owner to the local Cashel Blue plant outside of the city – as well as a general improvement in proprietor demeanor. All of the above still applies, though, but I thought I’d mention that sticking something out can actually pay off in the end, depending on the situation.


3 thoughts on “Three Simple Rules for B&B-going in Ireland (and anywhere)

  1. We had excellent wifi in the hostel. Maybe they need another router in the B&B. My internet experience was a million times better than the trip I took 2 years ago. I had to sit on a street corner in the middle of the night numerous times to get on the internet or talk to my family on skype. You totally should have said something and could of chilled in my room. Super awesome windows with a great breeze and a bathroom in the room. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not bragging but… lol

    • you totally *are bragging! ๐Ÿ˜‰ that’s nice of you to think of that – I noticed that the Internet was way better on your side than it was on our side. for us it was nearly non-existent. a signal booster probably would do the trick for the whole building, but who knows. our overall experience got incrementally better as the days went on, so at least there’s that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ and PJ even checked in on us through Debbie, and than won him a few points in my book.

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