by Aoife & David Cunningham on Fri, 10th August, 2018
The Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe is a fantastic location for any wedding. The staff are amazing and went above and beyond our expectations of our wedding day, particularly the wedding co-ordinators (first Noel and then Aisling) and hotel management (Des, Liam and Colin). They offered us an all inclusive package which is great value for money and led us directly to suppliers, making our planning less stressful. We had several meetings and made us very relaxed in the run up to the big day. The display on the day was fabulous. It was everything we could have hoped for. The service was fantastic. The dinner is still being talked about. The food is just fantastic, everyone loved it. And if ... Read more
by Lyndsey McDonnell on Fri, 8th June, 2018
Myself and my husband got married in the Shearwater Hotel on the 5th of May this year. We had an amazing day. From the moment we first visited the hotel for a wedding fair we knew this was where we would get married. Our intuition was right. The staff were so attentive on the day and all our guests keep complimenting the hotel saying the food was amazing and some have even planned a return break away! A special thank you to Aishling, Des and Colin for all their help on our big day. We only wish we could do it again. Lyndsey and Eoin McDonnell.
by fiona connaughton on Fri, 25th May, 2018
What an amazing hotel, what dreams are made of!!! My husband and I attended a wedding in the shearwater a couple of years ago and we just fell in love with it. So when our engagement happened we knew that it would be the shearwater that we would have our reception in. From the very first visit till the big day, the staff couldn't do more for us. We felt so special throughout, not just another couple. We felt that the staff recognized the importance of our big just as much as we did. There are so many staff we would need to thank, too many to mention however we appreciated every single person that works in the hotel. The ... Read more
by Myriam & Darren on Tue, 9th January, 2018
I honestly cannot recommend the Shearwater enough. They were brilliant to deal with, so professional on the day and the room looked amazing. Nothing was to much trouble and everything came together perfectly. All my guests loved the food. The bridal suite is lovely, and they surprised us with a beautiful breakfast the morning after the wedding, lots of free surprise champagne, fruit, robes, slippers, free food for 30 of our guests the day after the wedding too. We were delighted with the service (special thank you to the brilliant wedding coordinator Noel and Sue who was so helpful on the day).
by Sarah & Emmett on Fri, 5th January, 2018
We cannot recommend the Shearwater Hotel enough. We got married on Dec 1, 2017, the hotel looked absolutely fabulous. They had done everything they promised and more! The food was absolutely incredible, we could not fault a thing. There was always someone on standby to make sure we were ok with everything, at all times. The service was incredible - we had 348 at the wedding and we were shocked to see everyone receiving their meal pretty much the same time we did. They are an incredible team who make sure every tiny detail is covered, and do everything they can to make your day the best one possible - and ours definitely was.
by Nicola dolan on Sun, 26th November, 2017
We had our wedding in the Shearwater hotel on the 23rd Sept 2017. It was the best day of our lives. Noel and his team had everything amazing and nothing we asked for was a problem. From the minute we booked our wedding we felt so at ease. Noel looked after everything for us. Our wedding day was amazing and the meal was top class all of our guest's are still talking about the food. Overall it's a top class wedding venue.
by Frances madden on Sat, 25th November, 2017
Recently had our wedding reception in the shearwater hotel, and what a great choice of venue it was! Everything went absolutely brilliantly, from the beautifully decorated room to the superb food served on the day, we could not fault a thing!! The service was fantastic along with all the staff! We could not recommend the shearwater hotel enough for anyone who is considering it for their big day, you won’t be sorry! Thank you again to everyone involved!!
by Gina on Thu, 23rd November, 2017
Love the Shearwater Hotel, we got married in May and Noel and the staff went above and beyond to make our day special.. It is a fantastic Hotel with fabulous food..
by Karen Smith on Wed, 22nd November, 2017
So much gratitude for the Shearwater hotel , we honestly couldn't have asked for anymore from Noel and all staff & management , from the day we went in to view & talk weddings to our very memorable wkend of our wedding in the Hotel . We would fully recommend the Shearwater Hotel for a wedding , top class across the board ????
by Maeve Carty on Wed, 22nd November, 2017
We got married on the may bank holiday weekend, the shearwater hotel made the experience perfect. Absolutely amazing service, over 400 sat for the meal, nobody was left waiting, the food was amazing from starter to desert. The beef is still being talked about! The whole team of staff were so helpful in every aspect. I would not hesitate to highly recommend the shearwater for your special day, it will be in very safe hands.
by Emma Geraghty on Wed, 22nd November, 2017
We could not have asked for a better venue than the Shearwater for our wedding in August 2017. Working with Noel and the team was such a pleasure and on the day there is not a single thing I could fault. Venue looked amazing, so spacious even though we have 330 guests attend. Food wasabsolutely fabulous and even now, months on, people comment on how great the food was. The service on the day was top notch also. All courses came out very quickly so the meal did not take over the day and people had lots of time to dance the night away. Cannot thank the team enough for all they did.
by Jacqueline & Damien on Wed, 20th September, 2017
We got married in the shearwater hotel on the 25th Aug 2017 and I must say the day was absolutely perfect! This hotel is fabulous from start to finish. Its such a big hotel with a beautiful lobby where we had our drinks reception. The decoration of the lobby, hallway leading to the function room and function room itself was gorgeus with lanterns, roseball centre pieces etc. The wedding packages are so reasonable and include variety to accommodate all styles of wedding. The staff were amazing and so helpful, anything we asked was never an issue. We can't thank Noel Fahy, the wedding coordinator, enough for everything he did. You made the planning so easy on the run up to ... Read more
by Paddy & Ailbhe on Tue, 19th September, 2017
Not enough stars in this for the shearwater. Noel, Des , susanne and all staff go above and beyond for anything we asked! There was never a no.! Food was outstanding, ppl still talking about the dinner a week later. Staff were so friendly at all the tables. We would do it all again tomorrow and not change a single thing! It was amazing. Thanks to everyone at.the shearwater!!! Fantastic memories
by Ailbhe on Sat, 16th September, 2017
There is not enough stars for this hotel. From the moment we choose the hotel, all questions were answered! Anytime we popped in we were treated like royalty. On the day itself , Noel, des, Susanne were unreal. The food , service and whole day was seamless! Our guests are still.talking about the food! There was no request that was met with a no. Cannot thank all the staff and team enough. Would not pick any other hotel in the world for a wedding
by Miartin & Philippa on Wed, 13th September, 2017
Sincerest thanks for hosting our Wedding. everything was absolutely top class. You couldn't have done any more for us and we appreciate you and all your staffs effort. The feedback for the food before the meal at reception sold it for us particularly because we had people travelling. We would highly recommend anyone thinking of getting married to check this place out. Noel Fahy the Wedding coordinator was a pleasure to deal with, catered for our every need and was willing to go the extra mile more than anyone else we dealt with in any other venue. We were blown away by the fact that we were the 1st couple you'd seen through from booking to completion. We are confident ... Read more
by Kelley Hogan & William Kelly on Tue, 29th August, 2017
We got married on 18th August 2017 :)..... The Shearwater was the first (and only) hotel we viewed for our wedding and within an hour had booked and paid our deposit. I would 100% reccommend this hotel to anyone looking to book their wedding. We can't praise the staff enough for everything they done for us. A special shout out to Noel Fahy, our wedding planner... No question or request was too much for him. He made us feel so welcome and relaxed everytime we popped in to see him or the million times i'm sure my husband rang him over the last few months, lol. He made the whole planning process so much easier - Thanks Noel :)..... Also ... Read more
by Tracey & Stephen on Thu, 17th August, 2017
We got married here on 21st of July from the moment we booked our wedding nothing was a problem, Noel, Karyn, Susan and each and every member of staff are a credit to this fantastic hotel, the rooms, the food, which all are guests are still raving about are top class, I can't recommend this hotel enough !!!! Thanks again to you all wish we could do it all again it went so smooth !!!!
by Lisa & Ciaran Campbell on Wed, 5th July, 2017
We got married here on May 26th and we had the most amazing day. We simply can not praise the staff enough for everything they done for us from the planning process to the day itself. Nicer people you could not meet they just could not do enough for us and no request was an issue. We would like to say a special thank you to Noel Fahy who is the wedding planner. This guy is just amazing and made us feel so relaxed and welcome every time we came to the hotel. The food was absolutely amazing also and our guests are still talking about it to this day! Wonderful hotel, wonderful people and a wonderful day! Thank you ... Read more
by Lisa & Ciaran on Mon, 19th June, 2017
We got married here on May 26th 2017 and we had the most amazing day. We simply can not praise the staff enough for everything they done for us from the planning process to the day itself. Nicer people you could not meet they just could not do enough for us and no request was an issue. We would like to say a special thank you to Noel Fahy who is the wedding planner. This guy is just amazing and made us feel so relaxed and welcome every time we came to the hotel. The food was absolutely amazing also and our guests are still talking about it to this day! Wonderful hotel, wonderful people and a wonderful day! Thank ... Read more
by Deirdre McGovern on Tue, 23rd May, 2017
Deirdre and Niall McGovern 17/02/17. Choosing the Shearwater Hotel for our wedding reception was best thing we ever did, it was the first hotel we went to because after our first meeting we were sold. The Hotel itself is so beautiful and everything we ever wanted, the staff are helpful and friendly and the wedding packages are very reasonable. We would like to thank Noel and Karyn for all their help throughout the planning of our wedding, everytime we met we always left with smiles and no worries that our wedding day would be exactly how we wanted and it was. Thanks to Sue and Des and their professional staff that made our day run so smoothly. Our family and ... Read more
by Cathy Donoghue on Wed, 17th May, 2017
Just want to thank the staff and management in the Shearwater hotel for the most magical weekend, On the 8th of April this year we had our wedding reception in the Shearwater hotel and it was like walking into a fairytale. Thanks to Karyn, Noel, Sue and Des for all going the extra mile to make the day so perfect for us. To Gary the head chef and all his staff for a delicious meal and amazing food throughout the day. To the staff in the kids club for doing an incredible job keeping the children entertained all day. To all the staff who were so helpful and friendly and made my husband and I, and all our guest feel ... Read more
by Noreen & Shane Hogan on Tue, 16th May, 2017
Noel thanks so much for everything you did for us in the lead up to our wedding and on the day. We were both so delighted we choose the Shearwater as our venue. A big thanks to Sue for everything she did for us on the day. Our guests and both myself and Shane commented on how excellent the staff were, and so efficient at their job. Also the food, It was top class,thank u, :) We honestly can't thank you and the staff enough for everything you have done for us and would recommend you to any of our friends who are thinking of getting married. Noreen and Shane ________________________________________
by Alma & Joe Treacy on Sun, 2nd April, 2017
We had our wedding reception in the Shearwater in December 2016. We were treated like royalty from the moment we arrived at the hotel to the moment that we left the next day. The staff were very accommodating and friendly, the food was absolutely amazing (everyone complimented the beef!), the venue was beautifully decorated and the bridal suite was absolutely huge! We could not fault anything about the hotel or staff. Karen was our wedding co-ordinator. She was very friendly & very skilled at her job. Nothing was too much to ask for & anything that we wanted, we got. The only thing that we were disappointed about was how quickly it all went by! We would highly recommend the ... Read more
by Edward Larkin on Tue, 6th December, 2016
We had a great experience at the Shearwater. The staff, food, venue and service were excellent on the day and from the first meeting we knew we had picked the correct hotel. I would highly recommend the Shearwater to any couple searching for an overall top quality package.
by richard bourke on Thu, 1st December, 2016
Excellent venue, great attention to detail
by Kathleen on Wed, 30th November, 2016
I would 100% recommend this hotel for a wedding... we had a very large wedding at the Shearwater and nothing was a problem or any query I had I always fet assured after talking with Karyn (wedding co ordinator)... the staff could not do enough to help and put us at ease and the hotel and food was a1 on the day!!!! Definitely would recommend for anyone thinking of getting married to use the Shearwater!!!
by MaryMcHugh on Wed, 30th November, 2016
We had our Wedding Reception in the Shearwater in 2011. The staff, food and attention we received was absolutely FANTASTIC. I would strongly recommend those thinking of getting married to call in - you will not be disappointed!
by Stephen McDonnell on Wed, 30th November, 2016
My wife and I had our reception here at the Carlton Shearwater. Everybody loves a good wedding and without the right venue it's hard to make that happen. The staff here were absolutely amazing. So kind, helpful and generous throughout the planning and on our special day. The hotel itself is magnificent with the leisure and spa facilities, restaurant. This is truly one hotel that not disappoint
by Joanne lucas on Wed, 30th November, 2016
We got married back in September 2014 and Gareth and his staff just couldn't do enough for us!! All my guests raved about the whole day from start to finish from the warm welcoming reception to the prompt and tasty dinner and even to the friendly bar staff in the residence bar all was just perfect!! Since my wedding 3 other couples at the wedding since booked and got married there and some relations abroad have returned there for nights away!!
by Olivia & Kieran Egan on Wed, 30th November, 2016
Great day had by all, the staff ere second to none, the ballroom was fab & the good was great. Ee would recommend this hotel to host a wedding.
by Darren Kearns on Wed, 30th November, 2016
We had our wedding reception in the shearwater on the 8th of Aug 2015. It was the best hotel we could of chosen. Karyn was so helpful to us and help us with anything we ask for the staff were so friendly. The atmosphere in the hotel was so homely and warm towards us and all guest. The food was outstanding. Darren and Sarah Kearns.
by Sarah & Michael Cannon on Wed, 30th November, 2016
We got married on the 29th of July 2016 and had our reception in the shearwater hotel,balinasloe. from the minute we booked it until the minute we left it which was the day after our wedding karen and the staff at the shearwater couldn't of done enough for us, nothing was ever a problem! Being a "perfectionist" and as most brides to be do I worried about every little detail but karen made me feel so at ease about everything so we were both totally relaxed in the run up to our wedding day! The day itself was just amazing everything was so perfect we couldn't of asked for anything more, the food was exceptional, the function room was just ... Read more
by Deirdre Gately on Wed, 30th November, 2016
We had our wedding reception in the shearwater hotel on 15th June 2012. The whole day was just perfect for us. Staff went above and beyond to help us in every way and the service was excellent. Would definitely recommend having ur wedding here!! No regrets whatsoever!!
by Roisin & Paul on Wed, 30th November, 2016
Thanks so much to the Shearwater hotel for a memorable day especially to Karyn who was so helpful with everything. The food was lovely and there was plenty of it our guests talked about it. The room there was perfect everything you need is in the one area keeping the party all together we would recommend it to you.
by Fiona Brazil on Wed, 30th November, 2016
Hi myself and my husband got married on the 4th of June this year. We booked the Shearwater as the venue stood out to us the minute we arrived at the hotel. We loved how elegant and modern the hotel looked and what attracted us was the spacious ballroom. We met Karyn that day who was amazing throughout the whole organising process and I also want to thank Des and Sue who were amazing on the day. I couldn't fault anything on the day, everything was amazing food staff etc...It was the most memorable day of our lives and we were glad we Celebrated it in the Shearwater. Great food!!! Great hotel!!! Great staff!!!
by Sean Murphy on Wed, 30th November, 2016
Had our wedding there in july 2016. Excellent service and staff. Looked after us very well.
by Sarah O'Connor on Wed, 30th November, 2016
We had or wedding in the shearwater and I have to say people still talk about it today. They could not do enough for us Karyn was outstanding and so professional anything we ask for she did it for us and it took pressure of us knowing she was looking after things. The food on the day was fabulous and you could not fault it . Anyone that's was at the wedding say they enjoy the meal witch was great to hear. All the staff on the day were so friendly and couldn't do enough for us. We are so happy that we chose the shearwater for our wedding reception.
by Catriona Murphy on Wed, 30th November, 2016
After seeing many, many hotels when looking for our wedding venue, we knew that the Shearwater was the place for us the moment we stepped through the door. The staff were so friendly and accommodating, the reception room was beautiful and tasteful, and every and any request we made was met with no problem. We had a few people that brought kids unexpectedly and they were accommodated with no problems and the whole reception passed without a hitch. If i had it to do all over again, it would be the shearwater without a doubt!
by Lisa keighery on Wed, 30th November, 2016
The shearwater is a fantastic hotel for your wedding day. We had an amazing experience on the day. The staff and management couldnt have done anymore for us. Jacob was fantastic and helped with any request. The food and service were brilliant. Everything on the day went according to plan. We highly recommend the shearwater as a wedding venue. Lisa & Owen.
by Michelle and ronan on Wed, 30th November, 2016
Staff of the shearwater were fantastic. They would meet with is st the drop of a hat. Everyone was very professional and extremely helpful. Holding rooms , providing sample menus. Even when the head chef t the time left, they got us back for another sample menu . The day of the wedding was amazing. We literally had nothing to worry about.everything was looked after . The room was amazing, and they even threw in an extra night free. Provided rooms for our families and in general were simply brilliant. We were spoiled. As for the food ...... Endless amounts and it was just delicious. I hope I haven't forgotten anything but a special thanks to Karen. Simply brilliant. People ... Read more
by Robert kelly on Wed, 30th November, 2016
It's been just over a year since my beautiful wife and I got married at the shearwater hotel. All I can say is what wonderful staff from siobhan who worked in the bar to karyn who took care of every detail of our wedding. We can't talk karyn and staff at the shesrwater for making our day so special. Look for returning to celebrating our second anniversary, as we were looked after so well for our first one. Robert
by John and Catriona on Wed, 30th November, 2016
We would highly recommend the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe for your wedding. The staff are warm and friendly and offer an exceptional service in the lead up to the wedding and on the day itself. The food was excellent and our guests are still commenting on the quality of their meal on the day. We had the most amazing experience and we will never forget our wedding day at the Shearwater
by Eddie Dooley on Wed, 30th November, 2016
Excellent venue for a wedding. Staff were friendly and professional in every aspect of their jobs. Rooms are spacious, residents bar was kept open late, food was plentiful & delicious. Special thanks to Gareth for all his help & for making our special day one that ourselves and our friends still talk about. Highly recommended as a wedding venue! Eddie & Hazel
by Jessica Ruane on Wed, 30th November, 2016
We married here July 2013 5star xx Everything went so perfect and stress free the whole process...☺ Our guests had great feedback for us..food staff beds 100% I'd highly recommend this fab hotel to any one x
by Elaine herity on Wed, 30th November, 2016
Thanks to the shearwater we had an amazing day at our wedding. On the run up to the wedding they were very accommodating. All our guests had a great time the food was very nice and served pretty quick. Thanks for making a stress free as possible and letting us enjoy the day.
by Fiona Fallon on Wed, 30th November, 2016
The shearwater was perfect in every way. Food amazing, staff brilliant and accomadating. Venue was clean and beautiful. That was 6 years ago. Attended a wedding there last month and it was the same exceptional standard. Thanks!
by Lisa fitzgerald on Wed, 30th November, 2016
I can't reccomend this hotel highly enough and from the first time I met with them I knew that it was the right venue for us. Everything was perfect; the room, the food, the service and the atmosphere. Everybody was so helpful up to and including the wedding weekend. If I was planning it all again I wouldn't change a thing about this hotel.
by Ronan Keogh on Wed, 30th November, 2016
Venue and staff were extremely helpful and accomodated our requests to make our special day memorable in every way!
by Bernie on Wed, 30th November, 2016
We got married here in 2015. We found everything about the hotel amazing. The staff couldn't help us enough. Would highly recommend
by Philip Shine on Wed, 30th November, 2016
We had our wedding here in October 2013. It was perfect and we had the best day ever. The reception and the ballroom was beyond our expectations. The whole day in total went very well thanks to the help of the Shearwater hotel. Can't fault them - everything was perfect, they even had an extra surprise for us on the day :)
by Michelle Feighery on Wed, 30th November, 2016
The Shearwater hotel could not have looked after us enough for our wedding. The lead up to the wedding any phone calls about little queries were never a problem always dealt with and always felt it was never a problem. On the day we couldn't have asked for better service, we didn't have to think of anything, it's was like the staff were always reading our minds!!! I'm sure it comes with years of experience on their behalf. We went back for our four year wedding anniversary and I have to say how four years on and we were sooo impressed, we were spoiled for the weekend. Really felt we got VIP treatment, managers and staff were so friendly and ... Read more
by Susie Comer on Wed, 30th November, 2016
Our wedding was fabulous and so well organized from start to finish. We found the hotel easy to deal with, the wedding planner and manager really went out if their way to accommodate our every request! The food was a real hit, we had loads of compliments on it. We couldn't fault it, the whole experience was what every bride should get.
by Linda on Wed, 30th November, 2016
I would highly recommend the Shearwater Hotel for your wedding day, from the moment we booked this venue to the day of the wedding we knew we had nothing to worry about. The staff were brilliant and the day went so smoothly. Karyn, the Wedding Co-ordinator, was always helpful and made our day very special for us.They were a pleasure to deal with. All of our guests commented on the friendliness of the staff, how professional they were and how the food was beautifully presented and tasted.
by Damien on Wed, 30th November, 2016
Got married in the Shearwater 2 years ago and Karen was our wedding organiser. She was brilliant, did all and more than what we asked, and we got treated so well, we've been back and stayed on our Anniversary weekend both years since! Can't rate highly enough.
by colleen & anuj on Wed, 30th November, 2016
Quite simply the best place to get married! My husband and i decided to get married in Ireland and organised the wedding from the UK. We looked at a few locations and decided on the sherwater for the following reasons, 1) The team - Absolutely fantastic team at the hotel who's passion shows.They made our day and guests still can't stop speaking about the warmth, flexibility, and how personable the team where. We wanted for nothing and there was no stress as they were 3 steps ahead of our needs at all times. The local knowledge helped us immensely. 2) The package - Amazing value for money, and so much choice to cater for all needs. The room, food, and ... Read more
by Rosie Greaney on Wed, 30th November, 2016
Had an absolutely wonderful wedding in the Shearwater Hotel. The Service, staff and attention to detail was second to none. Everything was taken care of over and above my expectations.
by Elaine Gaffey on Wed, 30th November, 2016
I had my wedding in the shearwater 2012. It was amazing staff couldn't do enough and I loved the extra touches . The engraved wedding glasses , the friendly atmosphere , the suites for my famil. The shearwater has that extra something that is hard to find . Thank you x
by Edel larkin on Wed, 30th November, 2016
We held our wedding reception in the shearwater hotel in April 2015. I cannot thank the staff in the shearwater enough for the excellent service and attention to detail in the run up to the wedding and the day itself. The food was fabulous and the main function room was beautiful. Staff were very helpful on the day. We highly recommend this venue.
by Roisin Burke on Wed, 30th November, 2016
We got married last Friday 25th of November and couldn't be happier with the service we recieved. Karyn the wedding coordinator was so helpful throughout the planning. She always happy to help and was avaliable to answer my many calls. The venue was perfect for our guests. The food was fabulous and all our guests raved about it. On the day we were made feel so special. The hotel was beautiful and we are so grateful for all their help throughout in making the day perfect for us. X x
by Michelle Gilligan on Wed, 30th November, 2016
We got married in the shearwater Hotel last year , the serivice was secound to none. Everyone commend on how nice the hotel was . The food was fantastic and everyone enjoyed the night .
by Clodagh & Donal Leamy on Wed, 30th November, 2016
We had our Wedding in the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe. We had the most fantastic day thanks to all the wonderful staff in the Shearwater. Everything was perfect and all of our guests who came from near and far were full of praise for the Hotel and the staff. The meal was fantastic and the room was decorated perfectly. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Shearwater Hotel to any couple looking for a wedding venue. Thank you all very much, Clodagh and Donal Leamy
by Martin and Marie Leonard on Tue, 29th November, 2016
On the 29th of Oct 2016 myself and my husband held our wedding reception in the Shearwater hotel, and we cannot thank Karyn, Des, Liam and Sue and all the other staff enough for everything that they did for us on our special day. From the moment we visited the Shearwater we knew that this was the venue for us. We loved the spacious reception area with plenty of room for guests, the bars location just off this area was ideally located. The function room itself and very spacious with it own toilets and smoking area that ensured that all guests were kept together. The space just outside the function room was idea for taking pictures and for setting up ... Read more
by Niamh Fahy on Thu, 24th November, 2016
We had our wedding in the shearwater in October 2011, the staff were excellent easy to deal with and everything from start to finish was perfect! Our meal was delicious and people commented to us after how fabulous the meal was. I would highly recommend the Shearwater Hotel!
by Claire & Brendan Burns on Thu, 24th November, 2016
We had our wedding in the Shearwater Hotel & Spa on the 20th May 2016. It truly was the best day of our lives. The quality of the food and service was amazing on our day. No matter what we asked it was never a problem. Karyn, Des and Sue are brilliant at what they do and made sure we truly did have an unforgettable day. We really cannot recommend the hotel enough!
by Eileen and Martin Reid on Sat, 19th November, 2016
In February 2016 we decided to get married. We were looking for a venue that could offer us a weekend event all under the one roof, Civil Ceremony, Wedding Reception and day after celebrations. The moment we entered the Shearwater Hotel in Balinasloe, we knew this was our dream venue. It offered us everything we were looking for and more which no other venue that we had visited could compare with. We wanted our wedding to be personal, meaningful and a day that would create lasting memories that would be cherished for not only us but our guests too. The Shearwater did not disappoint, two months later, our guests are still complimenting on the wonderful day that they had and ... Read more
by Kevin Newman on Thu, 17th November, 2016
I highly recommend everyone to have their wedding celebrations in the Shearwater Hotel. We were originally supposed to have our wedding and reception in a different venue however 8 weeks before our wedding there was a fire which completely destroyed the original venue. By chance we found Karyn and the Shearwater Hotel. We explained what had happened and asked if the Shearwater was able to accommodate us, thankfully she told us that it would be no problem to have our wedding with Shearwater. We believe now that it was a blessing in disguise. As you can imagine with only 8 weeks to the big day, everyone was under a huge amount of pressure, but where I saw the biggest difference ... Read more
by Lisa costello on Sun, 13th November, 2016
We had our wedding in this hotel just over a year ago. We could not fault the hotel in any way, from date of booking the wedding date right up to the day of the wedding, nothing was a problem and all staff were very helpful with any questions or help we needed. Food was fabulous on the day and the service was excellent also. The reception went off just as we wanted it and could not have asked for a better day. We would strongly recommend this hotel for any occasion. Still one of my favourite hotels to go for dinner etc.
by Louise and Garry Geoghegan on Sun, 13th November, 2016
We had our wedding in The Shearwater over a month ago. We cannot be thankful enough to all the staff and management, especially Karyn our wedding co-ordinator. From day one of us looking at the Shearwater as a potential venue up until the morning after our Big Day the staff were so hands on, anything we asked for was answered if possible. Food was top class and all the guests were praising it. We honestly couldn't fault this Hotel. Strongly recommend. Thanks again guys. Keep up the good work. We will be up again soon
by Nicola Higgins on Sun, 13th November, 2016
What can I say, not a negative word anyway that's for sure! This hotel and team were amazing for our wedding. They couldn't do enough and were the kindest, most helpful people ever, nothing was a problem. Having medical issues myself, a personal medical issue arose during the night and the manager on duty was absolutely amazing, he went all out to make sure I was comfortable and able to continue enjoying my night. The atmosphere, food, comfort was fantastic. Everybody really enjoyed themselves. It was certainly a day and night to remember. Looking back at your wedding there are some things you might change, but the hotel was certainly NOT one of them! I'd have my wedding in the ... Read more
by Fiona Connaughton on Sun, 13th November, 2016
We had our wedding on the 18th July 2015 and what a day it was.. the Shearwater were so helpful and it was a pleasure having it there. The weather was crap but that didn't dampen our day. We dance the night away. I want to say a big heartily thank you for making our day so memorable. Xxx the Rattigans
by Mairead Cooley on Sat, 12th November, 2016
We had our wedding in the shearwater ballinasloe. It was on the 31/12/15. From the first day we walk in and booked our wedding the staff were fantastic. no matter what we asked of them it was no problem for them. As a bride they helped to pup my mind at ease. If up to the last hour. The food was fabulous. And the service was excellent. Their room decoration was out of this world. Would highly recommend this hotel for any wedding.
by Lorraine Stafford on Sat, 12th November, 2016
Had a fantastic wedding day at the Shearwater. Staff couldn't do enough to help us. The food was great & the chef even modified dishes to suit our preferences. The foyer & marina (directly next door to the hotel) were beautiful for photos. Definitely recommend it!
by gary murphy on Sat, 12th November, 2016
Sheawater couldn't do anymore to make are day so special and unforgettable The food, service and over all set up of the hotel and preparation was second to none I would recommend any soon to be bride & groom get in contract with the wedding team at the Shearwater you won't be disappointed !!
by Gordon Patterson on Fri, 4th November, 2016
We had a great wedding reception in the Shearwater. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Thanks again.
by Sinead McGonigle on Thu, 3rd November, 2016
The Shearwater Hotel made our wedding day so fantastic. From the time we went to look at the hotel til after our big day each and every single person we met in the shearwater could not do enough for us. Karyn, Des and Sue are excellent at their jobs and made our day perfect. On the day itself, the hotel was buzzing, the service was amazing and the food was unreal. We are so happy we picked The Shearwater Hotel and would recommend it to any bride and groom.
by Jennifer on Thu, 3rd November, 2016
The Sherwater hotel is a faboulous hotel for weddings. They were very helpful & Lovely to deal with. What I was really impressed with was the way they decorated the place for us. We had shopped around before choosing the hotel & they gave the best offer. Would highly recommend
by Tara Cusack on Wed, 2nd November, 2016
I don't know where to start with how amazing this hotel is!!!! There was no task too big or too small for Karyn and the team in organising our wedding. they are absolutely amazing no matter how many emails I sent Karyn always sent a reply, everything we asked for Karyn bent over backwards to get for us. Everything was perfect on the big day Dez was lovely always around if we needed him but still in the background while we enjoyed the night away. We got so much with our package it defiantly cost way more than what we were charged for it. So much included in their packages that lost hotels don't bother to even suggest. The food ... Read more
by Valeria Gilligan on Wed, 2nd November, 2016
We had a wonderful wedding day at the shear water hotel in 2013. From start to finish nothing was ever a problem. They were always available for any little detail. The venue was beautifully decorated, with excellent food. Both very important. Would recommend, and have done, to other couples for their special day.
by Rachel on Wed, 2nd November, 2016
We had an amazing wedding day at the Shearwater hotel, the decor was fantastic and the staff were just brilliant. Everyone went above and beyond to make sure our day was magical. I would highly recommend it as a wedding venue.
by Ujala Qasim on Tue, 1st November, 2016
Our wedding at Shearwater was the most ravishing and amazing event, I couldnt imagine a wedding more perfect. Thank you for making my special day an indelible memory :):)
by Sinead & Brian Croffey on Tue, 27th September, 2016
Fantastic wedding venue! Karyn, Des and all the team could not have done more to help make our day super special and stress free. It was the happiest day of our lives and we are certain it would not have been such a success if we hadn't such a wonderful team working with us. Cannot recommend this hotel enough!
by Sinéad & Andy Garton on Mon, 5th September, 2016
Our wedding day in the Shearwater was amazing. We can't thank Karyn, Sue, Des and all the team enough for all they did for us on the run up to the day and on the day itself. Nothing we asked for was too much trouble and everything went so smoothly on the day. The meal was amazing as was the evening food. All the staff were so friendly, professional and helpful. We had a BBQ the following day and again everything was perfect, great food, great service and great entertainment. All our guests were treated like royalty all weekend. I really can't recommend the Shearwater enough for a wedding.
by Pauline Feighery on Mon, 5th September, 2016
What can I say about the this beautiful amazing venue we picked for our wedding day on 26th August, from the moment I entered the shearwater hotel in ballinasloe I fell in love. From the professional staff that looked after us from the very start up until our wedding day, I can't thank them enough they went above and beyond my expectations with everything, I was delighted ye were amazing guys thanks you so much. This hotel is definitely a 5*. I recommend it to everyone looking for wedding venue guys you won't be disappointed. Karyn and the shearwater staff thanks so much. We had a fantastic day. M kind regards Pauline and Colm.
by Jennifer Mannion on Sun, 4th September, 2016
Shearwater hotel & spa is everything you could have ever imagined. They cannot do enough to help out and make the wedding process less stressful. We organised our wedding from Australian Karyn the wedding co- ordinate and her team done everything they could to help she was alway onto us to check in and there for any questions that needed answering. The food was faboulous on the day our guests are still talking about it. The staff were very professional and friendly they done a great job. The venue itself is stunning, the ball room was so pretty everything turned out exactly how we expected. Couldn't be happier with our wedding day at Shearwater Hotel & Spa.
by Maria & Sean Murphy on Sat, 3rd September, 2016
I would like to begin with a massive thanks for you and the staff at the Shearwater Hotel. You went above and beyond for us during the lead up to the wedding, made everything so effortless on our part, nothing was ever too much, did everything to accommodate our requests. We had the best day of our lives! A huge thanks also to Des and Sue who were on hand the day of the wedding looking after everything, making sure everything ran smoothly. Which it did! We had no faults with any part of the day, the layout of the room, the professionalism and friendliness of all the staff was fantastic. We received nothing but rave reviews from everyone In ... Read more
by Mr & Mrs Dully on Wed, 29th June, 2016
The shearwater were a pleasure to work with , the management and staff could not have done more to ensure we were happy and were always only a cal away when we needed to ask anything , Karyn and the team were highly professional and offered more than any other hotel we viewed , it was the happiest day of our lives and we are certain it would not have been such a success if we hadn't such a wonderful team working with us , the hotel was decorated to the highest of standard and every little detail was noticed , the guests had nothing but praise for the food and staff and it was a wonderful thing to hear ... Read more
by Edel & Emmet Farrell on Tue, 28th June, 2016
Cannot do enough for you! Karyn, Des, Seamus and every other member of staff spoiled us every time we were there. Got plenty of extras and all requests were met. Our guests loved the hotel and didn't want to leave! We had the night after our wedding here which was a great idea as everyone could relax. Food was fab. Highly recommend you celebrate your wedding here.
by Jennifer & Conor on Sat, 30th January, 2016
Fantastic hotel, service was excellent, could not have asked for better. Karyn the wedding co-coordinator was amazing as was Garrett the general manager. The whole team are brilliant.
by Melissa Dolan on Mon, 30th November, 2015
We had the most spectacular day at the Shearwater Hotel for our wedding on the 24th july 2015. We found the staff most accommodating , helpful and their service was impeccable. We got so much praise from our guests about the food and the service on the day, we were thrilled that our guests were so happy. We highly recommend the Shearwater Hotel it truly was a beautiful experience having our wedding there, Niall and Melissa.
by E&G on Mon, 30th November, 2015
From the moment we choose the Shearwater right until the morning we checked out after our wedding day; we were treated like gold. Many of our guests were from various parts of the country and they could not get over the positive impact of the hotel. The food, service (including the late night resident bar sandwiches at 4am!!) were of the highest quality. We cannot thank the shearwater hotel team enough, for looking after us & our guests so well and giving us fantastic life long memories.
by Rachel & Owen Harney on Sun, 29th November, 2015
We got married in August of this year in the Shearwater. From our initial enquiry to the morning after they made our experience a truly memorable one! There personal touch was felt by all of our guests. Every aspect of our day was managed impeccably, professionaĺly and with the highest standard of customer services delivered by their team. We look forward to creating more memories in our married life there.
by Adrienne kelly on Sun, 29th November, 2015
Dealing with the shearwater staff in preparation for my wedding in July 1014 was a pleasure to say the least. No request was too big and the service was exceptional. Given that July is peak season for weddings both myself and my husband were given 100% undivided attention from both Gareth & Des. Once the ' big day' arrived I had full confidence that everything would go as planned and it did. I would definitely recommend the shearwater ballinasloe as a prime venue for your special day. Some fantastic memories that we will always treasure!
by Marie Gohery &Padraic Dolan on Sun, 29th November, 2015
We were extremely happy with our decision to have our wedding at the Shearwater Hotel. From day one, Garret and his team were very helpful and approachable with all aspects involved in planning our wedding day! On the big day, we could not of asked for more, the Shearwater pulled out all the stops for us! There was no shortage of food and drink provided at the drinks reception, the meal was outstanding and the prompt service and the professionalism shown by the staff was second to none! The amount of compliments and level of praise we have heard back about the Shearwater hotel was unbelievable and still to this day our guests are complimenting the hotel. We are delighted ... Read more
by Linda & Niall Berrigan on Sun, 29th November, 2015
Our wedding day experience at the Shearwater was 110% thanks to the excellent and very efficient staff.From our very first meeting to book the reception to the day of the wedding they were very helpful and professional. The hotel looked fabulous and the food was perfect both in taste and presentation. We would recommend any couples looking to book their wedding to check out the Shearwater first as you will receive the best service, plesent staff and excellent value for money. Thanks again to all the staff for making our day so perfect. L&N.
by Caroline &david keighery on Sun, 29th November, 2015
So glad we chose shearwater for our big day as it was the best day ever .we couldn't have asked for anything more 100% all round. If we could do it all again the shearwater it would be.
by Cathal noone on Sun, 29th November, 2015
The shearwater hotel made our special day fantastic. Top class service from start to finish . Food was fantastic everyone delighted with it very fast service also. Top class hotel thanks again
by sogrady on Sun, 29th November, 2015
We recently held our wedding reception at the Shearwater hotel and would highly recommend this venue. The quality of the food, service from them staff and our wedding planner Karyn was top class. All of our guests commented on how beautiful the venue was and how lovely their meal and evening buffet was. From the moment we booked the wedding it was a breeze to deal with Karyn and all staff at the Shearwater and on our wedding day and before they Shearwater were so helpful and Could not do enough for us. Two of our friends have since booked this venue on our recommendation for their wedding with one so impressed they signed then terms and conditions there morning ... Read more
by Ronan & Helen Lally on Sun, 29th November, 2015
We are from Ballinasloe and wanted to keep the wedding local but only if the service and location was right. We got this with the Shearwater Hotel and would highly recommend it to and future couples planning their big day. Thanks Helen & Ronan Lally
by Stephen and Jennifer kelly on Sun, 29th November, 2015
The shearwater was perfect for our wedding from our first appointment to our wedding day we were treated brilliantly, it is a very professional set up and everyone from front desk staff to management were so helpful and could not do enough for us they kept in constant touch and any of our requests were no problem for them I would highly recommend this venue for your wedding day
by Gerry B on Sun, 29th November, 2015
Its a while since we got married but everyone still talks about how fantastic the food was and what a great time they had..... a bit of a late one!! Highly Recommended!
by A&E on Thu, 26th November, 2015
Absolutely amazing!!! Our wedding day was fantastic and the staff went out if their way to ensure our day went as smoothly as possible. The hotel looked amazing from our drinks reception in the lobby right through to the ballroom. Fantastic hotel.
by Fiona & Kealan on Wed, 25th November, 2015
To Garett, Karyn, Des & your team at the Shearwater Hotel. We cannot thank you enough for making our wedding day the most amazing day of our lives. Our guests are still talking about the day (which we love to hear) from the warm welcome we all recieved on arrival , the delicious food , the professional service and even the rain on the day. You all went above and beyond to ensure that our day was perfect. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Mr & Mrs Clarke.
by Linda & David on Wed, 25th November, 2015
We would sincerely like to thank Management and staff at the Shearwater Hotel for making our Wedding Day so special. They were nothing but professional throughout the planning of our wedding and were always available to answer any questions or concerns we had!! We would especially like to thank Garrett, Karyn Des and Darragh- you guys made the planning of our wedding so easy and were amazing on the day of the wedding. Everyone is still talking about the food and service.....it was superb!! We wish the hotel nothing but the best for the future and would highly recommend the Shearwater Hotel as a wedding venue.
by Mark Donnelly on Wed, 25th November, 2015
Got married in the shearwater on November 13th it's a fantastic venue from our first viewing Garth, Karen and all the staff were an absolute pleasure to deal with, nothing was ever a problem and they made our day a dream come true I cannot recommend the venue enough. Thank you
by Elaine Daly on Wed, 25th November, 2015
Where do I begin, we had our reception in the Shearwater just 2 weeks ago and we could not say enough about this hotel and it's staff. It is a fine hotel. The reception area and Plaza suite is just beautiful. We were so so happy with how our wedding day went here. From the day we went to the Shearwater to meet someone in relation to the wedding we knew straight away that this was where we were going to go. Nothing was a problem. Anytime we wanted anything or wanted to check anything there was always someone on the other end of the line or if we called to the hotel there was always someone there straight away ... Read more
by Michelle O Connell on Wed, 25th November, 2015
Hi, I got married to my wonderful husband in the shearwater ballinasloe september 2014. The staff there made it the easiest wedding to plan. They had so much to offer. They had plenty of advice and time for us. On the day, everything was perfect, just as we imagined. The room was immaculate and magical. Everything went so smoothly and the staff were excellent. All the guests commented on the food, decorated room and staff. We couldn't of asked for more. A year gone by and we were invited back for dinner and complimentary stay in the bridal suite. It was such a nice touch, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves reminicing over our special day. To all the staff especially gareth, ... Read more
by Sarah C on Wed, 25th November, 2015
We couldn't have asked for a better service than that provided by Garreth and Karen in the Shearwater. They were so helpful in every aspect leading up to our big day. On the day they provided everything we had requested, and then some. Our guests kept commenting on the lovely staff, the amazing food and the relaxed atmosphere on the day. We couldn't have asked for better. The value for money was unbelievable. We have recommended the Shearwater to our friends and are looking forward to many more weddings there.
by Caroline & Kevin O'Hare on Tue, 17th November, 2015
We had our wedding reception in the Shearwater on the 17th October 2015 and what a fantastic day we had. Karyn, Des, Garrett, Estella and Daire are a fantastic team and did everything possible to ensure the day went smoothly. They were so easy to deal with and they ensured all details were discussed and confirmed down to the finer details. We were living out of the country in the build up to the big day but Karyn ensured we had nothing to worry about as she was easily contactable and able to answer any questions we had. The function room looked beautiful. The food was great - tasty and plenty of it. One thing that stood out on the ... Read more
by leona & Wayne Murphy on Mon, 16th November, 2015
We had our wedding in the Shearwater hotel on the 31st of October 2015. Everything was first class from when we entered the hotel until we checked out the following morning and we really couldn't have wished for more. All the help given to us in the months running up to the wedding was fantastic. Everything we asked for was never a problem and we greatly appreciate it. Everyone who was at the wedding could not say enough about the hotel. From the food to the staff who were outstanding on the day. Gareth, Des and Karyn were so helpful and friendly to everybody and could not have done anymore for us to ensure our wedding day was perfect. I ... Read more
by Teresa Finnerty on Sat, 14th November, 2015
All the team at the Shearwater Hotel were absolutely amazing for our wedding day. Everyone was very friendly and helpful and they made sure that our day ran very smoothly, they accommodated our every need. I would like to thank all the team at Shearwater for an wonderful wedding day reception. A full five stars!!
by Teresa & Joe Larkin on Thu, 5th November, 2015
We had a brilliant day on our wedding in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe.I would like to thank the staff & especially Karyn, Des & Garrett for all their help in the lead up to the wedding and the day of it.They were so professional and helpful.
by Helena and dave dolan on Sat, 31st October, 2015
The venue has opted to withhold this review.
by P&A McDowall on Sat, 31st October, 2015
We recently had the Shearwater Hotel as our wedding venue and cannot speak highly enough of the venue itself, the food, and the wonderful staff. Every staff member was so helpful and available to us. In particular, Karyn and Des went above and beyond the call of duty from the minute we met them both to the wedding day. Anything we asked for they provided, and even things we didn't request! The Ferrero Rocher stand was such an unexpected but amazing surprise. We lost count of the amount of guests who commented on Karyn and Des' presence through out the day. The meal was also amazing and lived up to our expectations. We also availed of the dessert buffet which ... Read more
by Anita & Pat on Sat, 31st October, 2015
We cannot thank you both enough for everything ye did for us. It really was such an amazing day and ye were a massive part of that. People keep saying to us how you both were so fantastic. Thank you so much. We will definitely call in sometime to say thank you in person.
by C&T on Sat, 31st October, 2015
We could not ask for more, such a great place to have our wedding ceremonies and dinner, the food was outstanding. Thank you su much to all the team in the hotel
by Ciara Monaghan on Fri, 30th October, 2015
Excellent hotel . Food superb and loads of it. Excellent waiting staff. Extremely helpful and went out of there way to accomodate any request .
by Kar & Ger on Thu, 29th October, 2015
Great day had by all! The meal was absolutely outstanding and everybody commented on it
by Chris & Amanda on Sat, 19th September, 2015
Did everything possible to help.
by AMH on Sat, 19th September, 2015
The manager and wedding coordinator couldn't have been more helpful and all the staff on the night. Anything we asked for they provided. The meal was delicious and the function hall was set up beautifully.
by Lisa & Colin Fitzgerald on Fri, 18th September, 2015
I definitely would recommend this hotel to everyone for a wedding. The food was outstanding, the room was gorgeous, the wedding co-ordinaries were so helpful on the day and all the time leading up to it. If I was to redo my wedding day all over again I wouldn't change anything about the hotel.
by Lisa Naughton & John Kelly on Thu, 17th September, 2015
Amazing staff, beautiful hotel, food was delicious people still talking about it. Thanks so much to Gareth & staff
by Louise Fahy & Seán Maguire on Thu, 17th September, 2015
We highly recommend this hotel for any couple who is getting married in the future..the hotel is gorgeous,the staff so friendly,the management and wedding co ordinator couldn't do enough for us in lead up to the day and of course the day itself..they were so professional and very approachable. The food is always a worry with couples who are getting married..will it be up to standard? Will it be hot enough? Well the Shearwater even exceeded our expectations..the food was amazing as was the service on the night..Our guests were still talking about it 2 weeks after the wedding???? So for any newly engaged couple this is definitely a hotel worth checking out and seeing..xx
by Lorraine O'Brien & Neil Brice on Thu, 17th September, 2015
11 out of 10, outstanding, surpassed anything we could have wished for, the day was perfect, people told us it was the best wedding they had been to. Des, who looked after us on the day was in a league of his own, a legend in his own right, thank ye all so much.
by Paul & Nuala on Tue, 23rd December, 2014
Thank you so much to Karyn, Gareth & all at the Shearwater for all their professionalism, organisation, and efficiency with making our Wedding Day a day to remember. We would highly recommend to anyone thinking of having it as their Wedding venue.
by Sinead Rattigan on Fri, 28th November, 2014
Can not speak highly enough about the Carlton shearwater Ballinasloe; we had a fabulous wedding day from start to finish. From the moment we booked our wedding we found the staff so helpful and so accessible. The hotel is lovely; ours was a Halloween wedding & the decorations were just beautiful, really tasteful. The food & drinks on arrival were lovely & plentiful (we were told , we didn't see it ourselves). The function room looked truly magical & the dinner was amazing, the afters food was also gorgeous. We had so little organising to do as the staff had everything taken care of, the whole day ran so smoothly. The staff really do a wonderful job to ensure the ... Read more
by Lorraine on Thu, 13th November, 2014
We had our wedding at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel last month and I cannot recommend it enough. We were looked after so well from the moment we booked the wedding right up until the big day. The service was excellent, staff friendly and they gave us everything we wished for and more. You won’t find a better hotel for your wedding. Flawless! Lorraine & Declan O'Donnell
by caroline mc hugh on Tue, 28th October, 2014
To whom it may concern, We Had our wedding Reception in The shear Water in Ballinasloe on Saturday 30th November 2013, I cannot praise the Hotel and its Staff enough, Everything was excellent, ie service for the meal, standard of food, the staff were so polite and friendly, We got so many compliments from our guests about the hotel. I was a pleasure dealing with the Hotel. I would rate it star
by Jennifer on Thu, 23rd October, 2014
The shearwater were always so helpful with queries and requests. Everything went without a hitch on the day and allowed us to sit back and relax. I could not recommend tge venue and the staff more. :-)
by Noel O'Brien on Fri, 17th October, 2014
We had our wedding at the shearwater hotel on the 14th of Sep 2013.our day was made so relaxed and special thanks to the shearwater and all the staff.the service and food was wonderful and I would highly recommend anyone to have their wedding venue there.
by Lisa murphy on Fri, 17th October, 2014
We had our Wedding Ceremony and Reception in the Shearwater in september, every little detail was taken care of from the day we booked. The managers were in constant contact with us answering all of our many questions! The whole wedding ran so smoothly, their professionalism was second to none! They were present for the whole day and night making sure everything was as stress free as possible. The meal was amazing!!! So tasty, presented beautifully and service was so quick, all the waiting staff were friendly and looked after everyone so well. We availed of the complementary BBQ the next day too, loads of different food and very tasty! The Wedding Packages are fantastic, so much choice of food ... Read more
by Olivia & Kieran Egan on Thu, 14th November, 2013
Hi Annette, Can I just thank you all so much for the wonderful day we had on the 22nd March. All our guests said the food was absolutely fantastic as was the service. The layout of the ballroom was exquisite. The bedrooms were fabulous and all commented general comfort, the morning after breakfast was excellent too. We can’t thank you, Jackub and Conor enough for the help throughout the preparations and will see you all again next year as a close friend of ours has also booked her wedding in the Carlton. We will never forget the hospitality shown by all of you. Regards, Olivia & Kieran
by A. Costello on Tue, 12th November, 2013
The Wedding Day of our dreams.......we really enjoyed having our wedding at the The Carlton Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Annette and all the staff went the extra mile to ensure everything went perfectly - even when we arrived early! They were on hand from as soon as we had booked with them, helping with menus, table names, wedding favours anything that needed to be done. The Plaza suite was out of this world the way it was dressed. Their experience with handling weddings was invaluable ensuring we hadn't overlooked anything. In short, we couldn't recommend them highly enough. If you have your reception at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel you are guaranteed a delicious meal, enjoyable, professional and stress-free ... Read more
by caroline ward on Sat, 9th November, 2013
We got married in the Carlton shearwater 4th August 2012 it was the best day of our lives, the venue is just amazing its like another world once you get inside,the staff couldn't do enough for us, Annette and Sinead were very helpful to us on the run up to our big day,we change our minds with menu 3 times and it was no problem,we couldn't have asked for more.
by Brenda Ryan on Mon, 4th November, 2013
The Carlton Shearwater is a fantastic venue for a wedding, i would highly recommend it. We got married here on 20th Sept 2013. The staff were very professional and a pleasure to deal with, Annette, Jacob, Conor, Estella and John, just to mention a few. The food is excellent, and the hotel in general is of very high standard. We really enjoyed our experience.
by Marisa Jones on Sun, 3rd November, 2013
I cannot recommend this hotel enough, from the moment I booked this venue to the day of the wedding their attention to detail was outstanding. They were an absolute pleasure to deal with it. All of our guests commented on the friendliness of the staff, their professionalism but above all the relaxed atmosphere around the hotel. The standard of food on the day of the wedding was 5 star, each plate was beautifully presented and the food literally melted in your mouth. I would highly recommend this hotel for a wedding or any other occasion.
by Tom Kelly on Fri, 1st November, 2013
We got married on the 9th of February 2013. Our reception was held in the Carlton Shearwater in Ballinasloe. I can honestly say from the day we first went to the hotel and met Annette and the staff they could not have been more welcoming and helpful. We were given 5 star treatment and that was before we even booked them! In the run up to the wedding they were always available to give us any advice we needed and no stone was left unturned in preparation for the big day. On the day itself they treated us like royalty and the service provided on the day was unbelievable. The dining room was beautifully prepared and the food was outstanding. ... Read more
by Julie & Ronan on Thu, 31st October, 2013
We had an amazing day. Our wedding at the carlton shearwater hotel was perfect. The staff, food and hotel itself was fantastic. Thank you so much to the hotel staff for making our day one we will never ever forget.
by Ronan Murphy on Thu, 31st October, 2013
Every part of dealing with the Carlton Shearwater Ballinasloe exceeded our expectations. Annette, our wedding organiser, was always on hand to answer any of our queries and accommodate all of our requests - without fuss. The was everything was organised for us reassured us that everything was going to be perfect on the day - and it was. The staff were second to none and went above and beyond the call of duty for us.
by Niamh Devoy on Wed, 30th October, 2013
We got married on May 31st in Carlton Shearwater Hotel. We had a fantastic day. Everything ran smoothly from the beginning to the end. This is all because of the fantastic staff in the Carlton Shearwater Hotel. The staff were always so helpful, from the day we booked the venue up to the day itself. They were in constant contact with us during the preparations for the big day and then on the day itself they were at our beck and call to ensure that our day was exactly how we wanted it. It was a magical day and that is thanks to the support we received. I would highly recommend the Carlton Shearwater Hotel as a wedding venue.
by Johnpaul on Wed, 30th October, 2013
The Carlton shearwater hotel is out of this world with their wedding and packages they have to offer , the staff are outstanding , couldn't do enough for us, we always look forward to any functions we are invited to at the Carlton shearwater hotel :)
by Deirdre Gately on Mon, 7th October, 2013
Myself and my husband had our wedding reception in the Carlton Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe on 15th June 2012. We were absolutely delighted with the service that was provided for us. We had no complaints whatsoever. The staff went out of their way to make our day the happiest day of our lives. We would highly recommend to anyone getting married to go to the Shearwater. Its a beautiful hotel.
by Lyn Buckley on Sun, 6th October, 2013
Myself and my husband Kevin could not recommend the Carlton Shearwater high enough. We picked a day and visited 4 hotels and the Shearwater came up the best. Anything we wanted they would do no problem, anything we asked for they had no problem getting for us. Excellent value with all the trimmings, whereas the other hotels were charging us for the extras. Annette was in contact making sure everything was going ok for us up to our wedding day and Jacob was outstanding on the day, making sure we had nothing to worry about and we were enjoying ourselves. One of my friends has booked her wedding there as she was at our wedding and is really looking forward ... Read more
by Rose Kelly on Fri, 4th October, 2013
I cannot say enough good about this hotel.we had our wedding in the carlton shearwater hotel in march of this year and it ws all we could have wished for and more. The staff at the carlton shearwater could not have done enough for us,they really and truely were out of this world.From start to finish they could not have done enough to make sure our wedding was all we wanted.Food and decor were amazing on the day......and people are still raving about the evening food.1 word......amazing.
by Debra Grennan Keighery on Thu, 3rd October, 2013
Wouldn't have changed our venue at the shearwater for a free wedding anywhere else, from the time we booked our wedding with them, the wedding co-ordinators & staff were always very obliging, approachable and accommodating , they offer the most fantastic wedding packages at an affordable price and they will do anything to please the bride, groom and their families, as we have a son we had the kiddies club for him and other children attending the wedding , you wouldn't have taught there was a child in the hotel at all, they were well entertained in the club. Also after attending several weddings there I could not fault the hotel or staff in any way only thank them for ... Read more
by Andrew Drake on Thu, 3rd October, 2013
We got married here in April 2013. I can't say enough good stuff about this hotel. They were so helpful in the build up for the big day and took all of the stress out of it. Whoever says planning your wedding is a nightmare has clearly never used the Shearwater. The day itself went as smooth as we could have wished for. All the staff were brilliant, the management team that bought it all together did such a good job that my wife and I could just enjoy ourselves, which is what it is all about. The best review I can give is that if anyone ever asked me about this hotel, I would suggest they use it and ... Read more
by Richard Bourke on Tue, 27th November, 2012
We had a fantastic day at the Carlton Shearwater for our wedding on 10/08/2012. Everything was first class, from build up to the day itself. The meal was excellent and they were very attentive to our needs all through. The function room looked fantastic on the day and the bridal suite was lovely. All our guests also commented on it and how they enjoyed the experience there, I would definitely recommend it!
by Lorraine & Sean Hackett on Sun, 7th October, 2012
We got married on the 4th May 2012 and had our reception in the Carlton Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe. From the minute we booked the wedding with the Shearwater hotel to the day of the wedding they were a pleasure to deal with and so professional. Nothing was ever a problem for them. When it came to the day itself we were utterly gobsmacked at how beautiful the function room looked. The food and service on the day was amazing. All of the guests at the wedding commented after our wedding that it was the best hotel they were ever at a wedding in as the food and service was the best they had ever experienced at a wedding. The ... Read more
by reviewer87462861 on Fri, 28th September, 2012
Many thanks to all the staff for making our wedding reception so special, right from the start Annette was such a pleasure to work with, nothing was too much trouble for her and made us feel so relaxed from start to finish. Donnacha was every bit as helpful and totally accommodating to us as regards the meal,the hot buffet for our evening guest, which have since said should be done for all evening guests........ SO.... it just might set a trend. All in all even the following day the same attention to care and detail was very clear to see. I cannot compliment staff and hotel enough Kindest regards Caroline and Thomas Neilan wedding date 8th Sept 20012 .
by Denise Byrne on Fri, 28th September, 2012
I couldnt fault the hotel even if I tried, from the beginning all the staff were on hand to answer any of my questions no matter how small they were, Sinead and Annette were great, the whole weekend we were made to feel so special everyone knew our names from the cleaning ladies to the barman, the food was superb our guests still talk about it, I cant recommend the Carlton enough.
by marie on Fri, 28th September, 2012
We had our wedding at the Carlton Shearwater and it was a amazing. From the day we booked our wedding the staff at the Shearwater could not do enough for us, anything we wanted we got it. On the day of the wedding we were treated like royalty. the food and service was 5star all day. All guests said how wonderful the hotel was - the rooms, the service and the food & drink were all 5star. I cannot say enough good things about this hotel and would recommend it for anyone the have their wedding there
by April Costello on Fri, 28th September, 2012
We celebrated our Wedding Day in the Carlton Shearwater Hotel on July 20th. Our entire experience was absolutely amazing.From planning and organising to the actual day itself was a fantastic experience. The staff are 100 percent professional, helpful and efficient, this applies to every member of staff that we dealt with from the enquiry stage to the Wedding day itself. The hotel was decorated to our exact specification. The food was the best we have ever had and this was also expressed by our guests. Overall, The Carlton Shearwater Hotel & it's staff helped us to have the most wonderful Wedding Day we could ever have asked for.Thanks guys. April & Geoff Costello.
by marie dolan on Fri, 28th September, 2012
i will keep this review short and simple,the carlton shearwater hotel gave myself and my husband the best day of our lives..to begin we live in new york and were home for christmas and we went to see the shearwater as a possible venue for our easter wedding we did not have to visit another hotel we booked it on the spot..so we headed back to new york with our deposit paid and did not have to visit the hotel again till one week before the wedding,the event managers sinead and annette organized all for me it was like having a personal wedding organizer for the day,as we were away we could not be around for some of the decison ... Read more
by Aine Kelly on Fri, 28th September, 2012
We are almost one year married now... we will never forget the Shearwater Hotel and highly recommend it to any newly married couples for their Wedding venue. The preparation stages was made so easy by the professionalism of the Shearwater staff, it was simply second to none. The day itself was exquisite!... the welcome on arrival, the fabulous lay out in the foyer area, the room was decorated to our bridal party colours and it looked just amazing. The food was simply top class - evryone commented on it being the "best Wedding meal" thay had ever had! Thank you Shearwater! Simply the best! Aine & David xx