Average rating: 4.9 based on 30 reviews
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