Ballymoney, Gorey, Co. Wexford
I went to Seafield recently for an overnight stay for my mum’s 60th and the 4-star hotel did very well indeed. It has a very easy-going air to it and even though there was a wedding and a few other groups there, it was nice and calm.
What has it got?
Hotel Bar and Restaurant:
Tables: The tables all have moveable chairs and some have arm rests. The tables are at a medium height so suit the level of a wheelchair well.
Doors: It’s mostly open plan at the bar and restaurant but any doors are wide and easy to open.
Ground: Marble floor.
Stairs: It’s all flat on the ground level but a lift goes to every floor.
Bathrooms: They have a wheelchair bathroom that is quite big but one thing to note is that the corridor leading to the bathrooms is incredibly dark.
They have wheelchair accessible rooms available.
Doors: The doors are quite heavy to the bedrooms, I had to throw my entire body weight to get the door open on my own.
Bed: The double bed is at a good height. No hoist comes with the room but I’ve been informed that jsdobbs.ie can deliver and set up hoists to hotels across Ireland.
Bathrooms: The roll-in shower is fitted with a seat and bars and they have railings beside the toilet. One criticism is that the sink is very high so it’s difficult to brush your teeth or wash your face.
Spaciousness: There is plenty of room in the bedroom for wheelchairs of all sizes.
Doors: The doors are all wide and easy to open here.
Tables: The tables in the waiting area are very low, probably at shin level when I sit in my chair.
Ground: Marble and carpet.
Stairs: All flat here.
Treatments: I went for a facial and the room was spacious and the bed had adjustable levels so I could hop on and off easily. It’s completely up to the individual whether or not their treatment rooms will suit them but as far as I can tell, they are very obliging here.
Helpfulness of Staff: The staff are quite helpful and will be able to help you with anything that you need.
Parking: They have a number of wheelchair parking spots close to the front door of the hotel.
Why did it lose points? I docked Seafield one point because the sinks in the accessible bedroom were too high and also the corridor down to the accessible bathroom at the bar and restaurant was incredibly dark. Also, the bedroom doors are very heavy to open but other than that, it’s a lovely place to stay.