After our short visit to Belmullet, it was time for our drive to Ballina.  We navigated our way to the Downhill Inn.  I’d had a bad feeling aout this place ever since I saw its name on our itinerary.  Just didn’t sound good.  And it wasn’t.

The halls smelled of smoke and our room was decorated in Pre-Modern Hostel.  It really wasn’t what we had in mind.

We needed to find another hotel, but, as we’ve found to be a fairly typical feature of the Irish hotel — despite the Celtic Tiger and the “prominent place of Ireland in the modern technological era –” the wifi only worked in the lobby.  So off to the lobby we went and searched for a room in town.  We were able to find a vacancy at the Belleek Castle.  More on that to come!