We stayed in the Beach Hotel, Downings for 2 nights. The Hotel is modern, well appointed, comfortable and is scrupulously clean but what sets it apart from the rest is the staff - this hotel had the friendliest and most helpful staff we have ever encountered and they are the best ambassadors for Irish hospitality, warmth and good service.
When we arrived and were greeted by Darragh who gave us plenty of information about the area and what entertainment was available whilst we were there. We had emailed to ask for a roome with a seaview but on arrival we were allocated room 105 which faces onto the street and houses opposite which was slightly disappointing. However our room was cosy and warm with comfortable bed (a double & single in the room), good shower (wall mounted shower & soap dispensers which I hate!!), and free wifi. The bedding and towels were immaculately clean, however there was no floor mat available in the bathroom. If TV is important to you, you will find only the 4 Irish stations which I am assuming is a result of the digital switchover.
Breakfast and dinner were excellent with great service - hotel owners Charlie & Mairead McClafferty are always around to greet guests with a welcoming chat (I don’t think that they ever sleep!!) and Shauna was on hand at reception to answer any queries with a friendly smile. The blue flag bleach is just a few steps away and we had a lovely stroll there in between the heavy rain showers and the Atlantic Drive has some magnificent views not to be missed. All in all, a very pleasant experience which we would recommend to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Beach Hotel Downings is a newly renovated family run hotel located in the heart of the seaside village of Downings over looking Sheephaven Bay. The Beach Hotel offers 30 stylish en-suite bedrooms, fine cuisine in both the Restaurant and the Bar along with regular live traditional Irish music to liven up the atmosphere. Approximately 35 minutes from Letterkenny, 55 minutes from Derry and only 3.5 hours from Dublin. ... more less