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“Well worth the drive from Dublin , very good experience” 4 of 5 stars
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Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Inishowen, Ballyliffin, Ireland   |  
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doolin
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Well worth the drive from Dublin , very good experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

The lodge was really nice, great location and great value for our long weekend.
The staff were exceptionally helpful and efficient. We were very impressed.

There was a wedding going on which made us wonder if it would be noisy. We need not have worried, they gave us a quiet room and even left ear plugs for us, which we didn't need ! We will go back. Many thanks to the staff.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JoDBL, Customer Care Team at Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa Hotel, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Dear Mary, Thank you for posting your kind review, it is great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us recently and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best Wishes from all the staff.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I had our wedding reception here, and we're very impressed with everything. A massive thank you to Breda, Laura, Jo and all staff here you made our day run so smoothly and amazing. And for looking after all our guests who have said it was the best wedding they have ever been to, the setting, food and staff were amazing. You all very attentive throughout the day and the food was lovely even though we were 40 minutes late. We would recommend you to anyone. A massive thank you again

Jacqueline and Andrew King

Stayed August 2012
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JoDBL, Customer Care Team at Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa Hotel, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Dear Jacqueline and Andrew, thank you for your five star rating on our hotel for your recent wedding reception. It was such a special day and we are glad you chose the Ballyliffin Lodge to celebrate your day. You were both a pleasure to work with and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best Wishes for the future from all the team here at the Lodge.
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Newtownards
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We spent a very peaceful, relaxing three day break at the Ballyliffin Lodge. Swimming pool was a special perk. Quiet first thing in the morning. Great start to the day! Staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. View of the Atlantic Ocean, every time you walked out of the hotel front door, was exceptional and different each time, depending on the sky!! I was able to park up the car and not use it for two days because the walks were so convenient and accessible from the Lodge. Looking forward to our return visit!

Room Tip: Second floor rooms have skylight windows and you might find them noisy if it rains. If funds availa...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JoDBL, Customer Care Team at Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa Hotel, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Dear Caroline, Thank you for posting your kind review, i am delighted to hear you enjoyed your break here with us at the Ballyliffin Lodge and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best Wishes
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012 via mobile

Stayed at the hotel last week,the hotel is very nice, the location and setting lovely, but I was part of the wedding party and the food was very poor , pre heated and tasteless and the service not much better.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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JoDBL, Customer Care Team at Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa Hotel, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
Dear Guest,
I am disappointed to receive such feedback in relation to your recent stay with us, we receive fantastic comments from our weddings and we pride ourselves in the quality and service we provide here at the Ballyliffin Lodge. I would welcome the chance to discuss this further if you could email me at jo@ballyliffinlodge.com or telephone me on 00353749378200. Kind Regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights last week, also on a Goupon deal. We paid an extra 50Euro for a room upgrade to a superior sea view room, well worth the extra money. The room (208) was lovely with a beautiful sea view, really comfortable super kingsize bed and a liitle sitting area. It was the best nights sleep we have ever had in any hotel, the room was so quiet.

The first thing we noticed about the hotel was how clean everywhere was and how friendly and welcoming all of the staff were, from the lovely receptionist to the waitng staff. All had a ready smile and it seemed that nothing was a bother to any of them.

We ate both evenings in Jack's Bar and found the food marvellous, the service great and the prices for a 4* Hotel very reasonable as were the drinks. The breakfasts were the best we have had in ANY hotel we have ever stayed in. Although it was a buffet, the chef was frequently out with fresh fried eggs, bacon etc. and there was a great choice of everything. I particularly liked the fresh fruit salad and wheaten bread.

The Doagh Famine Village is well worth a trip, it is so close. We found it great fun and enjoyed the organised tour, so informative and entertaining. The Safe House and the Ghost House were hilarious. Loved the complimentary tea/ coffee included in the entrance charge and the craic from the staff there.

Pollan Beach is a lovely short walk from the hotel and is so clean and quiet. It was nice to have a walk down there and a cold pint sitting outside the hotel on return!

We didn't use the Spa or pool because the weather was so nice but it did look fantastic.

We would definately recommend the Ballyliffin Lodge to anyone, we could not find any fault at all with the hotel and look forward to returning there soon. Hopefully the weather will be as nice next time! ( Hope that Groupon will do it again :)))

Room Tip: 208 was great.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JoDBL, Customer Care Team at Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa Hotel, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
Dear Guest, Many thanks for your wonderful 5 star rating review. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience here in Ballyliffin and i look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future. Best Wishes from all the team.
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Portadown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

My wife and I have just had a wonderful stay at the Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa Hotel. I bought a 2 night B&B break through Groupon.

On our arrival, the receptionist noticed that our booking was for a twin room. She instinctively knew that this was a mistake by the hotel and assured us that she would find a double room for us. Not only did she sort this out very quickly, but she give us one of their superior rooms with a sea view over Pollen Bay at no extra charge.

The room was very big with an extra large king size bed and single bed, ensuite bathroom with power shower, quality toiletries, a flat screen TV (with a good number of channels), a small table and 2 chairs, tea/coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, free wi-fi access, a trouser press and iron, a safe and mini bar. The room was spotlessly clean and the bed was very comfortable indeed with crisp cotton sheets.

We had a meal in the hotel on one of the nights and there was a good range of food on offer which can be ordered from 3 different menus. For example they do a 4 course for 25 euro per head but we ordered from the bar menu and although we intended to have 3 courses we could only manage a starter and mains each, so big were the portions. The food was excellent and along with a bottle of red wine, the bill came to just 44 euro for the two of us. Breakfast was a self service buffet and everything was perfectly cooked and hot. The sausages were especially nice.

We made use the swimming pool on our first evening and it was quite a good size, very clean and a nice temperature. The steam room and sauna were also very good.

Although there’s really not a lot in Ballyliffin itself, the hotel is perfectly situated for sightseeing around the Inishowen Peninsula. Doagh Famine Village is just a short distance from the hotel and is well worth the visit as is Glenevin Waterfall and Malin Head etc.

I really can’t fault anything about this hotel. The staff were professional and friendly, the food was excellent, the room was warm and clean as was the rest of the hotel and the bed was extremely comfy. I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you’re thinking about visiting this part of Donegal then you won’t get much better than the Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa Hotel.

Room Tip: Superior rooms have a sea view over looking Pollen Beach.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JoDBL, Customer Care Team at Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa Hotel, responded to this review, September 8, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind review , I am glad to hear you and your wife had an enjoyable experience here at the Ballyliffin Lodge. I will pass on your comments to the rest of the team here and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. All the best.
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Derry, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Had Sunday lunch in this hotel and thought it was excellent, unfortunalely didnt have the same experience when I booked an overnite stay for my sister-in-laws birhday treat. Though I would be in a 'proper dining room' instead we were subjected to eating in a diner for want of a better description. Music was blaring, couldnt hear ourselves talk. Ordered wine with my meal and was having dessert when wine finally arrived. Same thing at breakfast - ordered coffee (twice) only to be served when i was getting ready to leave. Also, very disappointed with choice of menu for dinner (only allowed to order from a certain menu) felt i was being penalized for being a guest in the hotet. Would not recommend this hotel

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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JoDBL, Customer Care Team at Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa Hotel, responded to this review, September 8, 2012
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your comments. I am sorry your service in the restaurant was not what it should of been. All our diners have the option of our bar menu or restaurant menu depending on what type of package guests have booked they always have the option of upgrading if not on our restaurant package. We recently renovated our Restaurant and bar area for the better and it has proved extremely popular with guests and our locals. The segmentation allows for a separate dining area from the bar which works very well. I will pass your comments to the rest of the team and hope you will return to the hotel in the future. Best Regards
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Address: Inishowen, Ballyliffin, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Ulster > County Donegal > Ballyliffin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Ballyliffin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa Hotel 4*
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