We stayed here for two nights as part of our holiday in Ireland this year. We were driving from Cork to Donegal and chose this spot as a location to stop off in between for some rest and relaxation.
On arrival at the hotel the first impressions aren't great. The entrance is via the entrance for the Castle Hume golf course and there is curretly construction of a golf driving range etc. underway here. Hence, the first thing we were geeted with on turning into the resort was what looked like a construction site - after spending a good few hours on the road anticipating our luxurious hotel this was a bit underwhelming to say the least.
The hotel is about 750 yards up the entrance road from the gate and to be honest the exterior of it doesn't quite fit in with the Lough Erne landscape. It has a very modern look to it (complete with turrets!) and the grey/white colour of the building is very drab. The car park area around the hotel is very barren and bare and really needs a bit of landscaping to give it a mature look. Again not what one expects when shelling out for a luxury hotel break and left us initially wondering if we were in the right place....
First impressions aside, the interior of the hotel is really beautiful and the staff and service is excellent. We really liked the old style decor complete with dark wood panelling, luxurious armchairs and lovely wood fires. Check in was efficient and painless and when escorted to our room we found it to be all that we had expected. The bathroom was lovely and spacious with a great shower and the room itself was lovely apart from the car park view!!
The Spa in the hotel is excellent also. There's a lovely little pool and excellent steam room and sauna etc. and lovely views of the lough and the Faldo golf course. While cooling down in between saunas I spent a few minutes watching play on the stunning 18th hole! My wife had a massage at the thai spa and it was brilliant also.
From a food and drink perspective we were impressed but not blown away by the fare in the hotel. On our first night we had food in the informal bar/lounge area and it was lovely. The menu consists of small dishes of which two make up a main meal. It was nice to be able to mix and match a bit and the food and service here was great. The bar is really comfortable and we spent a few hours post dinner relaxing in the afore mentioned armchairs. On the second night we eat in the golf clubhouse in preference to the Catalina restaurant (where the menu was a bit too traditional) and it was really only average - no better than can be had in any golf clubhouse in Ireland. Breakfast on both mornings was lovely though and again the service was brilliant.
For golfers there is a choice of two courses; - the signature Faldo course or the Castle Hume course. As my wife doesn't golf I played the Castle Hume course which is a nice course although it doesn't seem to be kept that well - the Faldo course is the real moey spinner but the green fees are a bit prohibitive at £100!
All in all we enjoyed our stay at Lough Erne but it's not a five star hotel - four star really. It seems to be basing the five star reputation on the accompanying Faldo course while neglecting some basic aspects of the guest experience and forgetting that many of the guests won't even play this course. We got a better deal than the rack rates on the internet but it was still expensive and we've stayed in nicer hotels in Ireland which are more reasonable. We wouldn't pay that kind of money to stay there again to be honest....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, host venue to the G 8 Summit 2013 is the first AA and NITB Five Star Hotel in Northern Ireland and was awarded 'Best Hotel' at the 2011 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards. In 2010, it was awarded ‘Golf Resort of The Year’ by the Irish Golf Tour Operators Association. The Resort is the ultimate expression in old world heritage and new world luxury, set on its very own 600 acre peninsula, between Castle Hume Lough and Lower Lough Erne, just outside Enniskillen, with stunning panoramic views from almost every vantage point. This unique luxury Fermanagh hotel’s facilities include: •120 luxury Rooms and Suites•Two Championship Golf Courses including The Faldo Course, a Golf World & Golf Monthly Top 20 Course (UK & Ireland) and the Championship Castle Hume Course•Rory McIlroy has been its Touring Professional representing The Resort around the World•The Golf Academy, a state of the art Practice and Tuition centre•Authentic Thai Spa, with Thai Therapists using Thai Products and techniques•A variety of innovative Dining Experiences with menus composed by Award winning Chef, Noel McMeel. Including: The Catalina Restaurant, The Blaney Bar with an Exclusive collection of 101 Irish Whiskies; The Loughside Bar & Grill, a variety of Afternoon Teas in The Garden Hall and The Halfway House located behind the 9th Green of The Faldo Championship Course•6 Conference & Meeting Rooms•Cygnets The 'BIG' Experience for our younger guests (0-11 years)•One of Ireland’s most romantic Wedding Venues. All this combined with warm, friendly and attentive service make Lough Erne Resort one of the world’s most magical destinations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lough Erne Hotel Enniskillen
- Lough Erne Enniskillen
- Lough Erne Resort Enniskillen, Northern Ireland