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Lough Allen Hotel & Spa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Curraghill, Drumshanbo, Ireland (Formerly Ramada Hotel and Suites at Lough Allen)   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Drumshanbo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Co Antrim
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Relaxing Break!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We have just returned from a very relaxing two night stay at the Lough Allen Hotel. All of the hotel staff we met were very welcoming, the rooms were spacious and spotlessly clean. We enjoyed an excellent meal in the hotel restaurant and my 5 year old son was so impressed with the Spaghetti Bolognese that he told the waitress that it was 'the best spaghetti in the whole wide world ever!'
Whilst the hotel looked to be very quiet, the restaurant and bar was busy both nights of our stay and the live entertainment on both nights provided a really good atmosphere.
My two sons were thrilled to see that there were football nets and a play area on the large grounds and they had a ball in the swimming pool.
I spoiled myself with a treatment in the spa which was administered by a lovely German lady who made me feel very at ease and thoroughly relaxed.
The hotel is a fantastic base for exploring the nearby attractions and I would definitely recommend a visit to Lough Key Forest Park in Co. Roscommon.
We had a wonderful stay and I would have no qualms about returning to stay at the Lough Allen.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Western Ireland, Ireland
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

Stayed in June for three nights with my Mum . It was a fantastic hotel break. The staff are without exception very friendly and helpful and take pride in their work. It's rare to find such good local staff who really promote the area and the hotel , it's very good for business. We got a room upgrade with lake views. Dinner was included and it was very tasty with generous portions . The chef even came out of the kitchen to see if everyone enjoyed their meal !! The bar had a great atmosphere with a local singer who was outstanding . People were clapping and singing and having fun while looking out at the sun going down over Lough Allen. What more could you ask for ! The hotel also has a leisure centre which is top class especially the outdoor hot tub ! My mum went to the spa to purchase some products and found the lady Ursula there to be a fountain of knowledge . She spent time telling her about different products and have her loads of samples . Needless to say we will be back ! Overall it's a great place from which to explore Lovely Leitrim . Would highly recommend you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Western Ireland, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We recently stayed at the Lough Allen Resort for a Sunday/Monday break. Price for the two nights for two adults and a child (over 4) was €159 with breakfast incuded. This review is based on that price for those days during peak holiday period.

Location:
Walking distance from Drumshanbo, on the shores of Lough Allen. Within 20 minutes of Carrick-on-Shannon, with boat trips, Sliabh An Iarann walking trails (a must for walkers), Arigna Mining experience (A must for everyone). Drumshanbo has some of the most traditional and untouched pubs in Ireland, though it is short on Restaurants. Glencar Waterfall is 30 minutes away. An equestrian centre and boat moorings are also in the grounds of the hotel. Leitrim is probably one of the most underrated counties in the country, but there is easily a week of activities for those willing to explore.

Reception/Check in:
Parking was ample and well located with a reception drop off area drop off area. Parking spaces for people with disabilities are located very close to the hotel entrance. Check-in was efficient, and informative, with a full run-down of the hotel given. Reception staff were very helpful, pleasant and efficient.

Rooms:
Our initial room was a double + single, but was opposite the playroom. We immediately requested a new room and were catered for straight away, and got a double + 2 * Single bed family room. A little tight for a family of four, but no major issue. Larger suites are available. Rooms and en suites are very clean and decorated to a good standard. Beds are comfortable, showers are powerful and storage is ample.

Food:
Breakfast is the usual Irish fare. with limited pastries and fruit options (something to be improved), although the fruit salad was very fresh. Breakfast Staff were incredibly helpful and pleasant and should be credited for their excellent levels of service. Newspapers were also available in the restaurant in the morning. (as long as you like the Independent :) )
We did not have dinner in the restaurant, and ate out in Carrick-on-Shannon one night. We ate lunch and dinner in the bar on the second night. I will deal with Bar food and service in the next section

Bar:
Firstly Guinness drinkers have nothing to worry about. The level of drinks service was superb, and again the bar staff deserve credit for this. However, the food service in the bar needs serious improvement. To be clear; the staff are very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. The system for floor management is non-existent. Basically, with just over 12 covers seated, customers were waiting 15 minutes and more to get orders taken. It was fairly obvious that the floor was not split into differently owned stations, and the habit of keeping the head up looking for opportunities to clear and to take orders on return trips to the kitchen after serving tables was not practiced. A good floor management process will solve all problems here, as the staff are great once engaged with the customer.
The bar itself is modern, well laid out and has a long outdoor deck overlooking the playground, and lake. One tip I would offer to the bar management staff..... After a shower, wipe the chairs dry. Menu has something for everyone and food is of good quality.

Other Facilities:
- Leisure Centre: Well equipped gym, 15 meter pool, sauna, steam room and outdoor jacuzzi. All in good nick, clean and well maintained.
- Kids Club: 6pm - 10pm (unsure what months of the year this covers). Kids club staff were fantastic. My daughter did not want to come near us while she was there. Outdoor play in playground, painting, card games, outdoor games, kids movies etc.....
- Wifi - Free in common areas.... and it works.
- Entertainment: live music in the bar both nights.... And was great.

Summary:
This hotel is great value for the money paid, especially for a family with young kids. The kids club is free, and the leisure centre/pool is a major plus. There are some small maintenance issues that need to be dealt with, namely..... some external doors need to be varnished, stair carpets need to be replaced (and not with carpet), the rear area behind of the rooms nearest the entrance need to be cleaned up. These are the kind of things that could ultimately make the hotel look shabby. All in all though, this is a nice hotel, with great staff, and good facilities.

Room Tip: Not 101. It's opposite the playroom.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

A quiet place to relax and recharge. The spa was lovely, the restaurant food was very good and the bar had a lovely ambience. The views from the hotel room were fantastic and lots to do nearby. The staff were very friendly and helpful and very accommodating to us especially since we had a young baby with us.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dungannon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

we are just back from a 2 night stay in the Lough Allen Hotel and Spa.Did not realise how big a complex this is. It is a mixture of an hotel and chalets with I assume more private chalets surrounding it also. It is very well located with good views of the Lough. There was a good crowd about but having said that a lot of the chalets seemed vacant. Perhaps a sign of the times and the recession. Well why would they offer deals during the peak summer. I also noticed that there were very few northern Irish cars about. the bedroom we had 122 was a ground floor to the rear with a view of the lough and was very comfortable. If yo want a room with a view it is to the rear of the hotel you must ask for.
Well as others have said the hotel staff are very pleasant and only too willing to help. We elected for bar food and both of us were disappointed in the quality. I felt I was sitting in McDonalds eating their french fries. Please drop them from the menu which I might add was very limited for choice. I can only assume the main restaurant serves much better food. The breakfast was very good and is what I would have expected. The hotel is very family orientated which is great. A child's play room and play area outside which appeared to be supervised. I was impressed with this being a grand parent. There was entertainment every night but again your enjoyment will depend on your taste of music.
I would recommend going to Lough Key forest Park. It is beautiful and they have a very nice marina where you can also take a boat trip round the lough for 14 euro. The guys who run the trip are brilliant. Really make you feel at home and not just a fee paying passenger. All in all to sumarise I would say i would have no problem in returning to this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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18 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We had the package "electric unwind" : 2 Nights Bed & Breakfast, 4 Course Evening Meal on one night & rental of two electric bikes for one day.
When we arrived, we realized that half of the hotel is not occupied and it looks a bit gloomy at first sight... but staff welcomed us generously, upgrading our room for an executive with Lake view so we forgot how sad it looked from outside...
We had the surprise to have Live Music every night and we had great time, great fun, it is actually a place full of life !
The Bar and the Restaurant were good.
Our day out on the bikes was great. We were happy to have it included in the package because we wouldn't have paid 30 euro each for the bikes.... It is well organised, we had maps, bags, helmets, jackets and bikes are new but it is too expensive so we fell privileged to try it with the package. Leitrim is a beautiful county and it deserves to be known.

Lough Allen Hotel is a nice hotel, it is well located, the staff is very helpful and pleasant, food and atmosphere are good. It is just a pity to see it deteriorated and not well maintained. The last night was a nightmare... It was windy, it was raining and the windows seals were so used that it didn't stop the wind and water to come in. We had the feeling to sleep in a tent... This was the worse but there was few things that need to be repaired in this beautiful room and I expressed it to the reception when I left as I wish them to improve it and to keep running the business. It is just sad to see the building falling a part...

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Just spent 2 nights with my daughter in this hotel. We had a wonderful time, food was excellent, and staff could not have been more helpful.The lady in the
Spa treatment is very well informed and gave a product to my daughter that has totally cleared up her skin. Beautiful tranquil views that really so relaxing. We did the Arigna experience and it is unmissable. Drumshanbo people are very friendly. Highly recommend this area for a visit.

Room Tip: We had a twin room ensuite,with tea making facilities, nice balcony,with lovely rural views.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Curraghill, Drumshanbo, Ireland (Formerly Ramada Hotel and Suites at Lough Allen)
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Leitrim > Drumshanbo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Drumshanbo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Lough Allen Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lough Allen Hotel in County Leitrim in the Northwest of Ireland is truly somewhere special! Situated on the shores of Lough Allen, only 14 km from the bustling town of Carrick on Shannon, it is just a short walk to the town of Drumshanbo. This Luxury hotel of international allure combines with the stunning Leitrim countryside to offer the ideal destination; be it for the romantic short-break where spa treatments, leisure centre and a sumptuous candlelight dinner are all components that make for an unforgettable short break. Or is it a family re-union that would like to include organised activities during the day rounded off with a lavish family meal in the evening. As a wedding venue or conference centre, Lough Allen Hotel has played its part in creating success after success. The central location of the hotel in Leitrim facilitates tours and visits to the surrounding unspoiled countryside, always being able to return to the warm welcome of committed staff members! The many lakes that comprise the stunning Leitrim countryside, shopping in Sligo or Enniskillen,- the beaches of the Atlantic coast: any and all of these are just on our doorstep. So be assured whatever the reason for your visit, Lough Allen hotel & Spa at Lough Allen in Drumshanbo offers great value for money at any time of year and all our selling agents will offer you a package that suits your personal budget! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ramada Hotel Lough Allen
Ramada Leitrim
Leitrim Ramada
Lough Allen Hotel & Spa Ireland/Drumshanbo, County Leitrim

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