I stand by my review title when I say that the Causeway lodge puts most 5 star hotels to shame. I have stayed in a few 5 star hotels through work trips etc and none of them can compare to this place. I'll section this review off into the components you need to know about to help you in your decision whether to stay here or not but I can tell you before I have finished this review that you should go ahead and book it now without reading any more of this review..it is THAT good!
Getting there - Sat navs somehow take you to a field about 3 miles away so bring your own map or go to their website and download the instructions on getting there or again do what we eventually did...call them if you get lost and they will guide you there.
Arrival - The lodge is immaculate in every sense from the lush exterior to the even MORE lush interior. We were greeted like a lost family member who has just appeared again after 20 years away, with warmth and hot drinks and a snack. Anne and Lyle are exceptional hosts and Anne is a landlady at the top of her profession. Nothing is too much trouble and her knowledge and experience of dealing with people, should be the blue print for every hotel/guesthouse in the land!
Room - On being taken to our room (Dunluce suite) we were blown away at the high quality of the room. With a luxury bathroom, super sized king size bed, lounge area with free fast wifi and multi channel tv you won't be left with any needs. Spacious and clean with very thoughtful touches like the packets of biscuits and proper coffee machine, you will have no need to ask for anything but even if you did, you'd get it served with a smile.
Food - Wow...just wow! The breakfast, as others have commented on here, puts any hotel I've been in to shame. For the size of the guesthouse (more like a condensed 6 star luxury boutique hotel in reality) this place packs a punch well worthy of its 5 star rating. I am convinced that they have a supermarket stashed away at the back of the property as the amount of different foods you could choose from defies belief. From waffles to a full irish fry, breakfast bars for those on the go, to a multitude of different cereals, breakfast at the Causeway Lodge is a marvel! We heard another couple who stayed in another room asking for less items on their fry as there was too much. Not often you'll hear something like that hence it stuck in our minds as being a reflection of just how good the choice is there.
***SPECIAL EATING REQUIREMENTS*** - You just have to mention if you have any allergies or intolerances and they will be taken care of without so much as a murmur. So called 5 star hotels I have stayed at can't compete with the Causeway Lodge in making sure their guests are taken care of if they have eating requirements!
Eating out/Things to do - Being locals themselves, Lyle and Anne are a fountain of knowledge for things to do and see and if you wanted to eat out they would arrange a table for you and sort out taxis for you as well...nothing was too much trouble for them to do to help us with getting out and about to see the coast!
Final thoughts - Book this place now, just go and do it. You might be looking at the prices and wondering if you could get another night by staying somewhere else at the price but you're doing yourself an injustice and it is false economy. I'd rather stay 3 nights here than 4 or 5 nights in a 4 star hotel elsewhere. Bang for buck you can't go wrong with the Causeway Lodge, if I could give it 6 stars I would have, no problem. The likes of these luxury hotels in London should be looking at this place to see how luxury accommodation SHOULD be done!
Stunning place and I would...no make that WILL, be back here when I can. Top top stay and worthy award winners as the best 5 start guesthouse in N.Ireland. Bravo!
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- Causeway Lodge Bushmills, Northern Ireland
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