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“Fantastic experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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Water's Edge
The Ballyboe, Rathmullan, Ireland   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Rathmullan
Dublin
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

What a beautiful location which can be fully appreciated in this lovely small busy hotel. I thoroughly enjoyed two nights, dinner, bed and breakfast here with my two very young sons. Given that I had my hands full, I was a little nervous but I was helped at every turn by the most pleasant staff. The dinner was yummy but Breakfast was a little disappointing. We toured the fanad peninsula the first day and got the car ferry return the second day to tour inishowen. I would highly recommend the whole trip but defo this fantastic gem of a hotel!

  • Stayed August 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bath, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

This is a modern , well designed complex overlooking the water. Our room the Earl's Suite was a spacious , elegant room with an equally spacious and well designed bathroom with separate shower. We paid €110 for the night.
The overall effect was spoiled by a very grubby and stained carpet. Whilst the carpet in the corridors was a sensible and attractive dark rust red color the one in the bedroom was creamy and had been badly mistreated.
We had a wonderful rest in a supremely comfortable bed with really good linen. Very small towels were disappointing and inadequate.
The sound of the water lapping only feet from our windows and the dawn chorus were a delight.
Our experience in the restaurant was a great disappointment however. The impression one was left with was that there was no-one really in charge. The menu was well written and interesting and our wine, a French sauvignon blanc was excellent. The food itself was poorly cooked in parts and lacked any finesse.
The fish chowder tasted pretty good but it was the first time I have ever had crab-sticks in a fish soup. Given that they are not crab but processed white fish with red colouring added, a strange choice. Our fillets of fish were fresh tasting but hadn't been cooked with enough skill to reflect the quality of the ingredients. The skin was not crisp enough to be enjoyed and had to be discarded. The biggest disappointment was the vegetables which were badly cooked and poorly presented.
We ordered 2 portions of dauphinoise potatoes as side dishes at extra cost but our waitress didn't point out that there was a full vegetable dish of boiled new potatoes carrots and another served with the fish, this was not on the menu.
As for the dauphinoise, I accept that some people insist on adding cheese to this classic dish , I can't say I like it but the amount of cheese in this concoction was really quite unpleasant.
When I asked the waitress about the wine she said she couldn't help me as she didnt like wine... When I suggested that another waiter might advise she replied,' he isn't a wine drinker either.'
The cost of the meal with 10% tip with no dessert or coffee was €100. This was our last night of a wonderful trip to Donegal but this meal was a very big disappointment. At this price the food should have been a great deal better.
The service at breakfast was extremely inattentive and again no-one seemed in charge or taking any supervisory role to ensure the device received by the clients was of a standard.
What can't be denied is the fact that the setting and view from the rooms and restaurant is one of the nicest I have found anywhere, and the design and appearance of the building is really fantastic. A real shame therefore that the overall experience should be marred by sloppy attention to detail regarding the food and service.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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11 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We had dinner in this restaurant recently while staying in Rathmullan. It had been recommended to us by friends who had been there two weeks earlier and thought it was excellent. It lived up to our expectations with beautiful food well presented and very good value. The portions were very generous so there was no need to order side dishes. The staff were very friendly and informative about the dishes and the setting is beautiful. No hesitation in recommending this restaurant - will definitely go back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stayed on a B&B and dinner basis and loved it. Food was great and views across lough swilly make a beautiful backdrop. Rooms are luxurious and again have waters edge views. Bonus to wake up to the sound of waves lapping outside window. ( it was hot weather when we stayed in July)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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londonderry
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Called into the Water's Edge on Monday 29th with My Family for Dinner We were shown to a table with an excellent view of Lough Swilly. What I liked about the menu is that not only was it extensive but the range of food available suited all budgets. toasted sandwiches were available alongside fillet of salmon and Prime 10oz Sirloin Steak, the food was beautiful the service excellent and amazing value for money. Our meals plus tip for 4 people came to 48 euro

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hillsborough, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

was at the waters edge on sun 5th may 2013 for a family birthday there was 24 adults and kids staff were very professional and took our order with a polite and courteous manner the food was amazing we had the set menu at 19.50 euros pp everything was good, plenty of food,warm,and a great choice we will return again

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ramelton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Went to Waters edge with brother in law from England. Had the special dinner for two for 39 euros. Excellent quality and very professional service from waiters.There was a choice of six starters,6 main course and 5 sweets.Despite reading some adverse comments on Trip advisor prior to our visit we were more than pleased with the quality of the food and the waiter service.We will be back again in the near future

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Water's Edge

Address: The Ballyboe, Rathmullan, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Ulster > County Donegal > Rathmullan
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Rathmullan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
Water`s Edge Hotel Rathmullan
Waters Edge Rathmullan
Waters Edge Hotel Rathmullan
Water's Edge Rathmullan, Ireland - County Donegal

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