We stayed here in August 2009. This Hotel has a number of drawbacks:
* it has no grounds of its own to walk in.
* it fronts onto a road that is so narrow and in such bad condition that it is dangerous to drive on, never mind walk.
* food is 'over the top' neuvelle cuisine..tiny portions, strange mix of ingredients, etc. No 'ordinary' food options. Very expensive ...€65 per person! As an alternative I can recommended either Vasco in Fanore or Monks in Ballyvaughan.
* one previous reviewer referred to stunning Atlantic views. All I can say is that you need to bring your binoculars if you want to be able to see the sea from the dining room.
* hotel is cold and damp. Musky damp smell ,particularly in the corridors. Heating is totally inadequate. Not surprisingly, the hotel closes between November and March.
* miserable fires. One or two briquettes (Irish form of mechanised peat). sitting in a big empty fireplace. No logs. IN a countrty house Hotel you expect a nice log fire.
* an incredible €14 service charge for breakfast in bed! Staff seemed to be expecting a top on top!
Some good points:
* the room we had was very nice and large.
* easy accesss to the Burren area.
* vary quiet. No TVs' so no blaring TV from room next door, which seems to be the scurge of modern hotels.
Overall, this Hotel is vastly overpriced and that's saying something in Ireland! Sorry, but we wouldn't go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With breathtaking views across Galway Bay and idyllically situated overlooking the unique Burren landscape, this is the ultimate luxury and gourmet hideaway. Simon and Frederieke manage this oasis of comfort and offer genuine Irish hospitality, award winning innovative cooking and elegant bedrooms free from the intrusion of televisions. Antiques, modern art, turf fires, candlelight and garden flowers add to the indulgently relaxing atmosphere. The ideal location from which to enjoy the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Walking, Cycling, Aran Islands, Horse Riding, Surfing, Sea Angling and Golf. Awards include: Best Country House Award 2013, AA Hotel of the Year 2012, AA 3 Rosettes 2014. Recommended by Andrew Harper, Georgina Campbell, Fodors, Frommers, Alastair Sawday among others. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gregans Castle Ballyvaughan
- Hotel Gregans Castle
- Gregans Castle Hotel Ballyvaughan, Ireland - The Burren