Spent 2 nights here for a winter break which we got for reasonable rates. My first introduction was of extremely friendly and helpful staff and there to accomodate your every need and make you feel comfortable. We were upgraded to a junior suite (or maybe it was a deluxe room) on arrival. Nice room, liquors waiting for us, the most comfortable slippers I have yet received in hotels, newly renovated...only issue, it was cold on the first night and also the plumbing made some interesting noises which somehow disappeared on the 2nd night. We ate in the Gallery as I wasnt up to the rich food in the Earl Of Thomond restaurant and if you are watching your wallet, this is not the place to eat...so back to the Gallery which is literally the area outside of the restautant with a limited menu...the Food is where I was overall most disappointed as I didnt think it was anything special and not value for money e.g. 2 fish and chips 42 euros plus service charge. Relaxed in the drawing room afterwards by the fire which was lovely. There isn't much to do here in the way of evening activity and does provide therefore for a relaxed chill out break - note dinner jackets must be worn in the bar and restaurant after 7pm...
The following day, we did a jaunty around Clare as it was years since I had been there. We decided to head for the country club the following night to eat and again unfortunately I didnt think this was anything special in the way of food. I have heard great reviews of the Earl of Thomond but I shouldnt expect to pay €32 for chicken for it to be nice. That evening, we spent again in the drawing room playing Trivial Pursuit as provided by the hotel. We ordered desserts which for an apple crumble was €11.50. Now I am not a mean person but I like value for money and while this was divine, again I dont think €11.50 for an apple crumble is reasoable...
Daytime, you can stroll the gardens, go fishing on the lake, play golf, use the pool and lesiure centre, go to the spa, do some shooting if that takes your fancy but dont expect to go here for lively entertainment.
Breakfast cannot be faulted...friendly staff, excellent choice on menu and fabulous fruit and freshly squeezed juices.
Lastly the spa, we went there when we arrived on Day 1..My partner had a facial and I had the heavenly bliss experience...lovely gowns provided, nice relaxed environment...overall it was nice but I have had better but this could have been down to me rushing to get there on time and not being relaxed enough to enjoy it...in fact I just wanted it to end after 1.5 hours to be honest...they only use 2 products Anne Semonina and Voya. Relaxation room was nice - fabulous chairs.
In summary, this is a beautiful hotel, very plush and luxurious and hard to fault. My main gripe was lack of evening activity (but I can understand that) and the food and value for such...other than that I would go back, but better prepared for other options in the evenings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, the Dromoland Castle 5 Star Hotel in Ireland was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. Approached by a meandering drive that passes acres of magnificent lawns, this Irish 5 star luxury Castle Hotel overlooks its own Championship Golf Course and a glistening lake which commands the panoramic beauty of the surrounds. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dromoland Castle Ireland
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