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“Don't even think about staying here” 1 of 5 stars
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Markree Castle Hotel
3.0 of 5 Castle   |   Colljust off the main Sligo-Dublin Road (N4), Collooney, Ireland   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Don't even think about staying here”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2009

Markree may be worth touring and walking the grounds but save your Euros and stay somewhere else. We stayed in the "Johnny Cash" room. Let's start with the positive - the dining room is gorgeous, right out of the finest castles of the 18th century; our room and bathroom were HUGE, and the grounds were lovely. But our room at least has easily not been touched since the 1960's. The furnishings are laughable - the chairs and sofas so lumpy, the beds are lumpy, the floor is uneven, there is no detail in the decor whatsoever, it's such a lost opportunity! To say the furnishings are tired is an understatement. I would be embarrassed to charge for our room - they should close for six months and make things right.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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markreecastle, Manager at Markree Castle Hotel, responded to this review, October 9, 2009
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review for Markree Castle. We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your stay here. I can, however, assure you that all of your comments are being taken extremely seriously and that we are taking every possible step to remedy all the issues that you highlighted as I type.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2009

Just back from a great value 2 night B & B and 1 dinner package at Markree. My husband and I were there to celebrate our wedding anniversary. From the minute you enter the castle it is a genuine authentic experience. I can still smell the wonderful fire they have lighting all day in the huge old fireplace in the lobby/reception . The decor in the dining room is gorgeous and dinner and breakfast was great. We had a huge room and the bed was one of the most comfortable i ever slept in. The entire stay was so relaxing - a real break away from the hectic paces of working life! Some people might find it a bit too quiet there but as we were looking to get away from it all , it was just perfect. The grounds and gardens are lovely for a walk as well. Staff very friendly. Hope we get to go back there some time soon again!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2009

Excellent value - the furniture was a little worn and dated, but that made the experience all the more authentic. The surrounding gardens were great for walking, but could be a little more maintained. The room was spacious, as well as the bathroom. It was easy to find, but nicely secluded. They were flexible with dinner hours, and you didn't feel like you were rushed at all. If you want a castle experience but don't want to pay for Ashford, go to Markree. Well worth it!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2009

One of my hopes when we went to Ireland was to spend a night in a castle. Most others were very pricey. I found this one, with a great B&B rate, so I booked it.

We were completely thrilled with our stay at the castle. Sure, it's a bit shabby. Our bed wasn't the most comfortable thing. But we were in a castle that felt like a castle. It's not a posh hotel. It's an old family home - and you feel that. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The room was very large, neat and clean. Breakfast was delicious, served in a very lovely small dining room. The grounds were lovely to walk about on. The castle itself was gorgeous. It was completely charming in every way. If you're looking for a more authentic castle stay vs. remodeled castle to look like a posh hotel, this is the place to go. It was a great experience!

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2009

We (2 adults and 2 children) stayed in the castle for a night. The castle was great and interesting. The room is not modern, but comfortable. The garden is pretty though could be better maintained. The breakfast was very good. We would stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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markreecastle, Manager at Markree Castle Hotel, responded to this review, September 28, 2009
We appreciate you taking the time to post a review on tripadvisor. Thank you for your lovely comments. Hopefully we will see you at Markree again in the future!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2009

I doubt I will ever stay in a castle again, however, I am glad this was the one I chose! Markree Castle has a certain charm I am fairly certain most places can only attempt to recreate. Our room was comfortable and had an outlook tower with views of the garden (very exciting!) We got a 2 breakfast, 1 dinner deal and the food was great. If you get a chance try the duck confit and baked goat cheese because it changed my life. My husband and I also had a really great time exploring the grounds and watching the sun set. It was wonderfully romantic and charming, I wouldn't trade our castle experience for anything.

P.S. I actually left my travel book on the taxi they use there, I was very upset because it had some souveniers in it. The receptionist on staff called the taxi service and she brought my book back!! Most people would have just ignored me. They were so friendly.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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markreecastle, Manager at Markree Castle Hotel, responded to this review, September 28, 2009
Thanks for your lovely review. It's great to see so many people appreciating Markree for what it is and all the hard work that we put into it!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2009

Staying in a castle is pretty amazing. The kids loved it. I did too. Lots to look at and some beautiful common rooms. The grounds are well cared for, and while some things are a little rough around the edges, they do seem to be trying. The biggest problem was that the mattresses need updating and we didn't sleep well at all. But if you're looking for the Harry Potter castle experience and you don't have the money for Ashford (we didn't) this is worth a night. Very cool.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Markree Castle Hotel

Address: Colljust off the main Sligo-Dublin Road (N4), Collooney, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Sligo > Collooney
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Collooney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Markree Castle Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Markree Castle, Sligo's oldest inhabited castle, has been the home of the Cooper family since 1640. Now brought back from virtual dereliction and lovingly restored by the Coopers into a country house hotel and highly acclaimed restaurant, Markree Castle is a gateway to the past, combining distinctive old-world, home from home charm with stunning surroundings. Described as Ireland's finest castle of its period, with much care and attention given to preserving original features and atmosphere, a visit to Markree Castle presents a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in history and the authentic castle experience. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Castle Markree
Markree Castle Sligo
Markree Castle Hotel Ireland/Collooney

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