I had recently returned to Cromleach after a very enjoyable stay the year before. November is always a great time to stay as the hotel is quieter and some good deals are available. We availed of a B&B deal for 2 nights in a standard room. The standard rooms are down stairs to the superior rooms and face onto the car park. Having stayed in the superior room the year before this was a significant down grade but you do get what you pay for I suppose. What was evident although was the hotel needed some TLC with cracks on walls, paint missing, dents in wardrobes etc. It just didn't have the clean polished look it had the year before.
Breakfast is always good in Cromleagh Lodge. I had remembered they had a great buffet for cereals, breads etc but the hot breakfast was cooked in the kitchen. This was true on the Saturday morning but on the Sunday morning the hot breakfast was buffet with bacon all stuck together, puddings not as fresh as they would be from the kitchen and eggs likewise. I would like to see Cromleagh getting back to cooking breakfasts to order and not going down the route of hot buffets. The quality suffers significantly and so does expectation.
It is evident also in other areas of the hotel that TLC is required with large cracks in the ceilings and walls and paintwork of the bar. Hopefully this will all be fixed over the winter to lift the look. I was a little taken back with the bar prices with tonic water costing € 2.80 for a G & T and a pint @ € 4.80. I would have expected slightly cheaper for a remote hotel. These prices put me off drinking in the bar.
Cromleagh is a great hotel. The service is excellent, the owners are very accommodating but the hotel needs a lift and need to go back a little to the way they served food fresh and cooked to order. This is what you expect in a four star, no a buffet you would get in a 3 star.
- Very good restaurant with superior service
- Room temperature is set by underfloor heating which is controlled by reception which closes at 11. Why do hotels feel the need to cook their guests?
- Rooms need updating. Crack on walls, carpet unravelling.
- Shower mixer did not work and did not deliver piping hot water
- Breakfast was a buffet on the Sunday.
- Bar very expensive (seems a common complaint)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cromleach Lodge 4* Country House Hotel & Ciunas Spa Sligo is situated in the beautiful North West of Ireland. They have been welcoming guests for more than 30 years. Set in the scenic hills overlooking Lough Arrow, this 4* Luxury Sligo Hotel borders neighbouring counties Roscommon & Leitrim. Guests staying here can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bricklieve Mountains, Carrowkeel Tombs & not to forget Lough Arrow. This Modern Irish Country House Hotel, is justly famed for its fine cuisine, splendid accommodation and genuine Irish hospitality. Moira's Restaurant, the A la Carte Fine Dining Restaurant in Cromleach Lodge, offers very fine food from mainly locally sourced produce cooked to perfection. In the words of the Georgina Campbell Guide 2009: "Everything from the first little amuse-bouche to the last petit four with coffee is a treat - and, as in all aspects of this exceptional place, service is flawless." This Sligo Hotel boasts two bars, the luxurious De Danann Lounge and the ultra smart Nuada's Brunch Bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cromleach Lodge Country House Hotel & Ciunas Castlebaldwin
- Cromleach Lodge Country House Hotel And Ciunas Spa
- Cromleach Hotel Country 4 Ciunas