Went for a weekend stay to this hotel to relax!
The hotel and room are nice. There is Wifi only in the lobby but that wasn't a big problem. Lovely lobby area with settees and two tv screens. There is also a nice bar, though we didn't make much use of it - just bought a drink and sat in the lobby area. The wellness/spa, which is advertised on the website, is no longer available, as we found out when we emailed in advance for prices. However, there are other beauticians offering treatments in the area and Ballyliffin is so small that you are not put out by not having them available in the hotel.
On the Saturday night, we wanted to eat in the hotel. When we first went to eat, the staff were just clearing up from a big booking that had been using the restaurant beforehand so we were asked could we wait 10 or 15 minutes. This wasn't a problem as we had nothing planned for the evening anyway. The food was delicious and we were well attended by the staff.
We had planned to have an early night on the Saturday and this point, the weekend took a bit of a dip. The hotel was hosting a wedding that night and the music was thumping. At 2.15am I had to go down to reception to ask at what point the music would finish as we couldn't sleep due to the loud music. At points, the music was so loud we may as well have been sitting in the function room. There was an Indian member of staff who was very apologetic and said the wedding was just finishing up. However, a local member of staff more or less said the hotel had weddings every weekend and I should have known to expect that. I told him I was not happy with that reaction as people also stay in hotels to get a weekend away and should not be expected to "know better" and stay up until the early hours because of pounding music in their bedroom. I asked for a late check-out the next morning, which we were given.
A nice hotel, excellent food, (mostly) nice staff but don't come on a Saturday night unless you are either going to be in the wedding function or are happy enough being kept awake.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family run Hotel, near to Ballyliffin Golf Club and overlooking the beautiful Pollan beach. Ideal location for family holidays, a short break, your wedding or a conference. ... more less
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