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The Strand Hotel
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Ballyliffin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 13, 2014

Ballyliffin is a beautiful part of the world, but our stay at the Strand was somewhat disappointing.

The room was cold, and it appeared the heating never came on during our 24hour stay. Showers were also lukewarm, and so it was difficult to get cosy…particularly disappointing at this time of the year!

The room was more than big enough with a double and a single bed, wardrobe, dresser and tv. The furniture seemed a little mismatched however, and definitely not the best use of space! The room was dark, with only one light for such a big room.

Breakfast was good…a good selection of cereals and other cold foods and a waitress taking orders for fresh hot food. Staff were lovely and welcoming, but the hotel could definitely do with an update in terms of the decor. Wifi only really worked in the lobby.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

My husband and I went to wedding evening last Saturday and stayed in this hotel. This was our second time to book in here and like before we had a great service. Beautiful meal, very friendly staff and clean comfortable bedroom. Definitely will return again.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

My husband and I stayed for 3 nights and even though we stayed on a GrabOne deal we were treated so very well and had such a relaxing break. The hospitality received was second-to-none, all members of staff were efficient, friendly and polite and nothing was a bother. Our room was very clean and comfortable and well maintained throughout our stay. The food was fantastic at all times. We cannot recommend this hotel highly enough, you could not possibly be better looked after anywhere else. Thanks very much to everyone.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Stayed in the Strand on Monday and Tuesday 5th and 6th December and whilst it's off season, the weather being unseasonably mild, is a fantastic stopping off point for discovering Donegal. The staff there couldn't do enough for us and constantly went out of their ways to make us feel very welcome. We even ambled down to eat at a quite late 9.45 pm on the Tuesday but we were assured that it certainly wouldn't be a problem and the kitchen was kept open for us and like the previous night served up a fantastic and extremely large portioned early bird menu, brilliant value for money, super presentation and tasty as hell. The rooms were very clean and comfortable, gallons of hot water for the power showers or if the bath took your fancy instead. Ballyliffin isn't exactly huge either and the Strand is located smack dab in the middle with it's own car parking spaces which are free. I never even checked out wifi availability or anything like that as not only was it a break away from Dublin and hectic Christmas shoppers it was kind of a digital detox too stopping only to post beautiful pictures of Donegal on occasion on facebook to curry some envy. Will definitely return and am getting vouchers for family members so they can enjoy it also.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Had a great 2 day stay at the Strand Hotel. We were made to feel welcome from the check in to check out by the very friendly and helpful staff. We stayed in a family room and it was clean and very comfortable .The choice of food for breakfast was good and we had an excellent evening meal. Would stay here again and well definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

We booked in for two days midweek and were made most welcome by friendly staff. The hotel was understandably quiet at this time of year, but the bar and meals were still fully operational. We had a very nice evening meal, with quick and courteous service. The room was clean and the bed comfy. All the usual services, TV, tea/coffee, local information etc. were on offer to a good standard. Breakfast was very nicely presented by friendly and obliging staff.

Room Tip: We had a room overlooking the car park, which was nonetheless very quiet.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

I booked a double room for my sisters wedding and couldn't have been happier.
I only had one complaint and that was that when i was checking in i had to stand waiting at reception for 10-15 minutes. But in their defence the wedding guests had began to arrive so the staff was very busy.
The staff were very friendly and helpful throughout the day and evening. The meal was great, the soup was salted which was to my taste but this may not be to everyone's taste.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Strand Hotel

Address: Strand Hotel Main Street, Ballyliffin, Ireland
Location: Ireland > County Donegal > Ballyliffin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Ballyliffin
Price Range: $84 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Strand Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 38
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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