We had a horrendous time at Ballyliffin Lodge. Sold on the 'luxury' description and with 4 stars, thought it must be quite nice. We decided to get away for one night only for a relaxing night in Donegal. In short, it was a nightmare. We will never be back and I'd advise anyone thinking of going to Ballyliffin Lodge to think again.
We arrived to find the mini bar locked. We called reception and were asked to call back down to collect a key. Nice touch. The room was okay and Ballyliffin itself is a quaint part of beautiful Inishowen. We noticed there was a wedding taking place and thought nothing until later. The food was okay and the people were pleasant.
My main complaint was the noise. We spent between 2am and 5.30am wide awake, pacing the floor, pleading with the night porter to do something about the rabble downstairs. The wedding party was completely out of control. When we rang down, we were dismissed quickly and the Porter suggested he would 'try and calm things down'. Over 100 drunk people were roaring like football fans on the terraces. Frankly, it was a frightening experience and and we were appalled that a hotel that describes itself as 'luxury' seemed happy to let this behaviour continue well into early morning.
It was easily the worst night we have ever spent in any hotel anywhere in the world. Ballyliffin Lodge is a wedding hotel that promotes all day and all night drinking. We left feeling deeply offended, disappointed and extremely tired. When we checked out, the day manager seemed to suggest that the previous night's misadventure was "not even a bad wedding" which spoke volumes.
Suffice to say; we'll never be back. If you're looking for a relaxing getaway, save your money. Stay well away.
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