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The Lough Erne Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kesh
Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

What a reception we got on arrival! All staff and the owner on hand to reassure and welcome us to the hotel. 18 of us for 2 nights full board. Rooms and apartments clean and tidy. Fresh towels every day. Food absolutely brilliant, from breakfast to evening meal all meals were lovely and cooked to preference. Don't let recent negative reviews put you off. This is great value for money situated on the banks of the Kesh river. Central and handy for all other attractions. Recommend to anyone. Thank you Lough Erne Hotel!

Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
Thank Harry S
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Castle1972, Manager at The Lough Erne Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2014

Hi Harry,

Thank you very much for such a fantastic review. We really appreciate it.

It was a pleasure having your party stay with us. We're happy that we provided you with such good service and are glad you had such a lovely time.

We are already looking forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

my husband and i celebrated our wedding anniversary in the lough erne hotel we found the hotel to be very homely, warm and inviting with all staff members very welcoming. The food was great, the entertainment in the bar over the weekend was very good. Felt like being at home and had no need to give anywhere else in the village we will shall revisit in the new year!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank aisling1985
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Castle1972, Manager at The Lough Erne Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2014

Hi Aisling1985,

Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad you chose to spend your wedding anniversary with us.

We appreciate the positive comments about the food and staff and about the hotel feeling like home.

We hope to see you and your partner again.

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Reviewed October 9, 2013

Called into the Lough Erne Hotel on way the back from Donegal after weekend break for Sunday lunch we were advised that it was a new menu and hoped that we would enjoy the meal, my husband had the roast beef and i had the half roast chicken, we had a drink in the bar whilst waiting for our meal and got chatting to a large party from Austraila with some Irish relatives who were passing through, advised they had a great meal and when our meal arrived i would have agree with with them that it was very nice and we did not go hungry. We shall call again and would recommend the hearty Sunday lunch.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Maureen O
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Castle1972, Manager at The Lough Erne Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2014

Hi Maureen,

Thank you for your positive comments about our food and service. We really appreciate it. We are glad you enjoyed it. We hope that if you decide to join us again it will be for a weekend break, where you can experience the lovely food of our Bridgewater Restaurant.

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from the above and feel it very necessary to write about our stay here after reading the very nasty and bad comments about this hotel. Only we wanted a few days in Fermanagh we might have cancelled. This is an old hotel so of its period is in good order including the furnishings. From the minute we arrived we were met by a very friendly receptionist who showed us to our room. Room 11 is quite small but spotlessly clean and perfectly comfortable.Generally the hotel is excellent, clean with a very attractive dining room overlooking a river. Breakfasts are quite adequate, granted no fruit, but a good cooked one, and good value for the money. We had one dinner included in the offer, the steak was most tender and a most enjoyable meal. All in all the staff were most kind , helpful and friendly, and I would have no hesitation in going there again or recommending it to my friends.
Shelagh from Holywood

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Shelagh F
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

We had a 3 night stay at the hotel and were well looked after. Although a little dated,the room and en-suite were clean, the bedding was fine and the food over the 3 days was good.
We attended a function on the Saturday evening and although there were some problems, we enjoyed our meal and for main part, the service was fine. At the outset of the evening the bar was poorly staffed causing unnecessary delays and some annoyance amongst the guests.
The serving staff struggled at times but they were hard working, enthusiastic and friendly. We had a complimentary steak meal for 2 as part of the deal ----- the food was good but the red house wine left much to be desired .
All in all we enjoyed our stay and will book again if we re-visit the area.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank JOHN B
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

A large party of us visited this hotel for a dinner dance on Sat 21/9/2013. The hotel was booked well in advance and they assured us they could cater for a party of 50.They were informed in advance of the exact numbers and we were advised that the main courses would be a choice of salmon, roast beef, or turkey and ham all basic quite simple dishes. When we arrived we were shown into our function room several of us went to the bar to order drinks,but unfortunately there there were no bar staff,a young man did arrive pulled two pints and left telling us bar staff would arrive shortly 15 MINUTES later a barman arrived and we were eventually served.The meal was then served, I had ordered turkey and ham it arrived, one small thin slice of turkey sitting on top of an equally small slice of ham, three carrots and a round unidentifiable ball which I presumed was stuffing.The plate was stone cold, after a delay of approximately 10 to 15 minutes the vegetables arrived all except the potatoes which my party had to ask for,the meal was cold we had to send it back to be reheated,it arrived back luke warm, at this this point I tried the meat it was over cooked, I tried the stuffing, a ball of wet sawdust would have been preferable, needless to say the meal was totally inedible and I refused to eat it along with several others. The starter of garlic mushrooms were half eaten by the time the the garlic butter arrived.My apple tart was warm delicious and the custard which accompanied it was good. When I complained the lady in charge advised me that the staff had not been trained in silver service, why they attempted it is a mystery as it takes military precision.The whole experience was one huge disaster the staff were amateur it was obvious this hotel does not have a trained chef the food we were served seemed as though it was pre cooked and was not prepared in the hotel but merely reheated. I wish I had read the reviews on this place before we had gone.I am not a fussy eater I eat out on average twice a month approximately and have dined all over Europe and I can say that this is the most inedible meal I have ever come across with the exception of a dish called "Tete de veau" in the south of France.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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7  Thank charlie h
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Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

Where do I start...booked with a groupon, 2 nights stay steak dinner, chocolates & a bottle of wine! On arrival we were asked for a £50 insurance cover in case of damages or breakages in the room...

The place definitely doesn't look anything like its advert on groupon or their website...just sorry I didn't check reviews before going ahead.

The room - Room 2=average! Clean enough only to find that the walls hadnt been finished painting the lamp on the wall didnt work. Lights over the bed knocked off and on if one of us lent on the headboard, one of them also wonky ready for falling off. Hot tap in bathroom the H circle bit came out a couple of times. Stains on the carpet. Room faces onto main road so traffic can be heard, location is good as kesh is very small, close to the mayfly inn.

Cleanliness-very poor. Bar tables never cleaned, toilets are an absolute disgrace. Men's had puddles of pee on the floor glad I didn't have to see that. Dining room-green flies on every single window, stale bread at breakfast, table cloth the breakfast sits on is grubby! Steak dinner-champ had hard bits in, wine was cheapest they could find..horrible!

Service was poor receptionist seemed to be trying to work on all jobs, bookings, taking orders in the dining room and serving drinks in the bar.

We were asked to leave our key at reception if we weren't going to be back before 12 so the night porter knew which rooms haven't come back. The whole place needs a facelift, it seems stuck in the 70's with decor & music played in the bar...

  • Stayed: September 2013
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2  Thank Laura C
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Additional Information about The Lough Erne Hotel

Address: 2 Main Street, Kesh BT93 1TF, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Fermanagh > Boa Island > Kesh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kesh
Price Range: $60 - $146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lough Erne townhouse hotel is a little locally run 16 bedroom building with a small but key staff who deal with our guests on a daily level, providing a more personal service that certain guests love time and time again. The Hotel is situated in the heart of Fermanagh's lakeland on the banks of the Glendurragh River 1 mile from Lough Erne itself, a warm and friendly welcome awaits you on your arrival at the Lough Erne Hotel. Our Riverside lounge and Bridgewater restaurant offers an excellent choice of menu. Regular entertainment, weekend and midweek breaks throughout the year. The Lough Erne Hotel began life as a Royal Irish Constabulary barrack in 1862. It was built by the governors of the Vaughan Charity who then owned the village of Kesh. The building cost £650 and the police paid £30 per year for rent. A year after the barrack was built it was burnt down in an accidental fire. Some repairs were done immediately but further work was carried out in 1921. For example stabling for horses that was provided behind the hotel in what is now the Glendurragh Suite. One of the RIC officers stationed in Kesh, Constable McCormick, was a very famous boxer. In fact he once fought the British Heavyweight Champion, Billy Wells. Another local man, Bob Irwin, was also a famous boxer in those days, once beating the Welterweight champion of the Rhine Army. ... more   less 
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