My partner and I stayed here on a one night deal mid October 2011.
To be honest we were feeling slightly dubious when we arrived as reception decor was very dated. We were given our room key straight away on arrival at reception.
We were disappointed that our room was quite small and with a double bed and a single bed - we would have preferred a kingsize. The room had obviously been tastefully redecorated and had new furniture. The bathroom was dated but immaculately clean - no mini size shower gels/shampoo but there was Dove/Lux in full size dispensers beside the sink and shower.
While the bed was small it was comfortable and the linen was snow white and the pillows were lovely too - very soft and puffy! Towels in the bathroom were pretty good to - thick and snow white.
Our dinner was not included in the deal and we ate in The Vine restaurant. We had a drink in the Cottage Bar beforehand. There was a wedding on so plenty of buzz. A lovely waitress took us to our table in The Vine - carried our drinks on a tray. Again, the decor was dated but our table in The Vine was very comfortable - a carver chair each, more snow white linen and sparkling cutlery and glasses. We were impressed, even more so when another lovely waitress offered us canapes - gorgeous mini cones with coronation chicken or goats cheese and apple. Delicious. I think we were to get bread as well as there was oils/hummus on the table for dipping but the bread didn't arrive - no matter as we got double helpings of canapes!!! The menu covered all the meat bases and a good vegetarian option. I ordered smoked quail salad (as did my partner) and I had fish of the day - brill - and partner had the chicken. The plates going by to other diners looked fabulous and we were surprised to note there was a 2 course or 3 course offer of £23 or £26 respectively. The waiter who took our order was very knowledgable about all the dishes on the menu - able to describe each one in detail and the waitress who took our wine order (wine list extensive and covers all budgets) was very knowledgeable too - good to know the staff take part in wine tasting. Our starters arrived and we were not disappointed. Quail salad was delicious, our wine was fabulous and our main courses were superb. A lovely touch was the sorbet served between starter and main course which really impressed us. The fish and chicken were cooked to perfection. We were brought a side each of roast veg which was also delicious. We enjoyed every bite. We had been of the mind to have 3 courses but were so full up we opted for coffees and our lovely waitress brought us petite fours which were just enough sweetness for the end of our meal.
At this point we could have gone to sit in the lounge area (very comfortable looking) and there was live entertainment on, which didn't appeal to us, but everyone looked like they were enjoying themselves , but we headed back to our room.
There was one incident when were woken up (I presume when wedding guests were departing) when there was noise from guests outside, seemingly right under our window but a call to reception rectified this.
Next morning I went to the gym which was surprisingly big with plenty of equipment e.g. cross trainers, treadmills and plenty of floor space with mats and swiss balls for floor exercises. The personal trainer there was really friendly and approachable too.
We had our breakfast in the Cottage Kitchen which was ok. Disappointed that the soda and potato bread looked deep fried, but it was plentiful as were sausages and bacon and the loveliest scrambled eggs. I also had a nice slice of homemade wheaten with jam which was lovely!
We checked out after breakfast as it was a sunny morning so we wanted to make the most of a day touring the Mournes. Check out took a while as reception desk is small and many people were leaving - I presume wedding guests departing.
Things to improve the rooms - perhaps a coat hooks near the bedroom door - when we arrived it was very rainy and we had nowhere to put damp coats and a hook or 2 on the back of the bathroom door for clothes. Also facecloths would be a worthwhile addition in the bathroom. And bigger beds!!!
Overall I would return to the Burrendale, ideally on the price of a room deal we had in October 2011. Not sure I'd pay full price for a small room and small bed. I cannot fault the staff or The Vine restaurant we had a lovely evening and fabulous dinner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Northern Irelands latest 4 Star Hotel, located just 45 minutes from Belfast or Newry, 90 minutes from Dublin and a 10 minute walk from the seaside town of Newcastle, The Burrendale Hotel is within an easy distance, making it the ideal destination for your holiday in Ireland. Our friendly staff, bright, airy rooms and great food along with spectacular views over the Mourne Mountains make the perfect combination for your stay at the Burrendale Hotel to be one to remember. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Burrendale Hotel, Country Club And Spa
- Burrendale Hotel, Country Club Hotel Newcastle
- Burrendale Hotel Newcastle
- Burrendale Hotel, Country Club & Spa Newcastle, Northern Ireland