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“A Very pleasant stay at Central hotel.”

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The Central Hotel - Donegal
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Donegal Town
Certificate of Excellence
Newry, United Kingdom
1 review
“A Very pleasant stay at Central hotel.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2010

Just returned from weekend break to Donegal. The Central hotel was comfortable and cosy and the location was great. Having read bad reviews about this hotel, I was apprehensive about staying but when we arrived the room was clean and warm and unless you are looking for 5* luxury, this hotel is perfect for a short break in Donegal. The value for money was excellent with two cooked breakfasts and an evening meal included in the price.
The hotel is quite old fashioned but as i've said, the room was clean and I found the old fashioned decor made the hotel cosy and traditional. Staff were friendly and service at breakfast was excellent!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Kiltimagh, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2010

My husband and I and two children aged 10 and 13 stayed in a family room for 2 nights in Aug 2010. The room was clean and a good size although the beds were not the most comfortable. We used the pool, jacuzzi and steam room on both mornings. The pool was warm and clean and the staff were very helpful. My husband had the 'full Irish', while the kids and I helped ourselves to a selection of cereals, orange/apple juice, toast/brown bread. The restaurant offers a Thai and 'regular' dinner menu and the food from both menus was nice. Overall it's a nice hotel for the price. Yes, it may be a bit dated but that is not necessarly a negative. It's location is good for touring south Donegal which has some breathtaking scenery. The Slieve League Cliffs should not be missed, but bring your waking shoes and camera!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Cheshire
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2010

We stayed in the Central Hotel Donegal for four nights as part of a package trip. We would have walked out and found a better hotel if we had the choice. This is a hotel which is tired and has seen better days. The first room we were allocated did have a fantastic view of the harbour. Not only did the corridor on the second floor stink of cigarette smoke, so did the room but this was mixed with a smell of damp. There was also a large black stain on the carpet. The windows showed signs of being cleaned with the corners having been missed out. The glass to the side of the main window had not been cleaned for some time - evident by messages left by previous guests. The windows carried black dirt on them which fell onto the window ledge. After waking up with a headache from the smoke smell and tip-toeing around the dirty patch on the carpet all night we were offered a room move without queston. We looked at four other rooms rejecting three in the process as being damp/smokey, or not clean (i.e. mould on upvc panels under the windows). One room was also rejected as the bath was a sit-in hip bath type and too small for 'normal' use.

Because we were on an organised coach tour, we were on a 'limited' menu, other guests were offered breakfast items that were unavailable to us even when we offered to pay for upgraded breakfasts. The majority of the staff were pleasant.
The bar in the premises did not hold the same attraction as the neighbouring Abbey Hotel, which was bright and attractive (both of these hotels belonging to the White Hotel Group). On the plus side, the food, although basic with a statutory serving of mashed potato with every evening meal, was wholesome and acceptable.
Donegal is a lovely town with lovely people. In attracting return visitors this hotel is letting the side down. Some rooms have been upgraded but no rooms appear to be classified as 'Non-Smoking' as you will get in the UK. Come on Ireland.. you can do better.

  • Stayed July 2010
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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2010

I had a great time here and I will be back soon probably.
Thanks a lot

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2010

Staff is very very nice and helpful, rooms are roomy and comfy enough though the pillows were older than the hills. Our room overlooked the bay, across from us is a patch of forrest with a zillion different types of birds- absolutely fantastic. If you stay here you simply must get a room with this view. No rooms are non-smoking which was a real drag; luckily we had a pick of 2 different rooms, one smelled much less of cigarrettes so we took that one. The internet was down the whole time we were there which was a bummer. The breakfast is pretty terrible, we only had it once then went elsewhere.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Kingston-upon-Hull. Yorkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2010

The hotel is situated in the middle of the town, known as The Diamond, even though it is a triangle. When we walked in to the hotel the friendly receptionist gave us our key and gave us directions to the room. When we opened our room door we were greeted by a view of donegal bay, a very lovely view, right out to the sea. The room had a double bed and two singles, and was very clean and tidy, with television and coffee/tea making facilities. The dining room was downstairs with a very good choice of meals, you did`nt get to much but enough to fill you. Further downstairs was a swimming pool, jaccuzzi, and sauna. The bar was very well equipped with friendly staff, and had entertianment on most nights. The only downside was when we walked in to the room it smelled of smoke but that was soon cleared by opening the windows.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2010

Good hotel, with excellent location lookin on to the main square, with more than ample pubs in the area. Staff are ok, without being exceptional. Rooms are nice, with mine having a view over the bay. Cleanliness ok. Now the food! On a four night stay most of the evening meals were generally acceptable with the exception of the cod, which was of the freezer shop trangular variety that was mostly batter and a wafer of fish between. on one occasion the vegetables were cooked to pulp. Oh the breakfast!! although the breakfast got slightly better as the time went on, there is plenty of scope to improve things. A selection of cereals and lovely donegal creamy milk. The fresh orange juice was waterd dwn to such an extent that it was actually good water that had been ruine by the addition of juice. Freezer shop sausages(2) and bacon that could grind marble it was so overcooked and dry. The toast was so undercooked it was actually warm white bread, although this was rectified after it was pointed out on the second day. I felt because we were on an excursion at a fixed price, we were possibly budgeted per person by the hotel. Ther was a breakfast menu posted outside to lure in travellers that had items like white pudding and black pudding. Never once saw any evidence of their existence. came all the way to donegal to taste the local produce, and got scant. One of my friends was teasing a member of the group about the small braed rolls taht came with the soup, and jokingly asked the manager for another roll. He replied, " I am sorry sir. Each guest is entitled to one roll only.!!" On general note, everything is expensive to buy at the moment beacause of the euro exchange rate, so beware. There is music provided nightly at the hotel, that varies with quality. There is a pub in town called "the reel, where traditional irish music is played nightly, and the guiness is cheaper!! Would I stay there again? Yes, but I would probably stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed April 2010
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Property: The Central Hotel - Donegal
Address: | The Diamond, Donegal Town, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > County Donegal > Donegal Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Donegal Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Central Hotel - Donegal 3*
Number of rooms: 112
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located in The Heart of Donegal Town on the doorstep of all local amenities and ideal base for touring County Donegal. The Central Hotel is situated near beautiful coastal drives and main signature discovery points of the Wild Atlantic Way including the famous Sliabh League (the highest seacliff edge in Europe). Conveniently located for Glenveagh National Park and Glencolmcille Irish Folk Village - a must see! The beautiful County of Donegal has been voted "Coolest Destination 2017" by the famous National Geographic Magazine. Seasonal Entertainment in The Bar, Free Car Parking, Complimentary Leisure Facilities. ... more   less 
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