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“Harvey never fails to impress”
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Harvey's Point
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Donegal Town
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 3, 2012

After being together for several years my partner (now wife) and I decided to run away and get married. We then wanted to spend a couple of days away for some pampering and luxury.
Having considered many options on the island of Ireland, we decided to go back to Harvey's Point. On our previous two visits we have marvelled at the luxury of the rooms - particularly the bathrooms - and the quality of the food in the restaurant.
We were not disappointed - if anything it gets better on each visit.
You will get the warmest of welcomes from every member of staff, and if you ask them they will all say they love working there - and it shows.
The rooms in the main building are really apartments - and you could happily spend the whole day in your room - with room service very reasonably priced.
However, this would miss the amazing breakfast with - in addition to everything you would normally expect - a smiling chef producing wonderful pancakes and omelettes to order.
Dinner in the restaurant is fine dining - and we were spoiled for choice.
We hope to go back in the New Year and this time we will take our dog who will love the walks around the Lough.
The only thing Harvey's Point lacks is a swimming pool and spa, but don't let this put you off. Everything else more than makes up for it.
Finally, we were there on a Wednesday when HP has its Cabaret Evening. We decided against going and ate in the bar, but were delighted to be asked to go through and watch the show. We intended to stay only a short time, but, in all honesty, we loved it and stayed to the end. Congratulations to Noel and all his performers for a wonderful evening.
PS If you want to find an authentic local bar with great Guinness, head to The Forge on Meetinghouse Street in Donegal Town.

Room Tip: On our first visit we were shown into a room on the side opposite the lough and the view was disappo...
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Deirdre M, Owner at Harvey's Point, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2012

Dear Guest, It was our pleasure to welcome you and your wife back to Harvey's Point. We are delighted that you enjoyed the experience once again. It means so much to our team to hear that our standards of hotel keeping and hospitality are appreciated by our guests. On behalf of the Gysling Family & Team, may I extend our heartfelt thanks for your continued loyalty and we look forward to welcoming you both and your little dog in the New Year. Kind regards, Deirdre

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Stayed in Harvey's Point for 2 nights for a friends wedding, the rooms where absolutely amazing, the staff where really friendly and helpful, my only complaint is the €6 charge for each person for breakfast to be brought up to your room, other than that both me and my partner had a great time at the hotel and I would definitely recommend anyone stay here if you get the chance.

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Deirdre M, Owner at Harvey's Point, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2012

Dear John, Thank you for your kind comments in relation to your recent stay. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your 2 day break. To be honest, we apply the charge for room service as we appoint one full-time staff member to look after this department to a high standard. Many thanks for your high recommendation of Harvey's Point and we hope to see you and your partner again sometime. Kind regards, Deirdre, Marc & Team.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

My husband and I had a fantastic weekend. The hotel is just lovely,very comforatble and a place where you can settle in and feel quite at home. All the staff are very friendly and courteous at all times. The food was gorgeous. We had bar food the first night and ate in the restaruant the second night,Both meals were spot on. The brekkie is also great and my husband was loving the gammon slices! The best bit of it all though was that the hotel gave us a complimentary upgrade on account of our wedding anniversary. The suite was HUGE and we had a gorgeous view of the lake and the swans. Thanks Harvey's Point we will definitely recommend you to our family and friends :-)

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Deirdre M, Owner at Harvey's Point, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2012

Dear Guest, Congratulations to you and your husband on the occasion of your wedding anniversary. It was our pleasure to welcome you and thanks for your lovely review and high recommendation. We look forward to having you as our guests again sometime soon. Kind regards, Deirdre, Marc & Team.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

I consider myself to have high expectations of hotels when it come to being a guest. I think this comes from not being able to afford to have as many breaks as I used to. Harveys Point far exceeded my expectations in relation to all aspects of the stay. The location is peaceful and tranquil on the shores of Lough Eske and yet you are only a stones throw from bustling Donegal town. The staff are delightful and are highly professional and efficent but down to earth and willing to chat with you at the same time. This is something that I consider rare. We ate in the hotel on both nights of our stay. The bar food and restaurant food are comparably excellent in terms of quality and presentation with the resaturant food having that extra bit of panache in terms of the choices available. Breakfast was delightful with a chef on hand to do pancakes and omlettes before your eyes (YUM!) all the other usuals were there as well so the choice was great. The rooms!!! The basic room is huge and comfortable with heating that you can adjust yourself in the room to avoid the classic hotel overheating. The bathrooms are stunning with huge bath and shower. The rooms have all that you would ever need and are spotlessly clean and so quiet. Both nights of our stay the hotel was holding weddings and I was wondering if the noise would permeate through the building. Even in the bar there was no noise at all and a peaceful nights sleep was had. I cannot recommend this hotel enough, we are hoping to book in again before christmas to enjoy the spectacular sunday lunch. We were too full from breakfast to enjoy it this time.

Room Tip: We stayed on Floor 3 which was very quiet with a lovely mountain view.
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Deirdre M, Owner at Harvey's Point, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2012

Dear Guest, Many thanks for taking the time to write such a beautiful review of your recent visit to Harvey's Point. We really appreciate you sharing your comments and it will be our pleasure to welcome you back again sometime in the future. In the meantime, we will continue to look for new ways to improve our standards of hotel keeping and hospitality. Greetings from the Gysling Family & Team.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

My wife and I had a three night stay and enjoyed most of it. It is a lovely hotel in a fantastic setting, and the satff are ever so helpful. The bedroom and en-suite were enormous and very nicely furnished, we had three very comfortable and quiet nights.
We ate in the dining room on the first night and had a lovely meal, but the second night in The Dome bar was a bit of a disaster. We both ordered the veal with butternut squash rissotto, and I don't think I have ever had such a poor rissotto, it was so wet and stodgy it was almost soup like. The veal didn't appear to be top quality either, and the service lacked finesse. The third night was 'cabaret' night. We would have preferred to have had a meal in the dining room again but it was closed for the cabaret, and the only alternative was to drive into Donegal. So we went to it. I can only describe it as a cross between a night on a Shearings coach holiday and an entertainment night on a cruise ship. The food was tasty and plentiful but a bit 'school dinnerish' and again I would question the quality for the standard of the hotel. Breakfasts on the other hand were excellent, with a charming chef on hand for the lovely extras llike the gammon, or pancakes.
I therefore have a problem deciding what Harvey's point stands for, and how it wants to portray itself to the paying customer. The beautiful bedrooms, the unbelievable amount of space generally in the hotel and the standard of service provided would suggest a top quality luxurious hotel. However the food generally was a disappoinment and the cabaret did nothing for us, and raises the question about what kind of hotel it is. There was just a feeling that everything looked tremendous on the surface, but just dig a little and questions over the quality start to get asked

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Deirdre M, Owner at Harvey's Point, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2012

Dear Guest, Many thanks for your review in relation to your recent experience at Harvey's Point. It is most interesting and valuable to listen to the views of our discerning guests and please be assured that we take every comment on board even if sometimes to heart. But that is because we care about our business and we care about our guests. We are fully aware that there are many facets to our business and it is not always easy to be 'all things to all people'. There is always a danger that there is a mixed message and to be honest, there is always room for improvement in the product, standards and service. Therefore, we will continue in our efforts to be best in class at whatever we do and we will always strive to live our Vision which is to be recognized as one of the leading hotels in Ireland. Sincere greetings from the Gysling Family & Team.

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Reviewed September 27, 2012

This is a return visit for my senior citizen mother and I. We where most impressed last year and would have been more than happy with a repeat performance. So how does Deirdre and her amazingly talented staff raise the bar higher? by making you feel extra special for entrusting them with your loyalty. From the moment of arrival we where treated like long lost friends or close family (you know the ones really like!) We had our luggage brought to our room for us and almost all members of staff called us by our name. Once we where asked our room number in the restaurant after that it was known and we where greeted by name. That does not happen by chance. That happens by dedication and training quality staff and excellent management. It can also be said our return visit is not by chance and we will be back again when time allows. Keep up the good work.
M & H Hogan
RREC Ireland Section Members

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Deirdre M, Owner at Harvey's Point, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2012

Dear Michael, It was our great pleasure to welcome you and your charming mother back to Harvey's Point during your trip with the RREC Ireland Section members. We were of course honoured and proud to have our car park filled with such beautiful cars! Many thanks for your kind words which are very much appreciated by the Gysling Family & Team. We look forward to welcoming you both back again to Harvey's Point in the future and in the meantime, we extend our very best wishes to you both. Kind personal regards, Deirdre.

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Reviewed September 27, 2012

1st class I doubt if it could be beat. The best rooms we were ever in. Food and staff of the highest quality. Would have loved to enjoy the hotel more and really lie about and unwind. Maybe next time.

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Deirdre M, Owner at Harvey's Point, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2012

Dear Guest, Thank you for your lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the Harvey's Point Experience. We look forward to welcoming you back for a lingering relaxing leisure break in the future. Kind regards, Deirdre, Marc & Team.

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Address: Lough Eske, Donegal Town, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > County Donegal > Donegal Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Donegal Town
#1 Romantic Hotel in Donegal Town
#1 Family Hotel in Donegal Town
Price Range: $222 - $373 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Harvey's Point 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There is an air of Romance at Harvey's Point, set in the mystical, magical shadow of the Blue Stack Mountains on the shores of Lough Eske. Owned and managed by the Swiss Family Gysling since it opened in 1989, Harvey's Point has developed into the leading destination hotel of the Northwest, specialising in top class accommodation, exquisite cuisine and genuine Donegal welcome. Named TripAdvisor '№ 1 Hotel in Ireland' for the fifth year in a row, 10th best in Europe, AA two rosette restaurant and ‘Hotel of the Year 2017' by Georgina Campbell. ... more   less 
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