Had a wonderful short trip away here with two of my female family members . Gorgeous place - I loved the restoration of the castle and how they have incorporated the modern side of the hotel with the old. Really enjoyed chilling out in front of the open fire for afternoon tea and later with a glass of wine at night. The spa was great - really enjoyed the relaxing experience (my first time getting a massage and facial) and it was lovely to just chill out out in. Loved that they've kept the look of the old green house when placing their spa here.
Our bedroom was very spacious - the big bed was very comfortable indeed and I loved the bathroom - my only complaint would be that we couldn't be offered a room that had three beds (or a double and a single) and I felt that to put a small fold up bed in a double room and charge the full rate for three people (ie 50% more on the room rate) was a bit much. surely an extra 30% or thereabouts would have been more realistic. Especially as the room was still only set up for two people (we had to request extras such as towels, bathrobes, slippers, glass and tea & coffee provisions after checking into our room.)
The breakfast was brilliant - the best I've had in a hotel. Couldn't fault it (although the staff were quite hasty in trying to get plates removed from our tables)
I have to say that I found the staff very friendly and we were made feel most welcome. Would stay again (when I save up enough I'll go with my husband!). Next time, I'll be better prepared for talking some nice strolls or going a ride on the hotel's bicycles.
One point I'd like to add is that I'd loved to have been able to see some literature or something in the foyer telling me about the castle's history. On hindsight, I should have asked the staff, but it would have been lovely to have known a bit about the castle's past.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lough Eske Castle, a Solís Hotel & Spa is a historic castle dating to the 15th century and closely identified with the O'Donnell Clan, the founding fathers of Donegal. Set in a secluded storybook location within 43 acres of native woodland on the shores of Lough Eske with the dramatic Bluestack Mountains as a stunning backdrop, it is the ideal place to relax and experience superior hospitality and exceptional friendly service. Winner of the 'World's Best Luxury Country Hotel' title in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and topping 'My Guide Ireland's Top 10 Hotels in Ireland, this lovingly restored castle hotel blends its historic past with a dash of contemporary luxury where you can escape into a world of relaxed elegance. From the spa to the dining table to your beautifully appointed guestroom, we provide a truly accommodating environment where our dedication to the guest is thoughtful, reliable, consistent and complete - a place where superb service and superior amenities make every day here a perfect day. Step into Solís Lough Eske Castle, and you step into an imposing Tudor-baronial castle, lavishly refurbished in 2007 and extended to create the modern comforts and graceful luxury of a world class boutique hotel. With stunning views and easy access to the great outdoors, the natural, unspoiled landscape is as magnificent as the hotel itself. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lough Eske Castle Hotel Donegal Town
- Solis Lough Eske Castle Donegal
- Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel