Where to start? When I checked in I was asked to be pay in advance - by the next morning I could understand why. My request for a receipt was greeted with incredulous looks and I had to wait a while for it. I don't recall having to ask for a receipt in other hotels - you are just handed it after you pay. I took heavy bags up in the lift to discover that there was then a further set of steps (!) leading to my room and that the swipe card didn't work for my room. Back down the steps with my bags, into the lift and return to reception. No apology from staff on reception. Once in my room, I noticed a fresh stain on the bin in the bathroom (bodily fluids, say no more). Also, the toilet lid did not lift / close unless you removed the toilet roll from the holder placed above the lid! The major problem with this hotel is that there is no sound-proofing - the disco ends at 2.30am. I thought it was just my room but family members sleeping in rooms in other parts of the hotel said the same. No chance of sleep until the disco ends. No wonder they want to be paid up front. When I came down in the morning, there was no-one at the reception desk although I could hear someone shuffling around the back office. No idea where the breakfast room was - no signs, it's accessed via a corridor or two behind reception. I followed the smell of burning toast. Breakfast was a reminder of hotel stays in the bad old days - incredibly not a single piece of fresh fruit on offer, no fresh bread, no yoghurts, no healthy options... Just cereal, tinned grapefruit segments, fry-up components and white sliced bread for the toaster. I saw something that might have been porridge but I wasn't tempted. The plates / cups on the table are ancient and stained through long-use. Clearly, very little has been spent over the years to keep this place up to a decent standard, although they have managed to keep their prices up to date. I'm guessing they musn't have much competition. They seem to have a lot of C&W bands playing there so maybe that's how they pack them in!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Allingham Arms Hotel, named after a local 19th Century Poet, William Allingham is situated directly opposite the atlantic ocean on the beautiful coast of Bundoran, Co. Donegal. The hotel offers guests a unique experience in the superb seaside resort. The Allingham Arms hotel boasts two well equipped bars serving an extensive bar food menu and a high quality restaurant, serving delicious food. The hotel offers DVD hire with a choice of over 100 movies. Nightly entertainment is also provided where local and national entertainers perform. The Allingham Arms Hotel has been described as the “Capital of Country Music” with well-known acts such as Jimmy Buckley, Robert Mizzell, Mike Denver and Nathan Carter making regular appearances... we offer attractive packages and affordable rates, and as a family run hotel we are always willing to go "that extra mile" to make each guests stay an enjoyable one. Enjoy lazing in the beautiful surroundings, all of which are only a minutes’ walk away from the beach, town centre, Waterworld and numerous other amenities. Whether surfing, dancing or just simply relaxing, the Allingham Arms offers the guest the opportunity to make the most of their visit to the North-West. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Allingham Bundoran
- Allingham Arms Bundoran Hotel
- Hotel Allingham Arms