I have very seldom been satisfied with hotels in Ireland, there's a culture of poor service and poor value on this island so, I have to say, my hopes weren't high when we decided to stay over at the Ballymascanlon House Hotel after a wedding reception.
We had a lovely time, imagine my surprise! Our room was bright and clean and even though the view was over a flat roof which was a bit grotty and industrial, the weather was so foul that it didn't matter.
The staff were polite, helpful and even cheerful (this is close to Dundalk, the Mogadishu of the north, so finding cheerful, helpful staff was very surprising and very welcome).
Minor gripes only: horrible view from our room, hot water only just hot, slightly tardy service at breakfast and (for me) a slightly intimidating political picture on the wall of the public space celebrating a 'physical force' republican who had some connection with the house.
Overall, excellent by comparison with the local competition and very good by any standard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ballymascanlon House is set on 130 acres of beautiful parkland, this impressive Victorian House forms the heart of this Hotel. It is one of the most remarkable historical estates in Ireland dating back to 833 A.D. Steeped in history, Ballymascanlon estate is located in Ireland’s North East on the Cooley Peninsula in close proximity to the Irish Sea and Mourne Mountains. Less than 1 hour from Dublin and Belfast, and 20 minutes from the medieval town of Carlingford. Owned and run with pride and dedication by the Quinn Family, we are delighted to welcome you to our beautiful luxurious venue, ideal for both Business and Leisure ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ballymascanlon Hotel Dundalk