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“Great Hotel in a beautiful border setting”
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Carrickdale Hotel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Dundalk
Certificate of Excellence
Carlow, Carlow, Ireland
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15 reviews
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“Great Hotel in a beautiful border setting”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

I do some scientific monitoring work in the North in my day job, and when I'm for a period of time I've had several occasions to stay in the Carrickdale Hotel. Every time I've stayed here, I've always been impressed by the quality of service and the level of comfort it provides for the relatively low prices that can obtained (especially on Booking.com). It's set just off the M1 (you can't miss it) and it has an old school charm that so many modern hotels lack. It also has a very adequate spa, which can be reached direct via an underpass from the hotel, rooms are spacious and clean and the staff are great. The food in the bar and restauraunt are also excellent and great value. Very highly recommended.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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MarketingCdale, marketing at Carrickdale Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Many thanks for your recent review and I am delighted to read you enjoyed your recent stay with us here in the Carrickdale Hotel & Spa.

We look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip and would like to wish you an early Happy Christmas from all the Team here at the Carrickdale Hotel & Spa.
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

We stayed at this hotel recently as a group with the intentions of attending the spa and getting treatments. The hotel itself is beautiful, very clean and staff are lovely. However when we entered Serenity Spa we were looked at like we shouldn't have entered, the 3 young girls whispered among themselves leaving us feeling uncomfortable. When we mentioned the word "treatment" they freaked out and said that there was no appointments until the following day, although they sat huddled around the desk talking. We go up and walked on out as the welcoming was not not very welcoming at all. I will definitely return to the hotel but will steer clear of Serenity Spa. Big Let down.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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MarketingCdale, marketing at Carrickdale Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Thank you for your recent review and your kind comments in relation to the Hotel.

I am disappointed to read your comments about our Serenity Spa - I have investigated this matter and my Spa Manager Ann Marie replied to an email you sent to the Spa about your experience. Sadly you did not allow her the option of discussing this in more detail - she has given you a guarantee to look after you herself personally on any future visits.

If you wish to discuss this matter please feel free to contact the General Manager Ms Michelle Barrett.
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

This is not the most modern or trendy of hotels but the service and the breakfast are excellent and it is clean and spacious. We had a very large, bright triple room. Highlight for us was the spa - the treatment rooms and the therapists are way above average! We never felt rushed or hurried even though it was a busy Saturday. I believe that the relaxation areas have been extended and renovated and it shows. We will return...

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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MarketingCdale, Marketing at Carrickdale Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Thank you for your review and I am delighted to read you enjoyed your stay and time spent in our Serenity Spa. We have recently extended the Spa and this is a testiment to our therapists and all their hard work.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Carrickdale Hotel & Spa in the near future.
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Wicklow
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Have been to this hotel a number of times now with family & friends. Have never been disappointed. We normally book the Girls Night Out package which is fab. It has increased by €20 in price since last year though & they don't offer a returning guest discount).
Rooms are a little dated but very spacious and clean (although for a group of girls there is a serious lack of sockets).
The spa has just been renovated & we always have a great experience in it. The staff are not pushy and they don't rush you.
The staff are most definitely the hotel's biggest asset especially in the restaurant. Dinner was included in our package so you could have a set menu or to the value of €28 on a A La Carte menu (which we thought was brilliant, very few hotels offer this luxury). It's always a great sign when you see big parties of local people dine in the restaurant each time you visit.
There was music in the bar (which couldn't be heard in our room) on Saturday night.
There was also a wedding in the hotel so it was really busy but the hotel manage crowds at breakfast time so it wasn't a problem. And again, no-one rushed us.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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MarketingCdale, Marketing at Carrickdale Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Thank you for your recent review about your stay with us at the Carrickdale Hotel & Spa.

I am delighted to read you enjoyed your stay, treatments in the Spa and your dining experience with us.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
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Drogheda, Ireland
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Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

Recently had a 1 night break at Carrickdale. Spa experience was very good. The restaurant & evening meal included in our package was not to our liking at all. Portions very large but lacking in flavour & presentation. Restaurant was very busy on the night so we had to wait in lobby area, which was quite dirty for our table. Overall disappointing.

Stayed October 2013
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MarketingCdale, marketing at Carrickdale Hotel, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
In relation to your recent review I am disappointed to read that you both did not enjoy your meal with you during your recent stay.

At all times we strive to attain the highest standards in food and service and my apologies that your food was not up to standard on this occasion.

That weekend was a busy weekend and the review just before your own was with us during the same time and enjoyed their dining experience. I hope you return to the Hotel and that we are given to opportunity to showcase ourselves in a more positive way.
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Dublin Ireland
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Stayed here for one night while on a shopping trip with friends.
Hotel was very busy but yet it seemed well used to the crowds and managed them very well.
Room was a little dated but very clean and spacious.
Food in the restaurant for dinner and breakfast was very good. There was music in the bar too.
Big hotel and takes a good few minutes to get from the room to the reception area.
Very handy hotel for shopping in Newry or visiting Carlingford.
Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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MarketingCdale, marketing at Carrickdale Hotel, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Thank you for your recent review in relation to your stay here with us at the Carrickdale Hotel I am delighted to read that you enjoyed our facilities and food and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Carrickdale Hotel & Spa in the near future.
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Kilkeel, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

Have been for a few lunches and evening meals at the carrickdale and I have to say it has been great every time. Clean, pleasing decor, pleasant surroundings and good food.
Staff are all very pleasant and it's a handy stop on the motorway between belfast and Dublin. Will definitely eat again here.

  • Stayed October 2013
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MarketingCdale, marketing at Carrickdale Hotel, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Thank you for your recent review and I am delighted to read you enjoyed our surroundings, athmosphere and food here at the Carrickdale Hotel.

As you said we are halfway between Dublin & Belfast - located at Exit 20 on the M1 motorway with ample car parking. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Carrickdale Hotel & Spa in the near future.
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Property: Carrickdale Hotel
Address: Carrickcarnon | Ravensdale, Dundalk, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Louth > Dundalk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Dundalk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Carrickdale Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 115
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