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“A quiet and scenic Irish town”

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Lake of Shadows Hotel
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Buncrana
Brisbane, Australia
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“A quiet and scenic Irish town”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Lake of Shadows hotel is an old world hotel but with clean, modern facilities, friendly staff, good food and a delightful scenic outlook. The scenery of County Donegal, the lakes and streams delighted us and finding the friendly hotel made our trip more memorable. I would recommend this hotel to those interested in getting off the tourist track and seeing the real Ireland

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Stayed in this beautiful family run hotel over the weekend and haveing stayed in the other two hotels in the area this one is much better in every way. Checkin is very quick an friendly the rooms are clean warm and well kept, Girls on the floor in the dinning area are excellent as well as the beautiful home-cooked food that is served and very busy with locals as alot of them knew the staff by name. Will be back to stay over christmas.

Room Tip: will tell everyone how great this little gem is.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Oakhurst, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2012

This is a lovely small hotel with a friendly and helpful staff. We had dinner in the hotel restaurant and it lived up to the recommendation from the locals as "the place to eat" in town. I would stay there again in a heartbeat and will recommend it to friends. Buncrana is a nice town with a lovely six-arched bridge on beautiful Lough Swilly. A nice town for walking.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Just back home after what was an exceptionally beautiful stay in the lake of Shadows Hotel. From the minuet that we entered the hotel on friday lunch time we knew this would be good it was very very busy with people eating but check in was very smooth and welcomeing one was not made to feel that we were holding busy staff back. The rooms in this Hotel are a modern convenience spacious with very comfortable beds lage flat screen T.V. warm powerful shower and very clean all over. The real magic of this Hotel is when you go down to the Bar area to eat the Menu is very well orchestrated with a very wide range of dishes to choose from would please every diner from the plain and simple to the adventours fish eater this has it all. would highly recommend the "New world Chicken" just beautiful moderen well inspired food my wife had the lemon Sole which was equaly beautiful. The desserts on offer are amazing real baked alaska, hot choclate pudding to die for and of course the warm and friendly service was there real Irish Hospitality. We decided to eat here on all three nights of our stay and every meal including breakfast was beautiful well done to all the hard working staff cant wait to return.

Room Tip: Any room here is good enough when they have Food as beautiful as this.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

My wife and I are Staying with friends in Buncrana and have been eating in a few of the local places found the food to be slightly over priced by a few of the restaurants around and not up to the quality that they think they are. We went to the Lake Of Shadows on the advice of a local Taxi driver (locals are the best to ask where to eat). The driver told my Wife and I that this place is knowen localy as "The Lake" and his advise paid off this was outstanding we ate here saturday night just gone and i could not say enough about how good it was from start to finish and the excellent service that went along with it well worth a vist and very well priced would happly have paid more for what we got.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Derry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

Ate here mid-week and they have an offer of 2 courses for 12.50, which is great value, but the food is typical pub grub and not the best pub grub I've ever had. Frozen chips - not good, lazy!

The waitress was very nice though and gave us dessert in a takeaway container for later.

Good value, but don't expect an amazing meal by no means.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Letterkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

A charming smallish hotel in Buncrana which serves some lovely meals. The outside does not do this hotel justice as it looks very old fashioned but once inside you will feel the charm. It is a sister hotel of the Inishowen Gateway and I have to say I'd prefer the "Lake". Never stayed here but have dined here a few times and never had any complaints. Service is excellent as they have several young waitresses who are very friendly and look like they enjoy their work. From Mon to Thurs they do a Midweek Special which offers two courses for E12.50. When it's busy they open up the back room and this is where we were tonight. Seating is casual but very comfortable. Lately it has gotten pretty busy. Tonight I opted for the chicken, ham and mushroom Vol-au-Vent while the missus chose the garlic mushrooms. Garlic mushrooms never really vary too much but the Vol-au-Vent was gorgeous. For my main I ordered the chicken curry with garlic potatoes on the side while my wife got the pan fried haddock. Both mains were plentiful and really tasty and if all the food is this good they are on to a winner. The waitress asked if we'd like a dessert but neither of us had any room for one. We left happy and full.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Lake of Shadows Hotel

Property: Lake of Shadows Hotel
Address: Grianan Park, Buncrana, Ireland
Location: Ireland > County Donegal > Buncrana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Buncrana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional style, family run hotel located in the heart of Buncrana town, next the shore line. 23 ensuite bedrooms ranging from Single to Family size rooms. Private banquet room to accommodate up to 150 guests with food served daily in the Bistro Bar and Restaurant. ... more   less 
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