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Inishowen Gateway
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Buncrana
Certificate of Excellence
Belfast, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“holiday stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

i stayed at the inishowen gateway with my daughter for 3 nights in august 2013. this was a family friendly hotel and it had activities to keep children fully occupied and happy. there was activities 3 times per day and also had a 1st class swimming pool which you could use until 9pm daily. the hotel was very clean and had very friendly staff to help with any queries. if you are staying in buncrana with children i would highly recommend staying there.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

Having stayed at other hotels in Buncrana we had thought that this was going to be the best one , unfortunately not ......at best it flatters to deceive, from the grumpy receptionist to the unintentional retro ambience , this was disapointinhg , in need of modernisastion or at least a bit of freshening up , the rooms are dark and miserable , on the plus side the views are good and its perfectly placed for Buncrana

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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newcastle county down
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36 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

The Inishowen Gateway Hotel is my first choice for a nice relaxing and friendly hotel , from the staff , the site the location , the people of Buncrana, the food every thing is just perfect for a really good break . I have to say check out the golden years offer it is well worth the money . I will be back soon , and, I hope who ever reads this review will go and try out and agree with me and my wife :)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

Hi just back from an over nite stay well what can I say !!! Stayed over nite on a sun nite excellent value £80 for 2 people b an b and a 4 course evening meal included excellent entertainment in bar after dinner we did not use the lesuire facilites but they were included in the price dinner choice was first class 5 choices of starter and main breakfast was equally as good I'll diff be back well done innishowen deserve 4 star status price included 10 euros extra for a sea view well worth it :-)

Room Tip: Well if really want a view pay 2 b sure of one
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank georginacollum
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Monaghan
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

My family and I have stayed here on several occassions, on this particular vacation I can honestly say the the food at breakfast has really improved, as has the bar and restaurant food. The staff are very attentive and the rooms very clean however... I would like to see the rooms given a complete overhall I.e curtains, paint and flooring we were staying in the old wing (much to our disappointment) but this is probably as much my own fault as i did not make it clear we would like a room with a view. The childrens entertainment in Plant Active is a great bonus and the staff are really engaging and again I can say our children really enjoyed themselves. Now with regards to the swimming/baby pool which i feel is one of the selling points of any hotel,first of all the ladies changing area has tiles cracked and missing at foot level which is of a serious health hassard, in particular for small children who are always "busy investigating " This is very worrying and i hope management will sort this sooner rather than later... the baby pool surround also needs addressing as again maintence is a major issue.
For some reason there were what I can descibe as either a few chipped tiles or stones in the actual baby pool, I actually managed to cut my toe.. although nothing serious and i'm not bothered, I would have been angrey had it been one of the children. All that said, I would go back provided all of the above was dealt with. I just feel the hotel has a lot to offer the family on hoilday, in an ideal location and just these few minor things are letting this establishment down.

Room Tip: avoid old wing if u like a stunning view
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Brenda M
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Dublin, Ireland
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35 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

I stayed here a few times and it is a very good spot to stay. The rooms are a little on the dated side and the corridor to the rooms isnt very well lit. But the room had everything you would want and need.
The bar is always very lively and the food is fantastic in the bar. The service can be a little slow but the food is worth it. They usually have a big crowd in having food but they can be understaffed.
The leisure centre is also very good and fully equipped with all machines.

In summary the big positive is the food and both the breakfast and dinner were fantastic.
Negative: The room is a little dated.

Room Tip: Views are spectacular at the back of the hotel.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank johnnybravo1121
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Portadown
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21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

I've stayed at this hotel three times over the last two years and always enjoyed it. The reception staff are friendly and helpful, the rooms are colourful, clean and bright, of a good size and have very comfortable beds. It's well worth paying the extra 10 euro's a night for a seaview, the sunset over the water is breathtaking.

The food was excellent, both in the bar and the restaurant. Room service meals were also of a high standard and the food was hot. Breakfast is served as a buffet and even with the large amount of food prepared, it is of a good standard.

The swimming pool is a good size and wasn't too busy, the water is perfectly heated and clean. There is a smaller pool for younger children, at a right angle to the main pool. There is also a jacuzzi and a steam room beside the main pool. Towels are provided at the pool for guests and fabric caps can be purchased for a small fee of 2.5 euro.

The childrens play area in the lower ground floor is excellent for young families, older kids can play pool or air-hockey.

The hotel has a good range of special offers and as such it is definitely well worth the money.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jennifer M
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Property: Inishowen Gateway
Address: Railway Road, Buncrana, Ireland
Location: Ireland > County Donegal > Buncrana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Buncrana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Inishowen Gateway 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inishowen Gateway Hotel is located just outside the picturesque town of Buncrana on Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula. The hotel commands stunning views of the majestic Lough Swilly leading out on to the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel has 80 well appointed en-suite bedrooms, many of which overlook the lake. Some of the facilities are the Gateway Health & Fitness Club, Seagrass Wellbeing Centre, Planet Active for kids & The Peninsula Restaurant. ... more   less 
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