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“Santa visit”
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Inishowen Gateway
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Buncrana
Certificate of Excellence
Lisburn, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Santa visit”
Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

We took our grandchild to see santa, it was very good. Very well done. Staff brill, couldnt have been looked after better. Our grandchild is disabled they were great with her, i thought it was lovely when mrs clause asked for her to be seen first by santa, he was brilliant with her..well done everyone. Breakfast was very busy with people queing to get in but hotel coped well

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed December 27, 2013

Brought my kids aged 1&3 to santas kingdom, was really good, the kids loved it & loved staying in the hotel, even the camp bed in the room brought amazement to my 3 yr old she thought it was the elves. Carvery was brilliant & the staff couldn't do enough. Will def go back next Christmas!!

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Derry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

Me and my family stayed here on friday 20th December'13 for the santa kingdom. We couldnt have had a better time, the hotel and staff where top class, nothing was too much bother for them at all. My kids loved the santa kingdom, it was fantastic for kids of all ages and my 2 are still raving about. I would highly recommend the hotel overall. Fantastic polite friendly staff, comfortable clean spacious rooms, delicious food with fantastic choice on menu. Over all 10 out of 10 for us and we will be back.

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Newry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

I wanted to log in to say that my experience at the Inishowen gateway was a great one - we were there for a family birthday and even though the Christmas rush is on we were well looked after by the staff. The food was great and I would certainly be back here again.

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Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

We decided to take my 2 young children 2 santas kingdom..which I must say was gud but prob a bit rushed..staff were friendly at check in but was very disappointed wen we got to our room only to find one of the beds was a horrible camp bed shoved in the corner!!..room was clean and comfortable enough tho..we had booked into the restaurant for dinner at 6 to ensure plenty of time to eat before the kids took off for the santa show at 8..how wrong were we!! After sitting for almost an hour..still no starter!! Altough to be fair the manageress did explain that there had been a mixup over or order an promptly offered us a complimentary drink..wen the main did eventually arrive it was tastless an horrible to say the least..the delay in our order left us rushin to fin our meal an there was a very poor choice on the in house menu..will I visit again..no way not for the price we paid!!

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Buncrana, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 14, 2013

The very best of staff who looked after our kids for the santas Kingdom experience. What a show. A must see for every one young and old. Exceptional helpful staff especially erika deery who went out of her way to help and organise such a busy event. So a big thanks to erika, kirsty and mrs claus and of course santa himself for making my kids experience so magical. X x x x

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Belfast
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

Unfortunately I hadn't realised when booking this hotel several months ago that it is Santa's home during the December weekends. My husband and I were there for our anniversary night away and were greeted by more children in santa jumpers than you could imagine when we checked in.
That said once we got our room ( I hadn't realised they don't check in until 4) it was very pleasant, clean and if the weather had have been better worth the supplement for the Lough view. We ate in the restaurant that night and despite it being very busy ( more children !!) the food and service was excellent worthy of a 5star restaurant. The breakfast was also great the next morning.
Definately worth a visit but you may want to give it a miss in December unless your bring your own little elves

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Property: Inishowen Gateway
Address: Inishowen Gateway Hotel 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 4 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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