I wish i could give this property a sparkling review. But unfortunately the exorbitant price of the food/drink is the reason why I cannot. Although I have stayed in 4 & 5 * hotels on numerous occasions, this is the first time i felt value for money was not at all present.
Granted, the hotel aesthetically is amazing and the view from the rooms is very very good. Also to note that the staff are very helpful and friendly. We were upgraded to a state room (from a deluxe double) and while the furnishings were not to our taste the room was very comfortable and had a very lovely bathroom.
We ordered food from the gallery bar and although very setting the price was just ridiculous. A bill for over €90.00 came for 2 lunch orders (sandwich & fish and chips) and 3 Guinness and 2 brandies. The price for the small meal we had at lunch gave us an indication that we would probably not eat at the restaurant that evening. No doubt the food was tasty but having recently come from a small co Clare village where we had wholesome and much better quality food, it was an insult to be charged that much for what i would consider a standard and small lunch.
Judging by the price of lunch we did not dine in the restaurant that evening so unsure what the standard was. Instead we ordered room service. One of the meals was just OK. And I ordered a seafood chowder that was just so inferior. Watery and without seasoning, and also a burnt creme bruleé. The gent that delivered our room service was very nice and polite but it took 3 visits to our room to finish the order. Not the standard I expect from a 5 star.
Interactive TV did not work well and the remote infrared did not seem to work at all. possibly just as well considering the price that was charged for the interactive movies (the selection was dire) I did not complain to the hotel about the broken remote mainly because after all the calls to the room for room service, did not want our privacy to be invaded. (yet again)
Not happy with Dromoland, and will not be returning. EVEN IF I WIN THE LOTTO.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, the Dromoland Castle 5 Star Hotel in Ireland was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. Approached by a meandering drive that passes acres of magnificent lawns, this Irish 5 star luxury Castle Hotel overlooks its own Championship Golf Course and a glistening lake which commands the panoramic beauty of the surrounds. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dromoland Castle Ireland
- Castle Dromoland Ireland
- Dromoland Castle Hotel Ireland/Newmarket-On-Fergus