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“Real Charm and Stunning Views”
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Arnolds Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dunfanaghy
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Belfast
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“Real Charm and Stunning Views”
Reviewed May 1, 2011

Arnold's is in a great location and our room had a view of the beach which was wonderful. The rooms, especially the bathrooms need updating and the restaurant service was a bit slow however this would not put me off returning for future stays and I would highly recommend the hotel to other travellers.
The hotel has a lovely atmosphere and real charm- it is really cosy and the staff are very friendly - this more than makes up for the rooms which were very clean and comfortable and have everything you need.
We had a really relaxing stay - just perfect for getting away from it all.
Can't wait to return!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 1, 2011

This Hotel may by rated 3 stars but the service is 5 star. Staff are helpful and friendly and nothing is too much bother. We had a bar snack one evening and ate in the restaurant another and both were excellent. Breakfast was also excellent. Rooms were spotless, will definately visit again.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed February 21, 2011

I booked into Arnolds, having come across it on the internet. I phoned the hotel before I booked to confirm a few things, and from the start the staff impressed me. They were helpful, friendly & accommodating, and stayed that way throughout my stay. They were always helpful with suggestions, and directions. When I asked to stay on for a few extra days, they managed to manoeuvre their existing bookings so I could stay in my room.

I loved having breakfast every morning overlooking the bay. Come afternoon/ evening, after you finished your days activities, sitting in the comfy chairs by the fire while reading the papers/ a book (drink in hand) was pure luxury. Bar food was very tasty.

The bedrooms are a little dated, but they have everything you'll need and are really comfortable. Great value in comparison to some hotels out there.

The area itself has so much to offer in such a small town. Glenveagh National Park is amazing. The surf all around Dunfanaghy is perfect for both learners & experienced surfers. There are walks, mountains, beaches, horse riding, and even some really cosy cafes.

I'd definetly go back and stay in Arnolds again.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
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Garoidin, Owner at Arnolds Hotel, responded to this review, March 13, 2011
Thank you so much for taking the time to post your positive holiday expereince with us at the Arnolds Family owned and managed hotel..overlooking the spectacular scenery of Sheephaven Bay....The area has so much to offer the visitor in terms of scenic attractions and numerous activities Horse Riding, Water Sports, Golf, Miles of Hill Walking, Fishing... Horn Head nine mile scenci walk and drive with magnifcent views of the Errigal to Muckish Mountain Mountain ranges and the offshore islands of the now famous Tory, Arranmore and Gola Islans... Killahoey beach, just a stroll from the Hotel, Ards Forest Park with miles of secluded walks and hidden coves, the Atlantic Drive, Bloody Foresland, Glenveagh National Park and much much more....

We are really happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and in particular that our staff were helpful and accommodating to you...We hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Arnolds Hotel very soon...Gerarda Arnold

We are at present in the process of Refurbment and uprgrading of bedrooms Phase One which will be completed before Easter...
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 22, 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights over New Year. It wasn't nearly long enough. Quite frankly we didn't want to leave!
We had such a wonderful break. We escaped completely from the hustle and bustle of the workplace and our usual hectic everyday lives and were transported into another place, where time slowed down, people were courteous and log fires burned all day.
The atmosphere in the hotel was so compelling that we found it extremely hard to tear ourselves away even to embark upon the magnificent walks this area has to offer. We were tempted to spend our days curled up with a drink and a good book on the beautifully upholstered sofas or in the bar.
This is a bar you need to experience. The space itself is very well appointed, warm (no draughts), lots of comfortable seating, a proper log fire, stonework in the inglenook - where you can also sit, great paintings and photos on the walls - and its so clean. But up at the bar itself on a proper swingy-round bar stool, enjoying a cocktail, you can experience a special sense of time and place that is remarkable, as if it wouldn't be out of the question for Audrey Hepburn to flit by or for Jack Charlton to sidle up and order a pint.
Then, each morning, we breakfasted to a view of Dunfanaghy Bay with Horn Head beyond, from the Dining Room window. It was very hard to return to the hum drum of a weekday morning after that.
This is a family run hotel that maintains a standard which elevates it into a category rarely found nowadays. For a very reasonable cost we enjoyed splendid food, had a delightful room, were hugly entertained by musicians in the bar and were attended by the most friendly, helpful and courteous staff. Arnold's Hotel is a very well kept secret. Do try it !! But not too many of you. We're planning to go back ourselves quite soon and we don't want to find it completely booked out !!!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Garoidin, Owner at Arnolds Hotel, responded to this review, March 13, 2011
Thank you so much for your very positive review of your holiday experience with us over the New Year...It is so encouraging to hear that we are providing our guests with a holiday experience that provides relaxation, warm welcoming hospitality, coupled with lots of activites... and most of all going home feeling refreshed and energised...

We look forward to welcoming you back to Arnolds Hotel very soon... Gerarda Arnold
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed November 22, 2010

I traveled alone from New York to Arnold's for a 6 day riding tour and even before I arrived, the staff made me feel welcome. Upon arrival to picturesque Dunfanaghy, I was greeted by one of the owners of the hotel who showed me to my room. The hotel has not been updated in some time, but that is all part of the charm. The food is plentiful and delicious and the chef makes every effort to accommodate guests. Our group made a request for a dish and it appeared on the menu the very next day. The riding was spectacular, as is the dramatic surrounding landscape. Staying at Arnold's is just like visiting your favorite auntie in the country; when you leave you are well-rested, well-fed, in good cheer and wondering when you can visit next.

  • Stayed July 2010
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Glen Allen, Virginia
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Reviewed November 19, 2010

I stayed at Arnold's as part of a weeklong horseback riding trip and the accommodations, riding program, and supurb staff made it a memorable experience I hope to repeat soon! Arnold's is the emrald Isle's hidden gem.'

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 1, 2010

Have been coming to Arnolds for as many years as I can remember and it just gets better and better. This Halloween school holiday was so enjoyable. The staff made every effort to make our stay fun and enjoyable for the WHOLE family. Adults and children were catered for without any fuss or bother. Arnolds Hotel has got that "homely" genuine hospitality feeling that is so hard to find these days. The food, service was outstanding and the Halloween entertainment was so enjoyable. We always feel we have had a relaxing time when we stay.and count the winter months down until we come back for Easter. Well done Arnolds.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Garoidin, Owner at Arnolds Hotel, responded to this review, November 2, 2010
Dear Shaun, Good to hear to enjoyed your Family Halloween Break with us...
We look forward to seeing you all back with us Easter 2011...Regards. Gerarda Arnold
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Property: Arnolds Hotel
Address: Dunfanaghy | Co Donegal, Dunfanaghy, Ireland
Location: Ireland > County Donegal > Dunfanaghy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dunfanaghy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Arnolds Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Embark on a journey of discovery at the Arnold Family Hotel, Dunfanaghy overlooking Sheephaven Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way. Explore the hidden gems of the local area steeped in History, Heritage, Culture and Music. Established in 1922 the Arnold Family hotel is renowned for excellence in food and hospitality using locally sourced produce. Indulge the senses and your passion for good food and wine in local Cafes and restaurants. Visit the local historic sites, explore miles of scenic walks, hidden coves and sandy beaches off the beaten track. Go Horse Riding, Golfing, Surfing and Fishing. Cycle the highways and byways, go island hopping to Tory and Arranmore. Visit the local Art Galleries, The Famine Heritage Centre and the Village Craft Shops. Donegal is simply paradise Local Attractions: Killahoey Beach, Horn Head Discovery Point 9 Mile scenic Drive and Walk overlooking Tory Island, the Errigal to Muckish Mountain Ranges. Glenveagh National Park, The Glebe Gallery, The Ards Peninsula, Ards Forest Park, Bloodyforeland, The Atlantic Drive. ... more   less 
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