My partner and I stayed in the hotel just after Christmas; it was gift so a lovely surprise.
Ballybofey itself is lovely and I always had ideas that it would be a small village but, while its small, there is a lot of shops and bars in it so great for a walk round. We did a bit of a pub crawl on one night we were there and we stopped in at Jacksons Hotel - I have to say its lovely but the bar was dark and a bit lifeless; much preferred the Villa Rose.
The hotel itself is split in two; the older part at the front and the newer part at the back. We specifically asked for a room in the new part of the building which we got and it was beautiful. It was on a corner so had windows on two sides and, while the view was of the carpark, it
was really lovely. The space in the room was fantastic and the bathroom was big with all the amentites you would expect from a 4 star hotel. If I was being picky on bad points (which I tend to do!); when we arrived the room was freezing; we had to turn the heating up full for about 3 hours before it was warm. Also there is no wifi in the rooms; there is cabled access but as I was using a tablet the connection wasnt correct so I couldnt use it in the room. I would have expected a 4 star hotel to have wifi.
We ate in the Farahs restuarant on our first night and the food was amazing; big portions and a good choice. I am a vegetarian and, while there were items on the menu, I didnt fancy any of them. I asked if there was anything else and they made me a lovely bake. It was so big that I couldnt finish it all! We had a few drinks in the bar in the new part of the hotel; it is modern with two fires. The bar we preferred was the "wee bar" in the old part of the hotel near the breakfast room. It was much cosier and a better atmposphere. The hotel does say that the bars have wifi but we couldnt get a stable connection in either. Breakfast was really good too; big portions and lots of choice.
The only downside of the weekend was that there was a wedding on both nights; I completely understand that hotels need weddings to survive but this was the first time I had been in a hotel where I felt the weddings took over the whole hotel. I think this hotel would really benefit from a residents bar. Both weddings completely filled the "wee bar" even though the weddings were at the back of the hotel and the other, more modern bar, would have been more suitable but strangely stayed empty!
We also went to the Spa and it was fantastic; it has a big jacuzzi bath with a waterfall which is like a massage, hot and cold foot spa's, a sauna and an ice-jet shower. We spent ages in the spa and most of the time we were on our own; not sure if this was on purpose or just that it wasnt a busy time of year, but it really made our trip.
All in all we have a beautiful stay, the hotel and spa were amazing and the food great - what more can you want when getting over Christmas. Thanks Anne; best idea!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villa Rose is a 4 star, family owned, boutique style spa hotel. Located in the vibrant town of Ballybofey, Co Donegal, there is always a friendly welcome to accompany our contemporary bedrooms, award-winning restaurant & spa and our atmospheric bar with live music every weekend. We can arrange spa breaks, activity breaks, active retirement breaks and more. With fee parking, complimentary bottled water and free internet we hope you will come and enjoy a memorable break with us. ... more less
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