We stayed at Jackson's Hotel on a group tour of Ireland. The hotel had been compared to Fawlty Towers and after struggling to find our room because signage was incorrect, then seeing the room furnishings, we had to agree. Members of our group wandered the hallways for a good 10 minutes before finally locating our rooms - I was just glad we hadn't been drinking adult beverages.
The room furnishngs were ecletic - nothing remotely matched. If they were going for the look that the room had been decorated with the furniture from four different hotels that went out of business within the last 20-30 years, they succeeded. The carpet appeared to have been there a very long time - with alternating 3 inch square floral patterns.
There was a king headboard on the wall, but the room had a double bed and a twin. The bases of the two beds was different - one was purple and the other burgundy. The mattresses have seen some wear, as there were indentations and they were not comfortable and offered little support. The bedding was another one of those wretched all-in-one duvets BUT it had a very welcome sheet so we didn't have to make the choice beween too much or no bedding. The room was uncomfortably warm and we were unable to make it cooler - this was a common issue with most of us on the tour.
The furniture and cabinetry of the room was all old and battered. The window treatments were sheers that were longer than the window by about 18 inches, but 18 inches from the floor. The "curtains" were made of navy, floral fabric that you could see through but weren't entirely sheer. The 3 side chairs had a cotton velour fabric with alternating gold stripes with gold stripes with black pindots. The wallpaper had a beige background with a floral design. There was a very small TV on a wall mount.
The bathroom was very clean and there were very nice towels. We were very fortunate in our room placement, as we weren't kept awake, as were others with rooms above the pub - nor were we awakened by people exiting the pub and continuing their evening in the wee hours in the gardens that many rooms overlooked. Since the rooms were uncomfortably warm, many had their windows open and were awakened and then kept awake by the noise of their partying.
Our dinner at the hotel was marginal and the staff seemed to be overwhelmed and struggled to service our group of 40. The breakfast buffet was adequate - but they also provided cooked-to-order eggs, which many enjoyed.
I don't mean to be unkind, but this was the worst hotel of the 6 hotels we stayed in during our tour of Ireland. We were very relieved that our stay was only one night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the bustling town of Ballybofey, Jacksons Hotel is an award-winning Hotel on the banks of the River Finn and Drumboe Woods. Renowned for its hospitality and great food, Jacksons is the ideal base for touring Donegal and the North West of Ireland. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jacksons Hotel Ballybofey
- Jackson's Hotel Ballybofey, Ireland - County Donegal