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“A little taste of Ireland”
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Highlands Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Glenties
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 29, 2012

We've just had the most enjoyable 2 day break in the Highlands Hotel. The room was clean and well presented and, like the hotel itself, had an old fashioned, Irish feel about it. The staff were lovely and nothing was too much trouble. We had a meal in the hotel bar, the food was delicious and the service excellent.
Breakfast, too, was delicious and the staff really helpful, friendly and courteous.

There is easy access to Donegal town, Ardara and all the local beauty spots in the area.

This is a family run hotel and there is a very family feel about it. We would definitely stay here again. Loved it!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Theresa C
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

We visited The Highlands Hotel's restaurant on two occasions during our stay in the nearby town of Ardara, primarily because the bar served up the best seafood chowder we had tasted in Ireland. However, the rest of the food we had there was also good, certainly a step up from pub fare. We found the wait staff to be very cordial. While the decor was rather old style, it seemed totally in keeping with the small village's traditional atmosphere. In fact, on our first visit on a Saturday afternoon, we were entertained by an impromptu fiddle concert performed by local children who had come from their music lesson in town; the place had the feel of a friendly center of village life. While we can't speak to the Hotel's accommodations, we wouldn't hesitate to suggest that folks stop by the bar for a bite to eat and a Guinness.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ambermom
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

I've just spent a weekend at the Highlands in Glenties attending a wedding there, and what a weekend it was. The accommodation is perfect, the rooms have all you need and very clean. Nothing is too much to ask. The staff are absolutely fantastic. Friday nights meal was gorgeous and more than enough food was served. Breakfast served at the table is always a plus! The wedding was one of the best I have ever attended. The room was spectacular. The meal from start to finish was out on its own and could not be faulted. The staff were helpfully and again nothing was to much to ask. The day was finished off with a plenty of dancing. I will be back at this hotel, and if your planning a wedding look no further!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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1  Thank WindyWendy1
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Having read some of the reviews on here i was a little worried to say the least about going to this hotel, however as soon as we walked through the door our fears were allayed. Welcomed by a very friendly chap at reception, check in was a very pleasant experience, including having our bags carried to our room. Whoever said this hotel was smelly was obviously smelling themselves because there was no smell whatsoever. The room we stayed in was small and basic however it was clean and had everything we required. We were staying on a 2 night Livingsocial deal which was very cheap so i was not expecting the Ritz. We ate both nights in the hotel and have to say the food and service was excellent. Breakfast was lovely, hot and plentiful. One unexpected touch, which was greatly appreciated, was when we were out in a bar opposite the hotel and the barman set us up a free drink and told us that the owner of the highland hotel had bought it for us. What a lovely gesture. All in all i would recommend this hotel to anyone who enjoys good food, good service, a friendly atmosphere and value for money. Would definately go back.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Ennis100
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

We were a bit worried after reading some of the reviews on Tripadvisor. We went for two days using a LivingSocial deal. The hotel is family run and typical for the main street of an Irish town. The traffic can be noisy though we slept well with the windows closed. Hospitality and room were good. Food was also good with big portions. Nothing like the Ritz but absolutely fine. Bar was comfortable with friendly staff and customers. Good value for what we paid.

Room Tip: Over the street can be noisy with traffic.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Stirfry151
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

I stayed at the Highland hotel for 1 night with my father following recommendation from a hotel in Portnoo.
The main hotel is dated and dirty, with a stale smell pervading especially in the upstairs back corridor to get to the twin room we stayed in.
Again the room was dated and the shower poor, taking up to 15 minutes to get tepid warm and barely a trickle to wash under.
we ate in the hotel restaurnet as recommended by some locals in a near by bar, ( " it's the best place in town"). The food was barely warm and certainly not fresh. The mussels were all de-shelled and of varying colour, taste and texture, my fathers pate, dry and more resembling course sand in texture.the main courses where well below standard. I work in catering and know the majority of the meal was reheated from frozen and tasted dry and bland. I did complain and was told that all the produce is fresh and no apologgy or alternative offered.

this hotel and restaurnat is posing as the ease and charm of all that is irish. It is nothing it purports to be. it needs lots of investment in refurbishment and catering standards and service requires a massive refocus.

I have stayed in better run, cleaner and up to date youth hostels.

Thank gawd for tripadvisor, only wish I had consulted it prior to our stay.
Folk who have given it a positive review must be easily pleased.

Room Tip: do not stay here
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank absolutemust
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

We went to Highlands Hotel on a deal via Living Social. On arrival we were greeted warmly by a very pleasant receptionist, and shown up to our room. It was spacious and very clean, tea and coffee making facilities, quite a big bathroom with both bath and shower. We initially had problems with the TV, but the staff were more than helpful in fixing this problem immediately.
Our 1st evening we ate in the bar. A very tasty and piping hot 10oz steak with all the trimmings for only 14 euro. That same evining there was entertainment provided by local musicians, and it was excellent.
Our breakfast was cereal/grapefruit and fruit juices, followed by basically what ever combination of a full irish breakfast you wanted with plenty of toast and tea/coffee.......once again the staff were very pleasant and very helpful.
That evening we had an evening meal that was part of the offer, the choice was greater than i expected, and i have to say it was excellent with quite large portions and piping hot served by very helpful and pleasant staff.
I would be more than happy to return to the family run Highlands Hotel anytime, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking to stay in Donegal.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Peter C
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Address: Main Street, Glenties, Ireland
Location: Ireland > County Donegal > Glenties
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Glenties
Price Range: $113 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Highlands Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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