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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Recess
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Run down hotel - Disappointed in the fishing -”
Reviewed July 4, 2011

We came expecting a castle and were rather dissapointed in what we got. It is a stretch to call it a castle and the piece of it we stayed in was only 9 years old. Not the romantic notion I have of a castle. The grounds are very attractive and the rooms have a nice view of the river running behind the "castle". Sevice personal are not very friendly, they will do things you request but not with a smile. We found that things we would expect to be in the rooms, that we found in many other hotel rooms along the way, were missing. We could not make our own coffee or tea at night when we felt like having it, we had to call the scowling bell hop to bring us some. They do not provide maps of the grounds or a dinner menu to preview in the room, they make you search these things out at the desk or the dinning areas themselves. I trully thought it was rude, as the desk help would not obtain a menu for me I had to hunt it down from the waitstaff preparing for dinner. I have particular food needs and I want to see a menu first. In a hotel as costly as this one I expect better service and more convenieces at my finger tips. Also an important note - if you are looking to experience Irish culture and hang out in local places at night getting to know the residence, do not stay here. It is very remote and if you want a pint you have to drive at least 30 minutes to have one outside the hotel pub. I would not stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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POFlahertyGM, General Manager at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, responded to this review, July 8, 2011
Dear visitor, it seems you had a poor experience, one I rather hope might be an exception. I would very much like to discuss your visit with you if you would like to contact me. Yours sincerely, Patrick O'Flaherty, GM
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Stow, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2011

This hotel was a real high point during our 12 days in Ireland. It is a real hotel, with all of the expected amenities. The staff are all friendly and very helpful. The rooms are large and well-appointed. They have a delightful mix of old and new. Our bedrooms were large and traditional to a country manor or hunting lodge - our bathroom was state-of-the-art, however - with a great two person "rain shower." That was really nice. The grounds of the hotel are expansive and incredibly beautiful. One could walk for hours and never tire of the wonderful woods, river, and lake.

We dined in the "Fisherman's Pub" at the hotel - instead of the formal dining room. WQe wanted a little more realxed atmosphere. We got that. It was friendly and warm and laid back. The food was excellent - some freshly caught, local salmon, some asparagus risotto, some slow-roasted pork belly. Yum!

The included breakfast the next morning was wonderful as well. The cold buffet was nice, with croissants, scones, yogurt, fruit, and etc. However, the hot selections were even better - pan-seared plaice, freshly caught - what could go better with a couple of poached eggs and Irish brown bread with orange marmalade? Great!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, GA
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Reviewed June 28, 2011

Set on a 450 acre estate, this small hotel feels less like a stone-and-turreted castle and more like a spacious hunting lodge with crackling fires, spacious drawing rooms, and wood interiors. Antiques and historic memorabilia adorn the walls and common spaces. The rooms in the original building are individually themed and appointed--ours was "Humanity Dick," and my mother's was "Maharaja." Both were spacious and had a pleasant homey feel with cushy furniture, and one had very modern bath fixtures and the other very traditional.

The staff are attentive yet never underfoot. They will recommend long walks both on the property and in the nearby hills. They will also provide instruction and guides to fly fish in the castle fishery. The hotel offers two restaurants--one elegant with continental cuisine featuring local game and fish and the other a pub. Breakfast is both a continental buffet and hot-cooked dishes.

It is a long journey for us back to Ballynahinch, but we look forward to it eagerly!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Deltona, Florida
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

The grounds here are beautiful. room service was fast. very helpful employees. nice and quiet. not close to any towns.

Room Tip: upon arrival we were up graded to a suite, huge!
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Liberty Lake, Washington
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

We were disappointed that the castle didn't look like a castle at all from the exterior (no stones, turrets, etc.). However, the spacious room was the best of any hotel we stayed in in the country. The canopy bed, bathroom, and view were outstanding. Also, the bar restaurant was surprisingly delicious. However, we probably wouldn't stay here again though as the price is very high, and there are better values for castle hotels.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

We spent only one night in the hotel but the room we got wasn't well maintained at all, very noisy fan (difficult to sleep), we could not opened any window because of the bugs. I think the water is not safe to drink,it was really yellow colour. There is nothing within 5 km of the hotel where you could buy food, the dinner cost 80€ per person what I found very expensive. The scenery is very nice but I wish I have choosen an other hotel, what is not so overpiced for what you get.

Room Tip: Go to a B&B, would be more cosy.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2011

Ballynahinch is just so special, it is a place that is utterly confident about what they do, which to me is providing a kind of timelessness, there is no swimming pool or spa in Ballynahinch and you won't miss them. There is wonderful walking in the estate, gazing at the river over breakfast is a delight and the staff are totally helpful, friendly and pleasant with no hint of obsequiousness.
The minute I cross the threshold at Ballynahinch I feel my shoulders relaxing, sitting at the fire in the Front Hall with a book, a drink or coffee is my favourite pastime!
The food in the restuarant is a relevation, and the bedrooms are supremely comfortable.
Overall, the whole place is delightful!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a river view
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  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Address: Ballinafad | Connemara, Recess, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Recess
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Recess
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballynahinch Castle Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury 4 star hotel located on a 700 acre estate with 48 bedrooms & suites overlooking the river, mountain or both. The Fisherman's pub serves lunch and dinner by the open log fire, dinner is also served in the award winning Owenmore Restaurant. On site, miles of scenic river & lakeside walks, bicycles to explore the area, fly fishing and clay shooting. Locally we have a boat trip from Roundstone fishing village which includes a trip to a deserted island & lobster fishing and great hiking. Connemara National Park, Connemara Golf Club and Clifden are all a short drive as is the ferry & airport to the Aran Islands. Ballynahinch Castle is the ideal base for touring Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way. ... more   less 
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