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“More of a grand Hunting Lodge than "castle"”

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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
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Los Angeles, California
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“More of a grand Hunting Lodge than "castle"”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Despite my ambiguous title, I truly enjoyed my spectacular stay at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. The estate is waaaaay out in the middle of nowhere so you are really left to the friendliness of the staff and the beautiful grounds to walk around for entertainment. Luckily this location has both in spades. The staff, especially those working in the pub were very friendly and full of great stories. The ground amongst the estate were fun to explore - although it was raining often during our stay.

The restaurant is what gives this establishment their 5 Star rating. The food was phenomenal including some of the best lamb I've tasted. I ate within the main dining room for two evenings and enjoyed a variety of delicious dishes including: truffle gnocchi, rhubarb balsamic sorbet, fois gras tartine, tiramisu and all washed down with incredible wines.

I also wanted to say that the house staff was very kind by adding an extra twin bed to our suite as I was sharing a large set of rooms with my sisters. They hauled basically an entire twin size bed and dressed it with sheets in moments and left some sweets on the way out. It was serious 5-star service. I also like the little bottle of still and sparkling well water they leave in your room. nice touch!

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Canton, Ohio
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

While as castles go, this is a bit of a stretch, this is a beautiful historical hotel. The staff couldn't have been more accomodating. The service from the front door, reception staff, housekeeping, dining room and grounds keepers were warm and welcoming. Wellies and parkas were at the ready for our walks by the river in the rain. Suites facing the river are espeically large with beautiful view. Bathrooms and towels were large with complimentary robes for use while relaxing.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2012

We had an amazing evening and loved our room in the newest wing facing the river!
This property is straight out of a fairy tale! The pub is cozy and casual, with a fire to warm the room. Dinner at the restaurant was lovely. The food is locally sourced and high quality. The castle is off the beaten path (about 1 1/2 hrs. beyond Galway), so having taken the trip to Connemara, it's worth also visiting Kylemore Abbey and its tiny Victorian chapel. Be sure to watch out for the sheep on the road!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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cairns
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We had an awesome stay at this place - the location is just breathtaking. We only had time for one night, but wished we could have stayed much longer. The room was lovely and the view spectacular. It was expensive to stay - but a wonderful experience. The walks around the castle are gorgeous, breakfast was fantastic - the pub is cozy and we hung out there for awhile. We then spent time relaxing in our room. I would completely recommended this place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2012

This was the worst place we stayed at during our two week stay in Ireland. We stayed in a suite which was large and comfortable but the customer service is cold and snobby and lacks the Irish hospitality that keeps us coming back to this beautiful country. Reception was cold and unwelcoming and it seemed to be an annoyance that we wanted to book a table in the pub for dinner. We ate in the pub and the food was decent but the service horrible. It took about 20 minutes just to get a glass of water. Both waiters were constantly attending to a table of six who I guess were more important than us. A maid walking into the bedroom of our suite while I was on a phonecall. No knock on the door. We skipped breakfast because we just wanted to leave the place. When checking out, we got a gruff "Room number?" with no "good morning" or even a grin. I regret not having chosen the Abbeyglen. If you're snooty and like wasting your money, then this place is for you.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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POFlahertyGM, General Manager at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, responded to this review, October 2, 2012
Dear visitor,
You seem to have had a terrible experience and one that is contrary to all we strive for. Guest service is what we have built our reputation on and I am so sorry that on this occasion we failed you. I appreciate that you may not wish to; but I would love to discuss your experience directly with you. I can be contacted on the hotel email address. Thank you, Patrick; General Manager
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Tacoma, WA
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We could only stay one night, but it was worth it! We had a Classic room in the main castle building and the staff gave us the best room in the place - 3rd floor corner, with views of the river out of both windows. It was spacious and gracious. We enjoyed some wine and Irish cheese while contemplating the river. You have to love a hotel that provides a map of the grounds so you can wander at will. In the morning we took the Lakeside and River loop, about an hour of easy and pleasant walking. Enjoyed the fishermen--felt almost as though we, too were part of the "fishing estate." Breakfast was elegant and wonderful. My only (very small) complaint is that the Pub menu was a bit overpriced. Of course they have a captive audience, and the fish of the day was fabulous - a melange of fresh halibut, salmon, crab, and smoked haddock in a light cream sauce. But we paid about 5-7E more per plate than we had been for food of similar quality. However, the good house Cotes de Rhone was very reasonably priced and made up for it. They really should provide a bit more history of the previous owners in a brochure or something. We sortof accidentally found the cabinet in the study with the Indian Prince/Cricket Star's memorabilia, but had to wait until we got home to Google him to find out more. Faschinating!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights during our recent trip to Ireland. The drive up was breathtaking. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. We stayed in a superior room with an awesome view of the river. The breakfast was amazing and plenty of it. We ate dinner one night in the pub and it was outstanding. We will definitely be back. A bit pricey but so worth it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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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 7 Specialty Lodging 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 450 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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