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“Connemara retreat” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
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Ireland
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38 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Connemara retreat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

fabulous location in the middle of scenic connemara. We had a lovely room overlooking the river. Dining room a bit pricey so we ate in the bar where the staff were friendly and chatty. Very comfortable four poster bed and good shower. You'll enjoy the walks around the hotel and lakes. A pricey place to stay but excellent for a special occasion.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

Absolutely beautiful location and quality service. Our room was comfortable and large with a fantastic view of the river. We both had delicious and memorable dinners in the Fisherman's Pub and breakfast in the dining room. We loved the whole atmosphere at Ballynahinch. We regret not budgeting time to stay longer this trip. It is quite remote so not for you if you are looking to do a lot of shopping. Galway is about 45min. away.

Room Tip: Can't imagine a bad room here.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington, United States
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

Don't let the clever marketing fool you, this IS a Manor home rather than an authentic castle. That being said, rooms were okay, food was good but expensive. Staff was friendly, but no 24hr desk. Wait staff was mostly french speaking. Bathrooms were nice and newer but rooms could be refurbished. No pool, or fitness center. Definitely get the vibe this the "Shareholders" fishing playground that they allow you to stay at. Staff referenced the "shareholders" several times. Overall, it was fine for a night but more than that would be too much. There are real castles for the money in the area like ashford.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Kansas City
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723 reviews
135 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

We stayed here on our anniversary. The room was lovely. The service was friendly and accommodating. The scenery in late September was gorgeous. We enjoyed dinner in the restaurant 2 nights. While the food and service were very good it was quite expensive. All in all,
it was a nice splurge for a special occasion.

Room Tip: We had a great view of the river and could walk out of our room onto the grounds. It appeared we we...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Spokane, Washington
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

We stayed in Sept, 13 on one night with dinner. We had a classic riverview room in the old part on the 2nd floor. The view was lovely as were the room and bath. We also liked the added space of the foyer. However, we were in room #10 and we could hear ALL of the noise from the kitchen. It must come up the nearby stairwell. There were banging pans and talking until after 11 p.m. The shower is also a big miss. We ended up with water everywhere and we obviously aren't alone since the baseboard was rotting. And, finally, who would put the shampoo and bath gel in glass bottles next to the showers. Very dangerous. Too bad since the rest of the hotel and the grounds are lovely.

Room Tip: Avoid Room #10 if you want peace and quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

It was a real treat to have visited this beautiful location. The location is on a beautiful and vast property. Fishing, hunting, and sports such as tennis is available along horseback riding. Inside, there are several magnificent fireplaces after spending time out. The service was excellent and the managers took time to share the history of the castle. My room had a great view in front of the river. The food was very good. I can certainly see why folks would have the urge to sing Shanindoh.

Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

We have just returned from Ireland and have a new favorite place to stay while there. We have been fortunate to travel several times in Ireland but had never visited the Connemara area. Clifden and the surrounding area is a fantastic place to spend several days. The sky road has one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. In addition to great restaurants, pubs and shops there are tons of outdoor activities here. The Ballynahinch Castle is idyllic. The setting on the river is spectacular with walking paths everywhere revealing one beautiful view after another. Although we did not fish, it was obvious this was a typical event there. The hotel is a bit worn and rustic but honestly it only adds to the charm. Our room (reported to be the maharaja's, a former owner) was huge, with a very comfortable bed and beautiful view. The tub was a bit awkward for showering but not a deal breaker. Breakfast in the dining room was delicious, served overlooking the river. We did not eat dinner in the restaurant or pub, but the food looked great and I would definitely eat there next time. I highly recommend this experience when traveling in Ireland.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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