When we arrived at Ballynahinch, I knew we had come to the right place. My husband is an outdoorsman, and he loved all of the fly fishing pictures and equipment that were in the common areas of the hotel. He was going to spend a morning fishing, but when he asked someone who'd been fishing that day, it seemed like the big fish weren't biting. Maybe next time....
The bar was wonderful, the food was delicious and reasonably priced. We also ate in the restaurant. The food was good, but I felt it was overpriced. When you consider that the steak in the bar is cooked by the same people who cook the food in the dining room, I wondered why we'd paid so much more to have the fancy atmosphere? (I actually preferred the cozier atmosphere of the bar.)
We had reserved a River View room, but were given a room in the castle, which is what I preferred. After we checked out, I realized that I'd still been charged the higher amount for the River View. That's not cool. Our room was directly above the reception area and the front entrance, so it was a bit loud when people came and went and were not mindful of the late hour and that they were outside people's bedrooms. The king-sized bed was comfortable, the bathroom was fine, the service was excellent.
I would stay again, but would check my bill more carefully and avoid the fine-dining experience.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ballynahinch Castle Hotel Ireland/County Galway - Recess