Amazing hotel with great service! The grounds are spectacular.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Only stayed here 1 night , but the grounds and area are beautiful! The staff were wonderful - friendly, patient and helpful. The hotel itself is cozy, but roomy, with a wonderful sense of history. So enjoyable!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Country Manor in Ireland"
A great place!!! Old Ireland Manor Style.. Drive up and you know your not in Kansas anymore.. Classic Style and feels comfortable. Staff is great too... Food was tremendous and a great breakfast too... A memory forever on my trip to Ireland.. Highly Recommend the Ballynahinch.Genuine Expedia guest review
An interesting stay in an old classic hotel, clearly an Irish treasure, like an old lady that is a little worn. The setting is fantastic. Two days unless the fish are running is enough as there is little else to do. The downside of the old lady is no elevators, or air conditioning, or screens on the windows to keep the bugs out which means no ventilation […] or open windows at night. It is a destination resort with an excellent dining room and dining in the bar. I am glad we visited and was a nice break from a city hotel. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"The best in Ireland"
The Ballynahinch was the highlight of our 9 days in Ireland. We stayed for 2 nights and I wish we could have stayed longer. The staff members were fantastic and they made our stay so enjoyable. We loved sitting in the library in the morning having our coffee with a nice fire. I can not say enough about the food. My husband had a cold seafood platter […] served on a slate tray that put our Charleston SC resturants to shame. The grounds are so beautiful and we loved all of the walking trails. I can't wait to come back! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
When my husband and I decided to make a trip to Ireland, there were obviously cities we wished to visit, beautiful natural sites and we knew the drive alone would be breathtakingly beautiful, but I asked that we stay in a castle. He made it happen and we stayed in the Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. It was such a lovely experience. It was simple to find […] and a beautiful view along the way. The entrance is breathtaking. Entering the estate, you pass a gate house (privately owned) to the right and continue across a small bridge to reach the hotel. From the main entrance, the castle does not look very big (most of the pictures provide a backside view), but it is beautiful none the less. It is a rustic building, includes a pub and restaurant. They provide a map of the hotel grounds, fishing spots and trails on the property. The building is well kept and really takes you to a different era. When we walked in we were greeted by very friendly staff and a warm fire place. Our bags were taken immediately by the staff and we were lead to our room personally. The room we had was spacious and had a beautiful view of the river. The food was exquisite! Every meal was perfectly cooked. At dinner we ordered the fish. Every bite just melted in our mouths. We wish we could have stayed longer. We would highly recommend to anyone visiting Co Galway region. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Great place!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"have a dinner there too"
We had a main building room - not huge but with a lovely river view. The various sitting rooms are cosy with fires (and almost needed, in August!). We also had dinner 1 night in the restaurant - really excellent quality.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
This was our one evening that we thought we would have a splurge. We were disappointed in the room. The room was dull and dark. Not much of a luxury accomodation. Considering the rate that we paid. When I complained to reception she said that is the rate for that room. This was the most expensive hotel during our entire stay in Ireland. I would discourage […] other travellers from staying here. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"out of the way but worth it"
This castle was spectacular in terms of the property, castle itself, food and service. It was a little tucked away but worth it. It's a nice place to relax but there isn't a whole lot to do there. It was welcoming in the middle of our trip which was very busy.Genuine Expedia guest review
What a place! It is breathtaking and yet has such a welcoming feel to it. Very nice staff (especially Matt!). Magnificent rooms, great food.Genuine Expedia guest review
"LOVLEY hotel BUT!!"
Stayed here with my husband beautiful grounds &food BUT NO T or Coffee NO FRIDGE in room And water was left only on the first night after that u had to BUY IT!!!! Remember you are miles away from any shops so it's buy or be dry (would hate to be here in the summer with no fridge ) I took to having 2glasses of water from the bar when retiring to our […] rooms No slippers/dressing gowns (Would we go again) no have been very expensive with limited facility no spa no hairdresses limited menue Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Fantastic hotel and very friendly staff. We arrived late and they prepared us a great meal.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
09/17/14 Roddy906 Dublin, Ireland
You dont have to go fishing to enjoy this Hotel,there are three great walks around the lakes and rivers. In the Dining Room try and get a window table you will enjoy. Drive to Clifden and Roundstone two nice towns
09/16/14 Marciamc Brisbane and Noosa
Beautiful setting beside a fast flowing river. People fly fishing. Very rustic area, but beautiful accommodation, restaurants and gardens. There is a rare walled Victorian garden, but it appears to be under reconstruction. The breakfast was amazing and I could have sat in that dining room for ages. The rooms and facilities are fantastic.
"Very good, but not excellent..."
09/16/14 Ivo-Knottnerus Istanbul, Turkey
We had a two night stay at the Ballynahinch Castle Hotel as part of our tour through the South of Ireland. The location was idyllic. Spacious castle grounds, beautiful gardens, wood lands, a river and a lake, what else do you need. We did parts of the walks around the castle and that was lovely. We arrived quite late and the pub was about to close, but still they served us a pub dinner, which was very much appreciated after a long driving day. A more than great seafood chowder, and oysters lovely and fresh. The staff in the pub was very friendly and welcoming. We had a nice room on the top floor of the hotel overlooking the front gardens. It was quiet. The room had loads of character but still the bathroom was updated and modern, which was nice. Rooms are spacious and have a large comfortable bed and a sitting area. The room was all we could have wished for. What we missed in the hotel, is the general manager/owner. The person who is the face of the hotel, keeps everything together and welcomes you in the morning. We found the hotel to be a bit 'cold and distant' in that sense. You need someone to put a stamp on it as we experienced in other properties around Ireland. The hotel didn't have that. Otherwise we would have rated it excellent.
"Don't miss this !"
09/11/14 Roger W Geneva, Switzerland
The grounds alone are worth the visit. Fantastic walks and the lovely river makes this an idillic site. Hotel rooms are very comfortable. Remember to eat at the hotel either the pub or the restaurant. The pub serves a selection of restaurant food and is reasonable, restaurant excellent and caters for children too. If you go to Connemara this hotel is a must !
09/11/14 KateNorthLondon North London
My boyfriend and I spent a week in August travelling around Ireland. We spent 3 nights here. The front of house: For us, they were charming and incredibly helpful, we spoke to a few different ladies whilst we were there and all were friendly and responsive. The Restaurant: Breakfasts were delicious, huge choice, stunning setting with the views if you sit by the window. We had dinner one night here and it was one of the best meals I have ever had. It deserves a michelin star as I have eaten in Michelin restaurants and this certainly was up there. The service: As I said, for us, front of house were great. The manager/s (one male and one female in the restaurant who seemed more senior) were excellent. However - the rest of the waiting staff really were so miserable. It was our only negative. They were sullen and unresponsive - such a marked difference to everyone else. The grounds - The walks around the castle are simply stunning and certainly allow yourself time to do this. Bedrooms - We changed rooms as our first had a strange generator noise which while was very quiet, I am a light sleeper. We were moved to a higher room and the staff were charming and helpful. There are many spaces you can relax to read or have a drink and they are all beauiful. I wish I could have rated this a 5* but the service in the restaurant and bar needs to be looked into
"I want some money taken off my bill!"
09/10/14 lrbsparky Olathe, Kansas
First, this hotel doesn't come up on GPS, and there is 1 sign as you turn in for the mile miles to get to the hotel and the. Right before you get to the drive way. We were not the only pekoe to take hours to find this hotel. There was no cell service the Wi-Fi I had to go into the hall to get working. The entire building is old and need paint and cleaning, cob webs above most the hallway light fixtures. The hall carpeting is dirty but not as dirty as the room we stayed in, it was disgusting and just needed a basic shampoo. They have a rug under the coffee table that is too large and is an outdoor or entry rug, so it must be covering up something. For the amount of money they are charging I expect a lot more. I have paid less to stay in Times Square at a 5 Star hotel. The photos on the website are from decades ago, nothing on this property looks like the photos.
"Where is the General Manager?"
09/10/14 Svensky Perth, Australia
We really enjoyed our 3 day stay at Ballynahinich Castle and would stay again. The food was excellent, although not amazing. Breakfast is the standout. The service is the problem and it is inconsistent; from the surly greeting at the front desk when we checked in, to the other end of the continuum, with the amazing Shane who runs the clay shooting classes. The general manager must be very shy as we didn't see him once and the staffing and customer service inconsistencies are entirely his responsibility and need to be fixed for this hotel to really shine.
"Fantastic stay in a beautiful hotel"
09/09/14 MillicentDDublin Dublin
I enjoyed a 2 night stay here with my husband in March of this year. The hotel had recently re-opened after their break, and you could see that they had newly painted a lot of it (the smell of paint was perhaps a little strong in our room but airing it out helped). We had a lovely room overlooking the river, with all the amenities we could need. We ate in the restaurant on the first night and had an excellent meal. Afterwards we enjoyed spending time in the bar and sitting by the fire at reception. On the second night we ate in the bar, where the food again was great, but in a slightly more relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast was very good on both days, with lots of choice. We decided to spend our time at the hotel rather than leaving so using the list of walks, we explored the grounds. We decided to take all the walks so that we had sufficient hunger for dinner! Overall we had a really lovely stay in what I feel is a very special place.
"Wonderful hotel in an amazing location"
09/08/14 Mffrequenttraveller Galway, Ireland
Stayed in this hotel last weekend. Everything about it was excellent. Superb friendly staff wonderful log fires, comfortable luxurious rooms and bathroom, fantastic views. The grounds are magnificent from the driveways in to the wonderful walkways along the river. We had a wonderful dinner. Truly five star experience in a wonderful place.
"Unbearable to Leave"
09/08/14 Kim M Los Angeles, California
Ballynahinch was our base camp while exploring Connemara. We arrived near 1 AM having driven the Causeway Coast from Ballycastle Co. Antrim through the northwest. Note: N59 traverses the coastline but we took a "short-cut" on R344 and rejoined N59 closer to Recess. ("Short-cut" used loosely; I am sure the drive would have been quite stunning in daylight. In the pitch of midnight, be mindful of lazy sheep in the road.) On arrival, night staff welcomed us as if there was nothing unusual at all regarding the late hour, our disheveled appearance or the 700+ km we'd logged. The entire first floor had lingering aromas of dinner; I don't know what was served, but I regretted missing it. We passed on the unexpected offer for a ham sandwich and Guinness, opting instead for breakfast. John & Damian were a wonderful welcome and foreshadowed the exceptional attention & service we received for our far-too-short stay. Our room was in the original hotel and had the essence of estate; there is a newer wing, but both buildings have rooms facing the Owenmore River. Picturesque and peaceful. There is a walking map of the grounds. Be careful near the Owenmore - it moves swiftly after the rains, and the walking path is right next to it in several places. The full Irish breakfast was world-class - not to be missed. We had a light supper in the pub, and a word on the seafood chowder: it is thick, creamy, a delight to smell & taste, and peppered with generous seafood bits. Seafood bits still attached to the mussel shell and the crab claw. Not for the faint-of-heart, but it was superior! (Dinner AND a show!) Be sure to take an Irish coffee with you to one of the salons and settle into a wing chair by the fireplace. It is all but impossible to take your leave. Parking is included but you may find yourself on the access road with a few meters to walk to the lobby. This is not a problem and staff will assist you with bags. As with most castles and manor houses, there is no lift in the original hotel, so don't be shy asking for assistance up the grand staircase to rooms. The hotel is very close to Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey and Clifden. We were not there long enough to sample to hotel's activities or to take that fly-fishing lesson on the grounds, but that is on my must-do list for next time. The place oozes its history at every turn. If you want more stimulating nightlife, Clifden is about 10 miles away west on N59. We preferred a respite from driving and were delightfully rewarded for it. Dine at the hotel (often), walk the grounds,retire to the drawing room of your choice, and lose yourself in its presence. Worth every minute.
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