"Who would have thought it could be so quiet!"
In the middle of no where was this outstanding hotel. The dinner was over the top, spectacular. Our room the first night was OK, small in size and a bit of a view. We upgraded to a lux suite the 2nd night and the view of the river was so wonderful we had dinner in our room. The paths throughout the property made this get away place so special!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Celebrated my birthday here with 7 friends. The chef worked with me for a special menu and cocktail hour. It couldn't have been more delightful! Service as well as food/wine. The grounds are beautiful and the rooms more than comfortable. I highly recommend this hotel for anyone interested in experience Ireland at its best!!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Amazing hotel with great service! The grounds are spectacular.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We stayed here for one night on our honeymoon. It is pricey, but so worth it. By far the best hotel I've ever stayed in, every comfort provided. We will remember it for the rest of our lives. If you splurge one night, make it here.Genuine Expedia 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
Enjoyed every minuteGenuine 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
"Beautiful setting "
Great place to get away and relax. Food in the bar was average for the money. I had a seafood platter which was nice but wasn't well presented. My partner had a rib eye steak which was over cooked but she enjoyed it still. The gentleman on the bar suggested several single Irish malts which i tried and only enjoyed 2 of them. Later i asked if he had tried any of them and he replied no i don't drink it which made me a tad disappointed as he was full of lots of information. Breakfast was outstanding and the views from the dining room are sublime.
"welcome winter break"
11/13/14 ninaward Dublin, Ireland
Just returned from our fourth visit to this lovely Connemara hotel last week. During our three night stay we again experienced the warm hospitality that this house is noted for, the superb food, the comfortable rooms and the crackling log fires in all the public areas. A lovely recent addition to the dining experience was Lynn Saoirse's harp playing, which drifted on the ear without being in any way obtrusive - no piped music here. Also of particular delight was the recently opened walk along the disused rail-bed of the Galway to Clifden railway line, part of which runs through the estate. It was a magical and mysterious walk, and, if you listened carefully enough, you could almost hear the sound of a steam engine chugging in the distance. In fact, with all the lovely trails throughout the grounds of Ballynahinch, and the availability of boots and wellies when wet underfoot, one never needs to leave the hotel at all. We left refreshed after our stay, and would like to specially thank Catherine at reception, whose husband brought us engine oil on his way home from Clifden and saved us a round trip of several miles to the nearest garage on a wet evening, and our lovely breakfast waiter who surprised us with a care package of delicious home-made muesli to bring home when we said how much we enjoyed it. Just two small instances of Ballynahinch hospitality. We will be drawn back to this lovely place again and again....hopefully in the not too distant future.
"As special as ever!"
11/10/14 BeckandClem Wicklow
Just home from a lovely weekend at Ballynahinch. Food, service, comfort and scenery top notch as always. I am wary of any reviewer that claims the food experience here is poor; as regular visitors the food is one of the main reasons we keep returning to Ballynahinch. Yes the food isn't cheap but you certainly get what you pay for in terms of quality. Lovely to see they still continue to use local food suppliers we always stop off at their main butcher in Oughterard on the way home for some Connemara pudding for the freezer. The nonsense reviews about extra toast or tea no longer being automatically replenished at breakfast, are you too lazy to ask?And the moaning about the additional charge for side orders of veg at dinner; each of our main courses had ample veg incorporated and a generous portion of sautéed potatoes for us to share. Looking forward to returning next year, the upcoming extension project sounds exciting! May I suggest a treatment room for us ladies Patrick?
"Ultimate relax and recharge experience"
11/10/14 Andrew M
We felt like we had weeks away when we stayed for the weekend. It is that sort of place. We arrived and were welcomed with warmth, brought to our room (free upgrade, yayy!), and were immediately blown away with the stunning view down the river, and the lovely room decorated in classical style. Bed was immense, firm and comfortable. Bathroom was ample. Well lit, dual sink, bath, etc. Nothing at all to complain about. We had dinner which was excellent. Only thing I wasn't impressed with was that veg were an extra charge and we didnt think to order. That being said my venison came with some mushroom and spinach anyhow, and my wifes beef came with long stem broccoli and gratain potato..so while irritated at the hidden charge, we didn't need veg anyhow. The dessert was amazing - three perfectly presented creme brulles. Staff friendly and not in your face. Harpist playing superbly at the side. Afterwards there were lots of places to sit by the many fireplaces, with a trad session in the bar too. Breakfast was good - both hot meals to order and a buffet to fill any gaps left.Walks along the river were good, although one side of the river was flooded due to heavy rain. Not something I can really complain about. The area is so scenic it is hard to believe, but what made this visit for us was how relaxed it was, while still being amazing service. I'll be back for sure.
"Beautiful Setting - Abysmal Food"
11/09/14 CeeJay233 Dublin, Ireland
We had wanted to stay here for ages & just never got round to it, however I now wish we never had! The place itself (more an old Manor House than Castle) is in the most amazing setting, beautiful scenery, remote & seems like the perfect place to relax & unwind which we wanted. Our Suite was lovely & spacious with great views from both the bedroom & sitting room overlooking the river, all good so far! Went for a walk in the stunning grounds & decided to have a drink in the bar on our return, I asked for a glass of wine Pino Grigio & was surprised when they came back & said they had none of this particular white but they did have a nice Chardonnay!! Vodka & Tonic for me then! We had booked Dinner in the restaurant & were really looking forward to it - unfortunately our expectations were not met. A limited menu 5 or 6 starters & the same for mains is fine if the food is divine. When we were handed the menus we were told that one of the starters & one of the mains was not available, no alternative or replacement! My starter was awful, my partners was mediocre as for the mains we both opted for fillet of beef, it was tough & unpleasant the vegetables which are at extra cost were not very nice either, over cooked slimy spinach & tough stringy green beans! Oh I forgot according to the menu a selection of Amuse Bouche would be served between the starter & main this consisted of a grapefruit sorbet when I said I can't eat grapefruit the waiter came back with a bowl of soup, exactly the same as the starter! Desert was edible but was as if it had been made a couple of days before & stored in a fridge! Nobody can mess up breakfast, well yes actually Ballynahinch can, the buffet was meagre & my poached eggs were very undercooked, we were never asked if we wanted more tea or coffee or toast & again it was an unpleasant experience, the view from the dining room is spectacular though, probably to detract from the food! For a place advertising great food & a great chef this really needs to be addressed, it ruined the whole experience for us & we will never go back!
11/09/14 Ita M
We have visited here quite a few times now and each time it just gets better. It is a real get away from it all hotel. Staff are so friendly and helpful, the rooms are very clean and comfortable with great views. The food in the restaurant is out of this world and is the main reason we keep going back. Not really suitable for people with disibilities but worth speaking to the hotel.
"Not up to par!!"
11/08/14 Dee186534 Glasgow, United Kingdom
We stayed here for 2 nights this week. There were a lot of good things about this hotel but unfortunately, in our experience, the bad outweighed the good. We had a river view room (9) which was lovely but having gone to bed around 10pm the racket from outside was dreadful. It sounded to me as though it was coming from downstairs - possibly the kitchen! During our stay there was a photo shoot for an Irish newspaper which caused a lot of disruption to what should have been a relaxing day. An abundance of people involved in this were traipsing through the lounge all day speaking on their mobile phones and carting cameras and equipment everywhere when we were trying to have a comfortable afternoon in reading - as the weather was so bad outside. My partner tried to go to the bar to order tea and couldn't get near at one point as there were people everywhere. If we had been advised there was a photo shoot on we would have chosen a different two days in order to avoid this!! I think a Spa/beauty treatment room for the ladies would be advantageous as I, for one, would have used it.
"I will not be returning."
11/05/14 George D
Disappointing. Highly over-rated and uncomfortable castle. Our beds were so old that there were imprints where the previous people slept. When you lay down you sink in about an extra 10 inches. The room was incredibly hot and the entire castle was rather noisy throughout the night. When I spoke to the manager about this she simply smiled and said, "We are so sorry!" I inquired about a partial refund and she repeated her statement. I would not stay here again.
11/05/14 dawsonc Cookstown, United Kingdom
My wife and I stayed here recently and from moment we entered the lobby to be met with wonderful charming and friendly staff and a roaring log fire surrounded by leather furniture to sink into, we knew we would have a special time. We stayed in the main house, room 20. It was tastefully furnished with period furniture, maybe a little dated and worn for some, but we thought fully in keeping with the castle setting (as for some reviewers commenting that it is not a castle in true sense of the word, would a turret and drawbridge add anymore to the joy of your stay?). For us, the beauty of Ballynahinch is the sheer relaxation it encourages throughout the stay and we loved sitting in front of one of the many fires, newspaper or book in hand, a coffee or drink freshly served and just enjoying the peace and quiet of our surroundings. If Ballynahinch could bottle and sell this serenity, they would be on to a winner. We ate both in the bar and restaurant, and enjoyed both. Neither were spectacular meals and it is pricey and not without small faults but again, not so much that it detracted from the overall experience. As for the setting, I have stayed in many hotels either for business or personal reasons, and can think of very very few that offer views to match those of Ballynahinch. Connemara is a truly stunning part of the world and Ballynahinch capitalises on this perfectly. Overall, we would rate this our favourite hotel in Ireland and can’t wait to go back.
11/04/14 Aude l Paris, France
we went here 3 times and each stay was great , the bar is very welcoming and typical , breakfast takes place in a beautifull Riverside view room and the location of the hotel is perfect to visit Connemara . Rooms are nice but it is true that it need a kind of "lifting ". Nature is wonderfull around this place , be carefull it could be difficult to find this wonderland I am not in that case but it apears to be a huge place for fishing lovers, the hotel contains a private fishing club. Last time we met Cathelyn at the welcome desk, what a lovely personn! The car park is free and large Some members of staff can speak french if it is necessary
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