Amazing hotel with great service! The grounds are spectacular.Genuine Hotels.com 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
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
"Average hotel, average staff, fantastic breakfast."
08/17/14 Delitravel Cologne, Germany
We stayed here one night in a standard double (very small, only 1 chair in a double room, needed to get an extra chair from the hallway) in the new wing which is very far from the main part, lots of stairs, doors, turns...But the room was very quiet because it was in the back with a bit of a lake view. The bed was outstanding and the bathroom clean. I think the hotel is overpriced since it doesn't really give you a castle feeling. The lobby is just an old desk with some old chair and computer in the back. The lounge rooms are cosy but nothing special. You have to request coffee and tea making facilities and there were no bath robes and house shoes in the room (this is a must in such an expensive hotel!). Staff seems untrained and couldn't provide any information or answers to my questions. The highlight is the breakfast. We had great weather and a window table with lake view. We ordered fresh pan fried fish (caught in the morning), they also had Irish breakfast, eggs etc. The buffet had great ham and cheeses, brown bread, scones, croissants, fruits and yogurt etc. Also fresh juices with pulp and great coffee. The waiters are very nice and meet all your wishes! The gardens and the lake is actually very nice for a walk and for pictures but I would not stay a second time at this castle B&B for that price!! Very disappointed.
"Hidden Gem on the Road Less Traveled"
08/12/14 Celeste B Evergreen, Colorado
My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights on our 2 week stay in Ireland. The grounds were gorgeous with many quiet, private trails. We loved sitting along the river on the many benches and exploring the grounds. It was so peaceful and quiet--amazing place to get away from the noise of city life. Our room was called Humanity Dick, named after the man who started humane societies in Europe. I would highly recommend this room--huge, spacious, double shower, tv by the tub, large, gorgeous windows overlooking the immaculate grounds and the river. Staff was helpful and polite and the food was so good! We ate in the bar both evenings--great steaks&drinks. We had breakfast delivered to our beautiful room and the service was perfect. There was even a painting of a young boy that looked EXACTLY like our youngest son, which was pretty icredible considering the age of the painting:) We will definetely be returning to enjoy some fly fishing and more hikes around the grounds. Bottom line, if you are looking for quiet, relaxation, and a little shut down from your busy daily lives, this place is not only relaxing for your body, but it relaxes your mind as well. It was cofortable, clean, and we loved sitting in the chairs by our big windows in our room listening to the river, the birds, and the breeze blowing through the trees while sipping wine! I miss this place already and cannot wait to return. My only suggestion would be to make reservations for dinner whether you are dining in the restaurant or the pub area as they are both popular places to dine.
"Changing not for the better"
08/11/14 Ger99 New Jersey
This property has changed ownership, the previous graciousness being replaced the grasping mercantilism of modern Irish hotels. Dinner expensive at 62 euros does not need additional charges for imported vegetables or deserts mass produced at some nameless factory being served up from the freezer. The place is now glum, fires previously glowing go unlit, loosing its character.
08/09/14 Hazellp Portland, Oregon
We stayed two nights at the end of July 2014, and we couldn't have enjoyed ourselves more. We were in Room 21 with a magnificent view of the river. The rooms were exceptionally spacious and beautifully decorated. The bed was super-comfortable, although the pillow was not. The pillows were hard and flat. I was a bit surprised that the front desk was unable to provide any sort of alternate pillow, when I asked. No worries, however! We stayed in several "castles" and manor houses on this trip, and Ballynahinch was far and away our favorite. We were not impressed with the other manor houses that tried to be too modern inside. The others did not come close in terms of charm. The Castle Bar is wonderful. Appeared to be old-school Irish from this American's perspective. Note that there is no elevator, nor is there air conditioning. If you are willing to walk the stairs, only three easy flights, and open the windows for air, then you are good to go. All things considered, we give Ballynahinch a perfect score. (Be careful not to be placed in the newer addition, Rooms 23-42, I think. They do not have the old-world class and distinction of the room in the main building.)
"Refused our custom!"
08/08/14 MacConduibh Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Had a lovely day around Leiteirmore in South Connemara with my family. Decided on recommendation from a friend to drive to Ballynahinch Castle for a meal at the bar. On entering it was moderately busy but there were a few tables free. One table had a reserved sign on it. We asked a waitress if we could order some food and in an obnoxious and condescending manner she replied, " Are you staying with us?" When we said no, she said she'd have to check if we could have food as they were very busy and guests staying at the hotel had priority. She grudgingly showed us to an overflow room next to the bar as the other tables were unavailable. She then stomped off to check if we could have food. She returned with menus and gave a brief description of what was on offer in a self important manner. We weren't even asked if we wanted to order drinks. She then left us and didn't return. So we left! This hotel may have stars but the waitress and service surely take the shine off them. My wife later phoned to express her anger at being treated in such an appalling manner. The bar manager offered apologies and admitted that the waitress MAY have been a little abrupt! Unsurprisingly, we won't be returning to a place which didn't want our custom. Spoiled a lovely day out.
"Castle is Misnomer"
08/05/14 Dano58 Dayton NJ
Ok, first off, this is NOT a castle in the sense that most people think of a 'castle'. It's more of a manor house - but that said, it is really a neat place to stay. Not crazy-old, but more of a rambling place with a lot of great hiking on the property and nice river, lake and 'ben' views. Service is excellent, food is okay and beer selection limited - but all I drank in Ireland was Smithwicks so I was good.... You are isolated, as it's 65 km from Galway and probably 25 from Clifden, the closest town - which is worth a visit, being a typical quaint Irish village. Great hiking at Connemara National Park, which is about a 45 minute drive, and make sure you drive along R344 which winds it's way through the Twelve Bens - truly stunning scenery!
"Food & scenery to die for !"
Spent a night here within the past fortnight. We were a party of 6 and without exception all agreed that both dinner and breakfast were outstanding. 5 of the 6 chose fish/seafood dishes for dinner and they were all exceptional. Beautiful views across the water from the dining room. Rooms lovely and comfy. Walks on grounds have spectacular scenery. Salmon jumping in river and lake. Will be back for sure.
08/04/14 creejon Ballymena, United Kingdom
This place is unreal. Private grounds with loads of places/gardens to walk about. The rooms were super clean and the hotel has a real old Irish castle feel to it. The bar is in the hotel and is great for a night of music (sessions) with fiddles and all. Guinness here is fantastic. There is fishing galore here and you can rent tackle, rods etc. My wife and I stayed here for a long weekend and really chilled out and relaxed. Lovely.
"Lovely stay in a beautiful location!"
08/01/14 Hannah H Calabasas, CA
For being in an old castle in the middle of the forest in Ireland, I was expecting something a little more cold and dingy, but I was blown out of the water by the quality and elegance of this hotel in every aspect. The rooms are beautiful, incredibly comfortable, and spacious and the service was great from the front desk to the restaurants to the bike rentals. The front desk staff were very helpful with directions to different cities and other restaurants (their restaurants are a bit involved/fancy and may not be to your liking if you have kids or if you're in to more simple food). I would definitely recommend renting their bikes. It's a kind of challenging ride but a beautiful one. So glad we got to stop and stay here in the beautiful town of Ballynahinch!
We had dinner in the main dining room of this beautiful hotel. The grounds and castle are stunning. The food was great. All in our group agreed it was he best meal we had in Ireland. The staff are well trained and smooth. Would love to return some day.
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