"Go off the beaten path and stay at Ballynahinch."
We are so glad we decided to stay at Ballynahinch Castle. The Castle is very charming and the staff is extremely attentive. The pub was cozy and the food was unbelievable. We stayed for two nights and visited Clifden Castle and Roundstone fishing village. At night we enjoyed the living rooms with their fire places. We have two children and they were […] very welcomed by the staff and at night we played family board games and chess. Matt was such a gentleman and always stopped by to keep the fire roaring and made sure our kids had cookies and hot chocolate. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"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
"A castle fit for a princess!"
Great experience. The hotel was pricey but well worth it.Genuine Expedia guest review
Wonderful location for hiking and biking and near an arts town.Genuine Expedia 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
Amazing. Staff, service, amenities and location, location, location. Was a fantastic stay. Very high quality. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Grounds are fantastic. Hotel is lovely and old world but I think it needs refurbishment. No lift for oaps, handicapped. Food was lovely.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
Un endroit incontournable, dans un cadre enchanteur!!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Soggiorno rilassante nella natura"
Bellissima struttura. Personale gentile e disponibile. Camera grande. Colazione fantastica. Cenato al pub: eccellente. Posizione molto bella nel bel mezzo della natura ma un po' difficile da trovare.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Fantastic hotel and very friendly staff. We arrived late and they prepared us a great meal.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Idyllic setting in Clifden area"
01/20/15 reddoc Chicago, Illinois
We visited Ballynahinch Castle last September, sorry for the late review. I cannot recommend this place more highly. The setting is positively idyllic. The "castle", actually an old fishing lodge, sits right on the river with beautiful vistas everywhere. The main gathering rooms are filled with antiques, wood burning fireplaces and old paintings, all very inviting. The main dining room and breakfast room overlook the river from practically every seat. Needed to pinch ourselves to make sure it was all real. Like stepping back 100 years. Breakfast spread was excellent with a huge variety of cold and hot selections. We did not eat in the restaurant or pub but fellow guests all had good reviews. Pub poured a great Guiness and the Jameson pour was very generous. The rooms and suites are quite large, most with sitting areas. We stayed in in the main house. River rooms looked great as well. Many beautiful pathways on the grounds leading to lakes and bridges, one more beautiful than the next. Now the Ballynahinch is a bit warn around the edges but in a very charming, inviting way. It only adds to the experience. The hotel is Very close to Clifden, the Sky Road and several beautiful strands. Having traveled to Ireland several times, this was our first time to this area, which now rates at the top for us. Definitely a genuine Irish experience, off the beaten path.
"Loved the 4 post bed!"
We came here in June 2014 and agreed it was one of the nicest rooms we had ever stayed in! The 4 post bed was amazing and comfortable. The bath was luxurious and the views of the lake stunning. We didn't want to leave! I would recommend this place to both couples and families but especially enthusiastic fisherman who can take advantage of the area. Everyone else can enjoy being close to nature and access to Mitchell's awesome seafood restaurant in town with the best popcorn prawns!
01/12/15 Heather L Truro, United Kingdom
I stayed back in Sep 2013. It is a lovely place, very grand, yet friendly and laid-back. Beautiful surroundings. The hotel itself is luxuriously furnished with antiques throughout, there are lots of different areas for guests to use. It has it`s own "pub" which did lovely fish chowder and , of course, great Guiness . We had a large room with dual aspect views of the lake. Would definitely recommend it to friends and would love to go back again sometime.
"Wish we could have stayed longer"
We loved our room, the grounds and best of all the staff was just wonderful. Plan on spending a minimum or 2-3 days to enjoy the activities, scenery and food. This was our first trip to the Castle but we plan to return because of the above and beyond hospitality.
"Great New Years Party and a beautiful location"
01/09/15 JimOB1 Olathe, Kansas
just perfect - most rooms all remodeled, more on the way in the new year. Food was awesome and the staff and grounds superb. Breakfast is diverse and huge - skipped lunch most days. The weather was perfect and the daily walks were very good. We brought friends who had not travelled to Ireland before and they were overwhelmed with the constant kindness and generous people.
01/06/15 Laurasaway Dublin, Ireland
Absolutely loved our stay at Ballynhinch Castle. We stayed two nights, got there on the Friday afternoon and left on Sunday morning. The drive to the hotel is breathtaking and the hotel itself is very homey with fireplaces in all the rooms. We stayed in the luxury room with a view on the river and it was very comfortable and lovely. We ate in the pub both evenings and the food was very high quality and the staff was very pleasant. We played scrabble by the fire on the saturday after coming back from a short drive to Kylemore Abbey. All in all, the perfect getaway weekend! I highly recommend this wonderful hotel.
Love Ballynahinch. Stayed just after Christmas with family. It was magical. Weather was perfect. Food delicious. Staff great. If you like hotel breakfasts, then you will LOVE theirs. Absolutely delicious fruits, homemade granola, pastries, jams and the traditional eggs etc. Delicious. Roaring fires, long walks, beautiful surroundings. What is not to love. Only hope they don't change it too much when it closes this weekend for renovation. They need to retain the charm of the hotel. Have already booked again for next Christmas :)
01/01/15 travelingteacher28 Sacramento
We stayed three nights here and had a lovely and relaxing time. We loved the Sitting by the fire reading with a cup of tea or a glass of wine. The staff is very friendly and always willing to offer assistance. Most guests here seem to know each other and are warmly greeted by name by staff. Food was nice, simple but tasty. Rooms are very comfortable and spacious. We had the classic room, which I think is the smallest and least expensive. It was clean, quiet and everything we wanted. The only thing we would've liked is access to a spa and or gym. Because of its location the castle is pretty remote. Although the walking trails are well maintained, it doesn't fill the day. Especially if there's bad weather, a spa day would've been great! I'd recommend the hotel if you don't mind quiet days filled with reading, and naps. There were a lot of families, so the age range is big. There is wifi, but it wasn't the greatest. It was often slow, but it did work.
12/31/14 Jennifer P Maypearl, Texas
Words cannot describe how wonderful our stay at Ballynahinch was. I could not imagine a more idyllic location or better staff. The room, view, food, beds, ameneties were all wonderful. My husband took advantage of the clay shooting and thoroughly enjoyed himself. This was our 9th trip to Ireland and as we told our hosts repeatedly, if it ends up being out last trip to Ireland, we certainly saved the best for last. We can only hope that we will be able to return some day. In fact, upon reflection, of all of the places we have stayed during our many world travels, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is our clear favorite.
"Old world charm"
12/27/14 adventure10123 Zurich, Switzerland
Perhaps didn't get to see the castle and enjoy all its charms given the stormy weather that surrounded my visit, and regrettably while I did try to walk the grounds and around the lake, the submergence of the paths in water that came over my rubber boots won out and I was forced to turn back. All that said rooms were lovely, very comfortable bed and the dining expeirence with local produce was excellent and made the day better. For anyone driving make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get there as it's quite a distance particularly on dark winter nights from Galway City and not the twenty - thirty minutes that many had told me. For a relaxing weekend with lots of fresh air, this is the ideal place.
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