All hotels in Ballynahinch, Ireland
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4.7 / 5Outstanding

Score breakdown (from 45 reviews)

Average rating for:

  • Cleanliness
    4.9
  • Service
    4.7
  • Comfort
    4.6
  • Condition
    4.6
  • Neighborhood
    4.9
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Highly recommend"
Wonderful location and beautifully appointed hotel. I especially liked the many sitting rooms that offered different spaces to read and talk. Diner was very good as well.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night family trip Aug 3, 2015
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
We had an absolutely wonderful stay at the castle. Lovely accommodations, beautiful countryside, excellent staff, and delicious food. What more can you ask for?
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Jul 18, 2015
Edward
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
Had a wonderful time. Grounds beautiful. Room was very nicely appointed. Food was good. Service was excellent!!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night family trip Jun 30, 2015
Gayla
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
Wonderful stay! Personal service was great!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night family trip Jun 30, 2015
Gayla
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Fun family trip"
We enjoyed our stay. Surrounded by nature and river and it was awesome. We had lovely walks And took pictures. Fresh fish at the restaurant.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night family trip Jun 10, 2015
Azhar
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"American tourists say yes :)"
I've never stayed anywhere better. We walked in from a ways out and the staff was so friendly when we arrived. Highly recommend even if it's a tad out of the way.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip with friends Jun 5, 2015
Rachel
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Well worth it"
Spent one night. The hotel and grounds are outstanding. The room was spacious and very comfortable with an unbelievable view. Very interesting history.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip May 29, 2015
Robert
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Ballynahinch Castle Hotel"
The hotel is absolutely amazing, the views are beautiful. I didn't want to leave! I really loved the shower as well. The service in the pub was a bit slow as we had to wait awhile to receive another drink and then to collect our bill. We ordered a late night snack and an hour later we received delicious scones and unfortunately, a bowl of badly burnt popcorn which was inedible.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip May 28, 2015
Holly
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Who Wouldn't Love Staying in a Castle?"
Staying at the Ballynahinch Castle was like a dream! Our room was very spacious and super comfortable and clean. We paid a little extra for a view of the river and it was well worth it! We walked the castle grounds on some of the marked trails. It was like a fairytale! We had dinner in the pub near a cozy fireplace and felt right at home. Breakfast was amazing with a beautiful display of self-serve options along with anything you wanted off the menu. Service was quick and the staff was very efficient. The newly renovated dining area was done in great taste with furniture and "fixin's" appropriate for the period of a castle. Hats off to the general manager and staff. Oh! And the front desk staff were SO accommodating, even to the point of stepping outside in a drizzle to take a photo of us before leaving! What can I say! We loved it!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip May 11, 2015
marilyn
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Recent stay at the Ballynahinch Castle Hotel"
The Ballynahinch was to be our top spot to stay while in Ireland. This was a returned visit for us. The personnel were all very attentive to us from our initial greeting to the dining services for breakfast and dinner. Our room was clean but the linens on the bed were less than satisfactory. A followup note by the Hotel Manager indicated a mixup by staff on using linens that were being discarded. When you pay the daily rate for this level hotel, you deserve the highest level of checks and balance by the supervisory staff to make certain the bedding used in each room meets the requirements of the hotel and what the customer is due. Nothing short of this can be excused away by the manager. Where this hotel would have been included in our return visits to Ireland, this last experience would create doubts about returning for a second chance on getting it right!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip May 5, 2015
Thomas
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"The highlight stay on our two week journey!"
We chose the Ballynahinch on the word of friends who stayed a year ago. Certainly the location and grounds are outstanding. Our room was not ready for 2 hours after the stated check-in time and the staff was fairly indifferent to the inconvenience - handing us a hiking map. Once we did check in, however, things started looking up. The room was on the top floor in the newest section, built in 1998-note that this is a "castle hotel" and it doesn't say anywhere that it really is a castle. By any standard, a very nice room with a lovely view over the river. The roominess and features of the room were in line with the price. We had a snack in the fireplace bar and have to say that the two staff members were trying to keep up with the rush of guests but terribly overloaded - and probably at the peak time, one of the servers was distracted by being assigned the task of building the evening fire. Food wasn't all that special and definitely tourist trap skimpy and overpriced. Similarly for breakfast, really nothing that every B&B hasn't offered in the last 10 days and quality wasn't anything special either. Lots of hustle bustle to turn over the tables as fast as possible. We hiked the riverside and lakeside trails, both could use another way finding sign or two - the ones present are partially worn to the point of being hard to find (we hike every weekend somewhere so have some reference here). Long story short, it was a mixed experience. We would recommend the place with caveats
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip May 13, 2015
KRKTravel
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Enchanted Storybook Location"
The drive to the castle will cause your mouth to fall open. Breathtaking and awe-inspiring. The castle is simply grand! The food and staff are excellent! Didn't partake in the activities but there are plenty to choose from!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip May 10, 2015
loved it!
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Best castle hotel in Ireland!"
This hotel was amazingly well kept. Service was great. Fine dining options were out of this world! Beautiful and serene with all of the modern day amenities. Truly felt like royalty!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Dec 19, 2014
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"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.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night family trip Nov 30, 2014
David
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"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
1 night romance trip Oct 24, 2014
Susan
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Birthday Celebration"
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
1 night trip with friends Oct 20, 2014
Robin
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"A castle fit for a princess!"
Great experience. The hotel was pricey but well worth it.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Oct 13, 2014
Sheila
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great retreat"
Wonderful location for hiking and biking and near an arts town.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Sep 23, 2014
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
Amazing hotel with great service! The grounds are spectacular.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night family trip Jul 30, 2014
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Best Ever"
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
Other trip Jul 10, 2014
bruinmccon
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Beautiful location!"
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
Other trip May 19, 2014
pc
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"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
Other trip Oct 22, 2013
Katy
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"SF Traveler"
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.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Aug 27, 2013
SF Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
Loved it but the castle is certainly remote to anything with people.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night trip Sep 16, 2012
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Nice, if you want to splurge!"
The drive up to this hotel is amazing! Great countryside. The hotel was beautiful...relatively smaller than other castles visited, but also more affordable than those places! The room couldnt have been better! Great staff who will inform you of the hotel and the routes to walk around the grounds if desired. The resturaunts (resturant and pub) onsite were pricey, but if you're splurging to stay here, you can splurge for dinner! Get there early to enjoy a walk around the lake.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Sep 21, 2012
Ives
US

The following English reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Perfect setting"
So lucky the sun came out so we could fully experience this gorgeous environment
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Jun 5, 2015
Eagle Resources Aus
AU
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Luxury Hotel, with a pub as well."
Ballynahinch is a luxury hotel with all the trimmings, and it has a pub built in that extends the ability to enjoy your self. The staff are spot on and the rooms (we had a superior deluxe) are all you could ask for. The hotel is set in a outstanding setting next to the river and it is so beautiful. Our meal was a culinary delight, served by European staff who really know service. I would definitely return if we come to Ireland again and recommend it to others.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip May 19, 2015
Les
AU
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"beyond expectations"
Amazing. Staff, service, amenities and location, location, location. Was a fantastic stay. Very high quality. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Dec 19, 2014
Emma
AU
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Great grounds."
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
2 night romance trip Dec 5, 2014
A Traveler
IE
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"GREAT PLACE"
Enjoyed every minute
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Sep 29, 2014
Iggy
IE
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"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
3 night romance trip Aug 27, 2014
A Traveler
GB
1.0 / 5Poor
"Disappointing"
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.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Apr 22, 2014
South Africans
ZA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"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
Other trip Apr 19, 2014
Chris
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Magical!"
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
Other trip Apr 18, 2014
A Traveler
GB
3.0 / 5Good
"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
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Apr 15, 2014
the jewitt
GB

The following reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Depaysant"
Hôtel de charme, typiquement irlandais avec ses pêcheurs très stylés :)
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip May 13, 2015
Alain
FR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"superbe sejour"
Excellent séjour hôtel magnifique extérieur très beau personnel prévenant et accueillant le dîner au pub est savoureux et le service agréable et efficace à recommander
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night family trip Apr 26, 2015
A Traveler
FR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Parfait"
Un endroit incontournable, dans un cadre enchanteur!!!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night family trip Nov 16, 2014
VALERIE
FR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"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
1 night family trip Oct 28, 2014
Hugo
CH
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great service"
Fantastic hotel and very friendly staff. We arrived late and they prepared us a great meal.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip May 28, 2014
Sacha W.
NL
4.0 / 5Excellent
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Aug 25, 2014
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip with friends Sep 26, 2014
John
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Sep 2, 2012
A Traveler
IE
5.0 / 5Outstanding
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night family trip Apr 2, 2015
Helena
CZ
4.0 / 5Excellent
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Aug 25, 2014
A Traveler
CH

TripAdvisor reviews for Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Overall rating:Based on 891 traveler reviews

Most recent traveler reviews:

Overall Rating
"A Forever Place"
09/01/15 Maybury Q Shifnal, United Kingdom
We were visiting with friends who had been several times before to this very special hotel. This is a keep going back to place. The scenery is breathtaking, the river is mesmerising and the fishing is spectacular. This is the place and the people to spend time with if fly fishing has ever taken you fancy. To be treated with such patience and respect, by top class experts, as an absolute beginner was a joy. Our room faced the river and was perfection. Decor was classic, tasteful and well executed by someone extremely talented to balance traditional with modern requirements. Huge bath and shower, enormous bed and generous room size. Reception, bar, library, sitting rooms and restaurant steeped in history. Outdoor terrace was a lovely sitting area with a stunning view. Food of a good standard and staff welcoming. Exceptional place to stay.
Overall Rating
"A gorgeous night away in a fabulous setting"
08/28/15 Curlygirl_9 London
The hotel is set in the most idyllic of settings, with many of the rooms having stunning views over the river. We brought out baby here, and from start to finish the staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Our room was large and bright, with a lovely new bathroom and the staff had placed a cot in the corner of the room for the baby, who slept soundly all night. The beds are comfy, but if you are a light sleeper bring ear plugs as the walls are very thin and you can hear your neighbours using the bathroom and showers throughout the night and in the early hours. The whole place is a jewel in the crown that is Connemara. We took several strolls around the 6km of walks within the grounds, and despite the Irish weather, we enjoyed the fresh air and beauty of our surroundings. No gym or pool, but real fires, hot coffee, pints of Guinness, delicious food, a sumptuous breakfast and a genuine Irish welcome awaits. We will be back! Thank you to all at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, we had a lovely time.
Overall Rating
"Turn down service"
08/24/15 Patty L G Berea, Kentucky
The beauty of the area around Ballynahinch Castel was stellar. The room was huge and the bathroom was so nice. Water was left in water bottles with the Ballynahinch Castle. I bought a couple for souvenirs. Hiking was nice and the views great. The food was delicious and the breakfast buffet sumptuous If you want to stay in a castle, this is a good one. I was never clear on the castles more distant history.
Overall Rating
"Lobelg"
08/24/15 juicyisthebest dublin
What a lovely hotel. The views in this hotel are amazing. We got a room that was looking onto the river. It is such a homely hotel and the food is amazing. Really really nice hotel. It is so secluded. Both dinner and breakfast where lovely. If you like fish and the outdoors this hotel is the place. If you want a quite hotel beside the water this is the place. Worth a visit.
Overall Rating
"Wonderful Place"
08/23/15 davies22015 Fresno, California
Staff were exceptional in every aspect of service. The breakfast was outstanding along with a very fun evening in the pub listening to local folks play music and sing songs. Highly recommend spending an evening in the bar area for a wonderful experience. The room was spacious and nicely furnished. The grounds of the castle were spectacular. We loved our stay in this castle hotel.
Overall Rating
"Relaxing Break"
08/23/15 AnroGlasgow Glasgow
Enjoyed a 3 night break at this hotel. The staff are so friendly and could not be more helpful- a special mention must go to Jane on reception. Breakfastexcellent with a good choice of both hot and cold dishes, served in the dining room with amazing views of the river and grounds. We dined one evening in the Owenmore restaurant which was a delightful experience with delicious food. The hotel has a very traditional feel to it as do the rooms, although the bathroom facilities were very adequate. In the absence of tea making facilities in the room, complimentary tea and coffee can be ordered on request. The hotel has extensive grounds which I enjoyed walking around while my husband organised some fishing.
Overall Rating
"Simply stunning"
08/19/15 Vadieh Trinidad
This castle hotel and its grounds are spectacular. The view from the restaurant is amazing. We had dinner at the restaurant one night and since we are vegetarians it's usually difficult to get meals but Arvind helped us and made sure we had more than enough. Our waiter Michael was more than helpful and looked after us well. The rooms are great, love the bathrooms with the heated towel racks and everything clean and tidy. Oh, and the doors use actually keys :-) not cards. There is also a pc and printer for use free of charge for guests and living rooms and a cozy fireplace. Def a must if you can.
Overall Rating
"Amazing experience"
08/19/15 Barnsterfarm Littlestown, Pennsylvania
Staff were top notch and very helpful. Accommodated our walking tour with our schedule of horseback riding and shooting (which they booked for us). Everyone associated with them and those activities was wonderful. Room was a suite over looking the river in the newest addition. Lovely grounds to walk. Food was very good, but had even more amazing food in town with fresh hake. Only gripe was being given a voucher for a castle and grounds tour with our package booking and going and finding the castle was closed and the grounds were free.
Overall Rating
"Don't miss the opportunity to stay here!"
08/18/15 DMcK9629 Hagerstown, Maryland
I cannot begin to say enough good things about my recent stay at the Ballynahinch Castle hotel. I had booked three rooms and all three were fabulous. I had emailed the hotel early on the day of our arrival to inform them that our flight from Edinburgh had been delayed several times and, it was likely, that we would not arrive before midnight. When we arrived at 0130 we were happy to find the fires still going and the night porter waiting for us. He took us all to our wonderful rooms and then escorted us to the castle pub where he had coffee, tea, cheeses, and fresh bread waiting for us (He said he knew we had a long day). It was much appreciated! I had booked a half day guided fishing trip for my father the next morning and he had an amazing time catching salmon and trout in the beautiful river right outside the castle. The hotel chef prepared the salmon for our dinner that evening and it was fantastic! The breakfast every morning was more than adequate and, as in every other review, the ham was simply incredible—better than any I have ever tasted. Outside the hotel, the grounds and surrounding landscapes are breathtaking and not to be missed. Connemara national reserve is a nature lover’s paradise. Again, I cannot say how much we enjoyed our stay at the Ballynahinch and all 5 of us look forward to visiting again as soon as possible. Don’t miss the opportunity to stay here. If possible, ask for room 37 as it was amazing!
Overall Rating
"Tasty steak in the Bar"
08/14/15 TonaghAnn Dublin, Ireland
I had dinner in the bar here last Saturday evening, on a drizzly evening it was a welcoming place. The steak was cooked to perfection and the accompanying vegetables were well executed. My friends dine here often and felt the place is being 'gentrified' a little. The line of wellingtons and wet gear outside the Ladies attest to the fact that this place is very popular with the Fishing Brigade.
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