Downings Bay Hotel
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Downings Bay Hotel

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#3 of 3 hotels in Downings
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.2 of 5 bubbles
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In the North West of Donegal on the beautiful Sheephaven Bay lies the thoroughly modern and luxurious Downings Bay Hotel with our award winning accommodation. The Sheephaven Suite is available for 20 – 350 people. JC’s Bar & the Haven Dining Room serve locally sourced fresh food daily. Magherabeg Leisure Centre & Kidz Kingdom are available complimentary to hotel guests. Local activities include golf, fishing, walking, horse riding & water sports. Within driving distance of Glenveagh National Park & Horn Head.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Heated pool
Fitness classes
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Secured parking
Wifi
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Diving
Water sport equipment rentals
Windsurfing
Fishing
Nightclub / DJ
Indoor play area for children
Kids club
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Steam room
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shops
ATM on site
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Room features
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Telephone
Iron
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Modern
Bay View
Languages Spoken
English

Location

Downings F92 H7WK Ireland
Getting there
Car recommended
Places to stay are graded on a 0-100 scale. The higher the grade, the easier it is for travellers to find restaurants and things to do within walking distance.
Grade: 46 out of 100
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Donegal Airport
22.6 mi
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Eglinton Airport
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Damian M wrote a review Dec 2021
Belfast, United Kingdom60 contributions48 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just returned from 3 night stay in the Downings Bay hotel. Great hotel that deserves more than the 3 star rating. Staff very helpful and courteous, room and hotel spotless and very comfortable
Food was brilliant and reasonable prices
Location was perfect right beside beach and local puns a d restaurants. Will definitely be back again and highly recommend
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Eileen Rock, Owner at Downings Bay Hotel
Responded 23 Feb 2022
Thank you for your positive feedback, we look forward to welcoming you back to Downings.
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AV83 wrote a review Jul 2020
8 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Went for a couple of nights stay, hotel was easy to find though there was no private parking, checked in ok though a bit disappointed that we weren’t asked if we wanted a bath mat ( had to ask specifically for one, when IMO should really be as standard as the bath was a death trap) the room was clean and comfortable, though going back to the bath/shower, you need to be lightening fast to take advantage of the 30 seconds worth of water you get before it’s reduced to a trickle.
That and the fact that you have to take a shower whilst bent double holding the selector up meant that we called downstairs and though they did come up to the room, felt like we were basically fobbed off as in “ this is the way it works, get on with it”
Dinner and drinks were nice and reasonably priced, though for some reason we were seated in the bar which after a while became quite deafening and ruined the rest of our meal.
Breakfast was nice, seated straight away, a good selection of cereals and fruit and was pleased to see staff adhering to current guidelines.

I’m giving it a four, but save for the fact that it’s so close to the beach it’d be a 3
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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kenislandmagee wrote a review Feb 2020
Islandmagee, Ireland14 contributions9 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited this hotel in early February 2020 and was very pleased. Unfortunately the weather wasn't the greatest when we were in Downings (weekend of Storm Ciara) however we made the most of it.

The check in was very pleasant and efficient and we took our case to the room, which was on first floor, and was clean tidy, and had tea/coffee facilities. Hairdryer, shower cap and soap/shower gel supplied.

There are two bars and a restaurant and they were keenly priced (Guinness and vodka/cola lite was around 11euro). We ate in the restaurant and had a lovely meal - restaurant was very quiet, and I think I'd actually choose to eat in the bar the next time (bigger menu in the bar, and a bit more atmosphere).

Downings would be a good base to visit the local area and I wouldn't hesitate to stay in this hotel again. Staff all very friendly and welcoming.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Rolido wrote a review Jul 2021
Bangor39 contributions11 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We have stayed at the Downings bay hotel before, and dined here many times with no issues. However I was that disappointed with the cleanliness of the rooms that I felt I needed to leave this review. When we first arrived to our room after check in I went to use the toilet to discover a rather large poo in the toilet. The poo would not flush and almost seemed stuck which would suggest it's been there for a while. This makes me think that the cleaner has either not bothered cleaning the toilet or seemed to ignore the problem which in my eyes is totally unacceptable especially given the times were in cleaning should be at its peak!!! We informed reception who apologiessd and kindly moved us into the next room and put our original room out of order. When we arrived to the new room, again the room was not very clean. Fresh bed linen and towels. However there were stains on the head board above the bed, there was something spilled on the table that had gone hard and there was crumbs all over the floor. Again the toilet was not clean not as bad as the previous room but you could see waste particles up the bowl which we had to clean. Given the current circumstances this is extremely unacceptable. A clean room is not much to ask for.

On a positive note the reception, bar and waiting staff were very friendly and the food in the bar was delicious. The cleanliness of the rooms was just a total let down for us.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Marie M wrote a review Aug 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I could write an essay on how badly myself and my family were treated at this hotel. Long story short...we were charged for 5 items on the bill which we did not order from the bar/restaurant and which they refused to reimburse us for. They told me that there was no way that the bar maid would make a mistake like that and that they would look at the CCTV footage to confirm this. Elaine, the "manager"lied and said they saw us receiving the items on the footage and when I asked to view the so-called footage of myself and my family receiving the items (which I am within my right to see) she laughed and said that she can't just show the general public the cctv footage even though it was supposedly of myself! Most of the reception staff were extremely rude and just seemed to be awkward at every stage of our stay there. Myself and my family will never be back here. Worst experience we have had staying in a hotel ever.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Breda B wrote a review Jun 2021
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay at the downjngs Bay Hotel was fantastic. Aoife was so efficient and lovely on the phone before our visit and from arrival all staff were so friendly, nothing was too much trouble. When we arrived our rooms had been upgraded and the rooms were beautiful so comfortable and bed and pillows (very important 😁) were really comfy . Had Sunday lunch in the bar and food was gorgeous . Downjngs is beautiful . Would highly recommend a visit to this hotel . We will be back 👍
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Eileen Rock, Owner at Downings Bay Hotel
Responded 23 Feb 2022
Thank you for your positive feedback, we look forward to welcoming you back to Downings in the future.
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Henry C wrote a review Apr 2022
Belfast, United Kingdom1 contribution3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I Frequently visit Downings which despite Covid has made a remarkable come back with the famously warm Irish welcome and charm truly making a come back!

A family gathering of 8 booked in with the Bay Hotel. We were running late and called in advance. Staff at desk were really helpful and reminded us we needed table to be vacated at 6pm. That was understandable and absolutely fine with us.

Starters and main wrapped up at 5.25pm. At 5.30pm we were offered dessert from the waitress. At 5.42pm the same waitress came out and abruptly told us we can’t have dessert as we were late and table was required for 6pm.

3 disappointed kids couldn’t have their ice cream and were upset. I went up and asked to speak to the manager to explain that in fact it was only 3 kids Ice creams and we would be gone for 6pm.

Another waitress marched down to me and stated ‘you can’t have dessert and another higher manager made the call’.

Shocking treatment all together and a real sour taste left for us.

Fully appreciate the challenges of hospitality industry over recent times however there is no excuse for this.

We won’t be back!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Mary M wrote a review Aug 2020
Dublin, Ireland4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I are exhausted after our two night stay in this hotel. It was one of the noisiest hotels we've ever stayed in. There were children running around the corridors until after 1.30am and there were doors banging loudly constantly. The owners should consider changing the room doors to soft-close doors. There was also lots of noise from outside the hotel. The staff were friendly and Downings is lovely but we won't be staying in this hotel again.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lauren Mary wrote a review Jul 2021
1 contribution2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Having been in lockdown all year, my family and I were excited go to the downings for a ‘stay-cation’. Overall, this place is really nice, as are the people. However, as I tried to enter this hotel to withdraw money from the ATM, I was informed by the officious receptionist that I “must wear a mask”. I promptly and politely informed her that I am, in fact, medically exempt from having to wear one to which she replied “you can buy a mask here for a euro”To me this seems blatantly ignorant, an exemption should never be dismissed Avoid this place if you want respectful treatment and decent customer service
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Chanelle T wrote a review Jun 2021
1 contribution4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Great one night stay at Downings Bay Hotel, was impressed by the fresh renovated decor in the rooms and large bathroom.

Location in town is perfect for walking to the beach and short dander to the Harbour Bar and Fisk for delicious fresh seafood and a creamy pint of Guinness.

In the evening, we chose to dine in the hotel bar with family as a group. Enjoying our evening as a family we ordered several rounds of drinks, served by various staff who were all very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately our experience was dampered by a rude barman who when ordering drinks, made an insulting and rude comment. I was even more shocked to find out that the barman was infact one of the owners and was told by locals that he has a reputation for being extremely rude. As a hotel guest, I cannot understand how an owner could make such a comment to a guest. Does he not value the business of paying guests?

This man needs a lesson in customer service as well as basic etiquette. It's unfortunate that our stay was pleasant until this owner upset us and as a result has left a negative imprint on our stay.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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patricia s asked a question Jul 2016
Coleraine, United Kingdom40 contributions11 helpful votes
Do you have a golf course near and have you ksize beds and walk in shower's im bad on my legs
Answer from Pete6e
Southport, United Kingdom79 contributions47 helpful votes
1/2 mile to Rosapenna GC that has two excellent courses, running thru the sandhills with challenging holes & excellent sea views. I preferred the Tom Morris. Abs need a buggy if you’re struggling with walking. Not far to Portsalon, a bit further to the excellent two courses at Ballyliffin.
Mariaw21 asked a question Mar 2016
Donegal Town, Ireland2 contributions
We need a triple room for 26th March ??
79creena asked a question Aug 2015
Newry, United Kingdom1 contribution3 helpful votes
how much is it for 2 adults and 4 children
Answer from 79creena
Newry, United Kingdom1 contribution3 helpful votes
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Joe G wrote a tip Nov 2021
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for Julie"
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Dan M wrote a tip Sept 2021
Glasgow, United Kingdom24 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"the second floor has been refurbished but all rooms are perfect"
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Ciaran M wrote a tip Jul 2021
Dublin, Ireland173 contributions116 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room on the second floor was newly decorated, very bright, & clean"
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Frank L wrote a tip Jun 2021
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms good"
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Brian G wrote a tip Aug 2018
Taunton, United Kingdom22 contributions11 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid the room above the kitchen (and perhaps above the bar where there is live music)"
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PRICE RANGE
£136 - £158 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Crocknamurleog
LOCATION
IrelandCounty DonegalDownings
NUMBER OF ROOMS
40
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Frequently Asked Questions about Downings Bay Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Downings Bay Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Doe Castle (4.3 miles), Marble Hill Strand (2.9 miles), and Glen Valley Adventure Centre (3.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Downings Bay Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Downings Bay Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Downings Bay Hotel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Downings Bay Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Olde Glen Bar and Restaurant, Cove Restaurant, and The Singing Pub.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Downings Bay Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a heated pool, a sauna, and fitness classes during their stay.
Is Downings Bay Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the centre of Downings.
Does Downings Bay Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Downings Bay Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Doe Castle (4.3 miles).
Is Downings Bay Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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