Ballyliffin Hotel
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Ballyliffin Hotel

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4.0
#3 of 5 hotels in Ballyliffin
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.2 of 5 bubbles
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Welcome to one of Donegal‘s best loved hotels. Renowned for its excellent food, relaxed and comfortable surroundings and warm & genuine hospitality, this family run 3 star hotel is a landmark in the charming coastal village of Ballyliffin on the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula. Clean ocean air, endless sandy beaches, world-class golf and breathtaking scenery, all within a stone’s throw of the front door, makes Ballyliffin Hotel a special place that draws guests back time and time again.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Fishing
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Room features
Telephone
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family 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
Mountain View
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English
538Reviews7Q+A97Room tips

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bailie50 wrote a review Oct 2021
Belfast, United Kingdom19 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just spent a couple of nights here in a break which had been postponed by you know what. We were pleasantly surprised by the decor in public areas - maybe the proprietors took advantage of their enforced closure to decorate and the impression is deserving of more than 3 stars.
Special mention to the staff who without exception were warm and welcoming, a credit to the hotel.
Food was plentiful, tasty and reasonably priced and we ate there both nights.
Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Catriona B wrote a review Jan 2020
2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Came for a relaxing stay with my hubby using a groupon voucher. Excellent value for money. Our room had a single and small double bed, it was relatively small but suited our needs. Plenty of hot water and tea/coffee making facilities. We ate in the bar both nights and the food was excellent, we would have happily worked our way through the menu. Breakfast is included and the options were great. Fruit, cereal plus options for a full cooked breakfast which was delicious. Lovely part of Donegal, handy for the touring this part of Ireland.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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May M wrote a review Feb 2020
6 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Looking for a quiet escape. The Ballyliffin Hotel is it. However great wee sing songs weekend 👍🏼 Clean, good food, lovely staff always willing to help. Of course the surrounding area beautiful. Malin head. The tip of Ireland and the Atlantic Ocean Lots of old ruins and if you want to eat cheaply there is a wonderful burger cafe close by hotel.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Elle wrote a review Jul 2020
26 contributions15 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Was disappointed with our 2 night stay here. I amn’t one to usually complain. We had dinner on the Friday night and since the hotel charges extra for weekend rates, I was expecting a bit of nice dinner atmosphere. We were sitting at tables that seemed like office desks and they didn’t have tablecloths, I know that might sound unimportant, but the overall atmosphere during dinner was not comfortable, not very cosy. The floor staff were trying their best and were super friendly but it all felt a bit rushed. The room was not clean, I found rubbish from previous guests, curtains were quite dirty with what appeared to be vomit on the bottom of them. I feel the hotel could have a lot of potential but they need to be more thorough with cleaning especially during pandemic.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Msdbubbles wrote a review Sept 2020
6 contributions10 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Hotel is seriously dated! Like 1970s
Our room was uneven... No I really mean it I dropped a bottle of water and it rolled into the wall.

Rooms need overhall some of the lights didn't work and ever now and then the main light would flicker like a strobe if left on for too long.

Bar man has a horrible snotty attitude, we walk past the "please wait to be seated" sign, which is fair enough, my bad. I apologised but he keep making snotty comments in front of everyone in the bar and reception. When I told him forget it that I just wanted my key, in front of the reception manager he only then started to apologies, so much so the manager rang up an 2 hours later offering a free meal and drink. By that stage I was done if I could have gone home I would have.

Internet didn't really work but wasn't really an issue for us.

I paid €260 for two nights and it was the worst part of my first break away in months!! Go to the hotel across the road it was far nicer.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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John M wrote a review Jun 2022
5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a really amazing 3 night break in the Ballyliffin Hotel this week, our only request was for a decent size bed and they didn't disappoint. The hotel is spotlessly clean and bright and airy. Food was so good we dined in all 3 night's even though we had intended visiting some of the other venues.
Breakfast was equally good and be sure to get the in-house baked wheaten bread.
What a great location to travel from, had great visits to Malin Head, we were at Mizen last month, Malin wins for sheer beauty and the freindleness of all the business. Don't miss the Famine village what an experience, trips to Moville and need to return to take the ferry across to the Derry peninsula.
We had two simple wishes going to Donegal, hospatility and scenery, you won't be faulted on either.
Finally with all the talk of rip off culture, we couldn't fault the prices for accommodation, food and bar prices.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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J Doherty wrote a review Jul 2022
Ireland12 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
My partner and I stayed for one night. We stay very regularly in Donegal and decided to give this place a go.

The car park isn’t huge (but neither is the hotel), so could be hard on a busy day to find a space.

First impressions weren’t amazing. We stood in front of two female members of staff and waited for them to stop whispering so we could check in. Receptionist was very friendly however!

Room was pretty small, but clean and bed was comfortable. Our booking confirmation said the room would have a sea view, which we certainly didn’t have. The view we did have was Ballyliffin’s Main Street. We had to keep the windows closed as outside our window was scaffolding and two men climbing up it at 5pm.

Dinner was very tasty. The bar/waiting staff were very friendly. We spent an hour and 45 minutes on 3 courses which was a bit slow, but no complaints as the food really was great.

We were woken up by men on the scaffolding again. The other guests are noisy and obnoxious. They have no consideration for other guests with their shouting, screaming and letting their kids run up and down the hall. It’s a small hotel, so you hear everything.

Breakfast was also tasty - much prefer the buffet style breakfast they have. Staff again are pretty slow but friendly. You must have to specially request a POT of tea/coffee as we were poured a cup which we found a bit odd.

Check out was quick, but we weren’t asked how our stay was etc. Having worked in hotels for a lot of years myself, I just found the whole service very strange and frankly pretty poor.

It’s unlikely we’ll return as there are plenty of other hotels, even in Ballyliffin itself.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Caroline Gallagher wrote a review Jan 2023
6 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for three nights and as you walk in the door you are greeted with a warm welcome from staff members. The rooms are neat, comfy and warm. All members of staff were extremely friendly and helpful.
We ate dinner in the restaurant throughout our stay. I’m coeliac and waiting staff were very knowledgeable about what options were gluten free. Most of the menu could be catered for Coeliacs which was fantastic! They have separate fryers for coeliacs. Food was delicious and filling! For breakfast the gluten free options were available and there was never any hassle. Can’t wait to come back to stay here again.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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vegantraveler wrote a review Jul 2022
Omagh, United Kingdom67 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been coming here for years as it’s such a relaxed atmosphere and the staff are always lovely. Usually there’s only 1/2 options for a main meal if you’re vegan but I was thrilled to get a starter option which had vegan cheese! They were so accommodating to make my garlic chips dairy free and the curry was delicious. Best meal I’ve had out in ages !!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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KEnew_IRL wrote a review Aug 2020
Kildare, Ireland394 contributions151 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a couple of main courses with some drinks in the lounge area of this hotel and enjoyed our evening. Food was hot & tasty. Have to also mention that our waiter (who had just returned from New Zealand) was extremely friendly, helpful and made an effort to chat with us. Would recommend to others.
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Date of stay: August 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Barcelona, Spain96 contributions61 helpful votes
I don’t think so.
Answer from gottaluvflying
United Kingdom277 contributions297 helpful votes
I think they probably do. Have to say though that based on our recent stay I would be tempted to look elsewhere as there are better places than here to stay in Ballyliffin. Wherever you choose to stay have a lovely time 👍👌
nicola c asked a question Jan 2017
Lurgan, United Kingdom3 contributions4 helpful votes
Does anyone know if the bar sells Coors light??
Answer from Gerard B
12 contributions9 helpful votes
yes pints and bottles.
Answer from mickdoc59
London, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Not when I was there but the other hotels in the village do on Saturday night
Liam M asked a question Aug 2016
Has it got a spa
Answer from Mary C
Galway, Ireland15 contributions18 helpful votes
No spa!
Tom B wrote a tip Oct 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"An excellent hotel and location location to visit the highlights of the Inishowen Peninsula "
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Connector00612897532 wrote a tip Sept 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Food at the hotel was lovely - no need to go elsewhere."
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Connie wrote a tip Aug 2023
London, United Kingdom47 contributions44 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book dinner in busy summer months and try the ice cream in the local shop (1 minute walk from the hotel"
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HeavenKnowsIm wrote a tip Aug 2023
Bangor, United Kingdom162 contributions71 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pre-book table for bar meals. As bar busy, request table away from bar "
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Carmel Murtagh wrote a tip Jun 2023
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early to ensure you aren't disappointed. "
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PRICE RANGE
£109 - £127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IrelandCounty DonegalBallyliffin
NUMBER OF ROOMS
43
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ballyliffin Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Ballyliffin Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Doagh Famine village (3.1 miles), Glenevin Waterfall (1.8 miles), and Wild Alpaca Way (4.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ballyliffin 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 Ballyliffin Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ballyliffin Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ballyliffin Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nancy's Barn Ballyliffin, The Rusty Nail, and Jack's Restaurant at the Ballyliffin Lodge.
Is Ballyliffin Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.10 miles away from the centre of Ballyliffin.
Are there any historical sites close to Ballyliffin Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Doagh Famine village (3.1 miles).
Does Ballyliffin Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Ballyliffin Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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