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“A Gem - Well Worth the Journey.”
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Castle Dargan
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ballygawley
Reviewed 22 July 2012

County Sligo is in the North West of the Republic of Ireland on the Atlantic coast and is beautiful with some stunning beaches and beautiful walking.

Enough of setting the scene! What of the hotel? Really excellent - We had a two day deal via Groupon - and it was really good value. We had an excellent room which was quiet, clean, comfortable and had all the amenities you would expect, including an iron and ironing board. My only grouse was that there was no power shower!

The hotel is, it must be said, slightly of the beaten track being about 6 or 7 miles outside Sligo town itself. It does have its own golf course and spa (tried the spa myself, it came with the offer - really enjoyed it and was surprised how relaxed I felt afterwards - men get in touch with your feminine side and don't leave this all to the ladies!!!). The staff were very friendly and helpful and went the extra mile.

Breakfast was all one would expect, with all the products being sourced locally - the black and white pudding was to die for! Dinner in the restaurant was good value and quality. The staff were particularly helpful and even warmed my after dinner brandy for me - these little touches add up!

We also ate in the bar on one of the nights we were there, again good food, prepared well and served by friendly helpful staff. The Guiness was excellent (one should always try the local beverages - for any of our cross channel readers forget about what passes for guiness in the rest of the British isles!).

All in all we had a really good experience and would certainly stay at Castle Dargan again. Based on our experience, I would have no hesitation in recommending it.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

Myself and my husband stayed as a groupon offer, the room was average, nothing special, the bed was the most uncomfortable I have ever experienced in a hotel and consisted of 2 singles pushed together. The spa treatments we booked were running late and involved a lot of waiting around, not very relaxing.

We ate in the bar one night and whilst the food was nice the service was appauling. We waited around trying to catch staff to ask us what we wanted when we finally did they were quite dismissive, my gut instinct was to give up and go to McDonalds as this was the next closest place but we persevered! We finally got our order taken and it was served quite quickly but in the meantime 2 couples sat on either side of us, we then finished our meals and sat with our plates in front of us for over 20 minutes, meanwhile both other couples had their plates cleared even though they were served after us! We decided we would like a dessert but when the waiter finally arrived to clear our table he made no attempt to ask if we wanted anything else and we were sitting there with empty glasses too. We waited a further 15minutes to see if anyone would come back to ask about desserts and they didn't so at this stage we got bored and gave up - we had been in there 2 hours and only got a main each and 1 drink each.

On the way back to our room we complained at reception but were just given a 'sorry' and the following day at check out were given a half hearted apology from what I presume is the manager. Unfortunate way to ruin what would otherwise have been a nice break away in nice surroundings, certainly wouldn't consider going back.

Room Tip: Avoid 110 if you like your sleep - worst bed in hotel history!!
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Molloy1234, Front Office Manager at Castle Dargan, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2012

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for taking the time to post your experiences of our Hotel. Our passion and goal is to meet or exceed the expectations of every Castle Dargan Guest and it is unfortunate when that doesn’t happen. I most deeply apologise to you about each area that failed to meet your expectations.

I was surprised to read that the comfort of the bed was poor because we do get a lot of praise about how comfortable our “Heavenly Beds Mattress” are, but I will follow up with our Accommodation Manager. I will review our service we deliver in the bar with the Food and Beverage Manager. I can see from your comments some further training may be necessary. The Spa area has wonderful relaxation rooms with views of the surrounding countryside while guests await there treatments, I will consult with the Spa Manager that this area is been offered while guests await there treatments. We would be delighted if you would give us another opportunity to visit us. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can assist you further.

Kindest Regards

Damien

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Reviewed 17 July 2012

We spent a Sunday and Monday night there and had a very relaxing time. On arrival we were upgraded to the Lake Isle suite which was a pleasent suprise. The rooms were very spacious and comfortable, great having a living room to chillax in too. We ate in the restaurant on the first night and found the food to be superb!! The bar food was also delicious with ample helpings. The hotel staff were incredibly friendly and always went that extra mile to satisfy customer requests, not only us but was quite evident with others. There was a rather arrogant and rude visitor to the bar on the Sunday night looking for food after his golf, the food service ceased at 9pm but the staff went out of their way to facilitate him even after his rudeness.

On both days we had treatments in the Icon Spa which is in the basement of the hotel. Great staff and the treatments were brilliant and also keenly priced, we were both very relaxed and destressed afterwards. It was a pity there was no swimming pool but all things considered, we will visit the Icon Spa again.

On the whole, we would definately recommend the Hotel and Spa to anyone considering a visit. The staff were absolutely fantastic and very friendly. 10 out of 10.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

Wonderful stay at Castle Dargan, beautiful suite, excellent meal, will return.

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Reviewed 11 July 2012

Had a two night stay recently as part of a Groupon deal and was pleasantly surprised. We were given a two bedroom apartment which was superb, very spacious and private with good facilities. Had a spa treatment which was just wonderful and though we weren't golfers by the look of the number there it must be good. We ate in the bar both nights and the food was fine. The staff were courteous and helpful. It certainly was excellent value for money and the hotel itself is in a good location for peace and quiet, a little retreat really though easy access by car to city or beach.

Room Tip: If staying in apartments at the hotel try 301 as it is ground floor corner and very private.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

What a fabulous stay we had for an unforgettable celebration. The family appartments were excellent and the kids really enjoyed staying there. Big thanks to all the staff who could not have been more accomodating and helped make a really memorable family occasion. Would highly recommend Castle Dargan as a super venue for any family occasion.

Room Tip: Family apts excellent!
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights with my husband in June.Best value for money ever!!we went on the midweek madness deal.The golf course was gorgeous..met a few swans on our way.The food was AMAZING.We had dinner included one evening with the deal and we also tried the early bird menu the next evening.Both were delicious.I would highly recommend this hotel and hope to return soon.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Additional Information about Castle Dargan

Address: Ballygawley, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Sligo > Ballygawley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ballygawley
Price Range: £70 - £141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Castle Dargan 4*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Castle Dargan Hotel offers unsurpassed accommodation facilities ranging from stunning en-suite guest rooms and Wall Garden Suites to the magnificent Castle Dargan House Premier Suites all of which present an old world charm with modern day comforts. Our signature beds; The Vogue & Elegance mattresses with feather down duvets & pillows are featured in every bedroom, ensuring a peaceful night's slumber. We also include: direct-dial phones, complementary broadband access, digital TV, tea/coffee making facilities, smoking & non smoking wings. ... more   less 
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Castle Dargan Golf Hotel And Wellness Centre
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