Having read so many rave reviews we decided on a weekend stay at Harvey's Point hotel on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd Feb 2013. Still wondering if we got the right hotel. We had booked a courtyard room which we did not realise is accessed from outside the main hotel. This wouldn't be an issue if weather hadn't been so bad but it does require you to get well wrapped up if going to the bar or restaurant. The room itself was very nice but had serious sound proofing issues. We could almost make out conversations of people next door. This wasn't a major problem early in the evening but trying to get to sleep at 1am while someone in the next room is laughing like a hyena is not my idea of a relaxing weekend. When we first entered the bar on Friday evening it felt cold and we only found somewhere comfortable to sit at the third attempt. One review I had previously read mentioned "roaring log fires" which we could have done with. The main bar area had a miserable little fire with 4 briquettes smouldering away. I suspect this was the best they could do as their may be an issue with smoke blowing through the restaurant area.
We decided to dine in the bar on the friday night. My wife had soup to start which was returned to be reheated as it was only luke warm. The rest of the meal was average. The buffet breakfast could be good if you are careful about your choices. Unfortunetly I chose bacon and eggs from the "hot" tray which was only luke warm. Saturday night we dined in the main restaurant. My main course of venison and the vegetables that accompanied it had to be returned for reheating. The same chipped plate the meal was served on initially was returned to me after reheating. The waiter was very courteous and apologetic and brought me a complimentary glass of wine. Overall I found this hotel to be a big let down. It's posiible that my expectations had been raised as a result of the reviews I had read. There's no doubt that the friendly staff are probably the best thing about the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There is an air of Romance at Harvey's Point, set in the mystical, magical shadow of the Blue Stack Mountains on the shores of Lough Eske. Owned and managed by the Swiss Family Gysling since it opened in 1989, Harvey's Point has developed into the leading destination hotel of the Northwest, specialising in top class accommodation, exquisite cuisine and genuine Donegal welcome. Named TripAdvisor '№ 1 Hotel in Ireland' for the fifth year in a row, 10th best in Europe, AA two rosette restaurant and ‘Hotel of the Year 2017' by Georgina Campbell. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Harvey`s Point Hotel Donegal Town
- Harveys Point Hotel Donegal
- Harveys Point Donegal