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Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Donegal Town
Certificate of Excellence
Winter Park, FL
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23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2013

Upon driving up the single lane road to this Castle/Hotel I thought, "I wonder what this place is like"? My husband and I both stopped the car and just gazed with mouth open...they say first impressions are the thing we remember and I will not forget this one!! It is just magnificent and I was feeling like a queen already just looking at the beautiful building. The inside is just as amazing and the staff has been wonderful. Why am I only staying here for two days? We checked in and went to the room which was once again wonderful. Poster bed, large beautiful bath, immaculate....need I say more. I am sure all rooms are different being a unique castle but our room is beautiful. Put our bags in and did a bit of exploring. All the public areas are beautiful and decorated so festive for Christmas. Had to have an Irish coffee with Baileys to start my stay in the Irish looking bar. How do they make it taste so good. Then dinner in the dining room since we were starved from our drive. Lamb cooked to perfection! The service in all areas of the hotel go above and beyond the call of duty. If you ever get the chance....stay at this wonderful resort. Can't say enough good things about it!!

Room Tip: We were on the bottom floor which looked out to the court yard and loved it!!
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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SolisLoughEske, Guest Relations Manager at Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 13 December 2013
Dear Guest,

It was a pleasure to welcome you to Donegal and to Solis Lough Eske Castle for your recent two night stay, as part of your trip to Ireland.

I'm delighted to hear that you were wow'd by our beautiful castle on your arrival and that you had such a wonderful experience.

I'm genuinely grateful for your very complimentary review and I have passed your kind comments on to the entire team who, as always, are delighted to receive such positive guest feedback.

We are thrilled to hear of how impressed you both were with the hotel and with the level of personal service you received and I do hope that you will return to stay with us again in the not too distant future.

We sincerely look forward to welcoming you back to the Castle on that occasion.

Best regards,

Mark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013

I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to the lovely staff at beautiful lough eske for our wonderful stay there on Friday 6 Dec. Grounds and the castle itself were the last word, with roaring fires and comfy sofas, decorations for Christmas were stunning (esp the gingerbread house!!!) rooms were beautful, with hugh bed, sofas for lounging, the bathroom was amazing with heated floors, robes and fluffy towels. Meals were first class, drinks beautiful and breakfast out of this world! But my main praise is for the staff, Peter at reception and the porter treated us with such warmth when we arrived, the girls at dinner and breakfast could not have been nicer or more helpful and it is this which we will remember most. Please pass this onto your excellent staff..they made our trip so special. Many thanks again, Nicola O'Kane

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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SolisLoughEske, Guest Relations Manager at Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 13 December 2013
Dear Ms. O'Kane,

Thank you for taking time to share your recent experience at Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa. It was a genuine pleasure to welcome you and I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit so much!

Your many kind comments regarding the castle are genuinely appreciated. However, I would like to especially thank you for your wonderful comments regarding the team - we aim to make your stay with us the best that it can be and every one of our staff members work hard to achieve this.

I have passed your kind comments to the entire team who are always thrilled to receive such positive guest feedback - especially Peter, Michael and the restaurant staff who you give a special mention to!

I would like to wish you a happy Christmas on behalf of everyone here at the castle and we look forward to welcoming you back for another visit sometime very soon.

Best regards,

Mark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2013 via mobile

We arrived at the hotel mid-afternoon, with the rain beating endlessly on the windscreen. As we pulled up outside the magnificent entrance two staff rushed out with umbrellas to take our bags and park the car - this set the tone for a wonderful stay. Many of the reviews below comment on the very well appointed rooms (our bathroom was bigger than some hotel rooms I've stayed in!), and the lovely food (which it was), but the standout feature are the staff - attentive without fussing.

We had a courtyard room - given that most of the hotel is single storey these can be a bit of a walk from reception, so if this might be a problem then mention when booking. The hotel has free wi-fi and free mineral water in all rooms.

My wife and daughters used the excellent spa - need to book a few weeks in advance - and finished their session with a lovely afternoon tea.

The hotel has lots of little lounges with roaring fires - perfect for this time of year for reading with a glass of something to hand.

The restaurant was great - and prices are what you would expect for this category of hotel. The bar food looked good too.

Definitely worth staying at this hotel if you are looking for a country get-away.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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SolisLoughEske, Guest Relations Manager at Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 10 December 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us at Solis Lough Eske Castle recently - it was a pleasure to welcome you and your family to Donegal!

I am thrilled to hear that you all had such a wonderful time and that you enjoyed the level of attentive and personal service that you received. All of your comments and your high recommendation are genuinely appreciated by the entire team.

I do hope you will return to stay with us again in the not too distant future.

Best regards,
Mark
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

Recently spent a night at Solis Lough Eske and it did not let us down at all. I can normally find something or other to complain about but quite frankly, it was one of the best hotel stay I've had in Ireland for quite some time.

Check in was seamless, service was always pleasant and the staff were attentive. The bar was very well stocked with spirits and the wine list in the restaurant was most impressive. The evening meal itself was delicious (can only speak for the oysters and sirloin steak).

The rooms likewise were spacious, very clean and generally very comfortable. Moreover, we were able to bring our dog to stay with us, which made the stay even more special.

I would wholeheartedly recommend Solis Lough Eske to anyone - it is most deserving of its 5* status.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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SolisLoughEske, Guest Relations Manager at Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 10 December 2013
Dear Guest,

It was indeed a pleasure to welcome you to Solis Lough Eske Castle recently and thank you for taking time to share your experience.

It's wonderful to hear that you were so impressed with the castle, our facilities and with the service you received - and that you had such an enjoyable stay.

Your kind comments are genuinely appreciated by all and we look forward to welcoming you back for another visit in the not too distant future.

Best regards,

Mark
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Armagh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

Just spent a glorious weekend at the Solis Lough Eske Castle in Donegal, Ireland. We booked a Garden Suite and it was everything we thought it would be. The staff were excellent and the standard was 5 star all the way. The Spa was superb. We plan to return early 2014.

Room Tip: If possible, book a Garden Suite. You will not be disappointed.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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SolisLoughEske, Guest Relations Manager at Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 5 December 2013
Dear Guest,

It was a pleasure to welcome you to Solis Lough Eske Castle recently and thank you for taking time to share your experience.

I'm delighted to hear that you were so impressed with the hotel, facilities and service and that you had such an enjoyable stay.

Your kind comments are genuinely appreciated and I am delighted that you are planning to return for another visit in the new year.

Best regards,

Mark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013 via mobile

I spent two nights in the hotel on 29th and 30th November 2013 The place is amazing from checkin to checkout. Special thanks go to Nigel the barman for providing the personal touch and ensuring we never had to wait for a drink. The rooms as always are excellent and the food first class!

Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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SolisLoughEske, Guest Relations Manager at Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 5 December 2013
Dear Guest,

It was our pleasure to welcome you back to Donegal and to Solis Lough Eske Castle for your recent two night stay.

Thank you sincerely for your wonderful comments and for taking time to share your experience. I have passed on your compliments to the team who are delighted with your feedback - especially Nigel to whom you give a special mention.

I do hope that you will return to stay with us again soon and we look forward to welcoming you back to the castle for your next visit.

Best regards,

Mark
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Derry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013 via mobile

Just checked out of my favourite hotel..never disappoints ..the staff make this hotel soo special..from Breda in the spa to Niamh in the restuarant it was a lovely overnight break..looking forward to my next stay in January..

  • Stayed December 2013
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SolisLoughEske, Guest Relations Manager at Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 5 December 2013
Dear Guest,

It was our pleasure to welcome you to back Solis Lough Eske Castle recently and I'm delighted to hear that you had such an enjoyable stay!

Your kind compliments are genuinely appreciated and thank you sincerely for taking the time to share your experience.

It's wonderful to hear that we are still your favourite hotel and that you are planning another return visit for January. We look forward to welcoming you back on that occasion.

Best regards,

Mark
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Property: Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa
Address: Lough Eske, Donegal Town, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > County Donegal > Donegal Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Donegal Town
#3 Family Hotel in Donegal Town
#3 Business Hotel in Donegal Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lough Eske Castle, a Solís Hotel & Spa is an historic castle dating to the 15th century and the O'Donnell Clan, the founding fathers of Donegal. Set in a secluded storybook location within 43 acres of native woodland on the shores of Lough Eske with the dramatic Bluestack Mountains as a stunning backdrop, it is the ideal place to relax and experience superior hospitality and exceptional friendly service. Winner of the 'World's Best Luxury Country Hotel' title in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and topping 'My Guide Ireland's Top 10 Hotels in Ireland, this lovingly restored castle hotel blends its historic past with a dash of contemporary luxury where you can escape into a world of relaxed elegance. From the spa to the dining table to your beautifully appointed guestroom, we provide a truly accommodating environment where our dedication to the guest is thoughtful, reliable, consistent and complete - a place where superb service and superior amenities make every day here a perfect day. Step into Solís Lough Eske Castle, and you step into an imposing Tudor-baronial castle, lavishly refurbished in 2007 and extended to create the modern comforts and graceful luxury of a world class boutique hotel. With stunning views and easy access to the great outdoors, the natural, unspoiled landscape is as magnificent as the hotel itself. ... more   less 
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