I was here in Oct 2012 when I had our first son with us and now we returned with our two sons, now aged 1 and 4. Not so much has changed since I was last there and I did write an excellent review then, the only thing I will say is there has been little invested in it since then, so much so, many areas looked in need of updating, tidying up or repairing. In general it can look a little run down as if it has given up a little which is a huge disappointment as with a bit of tender loving care this place should be a haven for families with small children and it would be a shame for it to disappear. If you get a groupon deal as many people refer to on these reviews, you do get your money's worth with the little ones. It is remote, but your options are Carrick on Shannon which is less that 20 min drive and Enniskillen if you want to venture shopping for the day so there are plenty of options. And Carrick on Shannon is just gorgeous, also this time we found Lough Key Park which we didn't know about last time and I would definitely recommend that place about 30 mins drive from hotel.
For the kiddies, there is an indoor playroom, this is in need of updating and a general tiny up and some new additions of toys since we were last there. The outdoor playground has quite mucky ground and littered, you are situated right on Lough Allen so last time we could feed the ducks when you walk down but there were no ducks this time, leisure centre is fine, nothing fancy but does what it says on the tin, locker room needs work, has baby pool and outdoor hot tub if you are brave enough not to mind being in your smalls and people can walk by!! However it looks right onto Lough Allen so views are excellent. The kiddies club is great and takes kiddies from 4. Lots of activities for the children and the movie night is held at 2030 in the function room just off the bar, so you can stay close in the bar and you are only a door away from the movie and can run in and check. What most people do then is keep the younger kiddies with them in the bar and the 4+ go into the movie night which is great as no one says anything about the little ones in the bar as everyone knows the other kiddies are in the function room so it works out well. I would not normally have my 1 year old in a bar especially in the evening but it worked out very well here with the movie night. Again we stayed in the suite with gorgeous views of the Lough so I would recommend them as opposed to the family rooms as they are quite basic and small, Also big jacuzzi bath in bathroom which was another plus. Otherwise room quite basic in terms of of additional items like no toiletries, gowns, fridge, slippers and the likes and TV is a bit dated Staff very pleasant and helpful throughout the complex and the accommodation staff are very sweet and can't do enough for you. Also the staff in general really take to the children and acknowledge them so you do feel very comfortable there with young children as the majority of people are there with young families and this is what I would recommend this hotel for.
We had one two course meal included in our deal and sometimes with these deals the standard can be poor and they can charge you for the children, but this menu was of excellent variation and the quality great and the children got to chose two courses aswell. It was excellent value and you didn't feel you were being handed cheap deal food, you felt like you were having a restaurant experience and you were treated like that. Breakfast is busy and non stop so you literally have to grab what you can. It is fairly basic and standard but good quality again. It doesn't have low fat milk or butter options and I feel all hotels should now stock these healthier options. The toaster is officially the slowest toaster in history even though it is new, so they need to come up with a better idea during breakfast hours, also if parents allow their kids go up to a buffet by themselves please ensure they understand they cannot touch all of the food. The little girl in front of me touched about 7 croissants before adding the ones she wanted to her plate so I dread to think of how many more did that. Of course I understand kiddies do this, hence why I would not let my kiddies go up by themselves incase this happens so parents need to be aware. Also people do lose their manners at these busy buffets so again watch out for this as you might be shoved out of the way!! Two real negatives, the gym and WIFI, The gym, don't bother, this is like someone converted their attic and put a few machines in there. There are two TV's in there which don't work and don't even face the machines anyway!! and it is very hot, so doesn't make for a great workout space hence the only good thing is it was always empty so for your workout you did get the place to yourself! WIFI only available in the lobby or bar and limited space in the lobby so awkward at night-time if you don't want to bring the children down later, then you have no access or one of you ( which many people did) goes down to lobby or bar for WIFI. This really needs to be updated to rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lough Allen Hotel in County Leitrim in the northwest of Ireland is truly somewhere special! Situated on the shores of Lough Allen, only 14 km from the bustling town of Carrick on Shannon, it is just a short walk to the town of Drumshanbo. The hotel combines with the stunning Leitrim countryside to offer the ideal destination; be it for the romantic short-break where spa treatments, leisure centre and a sumptuous candlelight dinner are all components that make for an unforgettable short break. Or is it a family reunion that would like to include organised activities during the day rounded off with a lavish family meal in the evening. As a wedding venue or conference centre, Lough Allen Hotel has played its part in creating success after success. The central location of the hotel in Leitrim facilitates tours and visits to the surrounding unspoiled countryside, always being able to return to the warm welcome of committed staff members! The many lakes that comprise the stunning Leitrim countryside, shopping in Sligo or Enniskillen - the beaches of the Atlantic coast: any and all of these are just on our doorstep. So be assured whatever the reason for your visit, Lough Allen hotel & Spa at Lough Allen in Drumshanbo offers great value for money at any time of year and all our selling agents will offer you a package that suits your personal budget! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Hotel Lough Allen
- Ramada Leitrim
- Leitrim Ramada
- Lough Allen Hotel & Spa Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland