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Mount Falcon Estate
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Ballina
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Could have been perfect if..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

We booked late and got one of the last bedroom, they called it The Luxe and was located at the front of the building just above the reception and the bar. You can imagine how an old building is sound proof..so not great rest. It's pity as the place is really stunning and the restaurant is very very good. Probably one of best food we had in years
We enjoyed it and will go back but will make sure that our room is far from the common area.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank JaniceandChris
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

I have just spent 5 nights with family at lakeside lodge. The accommodation is very good with 3 queen size beds ideal for our family of 4 children. The television was very small and there was no mobile or wifi signal in the lodge. A Plus for some but I needed mobile access for work. The food in the restaurant whlist very good is not family orientated and is expensive.
Mount Falcon is located between Foxford and Ballina. The main tourist spots like Westport, Achill Island, Ceidie Fields, Etc are a drive away away. For €1300 for 5 nights I thought it was overpriced given its location. It is nice but you dont come away feeling you have got value for your money. Few other negatives my wife tried book spa treatment no-one called back as promised and upon checking out had someone else bar tab added to my bill. Underwhelmed sums it up.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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2 Thank Liffey70
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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

We have just stayed in a lakeside lodge for a few days. The lodge was first class. It couldn't be faulted. However my son, a keen angler, was disappointed with the fishing at the lake. Basically, the trout are being fed lumps of bread by children. This means the trout are gathered at the lake edge and could be lifted out by hand! There is no sport there. The restaurant at the hotel needs to change. It's "fine dining" french cuisine. We ate there last year and didn't feel like eating there again. It's just not worth the money. They do not seem to cater for children at all, yet the lodges are full of families! The swimming pool is good and the family used it daily. The grounds are spectacular. All in all, a wonderful place to chill out.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Pamela P
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Omagh
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

Beautiful hotel. My husband is in a wheelchair so we requested an accessible room. We had room no. 22 which was fantastic - a huge comfortable bed, two bathrooms, one fully accessible with seated shower and plenty of room to turn the chair, also the mirror was just the right height for shaving which it isn't in most hotels. The staff were very helpful and moved the beer tasting session from the cellar to a room on the ground floor so that he could take part. The grounds had tarred paths which were easy to negotiate and because we had good weather we were able to sit out on the front terrace looking over the immaculate grounds. We ate in the restaurant one night and the food couldn't be faulted. Breakfast had a good selection from full Irish, kippers, eggs Benedict, to fresh fruit, croissants, cheese, yogurt etc.
Also plenty to do during the day although the falconry was fully booked so you should probably book in advance but they also had fishing, driving range, bike hire, wine and beer tasting not to mention the pool and spa.
All in all a great place to stay either with or without a wheelchair!

Room Tip: For an accessible room get no. 22.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank M.Ross
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Greentown
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

This hotel is a great place to stay if you are staying for a few days and want the amenities (spa, fishing, falconry, etc.). Rooms are beautiful and quite large. Dining area had good ambience but felt dinner was quite overpriced for quality of food and attention to service. If we were going to the area we would give them another try, though.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank valhalla121
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Co Down
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284 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

Firstly we have stayed here every year since it opened its lodges and had been very satisfied. This year was a complete disaster. We stayed in a Lakeside lodge and were surrounded by an extended family who were in adjacent lodges - they were rowdy until the early hours. They had all gathered for a BBQ in common space just outside our back window, with no thought for anyone else.

Secondly, there was a very rowdy wedding party. We usually time our arrival mid-week and go for a meal in the hotel and avoid the hotel at weekend as it is usually taken over by a wedding party. This year it was a big wedding and they were also staying in neighbouring lodges.They were noisy on the Friday night until the early hours.

When we went to the hotel for breakfast on Saturday they were screaming in the restaurant! Still drunk from previous night.

On the Saturday evening we had the BBQ in full swing outside our window from 7pm until just before midnight. We rang the night porter who came and got them to quieten down.

Just as the BBQ party went quiet the wedding party arrived shouting and singing at 1am, more at 3am and several times between 5.00am and 7am. The most disturbing was at 3am when were where waken by a woman shouting "don't hit him" followed by a very audible blow. Then silence. Tried ringing the hotel but no reply! We didn't get back to sleep after this.

We had no sleep from 7 in the evening until 7 in morning and the violence was particularly upsetting. I raised this with the duty manager who apologised and seemed sincere. When we came to check out we were given a small amount of the bill. Not really compensation for two sleepless nights on what was supposed to be a quiet family holiday.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank NorthernerCoDown
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DUBLIN
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed at one of the lake lodges, it was well fitted out, with very comfy beds.
The weather was great and as long as you were prepared to pay, you can rent rods, bikes, golf balls. The pool was free to guests.
The service in the main house was friendly but slower than I'm used to

Stayed July 2014
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1 Thank peterpoppy
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Property: Mount Falcon Estate
Address: Foxford Road, Ballina, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Mayo > Ballina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ballina
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ballina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Mount Falcon Estate 4*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mount Falcon Estate lies by the banks of The River Moy ( the most prolific wild Atlantic Salmon river in Ireland ) between Foxford and Ballina ( The Salmon Capital of Ireland ). The Estate consists of a 4 star deluxe 32 bedroom hotel, Luxury lodges, fishing for wild Atlantic Salmon on its own stretch of the river Moy, a 3 acre rainbow trout stocked lake, a School of Falconry, 100 acres of mature woodland, a 3 km walking / jogging / biking trail, an Elemis Spa and Clay pigeon shooting. The house was built in 1876 and was a wedding present from one young groom to his new wife. The Estate was originally owned by The Knox family whose ancestors are buried in the circular graveyard next to a Megalithic tomb located on the Estate. Opened in 2006 Mount Falcon was the youngest ever hotel to win The AA Hotel of the year. In 2015 the Hotel was named the best Manor House Hotel in Ireland. The Hotels 'Kitchen Restaurant' holds 2 AA Rosettes and has received numerous awards for Best Hotel Restaurant in Connaught and The Best Head Chef in Connaught, the most recent award received was in 2015 for Best Chef in Connaught(by the Good Eating Guide). ... more   less 
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