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Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Clifden
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 July 2012

Spent one night as a couple, when visiting the area during June 2012. Overall we were very happy with the hotel. Breakfast was a buffet and good, there was free 9-hole pitch & putt (basic), free snooker, free afternoon tea and a free champagne reception on the saturday evening. The management are clearly trying to go the extra bit for guests. (not sure if the freebies are always available or just one-offs). They also provide tea/coffe facilitie in the room.

The only criticism would be that the decor is a bit dated, but then again this does add to the charm. The hotel i a very short walk from the town where there is a selection of craaft/tourist shps and several good restaurants.

We would gladly return for another stay

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

We stayed in November last year (only getting around to this now). We got an excellent midweek deal with meals included. We really enjoyed the stay. The room was lovely with a separate sitting room. I would describe Abbeyglen as cosy rather than grand. It has more of a large hunting lodge feel to it inside than an actual castle and we loved it! The weather for the few days was atrocious and the ubiquitous gas fires, inlcuding in our room, were very welcome after a windswept walk on teh beach. There was one real turf fire in the flag stone floored bar which I always love to see. There was also a piano there which was put to great use at night with sing songs continuing into the small hours. The complimentary afternoon tea is a nice touch.The hosts and staff were all very friendly and professional. The food in the restaurant was not haute cuisine it was just very well prepared, delicious food.

Despite what others have said I think the hotel is well priced.It may be a cross between a three and four star hotel but then so are the prices. They always seem to have special offers. I would defintely go back.



I agree with other posters that the hotel needs some sprucing up but I'm sure that the owners are aware of this and that it all comes down to cost. But there were little things I saw like peeling wall paper or scratched paint that could be fixed for very little cost and would definitely be a step in the right direction.

Room Tip: It didn't affect us but I would imagine you should ask for a room away from the bar
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

This is a difficult review, and I was not even sure if I was going to rate this a 3 or 4 star. It is a very inconsistent hotel, but certainly not the 4 star accomodation they advertise.
The town of Clifden is wonderful and charming, and downtown is very small. The hotel is very close, under 10 minute walking, but half of the walk is on Sky Road, which has no pedestrian space and you share the narrow road with cars. The hotel itself is an old, small castle that has its charm, but shows its age, and is needing serious restorations. It has an odd entrance with a throne, but is all very old and dated, yet somehow retaining its charm. It has a very lively bar that is open seemingly around the clock, filled with tourists singing until very late - usually not traditional irish music. The restaurant upstairs is good but not great, and a bit expensive. Breakfasts are usually included in the price and those are quite good, with a hot buffet available.
Service is mostly very good; they serve you with a smile; offer free tea and champagne in the afternoon and evening, and they go out of their way to be nice. On the other hand, my fireplace was broken on arrival, and two days later was not fixed; no discount on my bill was provided, and it should have been considering two days without the room's main feature.
The four poster bed in some of their bedrooms adds to the charm, and it is a nice room, with a relatively modern bathroom. But the carpeting and walls do have problems and clearly show the age. Toilet paper was the worst I have ever seen in a hotel, which is obviously not what you expect for the price and advertised four star accomodation.
It has the charm of staying in a hotel, and the staff really try their best, but i think is overpriced for what it offers.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

We stayed here as part of the 2 day rail tour pass from Dublin to Abbeyglen to Connemera. We had an incredible room on the first floor as far from the lobby before going outside. Our view was a grassy flower covered hilllside out of two windows. At the back of the property there was a little stram that came down the hillside right outside our room. The sound of that water trickling down the hillside was hypnotic and ever so peaceful. THe room was furnished with beautiful old wooden furniture and it has a gas fireplace. How romantic can you get? When it was dinner time we were seated at a table with the flag of the country from which we came. The maitre'd make a special note of calling us by our names. THere were people there from all parts of the world. The meal was exquisite. After dinner we sauntered back in to town to catch some music at a pub, had a pint or two, then returned to our room. The property itself is very beautiful. Since our tour bus did not come for us until 2 pm the next day, we could sleep in, have a wonderful breakfast, and again hoof it back into town for some shopping. This one stop was probably the highlight of now two trips to Ireland. Fantastic. Who cares what it costs.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

We picked the Abbeyglen after reading glowing reviews on Trip Advisor. Travelling here from Galway, along the west coast of Ireland, we passed some fantastic scenery - Cliffs of Moher, Spanish Bay - and stopped in Clifden for a cup of tea and a scone. We liked Clifden and the country that had led to it, but we were knocked out by Abbeyglen Hotel from the moment we arrived. The weather was great, always an advantage in Ireland, but the location was fantastic - on the wonderfully named Sky Road. We were greeted by an hotel employee who helped us with our bags; we walked to the hotel lobby to be greeted at the front door by what appeared to be a throne - for photo opportunities....

Having been shown to our room, we were invited to join other guests for a free champagne reception and introduction to the hotel and its surroundings - the estate, tennis court, pitch and putt course and some local walks....Dinner was served at 7, a great variety on the menu at reasonable prices. Breakfast the next morning was buffet style, all you could eat, with staff in attendance for special requests and to dispense tea and coffee.

All in all a fabulous place to stay, recommended without reservation and, most importantly, the Guiness was of a high standard.. Go and enjoy..

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

My grown daughters and I stayed at Abbeyglen Castle May 20, 2012. We arrived around 5:30 pm on a Saturday and the girls were really counting on some spa time. The one employee in the spa stayed over late without hesitation and took care of them. They were very pleased with their facial and massage!! There was a complimentary champagne reception for the hotel guests at 6:30 pm, so that is where I headed. My daughters joined me one by one, as they finished their treatments and the champagne was still flowing for them. The hotel hosts were most gracious, and delightful conversation was had by all! Everyone's dinner was amazing and with elegant service. It was a nice touch to have the appropriate country's flags flying at our tables. We opted for a quiet evening in our room by the fireplace after dinner, and off in the distance in Clifden, we could quietly hear some traditional Irish music. Breakfast was equally a feast - salmon and all!! A walk was needed after the big breakfast and the grounds were a beautiful place to do so. We were there less than 24 hrs, but when we left we felt like we were royalty. The wonderful helpful employees and even the proprieter, Paul, knew us all by name. A beautiful parrot was also quite the character and enamored with my Megann. Paul gave us a beautiful book of Ireland as a departing gift with his inscription to us. It was like saying bye to family almost!! I would recommend staying here to anyone!!

Thank you Abbeyglen!!
Fondly, Emily, Erin and Megann from Dallas, Texas USA

P. S. Tell the girls who checked us out at the desk, the new Dallas series has started with many of the same characters and actors!

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 June 2012 via mobile

Well worth the long winding drive from Galway. Make sure you arrive before 6:30 for the champagne in the bar. Very close to the centre of town and the rest of the nightlife although the residents keep going to the wee hours of the morning. Very friendly staff, AMAZING buffet breakfast (wish I knew where they get their black pudding!). Would go back and stay again although this time stay longer (will use the 'alternative' transport next time!).

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Address: Sky Road, Clifden, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Clifden
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Clifden
Price Range: £82 - £223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Abbeyglen Castle Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 44
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