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“Basic but nice!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Harbour Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Buncrana
Certificate of Excellence
Portlaoise, Ireland
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21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Basic but nice!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

Stayed here for two nights, and liked it - definitely very convenient that it's an American-style 'motel' where you can park outside the room. Room was probably a bit dated, but spacious and SPOTLESS, really high standard of cleaning. Breakfast was fine and there's a beautiful beach right outside your front door. It's about a fifteen minute walk into Buncrana Main St.
Staff I dealt with were very smiley and positive and I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ennis, Clare, Ireland
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269 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

We came to buncrana to play golf and finished at two. As we were eating in the evening we would only need a sandwich of some type.
This place didn't do them as they "were too busy as it was a bank holiday"!!!
There were two waitresses having a chat together and three people behind the bar looking for something to do.
Ironic.
The chef must own this place as it's clearly not managed properly.

Stayed August 2014
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Thank TheMongrel1
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doherty7777, Manager at The Harbour Inn, responded to this review, 28 August 2014
Dear Sir
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent visit to the Harbour Bar.
I understand from your review that you were upset at not being able to order a sandwich after lunchtime.
As you can understand once lunch is over our chefs were busy preparing for a very busy bank holiday evening service. It is unfortunate you did not find any thing else on our extensive menu to your satisfaction, though our Barman did try to suggest an alternative snack.
Your comments re the management of The Harbour Inn are unjustified given our ranking on trip advisor, and no, a chef does not manage this property.
Kind regards
K Doherty
Owner
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County Dublin, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

We stayed here for a few days last week,it was a spur of the moment as it was only booked a week before we visited. We stayed in a family room for 2 adults 3 children, the room was beautiful, spotless and huge with a massive bathroom. We ate in the bar a few times during our stay and found food and staff absolutely brilliant. The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful with the three kids. Location couldn't be better...literally across the road from a fabulous beach. We would have no problem recommending the harbour inn for a couple or family stay.

PS best sausages ever!!!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fermanagh, N. Ireland
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203 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

Just a short update. My wife and I have stayed here at least 3-4 times since our 1st visit in 2008. Our last visit was over the past July weekend and again we were not disappointed. Great location, good value, brilliant food and drink with good entertainment on in the evenings. Still cant speak highly enough and we are already planning another trip for the same time next year.
Still not a place for anybody looking 5* luxury but for a pleasant weekend break, still very hard to beat!

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  • Stayed July 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
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Dublin, Ireland
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146 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

I spent one night here on business.
The room was clean and comfortable. The hotel is on a busy road so there was some traffic noise.
The layout of the hotel is quite unusual in that the reception area is in one building and then the rooms are accessed via separate doors opening onto the car park. Thus checking in for our group took a little while as the receptionist had to physically show each person how to access their room one by one while the rest of us waited to check in.
Breakfast was fine - nothing out of the ordinary.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DLMCC
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Leek, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

Beautiful food they have a quite extensive menu with great prices . Also early bird menu 2 course meal 13 Euro also accept sterling at the current exchange rate . Beautiful place for a meal on your own or in a group . The rooms are well priced too

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Broxwood, Herefordshire
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31 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Great welcome on a hot evening ; given a cooler ( and very large ) room and it was just me!
Easy to find , plenty of parking , and an excellent restaurant in the complex (The Harbour Bar)
Superb value in both the restaurant and the Hotel ( room €55)
Great staff

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mike A
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Additional Information about The Harbour Inn

Property: The Harbour Inn
Address: Derry Road | Ludden, Buncrana, Ireland
Region: Ireland > County Donegal > Buncrana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Buncrana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Harbour Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
30 luxurious en-suite bedrooms, each with television, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer. 70 seater restaurant serving lunch daily and evening a la carte menu. Warm & welcoming lounge bar. 5 minute walk from NorthWest Golf Club & 20 minute drive from renowned Ballyliffin Golf Club. Special rate green fees for NorthWest Golf Club available to hotel guests. ... more   less 
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