We stayed here for 2 nights at the end of January. The entrance to the hotel with a magnificent sweeping driveway around lake and up to the castle is a wonderful introduction. Checking in was seamless. Our room was in the old part of the castle with a panoramic view out over the lake. It was about 30 percent larger than your standard hotel room and we really enjoyed the extra space. I was surprised not find any tea or coffee tray in the room, but the porter informed me that they would provide it at no charge on request . My wife loves her coffee, so we immediately requested the tray which was promptly sent up. The bathroom was of average size but well laid out and tastefully decorated. The only other minor disappointment in the room was that the "Bose" sound system was not working. The free WiFi reception in the room was good. The TV was a bit complicated and fiddly, but had a very good selection of channels. The card and chocolates in the room were a very nice touch. We headed over to the leisure complex, (about a 5 minute walk or they will transport you over on request) and my wife enjoyed a work out in the well equipped gym. I chose a swim in the pool and a jacuzzi bath. Breakfast is a grand "silver service" affair in the oppulant "Earl of Thomand" dining room with a view out over the lake. There is lots of choice and the food is top class, but the one thing that irked me was why for a breakfast costing 25 euro each plus service charge did the hotel feel the need to put a 3 euro supplement on 2 breakfast dishes that had smoked salmon. After a very hearty breakfast, we enjoyed a lovely walk exploring some of the over 300 hundred acre gardens, woods and golf course. We were still so full after breakfast that we could not face lunch. So my wife chose to have a 90 minute spa treatment which she really enjoyed. I had brought a fishing rod with me and took one of the rowboats out onto the lake which was to my delight free of charge and a very pleasant way to spend 90 minutes. I even caught 2 large rainbow trout. I would have loved to try the hawk flying experience for 75 euro but did not have the time. All The hotel activities taken together are really like a mini theme park for adults. We were impressed by the professional and friendly service from all the staff. They really try hard to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Dromoland Castle is truely of the great Irish Hotels to stay in. It is probably the closest thing you will experience to being a "Lord of the Manor".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, the Dromoland Castle 5 Star Hotel in Ireland was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. Approached by a meandering drive that passes acres of magnificent lawns, this Irish 5 star luxury Castle Hotel overlooks its own Championship Golf Course and a glistening lake which commands the panoramic beauty of the surrounds. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dromoland Castle Ireland
- Castle Dromoland Ireland
- Dromoland Castle Hotel Ireland/Newmarket-On-Fergus