If you want to feel like royalty, this is definitely the hotel for you. Just got back from the place and I couldn't wait to write up this review. Having visited almost all the 5 star premises in Ireland, I have to say that I've seen Ireland's best and this is one of them. The service from start to finish was outstanding. True 5 star quality; exactly what you expect. We arrived for our Valentine's weekend around noon and expected to wait around for our room to be prepared. To our surprise, not only was the room ready, but we had been upgraded to the Presidential suite. The afternoon tea was surprisingly filling. The dinner more so! For most fine dining, one expects limited portions but not so in this place. I was in physical pain from all the food I had eaten, but it was so good I couldn't help myself. The whiskey and wine selection is superb, focusing on the best Irish offering of whiskey. The decor in the room showed signs of wear, but only because they were authentically antique and as such, wear is to be expected.
The only sting in the tail was the fact that we had originally booked for October only to find, quite by accident, that staying in Jan/Feb the prices were almost exaclty half the October rate (which, ceteris paribus, would have made it more expensive than even the more well-known Ashford Castle). The end result was that we changed our booking to Feb and in the end got the Presidential suite for half the October price of a suite. Score.
- 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