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“Needs a major revamp” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Arnolds Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dunfanaghy
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver
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76 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Needs a major revamp”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

Arnold's is a small hotel on the main street of the village, overlooking a beautiful sandy bay. Although it is clean and quiet (at least if your room is at the back of the building), the decor is tired, the furniture cheap and the breakfast inedible. Our room was not well cleaned during our stay (i.e. the garbage wasn't emptied). Management was extremely responsive to our dissatisfaction, in the sense that we were given a significant discount, but frankly one of the B’n’Bs in the area is likely better value. However, you have to book the B'n'Bs in advance. They were full when we tried to get in on short notice, even during the shoulder season.

Room Tip: There is a bar at the front of the hotel, so ask for one at the back. You overlook a parking lot ra...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank juviall
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Gerarda1, Owner at Arnolds Hotel, responded to this review, 8 June 2014
Thank you for your review regarding your recent stay with us at the Arnold Family Hotel Dunfanaghy overlooking Sheephaven Bay. We have noted your comments and we apologise that your stay with us did not meet your expectations on this occasion. We have plans in place for reburbishment of our bedrooms in the near future. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Arnold Family hotel.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 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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St. Marys, Georgia
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59 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

I was reluctant to book here given that the hotel has a bar, we'd be staying on a Friday night, and we like quiet. We were given a room in the back near the parking lot that was perfectly quiet. The highlight of our stay was Laura, the receptionist. Upon arrival, she gave us directions and suggestions for visiting Horn Head. She asked me our plans when we checked out and gave me some helpful hints. She looked for a map of the Northwest to give to me but couldn't find one - said she'd mail it to me, which I received a few days after I returned home - guess I'll have to visit again. We did visit the bar and enjoyed the music - a young man playing covers of a variety of types of music. There are wonderful views from the front of the hotel, including the restaurant.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank PeggyS55
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Gerarda1, Owner at Arnolds Hotel, responded to this review, 8 June 2014
Thank you for your review regarding your recent stay with us at the Arnold Family Hotel Dunfanaghy overlooking Sheephaven Bay. We are pleased to note that you enjoyed your holiday experience with us and that you received helpful information from our receptionist on places to visit during your stay and assistance in planning the rest of your trip. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Arnold Family Hotel.
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

We were 2 nights at Arnold's while having a cycle safari in Donegal.
Dunfanaghy itself is a quite lovely village with great nature sights and
tracking routes. Also activities like surfing and paddling can be done
during the stay.

1. Room
Our Double Room with a big bed and bath was ok. The only con was
that it was located on the service area side of the hotel. So it was a little
noisy sometimes and the view could have been more spectacular.
The bath with a tube was good and clean.

2. Meals
We had a Voucher for the dinner menu in the evening that would have cost
74€. It was ok, but not worth the money. (If we'd spend it.)
Breakfast was (in relation to the B&B stays we had) very poor in variety and
portion.

3. Service
Was friendly and helpful. No negative experiences.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Stefanie S
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Gerarda1, Owner at Arnolds Hotel, responded to this review, 8 June 2014
Thank you for your recent review regarding your recent stay with us at the Arnold Family Hotel Dunfanaghy overlooking Sheephaven Bay. We have noted all of your comments and have taken steps to address these issues. We apologise that your stay with us did not meet your expectations on this occasion. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Arnold Family hotel in the future.
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Alba
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73 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014

We stayed three nights in Arnold's Hotel and we can heartily recommend it. The bedrooms were comfortable, the food superb and the owner and staff could not have been more helpful. What more can I say?

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view. There is some passing traffic, but not enough to make it difficult to sleep.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Bean-astair
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Garoidin, Owner at Arnolds Hotel, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Thank you for your positive review after your recent stay with us at Arnolds Family Hotel Dunfanaghy along the Wild Atlantic Way. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back to Arnolds Hotel in the near future.
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Belfast
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

I recently stayed with friends on a painting trip. Comfortable room, good food-excellent breakfast!
Very pleasant helpful staff who seemed to be genuinely pleased to see us!
A little old fashioned in a Donegal way, lovely turf fire, gallons of hot water too.
Wifi in room.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
Helpful?
Thank J B
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Gerarda A, Owner at Arnolds Hotel, responded to this review, 16 May 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review on your recent experience with us at Arnolds Hotel.
We look forward to welcoming you back soon
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n ireland
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

Just home from another visit to Arnolds Hotel and as usual first class service from all the staff ,and the meals were excellent in every way .Real comfortable beds .Will be returning again in the future for another break.

Room Tip: Try and get rooms at front as there is a great view across bay
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank stan028
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Garoidin, Owner at Arnolds Hotel, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review .
We look forward to welcoming you back to Arnolds Hotel in the near future
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Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

While I didn't stay in this hotel, myself and my friends dined in the hotel bar every day during our 3 night trip to Donegal. I have to say the food was top class (from toasted sandwiches to hot dinners), the service was fantastic (in particular Debra who was always friendly, helpful and very welcoming) and I would have no issue recommending this hotel to anyone, whether you're staying or just passing through.

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
Helpful?
1 Thank Naoimhb
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Garoidin, Owner at Arnolds Hotel, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review on your recent dining experience with us at Arnolds Hotel . We look forward to welcoming you back to Arnolds Hotel
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Property: Arnolds Hotel
Address: Dunfanaghy | Co Donegal, Dunfanaghy, Ireland
Region: Ireland > County Donegal > Dunfanaghy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dunfanaghy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Arnolds Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Embark on a journey of discovery at the Arnold Family Hotel, Dunfanaghy overlooking Sheephaven Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way. Explore the hidden gems of the local area steeped in History, Heritage, Culture and Music. Established in 1922 the Arnold Family hotel is renowned for excellence in food and hospitality using locally sourced produce. Indulge the senses and your passion for good food and wine in local Cafes and restaurants. Visit the local historic sites, explore miles of scenic walks, hidden coves and sandy beaches off the beaten track. Go Horse Riding, Golfing, Surfing and Fishing. Cycle the highways and byways, go island hopping to Tory and Arranmore. Visit the local Art Galleries, The Famine Heritage Centre and the Village Craft Shops. Donegal is simply paradise Local Attractions: Killahoey Beach, Horn Head Discovery Point 9 Mile scenic Drive and Walk overlooking Tory Island, the Errigal to Muckish Mountain Ranges. Glenveagh National Park, The Glebe Gallery, The Ards Peninsula, Ards Forest Park, Bloodyforeland, The Atlantic Drive. ... more   less 
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