Stayed at the Ballinalacken Castle Country House during the October Bank Holiday weekend - really enjoyed it. Big, clean room, with a huge, comfortable bed. The room also had two armchairs and a table, with an old-school TV. Large bathroom, very clean, and a decent shower too. The staff were all very pleasant and welcoming.
We had dinner in the hotel on one of the evenings - very tasty, and quite reasonable too. The hotel also has a small bar - I had one of the best pints of Guinness I've had in a long time there.
Hotel might be tricky to find in the night time, there's no sign directly at the entrance to the hotel (some old white gates) it's across the road, and it's black, which made it difficult to spot, but if you go past Doolin Cave (on your right hand side), and get to the top of that road, Ballinalacken Castle House is straight in front of you, through the gates.
Lots to see and do nearby:
Cliffs of Moher
Fr. Ted's House
In summary, the hotel is small and quaint, with lots of character. On a clear day, the views are fantastic; it's definitely worth a stay, if you're in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ballinalacken Castle Hotel Doolin is one of the leading Castle Hotels Ireland with views of Cliffs of Moher. This Clare Hotel has an award winning restaurant and is the best place to eat in Doolin. It would be difficult to find a more beautiful place on the West Coast of Ireland in which to wake up. The Ballinalacken has been described in the press as one of the finest located houses in Europe. Our guest rooms offer spectacular panoramic views of the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay. A 15th Century Castle ruin of the O'Brien Clan stands imposingly beside the Ballinalacken Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ballinalacken Castle Country House Hotel Doolin
- Ballinalacken Castle Country Hotel
- Ballinalacken Castle Country Doolin