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Ballinalacken Castle Country House
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Doolin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 October 2013

My husband and I came to Ireland for our second honeymoon. We chose to stay at the Ballinalacken Castle hotel due to its proximity to the Cliffs of Mohr. The castle hotel is so close to the cliffs, you can see them off in the distance from the rooms. The staff were very friendly, the room was clean and the bed comfortable. We didn't eat dinner here, but w did enjoy the breakfast. They had the beast breakfast we had during our trip, their pancakes/creeps were amazing! I would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

My husband and I (with another couple) stayed here for 2 nights at the beginning of our 2 week vacation in Ireland........It was a delightful choice by Russell Shortt, owner of Exploring Ireland who helped design our self driving tour. It was magical !!! It 's a magnificant drive up to the hotel itself with lovely meadow views, full of flowers, well groomed plants, with views of the castle adjacant to hotel. ( We were given a complimentary tour of castle by Cecelia's husband who did a terrific job with historical & interesting information ; it's in very good condition !)

Our room was spacious with all amenities included; we were near the back garden which was perfectly fine . I did notice other rooms walking down the halls, some with extraordinary views and furnishings. Ours was comfortable but it would have been interesting to see other choices for rooms.. It is a well run, quiet , and spacious hotel ; blessed with good weather, we were able to take long leisurely walks to nearby areas.......Sheep, green pastures, and breathtaking scenery abound

The cuisine is superb; our breakfasts were abundant, beautifully served in an enchanting intimate dinigh room with high windows ; again, with lovely views. We had a dear young Irish woman as our server (sorry I forgot her name) who made our morning with her sweet smile and sparkling eyes.. We chose to dine there our first night and it was well worth the reasonable price....All fresh produce & meat/fish/etc ; all were finely prepared and served. We celebrated a birthday with a creme brulee which we enjoyed by the fire in the cozy lobby with irish coffees. Perfect day.

It's excellently located to tour the Aran islands, Cliffs of Moher, with local pubs in Doolin
which are perfect for authentic Irish music and pub fare.

We would all love to return.

Russell Shortt of Exploring Ireland made an excellent choice for our first hotel !!!

Cecelia, the hotel owner, was charming; she was helpful, extremely courteous and full of suggestions. I am particularly grateful to her as she mailed a forgotten pair of good shoes to another b & b where we were going to stay. It was costly and time consuming to do so and she asked for nothing in return. Extraordinarity generrous and worth noting.

Room Tip: Inquire as to choice of room size with varying views
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

From entering the drive and seeing the castle in the hotel grounds , to looking over the fields to the sea and the Aran islands with the sun setting , to a wonderful dinner with local ingredients , to sleeping in a 4 poster and having s eating area overlooking the view - this has to be a winning formula . And to join all these pluses up - great friendly staff and a unique ruined castle tour . Close to Doolin harbour and the Burren Hills as well as the amazing coast road north to Galway. Highly recommended

Room Tip: the room with 4 poster ( 8 ) was great
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

We have stayed at wonderful hotels , but this ranks at the top!!! Anywhere!
The owners, Dennis and Cecilia, were so welcoming and helpful!
Our room, 16, had gazebo windowed alcove and huge bed, luxurious fittings and spectacular views of ocean and cliffs of Moher in distance
We had amazing gourmet dinner in relaxed setting, leisurely paced and didn't want to head to town, a few minutes drive for trad music due to desire to just soak in atmosphere here
highlights were also breakfast BUT the main highlight , one if highlights of Entire trip, was private tour Dennis gave us of Ballinalacken castle on property next morning, better tour than Dunguaire, Cahir, or Kilkenny due to his knowledge and how much time he spent with us
An Absolute must do on trip!!! Get directions as a little hard to locate out of town
Highly recommend a stop at Doolin on way from Galway to Dingle!!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sue b
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

This one definitely won the best night's sleep for me. We had a triple, and although floor space was somewhat limited, that's because one of the beds was huge! This room easily could have slept 4. Also, this location had a large bathroom, which was welcome after staying at several B&Bs.

The view is beautiful looking out from the house. The surrounding area is quiet and secluded enough as well to allow you to daydream about living there now or in another time.

Tip for the coffee drinkers: Cups are poured to the half rather than full, so be prepared to ask for more.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

We were stunned by the beauty and location of this castle house. The manager who greeted us upgraded our room as we arrived late. The view from our room was fabulous and overlooked the Aran islands which we had just visited. The bed was very restful, room immaculate and had all we needed. The restaurant was warm and welcoming with food that was excellent. I wish we had time to spend more than one night at this absolutely lovely place. Do not hesitate to stay here. You will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Deborah M
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

An old Country House feel was just what we needed midway through our Ireland adventure. Wonderful accommodations and so private we felt like we were the only ones there. We even had views of the Cliffs of Moher from our bedroom window. Could not ask for more. We ate dinner/breakfast here as well and loved it. This is a true Irish gem in the middle of Ireland.

* I also want to give a special thank you to Declan, the house manager who graciously gave my wife and I a private tour of the castle. Even though it was raining and we arrived right before dark, he gladly walked us around and gave us a full tour in rain. These friendly Irish folks go out of their way to make you feel like a true guest in their home. We will be back!

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Coast Road R-477, Doolin R477, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > The Burren > Doolin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Doolin
Price Range: £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballinalacken Castle Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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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