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Ballinalacken Castle Country House
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Doolin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 July 2010

We were extremely happy with the Ballinalacken Castle Country House. The location is fabulous with views of the sea and the Cliffs of Mohr in the distance. The castle behind the hotel is wonderful and we were given a very nice tour after dinner. The food was terrific; we would have stayed another night if we could have. The rooms could use a little updating but overall we were very pleased.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2010

The castle hotel was fabulous! We got to be princesses for a night. The host took us for a tour inside the old castle after dinner. There was a pony and a donkey for the kids to pet. The views of the water and countryside were wonderful! The food was terrific. They even held supper for us even though we arrived as the kitchen was closing. The rooms were large, clean and well appointed. It truly was a wonderful experience. I wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2010

Five of us were touring Ireland when we stopped unannounced at Ballinalacken Castle Country House one Sunday evening. We were greeted warmly, and seated in their dining room thirty minutes later. Our dinner was simply superb - our best in Ireland and one of the finest meals that I've ever enjoyed, anywhere. The setting was tranquil and beautiful, the service professional. After an unhurried and satisfying meal we inquired about the adjacent castle, and were given a tour of it.
We did not stay at the hotel as we were en route to another destination, but I have only fond memories of the experience and our meal.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2010

I recently traveled to Ireland with my three sisters and elderly mother staying for three nights at Ballinalacken. Dennis, Declan and Cecilia who run the hotel couldn't have been better sports dealing with five women. The setting is magnificent overlooking the Atlantic, Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. Our breakfasts and dinners here were the best we had for our entire nine days of travel. The oatmeal and fresh brown bread we all agreed were the best we have ever had. The goat cheese in the salad at dinner was also incredible. We had two rooms, one being a suite with a fireplace and sitting room, but there was so much to do that we had little time to spend there. The house itself has a beautiful sitting room with comfortable chairs for relaxing as well. There was also internet access for checking e-mail, etc. The nearby town of Doolin was very small with a few authentic Irish pubs and good Irish music at night. The Doolin shops being so close to the Aran Islands had a wonderful selection of Irish knits. We all wished we had more time at Ballinalacken to explore the local area more.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

I surprised my boyfriend with a trip to Ireland for a weekend - we had both never been to Ireland before, and I wanted to stay in a small town on the coast. Doolin was the perfect place. It is close to the Shannon airport, and the drive is lovely. The town is small and quaint, and the people are very friendly. The scenery could not be more beautiful. Perfect access to the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. Ballinalacken Castle was incredible. Such a beautiful gem tucked away from the center of town. The food is incredible - I highly recommend the lamb for dinner and the brown bread in the morning is the best I've ever had! The rooms are comfortable and clean, and with a bar in the hotel, we didn't feel the need to leave at night after dinner. The staff was knowledgable and friendly, and the tour of the castle at sundown was amazing!! It was a very quiet, romantic weekend - exactly what we wanted! We will be back!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2010

We stayed with our 20 year old nephew at Ballinalacken Castle Country House for three nights and enjoyed every minute of our time. The setting is picture perfect, with a view of the Cliffs of Moher. The rooms are spacious, elegant and very comfortable with lots of room for storing clothes. The two rooms we stayed in each had big windows which allowed views of the beautiful Irish countryside.

The breakfasts at Ballinalacken were wonderful. The cold breakfast included lots of cereal, breads and fresh fruit and would have been a good meal itself. Each morning we also selected a hot breakfast from the menu. They were delicious! The dining room is beautiful and comfortable. One evening we ate dinner in the dining room - both the food and the service were excellent.

We were especially impressed with the family who owns and runs this country home. They, and their help, were quite helpful and hospitable. They treated us like treasured friends. One evening the owner walked with us to the castle next to the country home and gave us a tour. It was the highlight of our stay, and an entirely unexpected joy.

Ballinalacken is a great place to stay if you are interested in exploring the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. We enjoyed our stay so much that we plan to return here next time we visit Ireland.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 June 2010

We stayed here for 2 nights with our 13 month old daughter and had a lovely time. The food is very good, the staff are friendly and helpful and its a good base to explore the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. There's a good view over the Atlantic and you can see a little of the Cliffs of Moher. The hotel itself is a little jaded and a bit overpriced for what it is. We stayed in room 11 which was smallish and had no view some of the other rooms looked much bigger with four poster beds and sea views.

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Additional Information about Ballinalacken Castle Country House

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: £129 - £152 (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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