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Ballinalacken Castle Country House
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Doolin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 May 2007

I've been visiting the Ballinalacken for about 23 years, and I wouldn't stay anywhere else! It feels like home every time I go back. The hospitality of the O'Callaghan family, the beautiful surroundings, the wonderful breakfasts, gourmet dinners, peace and quiet are the reasons I return all the time.

The location of the Ballinalacken is fabulous. Right on the coast, you can see the Aran Islands from the hotel, as it sits up high. If you want to hear a session in Doolin, it's a short drive to one of the pubs that play music every night. Wonderful coast drives from the hotel, and if you want to tour the castle ruin, ask Denis or Declan.

I can't say enough about the hospitality there. I feel like a member of the family every time I return. Sitting in front of the turf fire with a glass of wine (or a gin/bitter) in the evening or sitting in the pub listening to traditonal music with Denis, can't be beat. To have dinner there is a treat. Their chef, Michael, makes gorgeous meals.

Thanks, Ballinalacken. You're all so wonderful!

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9  Thank RosebudBrussels
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Reviewed 22 April 2007

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled solo
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11  Thank teire
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Reviewed 5 March 2007

Food and service were outstanding and the pub was a comfortable place to call it a day. Staff were friendly and attentive.
Ballinalacken Country House is a good home base from which to to see Clare.

Close to Cliffs of Moher and right on the Burren. Learn the loop - you can follow the coast along the Burren and the beach at Fanore before arriving in Ballyvaughan and loop back down through Lisdoonvarna. Took a while to realize that. Doolin and the boats to the islands are only 3 miles away. We also had the opportunity to visit the castle but tours are not scheduled. Loved it. Also, ran across a dolmen on a back road - like there is any other kind of road there!

Stayed: June 2003
4  Thank DT19Md
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Reviewed 13 December 2006

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank dooneyb
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Reviewed 7 November 2006

This was the hotel my girlfriend and I stayed to celebrate our engagement earlier in the day at the nearby Cliffs of Moher-- I was hoping for a memorable, romantic stay and my expectations were surpassed,and then some...If possible, spend the extra $$ to reserve Suite 16 as other reviewers have recommended---the view the next morning of the Cliffs and ocean was one I will never forget. Dinner was excellent in the hotel's superb, intimate quiet restaurant (as was the breakfast), the bar was very relaxing and cozy, and the lobby and room itself were very charming. Thanks to Cecilia and the staff for helping making our stay and our engagement so memorable!!!
Regards,
John Callinan
New York, NY

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank jcall66
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Reviewed 10 October 2006

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank renaissance_2607
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Reviewed 22 September 2006

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank lilliea
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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: £104 (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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