We travelled from Australia to Ireland for our wedding. Thankfully, we did not choose this awful hotel for our big day! We stayed here for a mini honeymoon the day after our wedding...what a mistake!!
Carlingford is an absolutely stunning town in a perfect lake-side location. The Four Seasons COULD have used this to their advantage and COULD have created a beautiful, historic, relaxing retreat instead of the ugly, cheap, industrial eye-sore that it is!
Upon check-in we were greeted by a fairly friendly girl who gave poor directions (and no offer of help with our luggage) to our room. We stayed in the Mourne room. Room itself was basic, slightly larger than your average hotel room but definitely nothing like the suite we were expecting after looking online and talking to hotel staff when we booked. Sliding doors opened on to a tiny balcony with a view primarily of the carpark and with the castle and the waterfront in the background. Big disappointment! Why not have the carpark at the rear of the hotel and make the most of that beautiful view???
My husband tried to have a shower..tried! He turned on the shower and within 5 seconds the entire bathroom was flooded and he's standing there in the tub still dry!!! The shower head is clearly too powerful and poorly placed which results in nothing but a puddle in the bathroom. The next morning I attempted to shower too and thought "if I just keep the tap on low it should be ok". Nope! Water sprayed everywhere except where it was supposed to. I had to use every towel in the room to soak it up! Not being able to shower? I mean, come on!!
Keycards did not work everytime (annoying!). Plaster peeling from parts of the ceiling in our room and also along the corridors. Paint chipping in many areas throughout hotel. Lift was shabby, old, smelly and sounded in need of a service.
That evening we decided to go for a drink in the bar. Rude staff, uncomfortable seating, too-loud tv's showing nothing but the world cup match. In the centre of the bar area is this ugly, cheap 'sculpture' that I think is meant to be some sort of interpretation of an old Irish stone dwelling but it's SO cheap and SO nasty it just looks hideous! Not to mention the fact that it's supposed to be a historic piece and it's been plonked in the centre of this large, cheaply lit, unfriendly bar in an overall industrial looking hotel...weird!!
Breakfast: Disgusting, congealed beans that had obviously been in the container for at least a day or two. Burnt sausages. Cheap, watery tomatoes. Mushrooms that tasted nothing like any mushrooms I've ever tasted (and not in a good way!). Bacon you'd need a chainsaw to cut through. As for the eggs, they looked so unappealing I didn't even order one! After sampling all of the above I decided I would pass on the hot breakfast and instead go for cereal and toast. Mistake! Muesli tasted absolutely vile..I would imagine it was newer cereal mixed in with old, gone-off stuff. Toast maker was so slow I gave up waiting and went back to my table with a glass of cheap orange (?) juice.
Upon checkout the girl asked was everything ok for us. We said nothing about the disgusting excuse for a breakfast but we did suggest she or another member of staff/management go to the Mourne room and just TRY to have a shower!
After checking out we quickly left this awful hotel and spent a glorious day strolling around the beautiful town, sampling some of the local produce in a nearby cafe, browsing for an hour or so in an amazing antique store, having a drink in an old castle turned into a bar, walking along the waterfront and enjoying the beautiful atmosphere everywhere in Carlingford, EXCEPT THIS HOTEL, has to offer.
Our mini honeymoon was by no means ruined but that is certainly not thanks to the Four Seasons and their horrible, eyesore of an establishment...it is thanks to the fact that EVERYWHERE ELSE in this area is an absolute joy to visit!
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