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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Recess
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

We stayed here on our anniversary. The room was lovely. The service was friendly and accommodating. The scenery in late September was gorgeous. We enjoyed dinner in the restaurant 2 nights. While the food and service were very good it was quite expensive. All in all,
it was a nice splurge for a special occasion.

Room Tip: We had a great view of the river and could walk out of our room onto the grounds. It appeared we we...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

We stayed in Sept, 13 on one night with dinner. We had a classic riverview room in the old part on the 2nd floor. The view was lovely as were the room and bath. We also liked the added space of the foyer. However, we were in room #10 and we could hear ALL of the noise from the kitchen. It must come up the nearby stairwell. There were banging pans and talking until after 11 p.m. The shower is also a big miss. We ended up with water everywhere and we obviously aren't alone since the baseboard was rotting. And, finally, who would put the shampoo and bath gel in glass bottles next to the showers. Very dangerous. Too bad since the rest of the hotel and the grounds are lovely.

Room Tip: Avoid Room #10 if you want peace and quiet.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

It was a real treat to have visited this beautiful location. The location is on a beautiful and vast property. Fishing, hunting, and sports such as tennis is available along horseback riding. Inside, there are several magnificent fireplaces after spending time out. The service was excellent and the managers took time to share the history of the castle. My room had a great view in front of the river. The food was very good. I can certainly see why folks would have the urge to sing Shanindoh.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

We have just returned from Ireland and have a new favorite place to stay while there. We have been fortunate to travel several times in Ireland but had never visited the Connemara area. Clifden and the surrounding area is a fantastic place to spend several days. The sky road has one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. In addition to great restaurants, pubs and shops there are tons of outdoor activities here. The Ballynahinch Castle is idyllic. The setting on the river is spectacular with walking paths everywhere revealing one beautiful view after another. Although we did not fish, it was obvious this was a typical event there. The hotel is a bit worn and rustic but honestly it only adds to the charm. Our room (reported to be the maharaja's, a former owner) was huge, with a very comfortable bed and beautiful view. The tub was a bit awkward for showering but not a deal breaker. Breakfast in the dining room was delicious, served overlooking the river. We did not eat dinner in the restaurant or pub, but the food looked great and I would definitely eat there next time. I highly recommend this experience when traveling in Ireland.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a river view
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Just a wonderful and restful place to visit. Lovely people, superb food and a great deal of options in the area. They look after each guest and the warm fire in the pub each evening is good fun. Patrick and the team do a great job.

Room Tip: Stay in the newly refurbished wing
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

Outstanding food in a charming old hotel. Comfortable rooms and delightful, cozy bar. Beautiful grounds and trout stream flowing through austere countryside. Central to great visitor sites in Connemara and to the Aran Islands.

Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

We much enjoyed a three night return visit to Ballynahinch Castle. It’s not actualy a castle but a sensitive conversion of a 19c country mansion in extensive peaceful grounds, which include its own river and lake. It’s a one hour drive from Galway and well located close to Roundstone and Clifden. A car is essential to take advantage of the location.

Ballynahinch is ideal for a huntin’ shootin’ fishin’ vacation but it’s also a pleasant home for walkers, those touring spectacular Connemara or those just seeking comfortable relaxation. The original building is nondescript from the outside but the interior is elegant in traditional style, with an open fire in the lobby and comfortable public rooms.

Room size varies. Ours was in the ‘new wing’, 200 m and 40 staircase steps from the Front Desk (all inside the building) and with no elevator - fine for us but not suitable for the unfit or handicapped. The room itself was oversized, with quasi-antique furniture, a comfortable four poster bed, excellent storage and a large fully equipped bathroom. We had a relaxing view of the peaceful river. The only downside was inadequate lighting.

The restaurant is excellent and has a great view. The breakfast is a stellar combination of a well-stocked buffet with an extensive menu of hot food cooked to order. Dinner was very good indeed, although the extensive prix fixe menu (à la carte not offered) was rather more than light eaters might look for. There are simpler alternatives in the bar area.

WiFi is uncomplicated and free and available throughout the hotel.

All of the staff we met were pleasant and efficient and the impression is of a well-managed hotel. Our one minor problem was dealt with quickly.

Ballynahinch is not cheap and would benefit from refurbishment in some places. But overall we thought it a quality experience and good value. Recommended, as both a base and a destination.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Ballinafad | Connemara, Recess, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Recess
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Recess
Price Range: £173 - £286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballynahinch Castle Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury 4 star hotel located on a 700 acre estate with 48 bedrooms & suites overlooking the river, mountain or both. The Fisherman's pub serves lunch and dinner by the open log fire, dinner is also served in the award winning Owenmore Restaurant. On site, miles of scenic river & lakeside walks, bicycles to explore the area, fly fishing and clay shooting. Locally we have a boat trip from Roundstone fishing village which includes a trip to a deserted island & lobster fishing and great hiking. Connemara National Park, Connemara Golf Club and Clifden are all a short drive as is the ferry & airport to the Aran Islands. Ballynahinch Castle is the ideal base for touring Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way. ... more   less 
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