Lisloughery Lodge promises so much. Beautiful setting, beautiful gamekeeper's house converted to a Country House Hotel.
The interior decorator's brief appears to have been 'New Orleans Bordello'. This may look well in a city, but on the shores of the glorious Lough Corrib is quite simply wrong. Arriving around 3pm, after a long drive from Dublin, the hotel seemed dark & un-inviting inside. In fact, it reminded me of a Leeson Street Club back in the 90s at around 6am, just a little seedy.
Our rooms were not ready, so we had a coffee in the bar, as we were told it would only be a few minutes. Around three-quarters of an hour later, we were shown to our rooms. I imagine that all guests are escorted to their rooms as otherwise they would never find them!
The room was an OK size, and a little over furnished. The wardrobe door could only be opened if the arm chair was moved. The arm chair couldn't be moved, as the desk (can't call it a dressing table, no mirror) was in the way. So, armchair hoisted onto bed, wardrobe opened, clothes put away.
Next, look into the bathroom. NO BATH! I love baths in hotels - don't know why, but I can only really sleep if I have a pre-bed bath! No shower enclosure/screen/curtain, so I knew there would be water everywhere. No shelf/table to place toiletries, so washbags all went on the floor. The underfloor heating seeped into toiletries, and some products were adversely affected. Now, I love underfloor heating, great for the tootsies on the mid-night trips to the loo, but please provide somewhere to place washbags!
The shower was not great - very little power & the water was just above tepid. I have thick hair and I found it difficult to rinse the shampoo out.
The power outlets were all located miles away from the mirror, so my hair dryer would not reach. Fortunately, they supplied an OK hairdryer with an extra long cord. Still it could just about reach. If I used curling tongs or straighteners, it would have been a disaster!
When I took the kettle out to make a cup of tea, I found that the only socket that could be used with the lead length was the one directly under the Plasma TV. At home I wouldn't dream of using a steam producing device under an electrical device. Here I had little option. A nice touch was the milk was all fresh. You had to call reception and it was sent up. Mind you, this would possibly prevent you making a very early morning cuppa.
The food was good, the breakfast OK - the sausages tasted cheap. A decent banger is a great thing - surely there is a butcher in Cong?
I asked someone who was in one of the Duplex suites if they had a bath - no! In my mind, a hotel needs a bath.
Lovely walks in the area, I really disliked the interior decor (especially the read marble with flecks of shiny mica in the public loos)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the 360 acre Ashford Castle estate over looking Lough Corrib, The Lodge at Ashford Castle provides an exemplary country house experience, the Lodge offers Contemporary country cooking using local artisan produce in the relaxing lake view dining rooms. Beautifully designed deluxe rooms (24) and suites (26) combined with an outdoor Tub and Sauna are sure to provide the perfect escape. Banqueting facilities include a glass walled Harbor Room that can welcome up to 200 wedding guests, a boardroom for meetings and screening room for private dining. Estate activities including golf, Falconry and Horse riding are all available along this beautiful estate. We are delighted to now be part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. ... more less
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