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The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Cong
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“Fabulous and Family Friendly”
Reviewed 21 May 2008

We stayed here for two nights during the Easter Holidays, the family getaway break - Mum, Dad and 4 boys under 6. After a four hour drive, we parked in relief and the view, with the sun shining on the lake immediately put a smile on everyone's face.The receptionist was lovely, showed us to our suite.Boys were delighted with their room, own en suite, robes, dvd's and tv on the wall - as were we when we saw our room adjoining, with an even bigger flat screen tv, beautiful furnishings. So plush, so relaxing. Champagne was there waiting for us, Housekeeping then arrived with cookies for the boys - personalised, and blinis for us -wonderful. Bar food menu varied and a proper menu for kids too.Breakfasts were a feast in themselves. Restaurant meal was five star, a babysitter was provided also, we had a boat trip on the lake.This departs from Ashford Castle, a short walk through the woods.All thoroughly enjoyed it. There is no leisure centre/pool in the hotel, but the weather was good and we all enjoyed the stay. Would love to come back ourselves as a treat. had no hesitation in recommending it, possibly if the boys were older it may not have been so entertaining, but it has certainly raised the bar in terms of standards for a family break. All of the staff were pleasant, talkative without being intrusive and calmly went about their various tasks in a most professional, yet approachable manner.

  • Liked — The standard and quality of the staff, the food and the room decor
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 April 2008

Lisloughery Lodge promises so much. Beautiful setting, beautiful gamekeeper's house converted to a Country House Hotel.
Except....
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)

  • Liked — Beds were comfy
  • Disliked — No Baths, decor very dated for a new hotel
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 March 2008

We were very pleased to have chosen Lisloughrey for a romantic night away. The room was lovely, there were beautiful furnishings and an amazingly comfy bed - get your breakfast in bed so you have an excuse to spend longer under the feather duvet! Our only complaint was that the heating was acting up when we checked in so our room was a bit chilly, but it warmed up after we were treated to a drink in the bar.
The food on offer was of a high standard, and the tables are spread throughout rooms on the upper floor of the main building - it made for a special and intimate dinner. Overall the staff were great - really friendly, and the location is great. Our room faced into an inner courtyard area which was fine but I would say it might be worth asking for a room with a bit more of a view because it is such a lovely setting and would be great to wake up to.
Can't wait to go back....

  • Liked — The room and the food
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2008

Such a shame!!
I booked a night in this hotel as a present for my boyfriend birthday, looking for a relaxing romantic weekend but...
The room was a duplex room expecially chosen because of the fireplace and... the fireplace didn't work!The result was a freezing room (13 degrees) that we were unable to use!! We called the reception twice, but nothing changed and nobody let us know whwt was going on or apologized for the problem.
We decided not to let this problem spoil the night and we went to the restaurant. Table booked for 9 o' clock... we had a table at 9.45 in a terrible conference room (without the fantastic view on the lake everybody talks about). This room was opened just for the occasion because they took 25 reservation more than the capability of the restaurant. No need to say that the manager didn't bother to apologize!! At least the food was good and the waiter really nice.
The morning after the breakfast in bed was 15 minute early and there were mistakes in the dishes they brought us.
The Lady at the checkout was very professional and apologized many times at at the end we didn't have to pay for the room so that we saved a lot of money, but the birthday weekend was gone and the amazing experienced was already spoiled.

  • Liked — design
  • Disliked — restaurant management
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Address: The Quay, Cong, Ireland (Formerly Lisloughrey Lodge)
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Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Mayo > Cong
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Cong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Lodge at Ashford Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 64
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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