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The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Cong
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Reviewed 28 May 2007

Stayed in Lisloughrey for a couple of nights. Still new and some teething problems with staff or the lack of them. We thought the decor was quite good fun and not your stereotypical chinsy country house. Reminded us of Babington house in Somerset (definately worth a visit) The rooms were a great size with really soft carpets and a lovely little garden, ruined though by the downpour. Would recommend bringing wellies and a pushbike. The hotel should really have both available for guests as it would enhance the service level. Food was better than average but could do with more local cusiine. Will be a great stop in winter as there are loads of open fires and a real warm red colour scheme ideal for romantics and lovers of mr and mrs smith hotel choices.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 May 2007

The setting for this hotel is on the grounds of Ashford Castle.

On arrival we were greeted by very helpful and cheerful staff that walked us to our room. The room was perfect and offered everything you would expect from this top class hotel. Other reviews have pointed out that the colour scheme used by the hotel is a bit dark but i have to say the black timber floors and red walls work well. The area around the hotel is best explored by foot as you can walk the local nature trail in Cong or simply sit at the local pier or take a cruise.

One review commented that you can hear the staff talking and shouting in the kitchen when you are eating dinner. This is true and is the only area of improvement that i can point out. But then again a lot of the top restaurants are laid out the same way. The dinner was top class with a view over looking Lough Corrib. What more could be asked as myself and my wife to be enjoy the delightful food created by chef Wade Murphy.

I usually write longer reviews but this time i have to say just try this hotel and i know you will not be disappointed as the staff are friendly, cheerful and go out of their way to help you. So what if some people don't like a black floor or red wall in one section of the hotel, get over it, this is a top class hotel and one that will thrive in the months and years ahead.

We stayed in the mumm room from the 23rd May 2007 to the 25th May 2007 and we have booked again for a weekend in July.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2007

Stayed for one night on Saturday 19 May in a suite. The setting is fantastic but there is no overal feel to the hotel. Entering from the
car park there is no obvious route to the reception and the first impressions of black floorboards and strong wall colours were unexpected. Reception is at the front of the old house in a room. There isn't enough desk space to put down your bits and pieces and fill in the necessary paperwork. and the greeting was distinctly average. Our suite was lovely. - bright, light and with lovely views.
The bathroom was adequate. Very clean and a good shower but not a space to feel pampered in The public rooms are bizarre. VERY dark. A
great view spolied by allowing cars to park in the set down area. Staff in the bar were really good - friendly, helpful and attentive.
The restaurant is on the first floor again great views and thankfully
not so dark. The food was good but pricey especially the deserts and my husband found the cheese selction disappointing particularly as there was no explanation as to the cheeses served. Breakfast in the morning was poor. A very limited selection which included self service cooked items. I expected a much more individual approach for the price tag. All in all I'm glad I went but won't be going back in a hurry.

Stayed: May 2007
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Reviewed 19 May 2007

We stayed at Lisloughrey just three weeks after it opened. Overall the property has good potential to be a great place to stay but we were really disappointed by the over-the-top very contemporary interior. It is a beautiful, elegant old house in a great setting but the interior is very "now", lots of flashy wallpaper and dark colours which just don't work with the setting and outside feel of the house. The restaurant has potential but we found it difficult to relax as every time a meal was ready the chef shouted "service" into the main restaurant and even called one or two of the servers by name at various points during the meal. We could hear every word from the kitchen and the sound system didn't seam to be working. Not very relaxing. We ate in Cullen's Cottage which is part of neighbouring Ashford Castle and had a lovely relaxing meal.

We looked for the hot-tub but couldn't find it, there was no literature or signage about it. Our reservation stated that "breakfast in bed with daily papers" would be served each morning of our stay but when I phoned reception to enquire about this I was told that the service was not yet available. Breakfast was very poor, a small cold selection and buffet style limited hot section. I would have expected menu's and table service for the hot selection and a choice of more items.

Our bedroom was very nice, much softer decor than the public areas in the Hotel and a fantastically comfortable bed, however I was so disappointed that there was no bath in the room, only a shower. There are great walks in the grounds and it would have been lovely to relax in a warm bath after a long walk.

I can see that some of our negative experiences were down to teething problems and I would expect that in time Lisloughrey will prove a nice place for a weekend break. It is definitely not a patch on the owners sister property, Wineport Lodge.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2007

Had the pleasure of being a guest in this hotel last weekend and stayed there for 2 nights and for once could have easily stayed for another 5! It's located in the grounds of Ashford Castle so the drive to it is amazing. The hotel itself is housed within an old Georgian Country House but is contemporary in design internally. This works surprising well with a great fusion between old and new.

Upon arrival I was met curteously by a lovely staff member who showed me to my room. The hotel is pure luxury and amazingly decorated. My room was fabulous with all the added extras you can imagine - it even had a roll top copper bath. The best thing about the whole stay was definitely the bed - if I could bring it home with me I would! That and the goose-down quilt!!

The heated floor in the bathroom was another favourite of mine! There were also little touches, like the turn down service and the complimentary newspaper in the morning. Had my breakfast in bed and the menu offered great choice.

The restaurant has a fabulous menu and the athmosphere is lovely overlooking the Lough. My meal was beautiful and the wine well chosen by the manager.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to anyone looking for a really special weekend. Would recommend a visit to the hot tub located in an orchard garden looking over the harbour & lake - pure romance - Loved it!!!!!

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 May 2007

This hotel is just opened and seems to have great potential for the future. It’s located above Lough Corrib with stunning views of the lake.
A few minor teething problems and kinks to be ironed out in this newly renovated hotel (built in and adjoining an old country house) but that was to be expected. These were dealt with by an always helpful, friendly and courteous staff.
As part of a large group booking, we all received individual attention throughout the weekend. Especially with any extra requests which we had for the group.

The bedrooms are again newly built and are finished to a very high standard with plenty of creature comforts and mod-cons etc.
Bar food menu was limited and a bit pricey for what we received.

Our biggest disappointment was with parts of the interior which are dark and gaudy. The fantastic views and imposing country house are not done justice by black woodwork, red lamps and dark hallways. I think its designed to be modern and chic but we felt it missed the mark and betrayed the country house which was the main attraction!

We would recommend the hotel again and look forward to returning when its fully up and running and the interiors are brightened!

  • Stayed: May 2007
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Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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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: £156 - £325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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