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The hotel commands spectacular views of Sheephaven Bay and the golden sands of Killahoey Beach under the sheltering arm of Horn Head is just a short stroll away. Guests will enjoy a leisurely break in the relaxed ambience of a traditional family hotel in Donegal, combined with excellence in food and hospitality with the opportunity to explore the breathtaking scenery around Sheephaven Bay.
Sheephaven Bay has stunning landscapes with the opportunity to experience a wide range of outdoor activities suitable for all the family. Here at Arnolds Hotel we offer a range of Activity Holiday Packages and if you would like to combine leisure with outdoor activities then why not book your holiday with us. Go Horse Riding, Surfing, Walking, Golfing, Cycling, Fishing or you can enjoy a Painting Break, Photography or Writers Weekend Workshop. Shopping in the village is excellent with a wide choice of craft shops and art galleries all within walking distance of the hotel.
The Arnold family hotel was established in 1922 and we are proud to carry on the tradition of welcoming guests and providing a unique holiday experience in one of the most scenic locations in Ireland. Guests will receive a warm Donegal welcome from the Arnold family, and our friendly courteous staff will assist you in every way to ensure your holiday with us has been enjoyable. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to the Arnold Family Hotel.
Hotel Facilities & Services
- Total Rooms Number: 30
- Non-Smoking throughout the hotel
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
- Room Service Not 24hr: Yes
- Housekeeping (daily)
- Cable/Satellite TV channels
- Parking at Hotel Free: Yes
- Name: Londonderry (LDY City of Derry)
- Distance: 81.9 kilometres
- Cots/Cribs Free: Yes
Bar and Restaurant
Breakfast served from
- Saturday/Sunday: 8:30
- Monday to Friday: 8:30
Breakfast served to
- Saturday/Sunday: 10:00
- Monday to Friday: 10:00
- Bar in Hotel
- Restaurant in hotel
- Nearest Airport Name: Londonderry (Ldy City Of Derry) Distance: 81.9 kilometres
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 342 reviews
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Short break in Dunfanaghy
Stay Date: 12/2016, Alan G wrote this review.
We spent 2 nights in Arnold's hotel. The staff were so friendly and helpful from check in to check out. We had a very nice room at the front of the hotel, the room was very comfortable and clean. The breakfasts were very good and evening meals were g… See more
We spent 2 nights in Arnold's hotel. The staff were so friendly and helpful from check in to check out. We had a very nice room at the front of the hotel, the room was very comfortable and clean. The breakfasts were very good and evening meals were good with a good selection on the menu. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone looking for value for money and good service, in a very pleasant location. We will definitely stay there again. Collapse
A lovely Irish family run hotel
Stay Date: 11/2016, highfly wrote this review.
We stayed here for a 3 night weekend break and really enjoyed it. The hotel location is wonderful - outlook over bay and walking distance to everything. Very pleasant staff on reception so check in and check out very welcoming. Had a room at the back… See more
We stayed here for a 3 night weekend break and really enjoyed it. The hotel location is wonderful - outlook over bay and walking distance to everything. Very pleasant staff on reception so check in and check out very welcoming. Had a room at the back, which was fine. Bed was comfy, room was toasty, tea making facilities. Good sized entrance hall with wardrobe and plenty of room for cases etc. This also led to a small bedroom with bunk beds (which we didn't need or use, but would be quite good if you had kids with you and liked them a bit separate from you) and beside that a perfectly functional bathroom. Wi fi works ok. Better downstairs. If its wow and style you are looking for you wouldn't be in Dunfanaghy anyway, but if cosiness and friendliness and a bit of craic it's spot on! Dinner was included on the first night and it was just what you would expect in a local type hotel - no complaints. Breakfast on Sat and Sun mornings was a bit hit and miss.Two full frys without black pudding morphed into a full fry with black pudding and a mini fry with no beans and with black pudding, but what the heck, probably better for me to eat less anyway. Breakfast on Monday was in Café Arnou and was fantastic. Loved the granola and fruit and everything else was cooked to order. Would definitely eat in the Café again on our next trip. Bar was nice for a few drinks on Sat night - good big screen for sports and followed by live music which we really liked. The wee town itself was busy enough on Friday and Sat nights. Three other bars to sample and we met a lot of local characters. Had a drive around on Sat and called into the Shandon Hotel for coffee. While its a lot more updated, I actually preferred the atmosphere and setting and accessibility of Arnolds. So much so that we have booked another stay. Whilst I do like plush and being spoiled, I also like local and friendly, and I think that it is important that hotels like this survive and prosper. Thank you for a lovely stay. Collapse
Fantastic hotel with great views and very friendly staff
Stay Date: 11/2016, molly1999 wrote this review.
We had a wonderful weekend . Great food . Friendly staff . And very central to everything Dunfanaghy has to offer . Nice clean room with great view over the bay 24 hour service . Great value for money . We will be back
We had a wonderful weekend . Great food . Friendly staff . And very central to everything Dunfanaghy has to offer . Nice clean room with great view over the bay 24 hour service . Great value for money . We will be back Collapse
Brilliant family run hotel, no pretensions just honest, friendly service and great food!
Stay Date: 11/2016, Margaret B wrote this review.
I had arranged for 4 couples to stay here for my husband's 65th birthday as we love Dunfanaghy. Arnolds is a good family owned 3* hotel. We had a sea view room which was well appointed. The room was small but perfectly adequate. Our friends had a lar… See more
I had arranged for 4 couples to stay here for my husband's 65th birthday as we love Dunfanaghy. Arnolds is a good family owned 3* hotel. We had a sea view room which was well appointed. The room was small but perfectly adequate. Our friends had a large room (10) to the rear which was enormous and which we used to congregate prior to dinner! We ate in the dining room on the first evening as a main course was included in our deal. I choose the steak which was excellent, served with generous side dishes. The wine list was adequate and the prices very fair. To those folk who complain about paying €8 for a glass of wine perhaps they could remember that they are in a hotel and €8 is actually very reasonable!! We had coffee to complete our meal. The service was very good and the staff (all local people) pleasant and friendly. Can honestly say we had a ball. The reception is a large area with a delightful open fire.. loads of seating is available. The breakfast was generous with a good selection from the self service buffet followed by a freshly made cooked breakfast from an excellent selection of choices. We really enjoyed our visit and the hotel exceeded our expectation. I know that there is 'young blood with vision' at the helm and I think this will ensure a good future for Arnolds! Collapse
Food below average...cozy hotel
Stay Date: 11/2016, tobconnell wrote this review.
Room was very good - spacious and clean. Ordered chowder for lunch - lacked flavour and was 'nuked' in the microwave - prawns were hard and overall was 'watery'. For dinner I had fish and chips which looked quite appetizing but completely lacked tast… See more
Room was very good - spacious and clean. Ordered chowder for lunch - lacked flavour and was 'nuked' in the microwave - prawns were hard and overall was 'watery'. For dinner I had fish and chips which looked quite appetizing but completely lacked taste. Disappointing. At breakfast the service was very slow and all the guests seemed to concur. However, the hotel had very comfortable surroundings in particular the foyer with the fire blazing and the staff were very friendly. Collapse
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