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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 375 reviews
- Sleep Quality:
a fishing break with our grandson
Stay Date: 04/2017, hhs56 wrote this review.
Our experience is one of neglect. Room 3 was just awful very tired décor, ceiling spotlight loose, stains down sides of bedside cabinets, cracked and broken lampshades obviously caused by overheating of light bulbs, tired stained wrinkled pink carpe… See more
Our experience is one of neglect. Room 3 was just awful very tired décor, ceiling spotlight loose, stains down sides of bedside cabinets, cracked and broken lampshades obviously caused by overheating of light bulbs, tired stained wrinkled pink carpet, cobwebs on ceiling, valance not covering stained bottom of beds, long black hairs on quilt covers to name but a few not forgetting the awful bathroom sealant dirty or missing around bath, very poor shower a trickle to get warm water. Breakfast proved another disaster with hair in the butter this was taken away and brought back looking as if the offending bit was cut off and a great thumb print at this I just got another dish from a different table. Collapse
A VERY POSITIVE ACCOUNT OF A VERY PLEASANT STOP-OVER AT ARNOLDS
Stay Date: 04/2017, John D wrote this review.
Easter Monday we set off for Donegal with no plans but we took the cases with us anyway. Our first stop was Dunfanaghy and, in the off chance, we called into Arnold's Hotel not expecting to get a room given that the town was absolutely packed out wit… See more
Easter Monday we set off for Donegal with no plans but we took the cases with us anyway. Our first stop was Dunfanaghy and, in the off chance, we called into Arnold's Hotel not expecting to get a room given that the town was absolutely packed out with visitors. We were lucky to get Room 17 which was spotlessly clean, well aired and had all the requirements on offer in a 5* hotel. Pillow cases and bed linen were first-class, new and inviting. We went visiting old friends in the area and returned for evening meal and were not disappointed. I had steak on the bone which was slow-cooked to perfection, served with sweet potatoes and other veg. My wife had the half chicken which was presented well and came with garlic fries. Wine was modestly priced and of the highest quality. Service, despite the restaurant being exceedingly busy, was good. Yes there was a slight delay but we were offered the most gorgeous home-baked wheaten bread and real butter to keep us going and there was no charge for this. We were told by two members of staff that they were new to the hotel but clearly they had previous experience and were very professional. After our meal we retired to the lounge where there was a real fire and we met a very interesting couple from the South of England who were great craic. If there was to be any criticism it would be that there were unsupervised children and two of them let their parents down who were in the bar where children are not allowed. Breakfast next morning ranked among the best we have ever had in any hotel or guesthouse. Immediately I knew the Irish fry my wife was receiving was freshly cooked using top grade bacon, sausages, black and white pudding, etc. I opted for the kippers and I was not disappointed. Brilliant. I should say that I had porridge and again it was freshly made and top notch. Overall I gave this place a top rating because the staff went out of their way to be welcoming, served up the best food and a wide variety of drinks. The place was spotlessly clean and noise-free from traffic. There was a good car park and Dunfanaghy is a good stopping point before going further west to Bunbeg following the Wild Atlantic Way. It is an old hotel but is that a bad thing. We found the very opposite, character, oldly world, great photographs and paintings on the walls, idyllic I would have thought and the wife agrees with me!! Stay again - of course but next time we shall book and not rely on good luck. Collapse
Stay Date: 04/2017, Susan M wrote this review.
We stayed for one night with another couple. It is a fabulous location but unfortunately no one seems to know what they are doing, there is no direction from management. The food was very bland, And the service slack. We were asked ten times were we… See more
We stayed for one night with another couple. It is a fabulous location but unfortunately no one seems to know what they are doing, there is no direction from management. The food was very bland, And the service slack. We were asked ten times were we ok at the start, but then no one came near us, in fact it took a while for the wine to be served. All in all, they need a more 'cohesive' management structure and a lot of training. Rooms are very dated, and pillows And duvets are old. Also the rooms are very bright in the mornings, not great for a sleep in!! Breakfast was at best , mediocre, cold plate etc. Definitely would not stay there again. Collapse
It was fine. For a couple of nights
Stay Date: 04/2017, PJKNorthernIreland wrote this review.
This hotel was established in 1922, it is not modern. It was clean and tidy and warm, nice open fire and sofas in the reception. Views out the front are very beautiful. Food was good, service in the restaurant and at breakfast was very very slow. The… See more
This hotel was established in 1922, it is not modern. It was clean and tidy and warm, nice open fire and sofas in the reception. Views out the front are very beautiful. Food was good, service in the restaurant and at breakfast was very very slow. The staff are all young and did their best but were rushed of their feet. 30 of us booked months in advance, they knew we were coming, a few extra staff would have done the job. Collapse
Good, old-school hospitality
Stay Date: 04/2017, M_and_RHuddersfield wrote this review.
We spent just 2 nights in Dunfanaghy, but this was a nice taster, and we would definitely return for longer. The awful weather on arrival got better, as did our overall experience as the days progressed. Our first night's sleep was marred by traffi… See more
We spent just 2 nights in Dunfanaghy, but this was a nice taster, and we would definitely return for longer. The awful weather on arrival got better, as did our overall experience as the days progressed. Our first night's sleep was marred by traffic noise from the road outside (a room at the back next time, we feel) and noisy people next door who talked on and off till 3am. The second night was much better, like being in a parallel universe, with a sole occupant next door, and no traffic noise: how is that possible?! We also had great fun watching a pair of nesting jackdaws under the eaves of the building. The room was cosy and the bed comfortable, and the food and service in the obviously popular restaurant was top notch. We both had the steak with magnificent 'real' chips on our first night; really tasty. It was so good, my husband had the same the next night, when I had the fillet of hake, again, expertly cooked. We shared the cheeseboard (nice Irish cheeses) the first night, and the warm ginger parkin with icecream the next night. Breakfast was good too, with the kippers better than the full Irish. Staff were very helpful with useful suggestions for things to do in our short time there. Collapse
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