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In the Connemara National Park territory, nestled amongst woodland and Ballynahinch Lake, is the Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. The hotel is central to many fundamental sights in County Galway including; the Clifden Railway Line, a riverside walk that runs along the old railway on the grounds of the castle, the Diamond Hill, a leisurely walk that leads to a vantage point looking over the Connemara National Park (located 25 min drive from the hotel) and the Glengowla Mines, an interesting day out located 35 minutes’ drive from the hotel.
Rooms at the Ballynahinch Castle are as luxurious as they are comfortable and all provide 24 hour room service, evening turndown service, individually controlled heating and complimentary Wi-Fi. Located in the older part of the castle, you can experience the true charm of this castle hotel.
After a day of exploring the Irish countryside, unwind in either the Owenmore Restaurant or The Fisherman’s Pub and Ranji Room; both onsite eateries offering seasonal menus and a relaxed, cosy atmosphere.
Hotel Facilities & Services
- Total Rooms Number: 48
- Non-Smoking throughout the hotel
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
- Internet Access
- Room Service Not 24hr: Yes
- Non Smoking Rooms
- Direct Dial Telephone
- Laundry/Dry Cleaning Services
- Housekeeping (daily)
- Parking at Hotel Free: Yes
- Childrens' Play Area Free: Yes
- Name: Galway Airport
- Distance: 74.8 kilometres
Bar and Restaurant
- Bar in Hotel
- Restaurant in hotel
- Guide dogs only
- Nearest Airport Name: Galway Airport Distance: 74.8 kilometres
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 1214 reviews
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lunch at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Stay Date: 01/2017, orflaith2014 wrote this review.
Had lunch in the bar on New Years day. I did not complain as I had a guest. Menu choice very poor. Guinness stew, pasta or sea food platter for two Over priced for pub grub with pretensions. We have had both good and bad meals in the past, would no… See more
Had lunch in the bar on New Years day. I did not complain as I had a guest. Menu choice very poor. Guinness stew, pasta or sea food platter for two Over priced for pub grub with pretensions. We have had both good and bad meals in the past, would not be returning. Lovely setting, perhaps just have a coffee. 7.50 for a glass of very cheap wine was over the top. We will not be returning. There are many other good places to eat in the area for example Cashel House Hotel certainly worth visiting very pleasant surroundings, friendly and good food Also Foyle's in the town. A little shabby from the outside but excellent food. Renvye House Hotel further up the coast is excellent, very cosy with excellent food Collapse
Fabulous stay and beautiful setting
Stay Date: 12/2016, elld88 wrote this review.
I'd often visited Ballynahinch on family holidays in my childhood and my parents stay in the hotel every year for my Dad's birthday. Last year my family and I stayed for 2 nights over NYE and enjoyed a 5 course black tie meal. I'd requested a luxur… See more
I'd often visited Ballynahinch on family holidays in my childhood and my parents stay in the hotel every year for my Dad's birthday. Last year my family and I stayed for 2 nights over NYE and enjoyed a 5 course black tie meal. I'd requested a luxury room, thinking these all had 4 poster beds and I was a bit disappointed to find my room didn't have one. Next time I'll know to request one! The breakfast consisted of a large buffet with cold meats, cheeses, pastries, juices and cereals and you also could order a cooked breakfast from a menu. The portions from the cooked breakfast were quite small, however, so it was good there was the buffet as well. The restaurant had beautiful views overlooking the river. We had dinner in the bar which was quite expensive with a very traditional menu with small choice. On NYE we enjoyed the dinner immensely as we were served champagne and canapés as we waited to be seats and these were very delicious. The dinner was served in the restaurant which was really special as I don't like tasteless function rooms. The crab starter and apple and celeriac soup were very tasty and the lamb for main was good and it was a very large portion. The chocolate dessert wasn't great and didn't reflect the quality of the rest of the meal but it was followed by some lovely petit fours. The setting of the hotel in connemara is absolutely beautiful and the drives in the area are always very scenic. There are lovely walks around the hotel and we even had the chance to meet some pigs on the estate! I've noticed a few reviews saying that Ballynahinch 'is not a castle' and it's very silly that people can't understand that it was a castle in the 14th Century and just because it has been renovated and plastered does not mean it's no longer a castle. The staff in the hotel were really helpful (if a little overworked!). We'll definitely be back again to visit! Collapse
Wonderful stay in this lovely old castle
Stay Date: 12/2016, ervetamy wrote this review.
We stayed here Dec 21-23rd as part of our family adventure to Ireland. (15 of us!) Our experience was extraordinary. The grounds are beautiful, the food was excellent, the rooms were comfortable and lovely and the staff were all helpful and friendly.… See more
We stayed here Dec 21-23rd as part of our family adventure to Ireland. (15 of us!) Our experience was extraordinary. The grounds are beautiful, the food was excellent, the rooms were comfortable and lovely and the staff were all helpful and friendly. They went out of their way to make sure we felt at home. One night we all gathered in the back room of the bar for a family movie night (Monty Python and the Holy Grail). To our surprise and delight the staff popped large bowls of popcorn for us. Thank you for an unforgettable experience , Ballynahinch. We won't forget you and we will return (although maybe not all 15 of us at once!) Collapse
Great but sad staff!!
Stay Date: 11/2016, pixie_ie wrote this review.
Had a fabulous stay at Ballynahinch recently. It's a very comfortable hotel in a stunning setting. We really enjoyed everything it had to offer. The only negative, which I was surprised about, was the staff who, despite being very efficient, seem to … See more
Had a fabulous stay at Ballynahinch recently. It's a very comfortable hotel in a stunning setting. We really enjoyed everything it had to offer. The only negative, which I was surprised about, was the staff who, despite being very efficient, seem to be without genuine care or personality. I would say the only exception was the bar manager (older, local man) who was very friendly. I couldn't believe how the receptionist checked us out (not a cheap bill!!) while on the phone for almost the entire time. We were sad to leave this wonderful place but she definitely didn't feel the same way! The waiters were very efficient and service was good (breakfast a major exception) but smiles and sincere interest in customers was absent. I noticed this throughout the hotel and felt disappointed that international visitors to this jewel might have an atypical experience of genuine Irish hospitality. Collapse
Not a Castle, Still Like a Fairytale, Room for Improvement
Stay Date: 05/2016, livefun wrote this review.
We visited in May 2016. This was among the highlights of our trip...so why only 3 stars, you ask? It's a mixed bag. The estate was lovely, and our rooms were gorgeous. We had a walkout onto a terrace overlooking the river, and you could hold a ba… See more
We visited in May 2016. This was among the highlights of our trip...so why only 3 stars, you ask? It's a mixed bag. The estate was lovely, and our rooms were gorgeous. We had a walkout onto a terrace overlooking the river, and you could hold a banquet in the room itself. The furnishings were a little dated and well-used. As a lover of historic hotels, this just added to the ambiance. Some may find it off putting. It was very clean. We were disappointed that this was not truly a castle. My fault - I should have researched more. But it is a stunning manor. We enjoyed several trails and found the knockout picture used to advertise the place (when you drive up to the actual front, you wonder if you took a wrong turn). There are very few signs anyway here. While signs can be a visual nuisance, they can be crafted to blend in with the scenery and still provide information. There are several trails, for example, but these should be marked much better - less adventurous people would have turned back on many, and that's a shame because the views around every corner are stunning. We became lost and doubled back and cut through and found our way. I've read reviews of the pub there and would have to agree - the food is overpriced, nothing to write home about, and the staff is not very friendly. There seem to be very few options around (if you're to drink, you don't want to drive and the cab fare adds a ton to any night out), so I suppose they do not believe they need to work quite as hard as other places. The breakfast was lovely, but the staff was not very attentive. So, the staff is just very - serviceable. Civil. Polite. Just not friendlyl. "Just doing my job." The exception we found was Sean, who came to give shooting lessons. He is exceptional, a really lovely man and the activity is well worth the money! An Olympic coach that gives amateurs personal lessons and enjoys it? Wow. There were not many activities available when we were there - when we asked, the receptionist seemed bothered. There is an island with a castle on it that was under renovation. So, that wasn't a good choice. Buy why not allow canoe rentals on the beautiful lake? If liability is an issue, print out and require releases. Simple things like that would make Ballynahinch somewhere to stay several nights. All activities are very expensive (making hiking or kayaks/canoes a good option), so basic marketing skills tell you that a friendly chat up will go a long way to opening pocket books. We would definitely stay again, and I'd consider this a 5 based on what is important to us, but I've tried to be more objective in the overall rating to help anyone reading this understand the pros and cons. The place, itself, and its setting rate a 5, the food options and staff rate a 2. We don't get to give 1/2 ratings, so average it has to be. Collapse
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