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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed for two nights and enjoyed every minute. This is a gorgeous Inn with one of the most attentive staffs you will ever find. The rooms are very spacious and grounds are divine. It is in the perfect location to explore one of the most beautiful areas of Ireland the mighty Connemara. What a treasure this entire area is. The castle has several common areas to relax in front of fabulous fireplaces with nightly fires , we took full advantage of this each night and the staff checked in on us and accommodated any request. Just an outstanding experience. Breakfasts were very good. We did reserve dinner and this was the only area that we didn't thoroughly enjoy. It could have been what we ordered but neither of us felt it measured up to our expectations. This however, did not diminish our experience in any way. We highly recommend a stay in this magical place!!

My wife and I visited for a relaxing 2 night weekend break and as I write this even after a 4 hour drive in the rain back home I'm still relaxed! Beautiful hotel and setting. The walks around the estate and by the river were lovely and our river view room was fantastic. Very comfortable and spacious and tastefully decorated bedroom. So nice to have a bath that fits my 6 foot frame! We had dinner in the bar the first night. That would put most high end restaurants to shame! Wild Atlantic salmon and confit duck were superb. Dinner in the restaurant on the second night was fantastic. A beautiful restaurant with great friendly service. The Connemara lamb was the best main course I've tasted since a meal I had in the savoy in London about ten years ago. Absolutely gorgeous! Overall whilst we weren't crazy about our starters (goats cheese too cold and scallops in dashi not to my personal taste) the mains and desserts were top notch. Breakfast is amazing. A feast in itself to set you up for the fresh air ahead! Staff were very friendly and attentive with a real family feel to the management of the hotel. Lovely old world feel with open wood fires and oak panelling everywhere. Only two negatives - lounge staff were scarce in the lounge area after dinner and €12.30 for a Gunpowder gin and plain tonic water is a liberty even for a 5 star hotel! Overall though, we can't wait to return!

We stayed 3 nights, this is a magic location. Even if our rooms were not the most beautiful ones (view on the back) we had 3 wonderful days Castle atmosphere is amazing, the personnel is very polite and respectful We had dinner in the pub and the quality of the food was great: good products and good cooking as well (wild salmon was terrific) Definitely it is a place I would like to go again

My husband surprised me for my birthday last weekend. From the moment we entered this most wonderful place and were greeted with such warm and friendly service Its just like an old manor house with the most beautiful settings and grounds the fire was on in the enterence hall, such a welcome as it was raining, but it did nothing to damped our.excitement. Our bedroom faced the lake where the salmon were jumping, and the room was so fab, 4 poster bed, with a big bathroom and all the bits to go with it, Would have to say, it was the best place we have stayed, the customer service was exceptional to say the least. The food was all locally soorce and it was just fab, cooked and served with smiles and we were asked was everything alright from from servers to Managers, Have to say they made my birthday very special and would go back there now, could have moved in there but had to leave, with a heavy heart. The walks around grounds are just great, such beauty to be seen, they even provide the wellis and the rain coats. If you are into fishing, then this is the place for you, there is something for all. A very Big Thank You to All Staff for making our stay so veryspecial, and job well done. Hope to see you all very soon, A little tip for the Bar, try and get the big glasses for the G & Ts - they teast so much nicer. All in All you should pack your bags and get over there, you will not be disappointed ith anything. Thanks again Sean and Ger

Out our junior suite's large window we have a wonderful view of the river and surrounding forest. This beautiful old castle has been lovingly restored and turned into a world class hotel, featuring a fine dining restaurant, pub, fishing, and numerous hiking trails (non of which are particularly challenging, but all are fun!). Our room is large and nicely appointed, including a love-seat perfectly positioned with a view out the window. The service at Ballynahinch is excellent at every level.

Wish we could have stayed longer! Our room was very comfortable and relaxing. We did not eat in the restaurant, however the bar food was great! The grounds were absolutely stunning and there were so many trails to walk and hike. The breakfast was incredible. The staff were very friendly and so helpful with any requests I had. Even when I needed a mirror for my desk they found one for me! I even had questions about a painting of my ancestor that they were very glad to answer. I can not wait to visit again!

Beyond our expectations for food, service and scenery. Simply beautiful grounds and surrounded by mountains and rivers. The food is delicious and the rooms are elegant and relaxing. We definitely want to come back again. Two pictures, on up the river the view from our room and the other is along one of the walking trails

My wife and I stopped by for lunch. We have stayed here many times and will again. Lovely location on the river in a beautiful part of Connemara. However €9 for a glass of house wine is a little steep.

This was number three of our eight night tour of luxury hotels in Ireland and was the best by far. Getting there is easy but takes time as you have to factor in the very slow drivers, sheep and road works which seem to blight the N59! The hotel over looks a beautiful river which is peppered by fly-fishermen casting for salmon. There are four estate walks (we managed two of them) and the whole place is just gorgeous. The staff were professional and friendly and the food in the bar was delicious. The breakfast was excellent offering hot menu choices plus a good range of buffet items. Albeit a traditional hotel with public areas reflecting a bygone age, our room had a contemporary feel with a massive modern bathroom. Two huge windows afforded breathtaking views that we could sit and admire from a well placed sofa. Proper luxury, a real five star hotel.

We spent four nights in this house. Our room, a Juniorsuite, was very spacious, tastefully decorated, with exit to the garden and a wonderful view of the river. On the spacious castle grounds you could make so many nice walks. In the evening we sat for an aperitif gladly by the fireplace, then went to the meal in the dining room, where we had a table by the window. Again this beautiful view of green and river. The food was good, but not outstanding. For vegetarians it will be a little "thin" from the third evening. More variety would be nice. What bothered us was that the hotel obviously accept bus tourists. Correspondingly, the ambience was at breakfast and dinner. Badly dressed, noisy people ... you really do not expect this in such a hotel. All in all, we felt comfortable and would come again.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Connemara, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre and within a 15-minute drive of Station House Museum. This 40-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Connemara National Park is 16.7 mi (26.8 km) from the hotel, which is on a river.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. This hotel serves as home to a fine-dining restaurant, which has garden views, along with a bar. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service.


Guests can expect to find satellite TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Free toiletries are also included.

Property features

At Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, guests have access to an outdoor tennis court, free WiFi in public areas, and a computer station. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a library, free newspapers, and a terrace.

Room options

Classic Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Classic Double or Twin Room, River View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Luxury Double Room, River View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

92% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1344 reviews