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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We just finished our second stay at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel and it was as lovely as our first. The welcome and warm atmosphere made even the rainy days bright. The Irish breakfasts were amazing- delicious and memorable. Will make us long for our next visit! Went fishing for the second time and again no luck - it seemed a bit too early and cold for the fish (wish we would have known). But the morning was bright and beautiful none the less. Our room was beautiful and the bed so comfortable it was hard to get out to start the day. The grounds are spectacular and we'll plan our next trip a bit later in the season to see the beautiful new walled garden. Many thanks for a lovely stay.

The hotel is rally beautiful, well appointed. The room where we stayed was very large. First floor rooms had patio doors to the back with views of the stream that runs adajcent to the property - very lovely. We ate at the pub for several meals; the ambiance and food were excellent. One of the party took the walking tour offered by the hotel, other took clay pigeon shooting lessons (with Shane Bisgood). Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their choice. So,in summary, this hotel is a really good choice.

A jewel of a hotel. Very much off the beaten track, but that's its charm. Wonderful food (incl. a notably lavish breakfast), friendly service, well-appointed rooms. But the highlight of our trip was a half-day guided walk by Noel, arranged by the hotel (for a modest extra fee). Noel knows the Connemara peninsula like the back of his hand, and took us up to a marvellous vantage point high above Kylemore Abbey. Not a budget hotel, but excellent value for money, and highly recommended.

Starting my trip with a castle stay was one of the best ideas I've had. Just what I needed to refresh and start off the journey on the right foot. The staff was welcoming, friendly and helpful. My room was lovely, and offered luxurious linen and most comfortable bed. The view of the river was amazing and was even lit at night. The food was superb. I can't say enough. The castle is not cold and ornate. It is a huntsman/angler's elegant lodge with all the accoutrement. Highly recommended, especially if you book a bit off season or through a "deal maker" website. Hunt around for perks/discounts.

The weather was lousy but that only made the place seem cozier! Fires everywhere, gracious lounges for reading, afternoon tea etc. You can't help but imagine yourself the lord or lady of the manor with staff to handle all the mundane matters of maintenance. Our room was "cozy" but our travel companions had a much larger one so sizes do vary. Grouse hunting and fly fishing offered for a fee to complete the picture. Highly recommended splurge!

But that wouldn't be fair! Stayed 2 nights over Easter. Really nice room on ground floor overlooking river. Luxury room wasn't available when booking but emailed reservations who facilitated following a cancellation. Dined in bar and restaurant. Food very good. Overall very enjoyable stay. Nice walks in the hotel grounds notwithstanding the weather. Enjoyed walk in beautiful dogs day beach in roundstone which I would recommend. This is a nice relaxed, casual and welcoming hotel in a beautiful part of the country.

This place is fabulous and worth the money in my humble opinion. Beautiful rooms, sitting areas with roaring fires, and terrific views ! The food in the Fisherman's Pub was excellent as was the service. Really cannot complain about anything....except maybe the weather. But one doesn't go to Ireland for the weather!

This is more a manor house than a castle, not that that matters one iota. It is a superb hotel which is very welcoming and relaxed. Activities are limited, but again, that is really not an issue. If you like Irish art, you will be amazed by the collection. We had a River room which, like everything else was superb. Just go!

I preface this review by saying that the hotel, food and location could not be faulted, the rating is due to the reasons below. We booked this hotel for a significant birthday treat that also happened to be on St. Valentines day. I phoned the hotel a week beforehand to ask if they could mark it in any way, as a surprise. I was told that they were fully booked so couldn't offer an upgrade but would see what they could do. When we arrived at reception we were warmly greeted and my wife received a handshake and a happy birthday wish....that ended up all she was to get! We were shown to our room which was quite small and overlooking the carpark at front of the house. There was nothing to mark the occasion in the room, some flowers or chocolates might have been nice. My wife was a little upset at this and asked if there were any other rooms available. Surprisingly, there were, but we had to pay for the upgrade, it all seemed a little, I won't say underhand, but insensitive, the way we were able to get an upgrade, when told on the phone that they were fully booked and otherwise we would get one. Don't get me wrong, I understand that they are running a business and I respect that, it might be just better for them to say that they don't facilitate upgrades etc, or mark special occasions, a glass of prosecco at dinner one of the nights might have been nice! Apart from that the experience was wonderful, the room we eventually got overlooked the river and the food was absolutely amazing, some of the best food we've ever eaten. Maybe I shouldn't have presumed too much and wouldn't have been disappointed by the lack of any marking of the occasion, even though on the phone I was told..."Leave it with me...."

We had a 1 night stop here thanks to a recommendation from a very informed concierge in Killarney. This is a wonderful mid-size castle, turned hotel that is very comfortable with impeccable service. This is not a stuffy place and you don't need to dress up. It's a popular salmon fishing area and the castle is situation on a river that feeds the Atlantic. Breakfast is wonderful, they have a nice pub and a full restaurant. You don't need to leave once you're here and it's great to soak in all aspects of their service.

Recess Ballynahinch Galway

Hotel highlights

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

Located 3 mi (4.8 km) from Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is 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.


All 40 individually furnished rooms feature coffee makers. 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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

92.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1442 reviews