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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

What a fantastic place we were only there for a short visit and while there we had the fish chowder it was of a very good quality. We will be back .I would like to see more of the hotel and try more things on the menu.the whole place seems to be on the up .

My husband and I stayed 3 nights this week in Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. It was a wonderful break. We had a lovely room with view of garden & mountains. Very clean and tasteful. Lots of reception rooms with blazing log fires in big old fireplaces. A great place to sit and read. Magical loop walks through woods, rivers & lakes. Good atmosphere in bar and restaurant. Food excellent but not cheap. Highly recommended.

Although our room was somewhat dated, the castle hotel provides an incredible experience for the Ireland traveler. The hotel is located on the Owenmore salmon stocked river and is in the middle of a very large estate with miles of walking paths. The restaurant is exceptional and overlooks the river. The attached pub features local Irish music and good pub food and drink. We were sorry our brief stay didn't allow a more extensive tour of this amazing property.

This was our splurge stay on our trip to Ireland. The castle itself is a beautiful building, richly appointed. We received an unasked for upgrade to our room! Our room had high ceilings, comfy bed, richly appointed bath, etc. Floor to ceiling windows looked out over a wide river where people fly-fished. The grounds were unbelievably beautiful. Wild, yet restrained. Many walking trails taking you through wooded areas, along a river, beside a lake, etc. The trails were magical! Meals were great too. No complaints there. We bought a package that included a night's stay plus dinner. Breakfast was included, of course.

This was a great Castle to stay in. The pub inside was good. The restaurant was delicious & had great views of the water & property. About an hour from Galway, which was my favorite city. Would definitely stay here again.

I stayed for a night in this lux hotel. I decided to treat myself. The room was so amazing and luxurious. I felt like a princess. THE FOOD WAS TO DIE FOR! The grounds were beautiful! I couldn't get over it. The breakfast was also just perfect. I really hope I can come back!!!

Let's be honest from the outset : we've stayed at this Hotel quite a few times before, have generally enjoyed our visits, but have not, at times, been uncritical of what we experienced - and we know, for sure, that some people at "Ballynahinch Castle" have not at all enjoyed our readiness to openly engage in constructive criticism, while others have recognised and appreciated our genuine, personalised, attempts to fairly acknowledge their hard-working efforts to provide excellent "Customer Service". So, all of that said, when I and my "Better Half", M, sat down at the beginning of 2017, to plan our "Breaks" for the year (sad, isn't it?), a few Days/Nights at "Ballynahinch Castle" was a "Must" for me - and I'm truly glad, based not only on previous experiences, but most relevantly on our most recent, that we once again opted to come here. Going back to my Headline, it's noticeable that the Hotel has made impressive (and, it's only fair to recognise, expensive) efforts to improve access for Wheelchair Users ; they've also done some internal renovations / re-decorations, in the Guest areas and the Corridors - and all of these changes have been accomplished in a manner totally consistent with the traditional style of this venue - well done! We have, on occasion, had reservations before about the (Dinner-Time) performance of the Hotel's Restaurant : this time the food element was definitely very good - I suppose it's inevitable, in this day and age, that not all staff members can speak or understand Basic English, but we live in hope! For us, one of the definite, distinctive pleasures of coming back to "Ballynahinch Castle" has been once again meeting-up with the fascinating, but dwindling number of Staff Members we've met before. The Hotel & Estate Manager, Patrick, is a supremely self-assured, (occasionally charming), individual, who clearly, over the years has done more than a lot for this venue. Of the other "Survivors" from the "Old Days" (and we say that advisedly, as short-term "Contract Staff" have very obviously become more commonplace), we're really grateful for the care and attention we experienced from wonderful, genuine people like Freddie, Marion & Kathleen at "Reception". And, of course, we simply must mention our "Star Friend" at Ballynahinch, Brid : she's so good at making you feel welcome in the Restaurant, at attending to your needs, at remembering what you did or didn't like the last time you were here : "Togha Mna", as they say in our own Irish language (she has an absolutely superb "Blas"), and we would sincerely add : "Mile Buiochas, aris, Brid !". So, as you might gather, we greatly enjoyed our latest visit to "Ballynahinch Castle", and dearly hope, "le cunamh De" (as the wonderful Brid might say), we will get to come here again before too long!

This hotel is the perfect combination between elegance and comfort. The hotel provides the services of an upscale hotel within the atmosphere of a stately manor home in the country. (As other reviewers have noted, it's not a castle in the strict sense of word-- but that doesn't take away from the experience.) The comfortable public rooms make guests feel at home and the staff is friendly. The traditional pub music was the perfect end to our evening, and included excellent performances by folks in the audience as well. Breakfast was bountiful and delicious, with a formal table setting that overlooked the river. Our room was spacious with a large bathroom (double stand alone sinks, a luxurious tub and separate shower). We didn't have time to explore many of the activities but a walk along the river is not to be missed. It's a convenient point for anyone who wants to visit the Wild Atlantic Way or the nearby Clifden area. We booked several hotels during our stay from the "best hotels" lists, but this was our favorite. I tried to cancel my other hotel reservation to extend my stay here. Next time, I'll know to book a longer stay. If this is a splurge hotel for you, you won't regret it.

Stayed in a luxury room last weekend, we were warmly greeted by Maire on reception on arrival. We had to wait till 330 pm for check in as our room was not ready . We enjoyed a coffee by the roaring fire as we waited. Our room was amazing, newly decorated and was huge. Very well fitted out , super king size bed walk in wardrobe spacious bathroom. Dirty towels were still in room when we checked in ! A little oversight by house keeping. We dined in the bar as we wanted to watch the rugby. I had oysters and ribeye, both great , great flavor on steak with amazing pepper sauce . My wife had the fillet and again it was amazing. I would like to see more fish on the bar menu as it is called The Fisherman Pub , but this is just a personal choice. Overall a warm cosy hotel to stay in Galway and we look forward to a return visit !!

My husband and I spent 3 nights at Ballynahinch during our recent trip to Ireland. This was our fourth visit there. We just love this hotel. It's luxurious, charming, cozy, elegant, lovely....I could just keep going on with this description. Our room was a luxury double and had three bay windows overlooking the beautiful grounds and river. It was immaculately clean and the bed was very comfortable. It had a large dressing room/closet and a very spacious bathroom with a big walk in shower and also a tub. The common areas of the hotel are stunning. There are several rooms to enjoy and each usually has its own fireplace burning. You can imagine the wonderful scent. The dining room is elegant and offered a wonderful menu. The food was delicious and generous. Their Fisherman's Pub also offers great food and the ambiance can't be beat. Every staff member was friendly, professional and treated us very well. The grounds are gorgeous and they offer several walks you can take on your own or with a guide. We very highly recommend Ballynahinch to anyone who plans to come to Connemara. You will not be disappointed.

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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.

Room options

Classic Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Classic Double or Twin Room, River View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double Room, River View

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

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 1410 reviews