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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My wife and I stayed in Room 18 from May 14 to May 18. Room 18 is on the top floor corner with views of two different angles of the river. The entire environment and setting is "fairy tale" and "story book like". My wife jokingly said the only thing missing was two white swans in the river ! The breakfast (included) was simply unbelievable ! I cut my own ham serving ! Best real orange juice and apple juice ever anywhere ! The buffet breakfast also included a made-to-order choice of eggs/grilled meat/lamp liver/fish/egg benedict. Walking around the castle hotel or walking on the nearby hiking trails was like in the movie. Amazing views of river, mountains, trees. Amazing bird sound. The 65 Euro dinner includes "pre-starter", pre- and post-dessert. First class meals.

We had such a relaxed and enjoyable stay at Ballynahinch Castle-we just didn't want to leave! We arrived very early on our bikes, and the hotel made us welcome and comfortable while we waited for our room to be ready-and the room was worth the wait! Huge double shower, and equally fantastic closet for those of us who can't seem to travel light-lol. It was my birthday- so we had set up a fly fishing lesson-which was a total blast with Jonathan. Lunch, dinner and breakfast were all delish-the absolute best brown bread in Ireland. Jonathan explained that the castle has it's own honey which they use in the bread-wonderful. Thanks so much again-we hope to come back with our adult children in the future for a family vacation.

We booked in for 3 nights 10 days ago to Ballynahinch for our "mini-moon" having gotten married the Saturday before. We spent a lot of time looking for somewhere special as there are many fine hotels in the West of Ireland and we really wanted to treat ourselves after all the busy wedding preparations. Having read previous reviews we decided on Ballynahinch. We were sadly, disappointed. We received a congratulations from the lady on reception on our arrival and a very helpful porter brought our bags to our room. Other than these congratulations, there was no further mention of our recent marriage during our 3 night stay in Ballynahinch which was disappointing for us as we were only dying to talk about it! We booked a Luxury Room which is the second best type of room and while it was nicely decorated and very clean, it was of a standard hotel room size and nothing out of the ordinary except for a four poster bed (which was very big and comfortable). We didn't see any of the other hotels rooms but I cannot see from the website what the difference would be between a Classic Riverside and a Luxury Room so this is something to keep in mind when booking. There was no tea and coffee making facilities in the room which we were very surprised at as it is standard in nearly all hotels in Ireland and is something we always avail of. The curtains in our room were of a light coloured fabric with no blackout blind and therefore we were woken early by sunlight coming in. As we were hoping to get some much needed rest it was not ideal to be woke at 7/7.30 in the morning. Also there was no safe in the room and as we had quite a bit of cash on us from our wedding we would have much preferred to have a safe in our room as it was nerve wracking even carrying it to reception to be kept in the safe there. We ate in the restaurant on the first night and the food was excellent. We enjoyed every course and had a lovely bottle of wine for €30. The staff were also very professional and pleasant to deal with. The breakfast was also very good. We got a lovely window seat on the first morning and since the weather was so good we got a great view of the river. On offer were fresh juices, croissants and pastries, several cereals, cheese and hams. Also there was a cooked ham where you could take the meat from the bone which was especially tasty and we both went back for seconds of that. You could also order a hot breakfast - anything from mixed grill to eggs benedict, to kippers or fish of the day. We really couldn't fault the breakfast. We also ate lunch in the bar and had dinner there one evening too. The food here was also excellent and the staff in the bar were very helpful and friendly. Overall, our experience in Ballynahinch was disappointingly average. We have stayed in many hotels both in Ireland and abroad and we expected (especially for the price of the room) that Ballynahinch would be a cut above which it was not. The staff and food were wonderful but the room, coupled with no tea and coffee and there being no spa or pool (which albeit we knew about before we booked) just made our stay not memorable. I think Ballynahinch aims to cater more for international tourists who may find the castle and setting a new experience. However, Irish guests might find that the rooms are extremely average for the price you are paying. We have stayed in similar places in Ireland and enjoyed every second of them, we will be returning to those hotels rather than Ballynahinch. Not value for money.

We were sight seeing in the area and it was suggested we visit Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. We had no idea what to expect so as we got near we realized why we were advised to visit the historic Castle/Hotel. The views are captivating, staff informative and friendly and if you're a fly fisherman, there's stories to learn and maybe on opportunity to try your luck. Although we didn't eat there the menu looked fabulous and may be one of the reason we stay there on our next trip to the western Ireland. And the tea and scones were as expected: Wonderful.

After what seemed at the time to be a long drive from Galway we reached Ballynahinch Castle. The main entrance and communal areas made a great first impression. The sight of the raging fire in the fireplace made us feel welcomed and wanting to sit a rest a while. The hotel is nice but what made the location special for us was the grounds for long walks. We soon set off to explore and enjoyed the blissful sights and sounds of this historic location. Our room was spacious with a large bed and surprisingly quiet for an older hotel.

Stayed the night in this beautiful castle. Such a spectacular place and so peaceful. Our river view room on the second floor looked right back down the river. Good sized rooms. Plenty of on-site activities. Food in pub restaurant amazing - best I have experienced. If you want to stay in a castle this is the one - simply spectacular.

We had a wonderful stay here from Friday to Sunday for a friends wedding. The rooms were lovely, well sized, each with its own quirk or special feature. The food the night before the wedding was fantastic, but was fabulous at the wedding breakfast also. We loved breakfast in the conservatory - can recommend the catch of the day and the ham! During your stay, try to take a walk in the grounds too - they are fantastic.The staff are friendly and helpful at all times.

My wife and I stayed in Ballinahinch Castle in early April to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our room was on the ground floor and opened out onto the river. The view was excellent, the castle itself is old and very quaint and the room was very comfortable. At the time there was some renovation taking place but that didn't deflect from our enjoyment. Work should be finished by now It's not cheap but I would highly recommend it as a place to go and relax and spend time together on special occasions. The walks around the grounds are very well laid out and marked. We only had breakfast in the hotel but that too was excellent with a wide range on the menu. Not really suitable for children, as there is very little for them to do there.

Stayed here for a Family Wedding just before Christmas. Had an amazing time, the hotel staff were friendly and attentive, the scenery was beautiful, the signposted walks were great and the food was brilliant.

From the first view of this secluded retreat you will be enchanted! Make sure to book a deluxe river view room if you can....WOW, what a view and what a room! Decor was spectacular, bed was a dream, the curtains closed like they were gliding on air and easily blocked out all light so we could sleep easily as long as wanted to. The corridors smell some some kind of super wood.y cedar(?) smell and are lined with gorgeous wood paneling. Our meals were very tasty and the wine list extensive. Walking on the grounds was many shades of green...just lovely.

Recess Ballynahinch Galway

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

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

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 1274 reviews