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Culloden Estate & Spa

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The staff at Culloden were exceptional in every manner and went above and beyond. We had a hiccup with our car rental and arrived early sans car. Our room was not yet available and we were escorted to the spa to freshen up and relax. The staff checked our bags and drove us to Titanic as well as recommended things to do while we were there. Upon our return to hotel, we were located on the fifth floor but the elevators were currently down. I have bad knees due to surgery and asked if there was an alternative do to my condition, and they upgraded us to the Hadlow Suite. The room was remarkable, with ample amenities and a view that was incredible. We had a late dinner in the bar which was exceptional and the bartender was most accommodating in making our special drinks as well as tantalizing us with some of his own creations. The grounds are beautiful with manicured grounds and unique sitting areas with fountains and sculptures. We had a superb breakfast also included with our stay with an incredible variety of locally produced meats, cheeses, cold cuts and granolas in addition to the chaffing dishes stocked with Bacon, Sausage, mushrooms etc. I only wish we could have stayed longer!

Lovely hotel, lovely suite. HOWEVER, breakfast was poor for a 5* hotel, very disappointing: deep fried sausages, dry bacon, unpleasant tasting mushrooms (were they boiled or steamed in the warmer), no beans or fried eggs! Coffee was instant and weak, and no pastries only muffins. Is it me or for this price shouldn't it be just right?

We stayed here 5 nights and our suite (Junta) was absolutely beautiful and the bed wonderful. We had a small sofa, desk, TV and 2 armchairs and wonderful views (weather permitting!) from the double aspect windows. We could just see the opposite side of Belfast Lough with Whitehead and Blackhead in the distance. Lovely to lie in bed and watch the ships going past. The ensuite had a walk in shower, large bath (but slippery as the non-stick surface is worn out) and a heated towel rail. Sadly no pull out clothes line as when you are travelling it is so useful. Wardrobe, iron/ironing board and coffee (Nespresso) machine. We asked for and obtained an electric jug as prefer that for making tea. The mugs are Beleeek china! The staff especially on reception and the concierge were terrific and helpful. Lovely fire in the lounge to sit by and bar snacks available. Bit disappointed with breakfast as my husband likes croissants and didn't like the bread much. I love soda bread and potato bread so was happy. The first morning the food in the buffet was lukewarm so after that the staff happily gave me freshly cooked Ulster fry! The pool in the SPA is beautiful and there is a small cafe there. It is hard to tear yourself away from such comfort. We ate in the Mitre restaurant one night but found it to be rather heavy and also expensive. We ate in the Cultra Inn which was much better. Lovely grounds and free parking and wi-fi. Who would want to go anywhere else? We also found good places to eat in the nearby small town of Holywood. There is also a train station just at the end of the garden so you could go into Belfast by train. The hotel is beautiful inside. Very close to Belfast City Airport too and easy access to the motorways to explore the Antrim Coast Road. The Scenic route to the Giant's Causeway is easily followed with the brown signs. The views from the hotel are mainly of Belfast lough and the hills behind in the distance in Co. Antrim.

One of the most amazing hotels I have ever stayed at (anywhere in the world). First class all the way. The staff was incredible and the facility is gorgeous. The views are incredible and grounds are beautiful. The beds were extremely comfortable and rooms quiet.

Spent 3 nights there to relax and see Van Morrison in Newcastle.The food and service is fabulous and the staff is even better! The young bartenders are very exact and knowledgable.The Deputy Mgr. Niall Coffey is omnipresent and takes care of every need.The gym is probably the best hotel gym I have ever seen.

I got married in the culloden now what can I say ...from the moment we booked it till we left it everyone were amazing ...micheal who hosted the wedding was a true gentleman from start to finish and help us feel so comfortable ty ....two young girls who were serving the top table with the meals were outstanding Tori and Olivia these two are worth every penny they are paid ....even the next morning at breakfast Olivia was on top form again ty so much and not to forget all the other staff were amazing ...the rooms that we had were out of this world ..all I can say is if your looking for some were to stay or get married this is the place to go ...once again ty to the Culloden

This hotel is a beautiful hotel with amazing staff. I have never been in a hotel where the staff are as exceptional as the staff at the culloden. Me and my guest where treated with respect and manners at every interaction from the wedding co ordinater Michael. To the serving staff and bar staff. There was a few set backs on our part and one girl in particular Olivia helped me out tremendously, I can't thank her enough. The food was outstanding and the servers where polite and a joy to speak to. Above all I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a wedding venue. Fantastic value for an amazing service. The grounds are astounding. Every person I spoke to had nothing but praise for this hotel and it's amazing staff .

My mother and I stayed in the Culloden around Valentine's Day for one night as part of a Christmas present. Upon arriving we went to our spa appointments. The staff were very helpful and made us feel welcome, professional when it came to our treatments. The food at the café was fresh, but there was a significant wait for it to be prepared, as there was only one waitress serving. Our room was clean and tidy, except for the small mirror in the bathroom which had fingerprint smudges on it. We ate in the Mitre Restaurant that evening, and there were no complaints. Staff were friendly and efficient, our food was wonderfully cooked and presented, plates scraped clean and the wine recommendation complimented the meal beautifully. Afterwards, we enjoyed a few cocktails in the Crozier Lounge, which was comfortable and warm. The bartender suggested a few different drinks to try, but as he was still in training, there wasn't much consistency between two of the same drinks. This didn't affect our evening greatly though, as they were all still enjoyable. Our breakfast the next morning was also very nice. All in all, our stay was relaxing and we were very well tended to by the staff. The estate's convenient location means easy access to Belfast city centre for a spot of shopping, yet far enough away to not be disturbed by constant traffic. We left feeling very rejuvenated, and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the hotel.

We began interacting with Gary at the Culloden even before we arrived in Ireland. He arranged a tour and provided great tips on what was/wasn't realistic during our stay in Belfast. So we had high hopes when we arrived. We were not disappointed. From the moment we arrived, we felt pampered and well cared for. We had booked early check-in as we were just arriving from the states. We had no sooner stated our names than we were whisked to our rooms and informed that it had been arranged for the kitchen to stay open a bit later to accommodate our arrival for breakfast. Gary had reserved a lovely table for us and the dining room staff made sure we had everything we could want. Gary booked a "black taxi" tour for us -- highly recommended. When we returned to the hotel after the tour and a visit to the Titanic Museum, we had a note from Gary. He had thoughtfully reserved tables at both restaurants on the property, as we had mentioned we didn't think we would want to leave again after just arriving. As we learned later in our trip, not all Irish hotels provide this level of excellent service. Kudos to the Culloden!

Visited the culloden recently for a wedding and all I can say is that I was slightly dissapointed. The wedding organizer seemed to be overwhelmed by all that was happening also some of the staff serving the dinner were very abrupt. The food was very enjoyable and the bar staff where also very helpfull and informative. The Hotel has some lovely views and the rooms are also stunning .For to be a five star hotel it was a bit of a let down but thankfully the wedding was an outstanding day . Undecided about returning

Bangor Road Holywood Northern Ireland

Hotel highlights

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

Located in Cultra, Culloden Estate & Spa is adjacent to Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and within a few miles (5 km) of Holywood Golf Course. This 105-room, 5-star hotel has a restaurant along with conveniences like a full-service spa and an indoor pool. Also close to this Holywood hotel are Redburn Country Park and Grey Point Fort.


This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. For your convenience, a full breakfast is served each morning for a fee.


All 105 air-conditioned rooms provide coffee makers and desks. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds sport premium bedding.

Property features

Guests of Culloden Estate & Spa enjoy a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a health club. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with concierge services and securing valuables. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a spa tub, a steam room, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Superior Double or Twin Room

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double Room Single Use

King 1 | Sleeps 1

Executive Double Room Single Use

King 1 | Sleeps 1

Junior Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

81% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1733 reviews