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Culloden Estate & Spa

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I was recently attending a function in the Stuart suite and went for a drink beforehand in the crozier lounge. Service was great with particular mention to bar man Thomas who poured a great pint of Guinness and was a delight to chat to!

In lovely grounds, the hotel is beautifully furnished, with lots of lounge areas. We stayed for 4 nights and used our days to travel in the area. It was easy to drive to Belfast city centre and also a good location for going up the coast or down the Ards peninsula. Breakfast was good if a little old fashioned. Ulster fry was there in abundance with fresh fruit etc but no pancakes or crispy bacon. All staff were friendly and efficient and a few minor issues we had were dealt with speedily. We would happily return.

I visited the culloden for afternoon tea with my kids and extremely enjoyed the food and the service. The person serving us was Olivia and she was great with interesting and enjoyable conversion and her manners were excellent. All in all a great experience. Thank you to the culloden chefs and staff.

Fantastic Hotel, big thanks to Niall and all staff.Had tea in cultra inn was excellent,staff very helpful and were very attentive, got slates in room wishing us a happy anniversary, lovely touch Thanks.

I was supposed to be booked into this wonderful hotel. Due to " OUR " firms incompetence they booked the wrong number of rooms 14 instead of 16, hence two of us were being left without a bed. This mistake was in no way the hotels fault however while we waited for the mistake to be rectified i had a wonderful meal in the restaurant. The Manager on that night was Harriot Mc Donald eventually after something like 20 phone calls to other hotels she managed to get us both a room elsewhere. Bear in mind this was not her job to do so. The kindest thing was not only did they provide a concierge driver to take us to a hotel but provided a taxi back to the hotel in the morning, to be with the rest of our group. Again unnecessarily the hotel provided us with a wonderful breakfast . The service this hotel provided is something that other hotels can only aspire too and again thank you to Harriot. I hope her superiors realize what a star they have in their employment .

Stayed for 1 night, with private dining provided and then used one of the meeting rooms the following day. Lovely hotel with great views. The service was excellent throughout my stay and and the food was all very good quality, tasty and well presented. Hope to be back!!

Here for a wedding reception, which was outstanding, my wife and I turned it into a 5 night holiday, never having been to Northern Ireland before. The stars of this hotel are the staff. Friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble for them. Our room was in the new wing, very spacious and comfortable. However, it was situated over some sort of power house, so we could hear humming occasionally. A breakfast buffet in the Mitre restaurant had super produce, but the serve yourself cooked selection was generally tepid. You could however get some items cooked freshly for you. Two dinners in there were a bit hit and miss. I had a poor slow-cooked rib of beef which was overdone and chewy. Other dishes were fine. Our second dinner was worse. With 14 customers in the restaurant as we sat down, 2 mains and 2 desserts took over an hour and a half. That was for one sirloin steak and a fish dish and we had the same desserts. Both mains were tepid on arrival. By contrast, on two other nights we ate at Cultra, their 'pub', a short stroll from the main hotel. Every dish we had was served quickly and was hot and tasty. The second night we were in a group of ten and service didn't diminish. The icing on the cake? Van Morrison, so we were told, and it did look like him, landed next to the pub in a helicopter. Pity he didn't come in and serenade the newly weds. Terrific location looking across Belfast loch.

This hotel was perfect. We were in the Hilton but checked out early based on the poor nature of the hotel. We were incredibly fortunate to get a room at this hotel. This is amongst the best hotels we've have ever stayed in. It has every quality of an exceptional hotel, professional yet friendly staff, excellent food, top end bar, varied and comfortable public spaces, stunning architecture and, most importantly, fantastic rooms. The linens were exquisite (I'm running out of superlatives). The rooms are generously sized with a well appointed bathroom. Quality products. The gym was small, but of good quality. The spa is small, but I had one of the best massages ever. The pool is well, cute. Small and shallow, but quite nice. The room service food is better than most restaurants. And the Every part of it was quality and elegance. There was no sign of wear, the art is notable, the furniture was comfortable and beautiful. The same for the extensive grounds. The bottom line is that nothing was done at half rate. There's is quality throughout. It permeates the building, services and staff.

Stayed for two nights to attend an event and then enjoy the hotel the second night. THe location is lovely and you can very easily access the seashore and walk the extensive path along the coast, its beautiful. Easy to park and you feel immediately relaxed because of the setting. Check-in was straightforward and very welcoming. The room was lovely although a fly was waiting for us dead on the windowsill (no windows open to get in so was there). Very comfortable bed and linen, lovely toiletries and the famous bath duck. All of this makes things feel really special. I cannot fault the room we had at all. Had a snack in the lobby bar area and this was really lovely. Staff are very personable and attentive without being over bearing. Two issues I had, one is easy to solve and the other not so easy. There is a lovely gym, spa and pool area. My issue with the pool area is that it is no good if you are a swimmer (too small and octagonal) but more importantly I felt like there was a viewing gallery. There is a cafe where people sit raised above at the pool side and it feels very uncomfortable to me. I just lost any interest in using those facilities. The gym looked fantastic. I am not sure how to solve this issue other than sorting out a different, more functional and inviting pool. The second issue I had was the breakfast. At a 5 star hotel, I did expect the food to be served and it was not. That was not the end of the world at all, but some of the food was not good. The sausages were undercooked and tasteless and the selections of pastries was terrible; two healthy types of muffins that were not labelled as to what they were. Not a pain au chocolate etc in sight. Scrambled eggs were amazing as was the black pudding. Service was also fantastic. I think the breakfast needs to be elevated to match the star rating and the price to stay at the hotel. We also ate at the Cultra Inn restaurant and I have to say we had a lovely meal. Overall, I would say the hotel is very good but needs to improve the breakfast and to rethink the pool issue. I would most certainly stay again but would be looking for a better price than the usual price with those issues in mind. A great hotel and thank you to the staff for making the stay fantastic.

Found this hotel fir the first night of our trip to Ireland. May not be the cheapest, but you get what you pay for and this place gives that touch of luxury. Only slight problem was that they wanted to hide us away in a corner if the restaurant with no room to move, but a quick word with the hotel manager soon rectified that. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend, and would return if in the area.

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 1701 reviews