Lough Eske Castle, A Solis Hotel & Spa
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We were so taken with the "Hotel" we stayed at, that we hardly could remember anything else about County done-gal. This Loch Eske Castle was an experience in it self. The grounds were beautiful gardens with sculptures and nice to wander around.
The Castle itself was worth the visit. The staff very attentive. Our room was a huge suite that …
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... cured of ailments from the holy water and prayer at the apparition chapel. I'm a bit put off by the sheer commercialism of the sight. There are a long line of holy water fountain spigots that frame the exterior wall. The entire complex is quite modern. Nothing remains of the original church except one stone, the current apparition chapel has been built over the original church. The nearby basilica, blessed by Pope John Paul II on his visit here in 1979, is quite large and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLough Eske Castle, A Solis Hotel & Spa Donegal
Wow this is more than a 5 star hotel. It is a very large castle that has kept the old charm while turning the the inside accomndations into luxary.
We wanted the experience of staying in an Irish Castle and this was more than we expected.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lough Eske Castle, A Solis Hotel & Spa Donegal
pros: Truly one of the nicest places I've stayed in a long while, for the price we paid it was fabulous. The hotel looked amazing as we pulled in, then a member of staff walked over to the car park to greet us and carried our bags in. The service by the staff is wonderful, they genuinely seem pleased to help you. Every member of staff were courteous, smiling and could not do enough for you. Then there was the room which was gorgeous, huge room, huge bed, walk in wardrobe, 32 inch flat screen tv, stunning bathroom, what more can I say.
The bars are cosy and nice, just the sort of place you can sit all night in with a glass of wine. Dinner that evening was lovely, especially recommend the fish which is very fresh and tasty. The spa is lovely but this was made even better as we were they only ones in there at the time.
Cons: it's very hard to find one, the only thing was perhaps that there was quite a long gap between courses at the meal but as the food was so good this was easily forgiven.
Overall: I would recommend this hotel to all my friends.
Words Can Not Describe This Magical Castle
I have just returned from the most magical weekend of my entire life! I have never stayed in a more luxurious hotel - than the Solis Lough Eske Castle! It couldn't have been any more amazing or any more perfect.
As we arrived, it was drizzling rain and we had staff approach us with umbrellas, we then had a member of staff walk over to our car to help us with our bags!
Once inside our MASSIVE hotel room - everything was pristine and sparkling! All the tiny touches - chocolates on the lockers, hand lotions, nail files in the bathroom, candles and matches beside the bath...
The room itself is stunning... The beds are the most comfortable beds you will ever sleep in and the furnishings are brand new, warm and add the finishing touches to the room.
As for room service - staff are UNBELIEVABLE! We had staff calling to the door asking if we would like our ice bucket topped up, we had a phone call from room service asking what kind of bread would we like with our continental breakfast, we called down for a taxi and within 1 minute - we had a phone call back from reception telling us it would be with us in 5 minutes!
The grounds of the hotel leave you in complete awe - with the beautiful landscape, the castle itself is like a magical picture from a Disney classic and the courtyard is absolutely magnificent.
Leaving Solis Lough Eske - left me feeling a little sad... I just didn't want to go! I stayed for two nights and I really and truly fell in love with the whole magical feel of the place...
This weekend has been an absolute dream and anybody experiencing a stay in this castle will no doubt be absolutely AMAZED with everything the place offers...
Ein gutes Hotel und wunderbar freundliches Personal.
Ich machte damit eine wunderbare Erfahrung. Es stimmt - die Küche hätte besser sein können, aber auch das schlechteste Essen dort war immer noch besser als in vielen anderen Hotels in denen ich war. Aber was das Ganze wirklich lohnenswert machte, war das wunderbare Personal. Sie waren so hilfsbereit und höflich, sie tun wirklich alles in ihrer Macht stehende. Von dem jungen Mann an der Tür über die Bedienungen bis hin zum Rezeptionspersonal und der Bar, und die Liste könnte ewig so weitergehen, wurde ich mit der äußersten Höflichkeit und Respekt behandelt und dies machte wirklich einen riesigen Unterschied für meinen Aufenthalt.
Ich werde definitiv wieder dorthin gehen und freue mich schon darauf, in Donegal wieder so toll willkommen geheißen zu werden. Gute Arbeit an ein wunderbares Team und ein schönes Hotel.
A fine hotel and wonderful friendly staff.
I had a wonderful experience. Yes its true the cuisine could have been better, but at its worst it was still of superior form in comparison to other places I have visited.
However what really made the experience worthwhile was the wonderful staff. They were so helpful and polite, they really do go the extra mile.
From the young man at the door, right through to the waiting staff and front desk,the bar and the list goes on, I was treated with the upmost courtesy and respect and it truly did make all the difference to my visit.
I will definitely visit again, and will look forward to another fine donegal welcome.
Well done to a wonderful team, and a beautiful hotel.
Luxury by the Lough
This is a new luxury hotel set on Lough Eske in Donegal. My wife and I spent two overnights there in the company of a few friends simply to try it out. The staff are friendly and helpful. The suite was spacious and well appointed. A long walk down to the lakeside through the woods was delightful and set us up for dinner. Drinks beforehand in the comfortable bar. And that's the keynote: the comfort everywhere. Big deep chairs, real fires, enormous beds. An air of luxury and of being pampered. Nothing seems too much trouble to the staff. The food was first class with the emphasis on locally caught fish and organic meat and veg. The Spa is not totally open yet - we were told that it would be fully operational by Easter 2008, but the efficent staff laid on facials and massages.
There was evidence that final touches are being added daily on the hotel and the grounds. Definitely a place to return to.
Absolutely Beautiful Hotel
I have been meaning to write this review for a while. We stayed at the hotel December 27-28, 2007. My father-in-law celebrated his 80th birthday and we wanted to stay in some unique places while we were there (we were in Ireland a week). The hotel itself is STUNNING. Absolutely gorgeous interior. The rooms are very large and the beds were some of the most comfortable I have stayed in. Because the hotel only had been open for 2 weeks prior to our stay there was some issues with staffing and people not knowing what they were doing. However that is to be expected of any new hotel. The spa was not open when we were there so I can not comment on that. The grounds are beautiful along with the interior. Our only complaint was the room service food. We were exhausted the night we arrived and so we just ordered room service. For the price it was just ok. We ended up eating in town the next night. The breakfast however was great, no complaints there! If you were planning on a wedding there I don't think you will be disappointed in the surroundings!
Stayed here last Saturday night for local event. I have to say it was spectacular. Rooms spacious, decent in-room coffee and locally made pottery mugs to drink from. (nice to see hotels support local enterprise).
Breakfast was superb and wife (vegan) was given excellent choice of items to suit her requirements.
Didn't have reason for Lunch or dinner so cannot comment on restaurant but menu looked enticing.
Overall very luxurious and very welcoming.
Absolutely shocking restaurant
We attended to celebrate 3 family birthdays in Donegal's 5 star hotel. I was impressed with the building and facilities currently available(spa facilities opening after Easter), but the whole experience was soured by the time we left the restaurant.
Without getting into a long, drawn out explanation of the whole experience, I will sum up in point form:
1. Sunday lunch menu was pretty poor, no choice of soups, small portions, some members of our party were served their meals cold, some hot. Soup was disgusting, general standard was poor. The maitre'd said they would be reconsidering the position of the chef as he refused to change the menes when previously confronted about the standard of the food.
2. Whole meal took well over 2 hours in a mostly empty restaurant. Not really excusable when serving off a set menu. The children in our party had to wait half an hour for their ice cream.
3. Waiters kept coming back to confirm orders, and came back twice between the starter and the main course. General standard of service was very poor.
4. We had to repeatedly ask for the appropriate cutlery, 2 requests minimum to get any bread (the best edible thing on offer)
The whole experience was a disaster, the only positive was that we were not made to pay a penny for our "service".
I get the impression that they have opened to start recouping their expenditure instead of waiting until they were ready to provide a 5 star service. They are apparently changing to a carvery lunch menu after Easter, but they may find themselves with a shattered reputation long before then. Very, very disappointing, and I for one will not be giving them a second chance.
I visited the Solis Lough Eske Hotel today for business and was blown away by the overall atmosphere that awaited me upon arrival! I did not stay in the hotel but was given a personal tour of the resort by one of the management team who could not have done enough for me, she guided me through a tasefully decorated and thoroughly inviting Hotel, with rooms decorated with a fusion of Irish Glamour, the staff are welcoming to the point of making you feel as if you are an old friend returing to vist for a few days. It has an array of comfortable nooks and drawing rooms to allow the weary traveller a chance to relax or for the more discerning guest, it has a fabulous bar and restaraunt to dine and enjoy the company of others. The rooms are decorated to an extremely high standard and the bathrooms are stylish, and contemporary. Upon leaving I decided to book 3 nights stay for myself and my partner In February as I was so impressed by the ambience and overall first impressions of the Hotel and the fine staff, I cannot wait for my stay and look forward to it with much anticipation. A truly fabulous 5* hotel in the heart of Donegal.