Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny
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... and we hit the road just happy to have someplace confirmed to spend the night.
I am happy to report that what could have been a rough spot by me booking the “wrong” place ended up to be a wonderful stay. When we checked in we were greeted not by the owners but instead by a dear friend of theirs who is staying with them while on holiday from South Africa. Of course we immediately mentioned that we were excited to visit ...
... would look like in the 1920's, complete with arcades. Our b&b is very central but our room smells like smoke: yuck! We open the window and leave it open while we go out for dinner. We walk to a pub that is scheduled to have a traditional session around 9:30. No tables in the bar so we go upstairs to the restaurant. After we sit down the and we ask the server about the music she says that because it's a bank holiday weekend children will not be allowed past 9pm. ...
... the heavier the mist becomes. It sits so low that you can barely see in front of you. The mist rises as the wind speed increases. Mist blows across the road like waves in the ocean. We bypass Giants Causeway temporarily to go to Old Bushmills Distillery first. As in Scotland, no children under 8 are allowed on the tour. Fortunately, they do allow tastings without a tour. Chris and I share a tasting and Joon goes solo, Sharon is not a whiskey girl. The whiskey ...
Lovely day with Hilary, Tara and Eve at the Glenveagh National Park and castle. Had heaps of fun exploring the interpretive centre learning about the history of the castle and surrounding parks. I caught the bus for the short ride to the castle. The ...
... the small boats in to the water. The way back across the bridge was less calm as Luke decided it would be great fun to jump all over the bridge so it would be wobbly.. He and the people waiting to cross were amused, I was not. Stupid Luke.
After another picnic lunch in a stunning small town we spent the afternoon making our way up to Belfast via the coastal roads... Wonderful! Now we are off to explore the birthplace of the Titanic, a black cab tour and many more pubs!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny
Make your own mind up, I'm glad I did!!
Having just returned from a 2 night stay at the Radisson, Letterkenny I was expecting the worst having read the reviews of others who stayed there.
But how wrong some people can be!! I on thought the staff were excellent, really friendly. The facilities were brand spanking new and the decor was very refreshing for Irish Hotels.
We ate a great meal in the Hotel restaurant and the breakfast was a huge buffet with an incredible selection. Other hotels should copy this idea and come into 21st Century!!
The bar was quiet and relaxing, exactly what we were looking for before the Christmas rush.
The Bedroom was very comfortable with everything you need. The hotel location was very close to the town centre, ideal for shopping, but the views are not great.
Overall this is a great modern hotel that people who are tired of staying in run down Irish Hotels will really appreciate. I'm going back in late January for a post Christmas unwind...can't wait
I stayed one night in the hotel and never again its over priced and well over rated, the management show no care for customers as there gm simply walked around with nose in the air and chest out wide, the bar and restraunt staff are friendly and the receptionests are extreamly friendly and the hotl itself has a modern appeal but provides no atmostphere.
Felt like an airport hotel
Myself and my boyfriend recently spent a weekend in the Radisson Letterkenny and to be totally honest, we did not think that the hotel was that good. We had stayed in Letterkenny before as we both love Donegal and think that Letterkenny is a great town, with lively bars and friendly people, and you can go round so many beautiful spots in the daytime.
However, after reading so many good reviews about the Radisson we were really disappointed. The location is terrible, in the middle of what looks like a huge car park and industrial estate with a kind of dual carriageway running past the hotel.
The decor inside was very modern, and not to our taste at all. The lobby felt cold and impersonal, certainly not the kind of place you would be able to relax by an open log fire after a day outdoors! We had a couple of drinks in the bar, but it was extremely quiet for a Friday night, as was the restaurant, so we decided to eat out instead. The bedrooms, to be fair, are new and comfortable, but not the sheer luxury we were led to believe was expecting us. As for the Leisure Centre, the pool was smaller than any other hotel we had stayed in the area. We would not return to the Raddisson Letterkenny, and even if the service was fine and the staff were friendly and helpful, the overall impression we got was that of a Airport Hotel. Certainly not the kind of place you go for a long weekend!
Recently had friends from Europe visiting who thought the location of the hotel was terrible. They envisaged staying somewhere with at least some views of the picturesque Donegal landscape but instead ended up in a dreary retail park with the best view being of Lidl supermarket. They will not stay there again!
One of the best Radissons EVER!!!!!
I've stayed in 5 Radissons and they are without question one of the finest hotel chains in the world.
The hotel in Letterkenny is a particular gem. The location is in close proximity to the town and at the time of my stay there (April '04) were a number of building sites around the area but I guess that will be ammended in time.
If you can afford it, get a suite. I'm telling you, you will not be dissappointed. I gasped when I walked into the room- 2 tv's (one plasma), a dining area, living area, luxurious bathroom, huge stretched windows, well-stocked minibar and a bed wider than it was long. The design was subtle, tasteful and I felt very much at home.
The hotel staff are (as with all Radissons) extremely friendly and efficient. The restaurant is UNBELIEVABLE. Each course is more sumptuous than the last. You will want to eat until you burst.
Seriously, stay there. It's SUCH a good hotel.
Luxury at The Radisson
We have just spent three days of luxury at the Radisson in Letterkenny. It is a beautiful hotel in a great location. The rooms are excellent and the food in the Tribeca restaurant was superb and all great value for money. How wonderful it is to see a hotel of this standard in county Donegal. Of our many visits, this has been the most memorable. It was also the ideal centre for playing those exceptional golf links. Thanks to the hotel general manager who made sure we enjoyed our visit. Looking forward to next year.
Great Weekend at the Radisson Letterkenny
Hi, My girlfriend and I just spent last weekend in the Radisson, Letterkenny. Heard about it from some friends in Dublin. First thing to say is the trip to Letterkenny took less than 3.5 hours (much shorter than we thought). Hotel is real luxury! Rooms are fantastic with everything you could want, minibar, pay movies etc. and really comfortable. Bar was really lively & restaurant food excellent. The hotel is very modern but still nice and relaxing. This hotel was great value & not expensive, especially for a Radisson! We will definitely recommend it & will be back soon.
Great for Families
I have just returned from a 1 week stay in the Radisson, Letterkenny and I would strongly recommend it. The hotel is beautiful and the rooms really comfortable. It is very family friendly and has an excellent leisure centre. It is right in the centre of Letterkenny and I could walk to the shops and cinemas with the kids when my husband was away golfing for the day. Its restaurant was lovely with excellent food and the staff throughout the hotel were very friendly. We'll definitely be back!
Just back from this Hotel today and while I agree that the Hotel is lovely (its only been open from Sept 2003 so everything is brand new) and the service is good, the hotel lacked atmosphere. Too ultra modern/clinical for my taste and the view from the rooms left a lot to be desired.........its built in the middle of an industrial estate!!!... but it is within walking distance of the town centre and a good base for touring the surrounding areas. The bedrooms are larger than the average 4* but the bathroom is quite compact. Main al la carte restaurent is closed Sun & Mon nights, therefore ate once in the Bar which was ok and then the next night ventured out of the hotel to eat in The Lemon Tree in Lower Main Street which was excellent...would highly recommend it! Also try the Cottage Bar, very cosy and has the best Guinness in Letterkenny....allegedly!! On a final note, the hotel is not very child friendly and would seem to suit the business traveller more than the tourist.
Loved the Radisson
Recently I had the pleasure of staying at the new Radisson in Letterkenny and I must say I really enjoyed my stay. I was only there for 1 night but when I return next year I will stay for longer. The service was prompt and friendly the food was great and the rooms beautiful. I would recomment this hotel for its quality and location.