Slieve Russell Hotel Golf and Country Club
Travel Blogs from Ballyconnell
After a very stressful day of travel, Stephen and me finally arrive back at the house. Much to our surprise, there was the local priest in the house leading a Rosary, waiting for us to get back so he could say the Holy Mass. After the Rosary he offered each of us Confession, said the mass at the house, then led us in prayers. As soon as he was gone though, out came the tea kettles, bread, and jam...man did I miss it! ...
... What an incredible first day.
The next morning we all awoke to an awesome breakfast of porridge with milk and sugar, ham (what they all say is bacon), fried eggs, sausage, jam and toast (of course), and some more good ol' Irish tea.
A group of us had planned to head out of Cavan at noon to catch a bus over to Galway (on the west coast of Ireland). But before we do that, Benny and Roselynn (with all of their in-town ...
... in a place called Pat's. Daddy tried calling my great uncle, but he wasn't home. We looked around the town and saw my first ever castle, a place built by a guy named Hugh the Hospitable. We then drove out to Belcoo and I met another cousin named Mickey. Mickey was hypnotizing and I couldn't take my eyes off of him. I saw a bunch of sheep, some that were black, and an alpaca. ...
Leaving my beautiful hometown to head up the road to Belfast on Tuesday to catch my flight to London to stay a night with the sister. Have had a great time at home seeing a pile of friends from all over and family. Always great to have the craic with your mates. In the words of The Terminator, I'll be back!! Eventually.
Gorgeous day for exploring. We are off to Loughcrew Cairns along the Boyne River Drive. The history and heritage of Ireland at our feet. We couldn't ask for better weather. We have puffy clouds rolling the the crystal clear blue sky. We can see the Irish countryside for miles!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Slieve Russell Hotel Golf and Country Club Ballyconnell
We have just returned from a weekend break at the Slieve Russell Hotel Co. Cavan. Driving up to the hotel it looked quite spectacular with a grand exterior and lit fountain centrepiece. There was oodles of free parking which was welcoming after a two hour drive from Belfast. Check In was extremely swift and the lobby felt warm and comforting with two fires, if imitation, either end. The bar is sumptious with its massive (10 people seated!) sofas. Both restaurants are very different, one modern and one more classical, but equally impressive. So far so good.
Stayed over 2 nights at a conference. We were in one of the new rooms and found it spacious and well furnished, great shower. Food was very good and staff were very pleasant and helpful although whipping the napkins off your lap while still having coffee at dinner was somewhat overefficient. A most enjoyable stay.
We were attending a family wedding at the Slieve Russell in May 2005. Wedding guests were offered a B&B rate of EUR70.00 per person.
Great Family Holiday
Just returned from a break at the Slieve Russell Hotel, the facilities and the staff could not have been better, the hotel runs a Kids Club during the summer months which is extremely well organised and included High Tea where the children all eat together. Our little one really enjoyed it.
The Golf Course at the hotel is excellent and is complimented with a 9 hole par 3 course which is kept to a high standard.
The food and the standard of service in the hotel's restaurants is first class, the lobby/lounge service is prompt serving high quality fare.
This was our second visit to the Slieve Russell, It will not be our last.
A great Hotel !
Stayed here twice now, and both times could not find fault with anything. The service was fantastic, all the staff were really friendly and very helpful and the food was excellent. Our room was a suite and had one of the largest beds we've ever had in a hotel, bathroom had a jacuzzi bath and lovely view out over the gardens. Would definitely recommend it!
At first sight, lovely. Foyer - wow. Staff, at reception at most polite. Standard bedroom smaller than your room at home + poorly finished. Delux room 2 beds but not much better. Not at all luxurios. Bar staff friendly, but stopped there. NO offer of tea/coffee or toast at breakfast. Staff seemed stressed. Beauty rooms temporarily running from a suite - with all furniture still present - totally inappropriate for relaxation. Extension being added at present. On booking no onformation given on building work, woke each morning at 8am. Too early when on hols. We had heard so much about it - all good, but left disappointed. That being said, swimming pool lovely. The whole experience could have been so much better if staff were friendly. Sorry - but a smile costs nothing. Ps. It was busy and midterm break.
Good Hotel but could be better
Arrived at Hotel late friday evening and first impressions were very good. Reception and door staff were very helpful and friendly with bags etc.
Room was spacious and clean. Used the leisure facilities which were good. Breakfast was excellent. Had a good meal in the Connal Cearnach restaurant on Sat night. The only let down in the hotel for me was the service. Alot of the staff were young and inexperienced. And there tended to be no staff around when you needed them. It was a hassle to get a drink or snack. Overall I would say we had a good stay but the hotel could do better.
Drive into the hotel totally breathtaking. No doubt about it - the grounds are very well kept.
I was looking forward to staying in a quality Irish hotel supporting my own rather than spending hard earned money in 4 and 5 star hotels in London, Barcelona New York etc. I suppose my point is that being reasonably well travelled you harbour certain levels of expectation when you book accomodation which largely is a factor of how much you are prepared to pay. If you pay for a youth hostel you will get a youth hostel.It is safe to say I will never darken the door again. For Â 320 for the executive suite I expected at least a well stocked mini bar(empty "we dont stock these unless people ask ??!!", the toilet to work (at least on the second flush), a room service menu to be in the room (This took an hour to procure from the lady we were clearly putting out) , mobile phone reception, the room to smell fresh and staff to be a least slightly understanding that as a quest we are wont to ask for things every now and again (oh a drink form the bar - you will recall the lack of minbar).The hotel is very busy and is clearly successful and this may be that the local population have being coming here for years , but my advice is that if you expect a given level of quality for price/ star rating then you might be in a for a let down.
Great driving up to the place. Great having the door opened for you. Impressive foyer. Treated well at the reception.Client has to instigate enquiry as staff attend computer. Seems to be policy. Not impressed with the lift-inside seems out of place with the rest of the decor of the hotel,a little slow speedwise. The room we stayed in, above the Fountain room, must have been the smallest in the hotel. The same price was paid for each room. Wedding reception meal was more than adequate and service was good. Breakfast was good.