Lough Eske Castle
Travel Blogs from Donegal
We left Abbeyglen Castle this morning and continued north, along the western coast of the island. We drove through more beautiful countryside and just adorably cute little seaside towns. We stopped in Killany Harbor, thinking we were going to grab some lunch and found a little establishment called, “Gaynor’s Pub”. Perfect for a …
... just call it...Irish. 3) According to the Irishman I talked with, the Irish don't have shamrocks. This one had never seen a shamrock before and claimed they didn't exist in Ireland. 4) When in doubt say "Cheers!"
Another thing I didn't know about Ireland is the amazing surf it has. Dunboran is one of the top five places in the world to surf...who would've thought?! Anyway, after a late night we had an "early" morning, having to show up for our surf lesson ready to go ...
... stations" which are mix of pagan and Christian symbology and ritual. Saw an ancient priest's hole in a graveyard where an abbey had been located -- an Anglican Church was built generally on the site in 1912. The PM was again in the vicinity, attending a family function at a local hall. Tonight dinner at the hotel followed by a tin whistle lesson (I only came for the tin whistle we get to keep ;-) ) and some Irish ...
... tradition as a way of ridding themselves of worries. Hotel at Ballybofey is a 4-star hotel -- but the bus driver was quietly cussing its parking as there was a wedding party in progress and the driver had to bring the bus down a narrow alley to the entrance. He rose to the challenge and we are safely landed. Dinner in the hotel tonight. Tomorrow we travel to Killybegs, a fishing village in County Donegal, then to Glencomlcille (a hiking ...
... 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. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lough Eske Castle 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.