Great Northern Hotel

Address: Sea Road, Bundoran, County Donegal, Ireland | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located on Sea Road, Bundoran, is near Waterworld Bundoran, Macks Glowbowl, Bundoran Golf Club, and Aughross Cliffs.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Great Northern Hotel Bundoran

    This hotel ruined my wedding


    I agree with the reviewer who was surprised this hotel has a 4 star rating. It looks like a nice family hotel when first arriving but be ready for a massive disappointment. Held my wedding there and this hotel caused me so much stress and upset during my wedding weekend.

    The meal and reception room were lovely but that is where it ended. The bridal suite was unbelievably old and shabby and not nearly close to a four star. Three phones in the bridal suite and not one worked, jacuzzi didn't work and the shower trickled water. The room was like something decorated in the 60's. No breakfast was delivered to the rooms because this supposed 4* hotel was fully booked and staff were too busy. Like hello ! Staff were rude, the list is endless. I couldn't wait to get out of the place and not an apology from them on ruining my wedding.

    I would most definitely agree, how this crumbling 1970's establishment ever got 4* rating must be investigated.

    Run Down & Rubbish!


    Stayed on three day deal. Hotel is old shabby and not nearly close to a four star. Special menue given to us with limited choice and of very very poor quality, white wine had run out and you could have plasterd the walls with the Baileys cheese cake. Room very poor quality no remote controll, hot water runs out after 6pm so be quick! The leasure centre is old and shabby and you have to begg for tokens to use it at the front desk. Place was so poor we checked out after a day. How this crumbling 1970's establishment ever got 4* rating must be investigated. You have Been warned!

    Treated like royalty


    My husband and I have just came back from staying here and it was the nicest hotel i have ever stayed in. The staff were so attentive and the food just melted in your mouth. The owner Brian Mc Eniff even came up to the hotel and went around to every table in the restaurant and spoke to all of the guests, he is an absolute gentlman. We got a wonderful room over looking the sea you must request this when you are booking. I have already made a reservation to stay here again for New Years and i cant wait to return.

    Family re union


    About 60 members of our family met in october 2004 for a weekend at The Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran. Co Donegal. It was a very mixed weekend, food was excellent and service in the dining room was very good. I was lucky as I had a wonderful room. My persistence when booking paid off as I continually checked that I had a sea view! Other member of my family were not so lucky. Some rooms were cramped and not of the standard expected for the price and star rating. This is acceptable if there is a price difference and the customer knows about it and has a choice!

    I found the same problem at a sister hotel in Westport, Co Mayo.

    Twice I've been there for weddings and because I have a long way to come seem to have arrived last and got a dreadful room both times with too many things wrong to itemise here. Again the food and restaurant staff were excellent but the reception staff were not! The important things (one of which was no towels!) were never put right and we had to borrow some from other guests!! It's a good job we knew other guests! I must say that the ambience of the hotels was smashing and despite the faults we would stay again!

    4 star joke


    Stayed one night during July with my wife and 3 month old baby son. Hotel claims it is 4 star, but room consisted of shabby front door, tv with no remote control (a notice was posted on the tv to this effect). Under the beds had not seen a good clean in some time - we recovered several half eaten sweets. That said, the staff (usually immigrants) were very polite and attentive within the restaurant. The price of the hotel room was not value for money in my opinion.

    Amazing food


    I had to write in about this hotel. I was at a wedding reception here and could not get over it. It was like a palace. The food was absolutely beautiful. Our room had a beautiful view and was very comfortable.

    Would definately return to this hotel. Would lopve to have my wedding there.



    We have just returned from our holiday in Bundoran. We stayed in the Great Northern Hotel in bundoran. The hotel eventhough it is listed as a four star I would think it could do with an overhaul as far as the decor is concerned. The rooms are very clean but old fashioned. The T.V in our room had no remote control and had to be tuned in to watch some channels. We stay in a lot of hotels around Ireland and I must say for the price this hotel charges I would not recommend it. The swimming pool was small and for what I could see the childrens club was very poor unless you want your children to be taken up to the town of Bundoran out of the hotel which I did not agree with as I thought the town of Bundoran was very rough and I would not like my children to be hanging around the town with total strangers from the hotel. I think the hotel justifies it's prices due to there being a golf course and as they advertise a kids club which I would not think much of. We had 3 nights booked but having seen the town of Bundoran and the old fashioned rooms in the hotel we only stayed 1 night and moved on to the Radisson Hotel in Silgo which was superb and 100Euro cheaper than The Great Northern Hotels sister hotel The Yeats Country Hotel in Rosses point, another hotel which could do with a cash injection.

    The food was excellent in the Great Northern unfortunately it is the only nice thing I can say about it.

    Best midweek break we had


    we stayed at the Great Northern with our toddler on a midweek had to be the best break we had-between inside and outside playgrounds and leisure centre we never had a spare moment.

    Amusement park was less than five minutes walk- a bonus.Rooms were spacious and well equiped.

    we will definetely go back!!!!

    Fabulous location


    I was part of a GLOBUS tour that stayed two nights at the Great Northern. This inn is one of the hotels that we enjoyed the most on our 2 week journey through Ireland. With ocean views and beach, a golf course and a pathway that follows the ocean and golfcourse giving outstanding vistas, the location is awesome. The hotel is not right in town which makes the locale private and very quiet. The hotel is over 100 years old but is well maintained and has excellent facilities. Walking into town might take 5 minutes tops, but the pathway is far more interesting. Meals in the dining room were always a culinary treat and well received. Everyone in our group had nothing but compliments regarding the rooms, meals, and service. Highly recommended!

    Best Holiday Ever


    I stayed at the Great Northenn Hotel last week 8/7/03 and it had to be way a head of anything i have ever experienced in hotel hospitality.The food would just melt in your mouth and the views from the rooms of donegal bay were just awsume.would i come back? i would love to live there.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Great Northern Hotel Bundoran

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

    Travel Blogs from Bundoran


    A travel blog entry by rjjohnson on Oct 17, 2015

    1 comment, 14 photos

    ... of Gore -Booth sisters who were prominent revolutionists in the early 1900's The younger sister Eva was the first woman in the British Parliament. Yeates was often a visitor to this wonderful house. Walking through reminded us of Downton Abbey. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos inside. Tomorrow off to Athlone. R an ...

    Galway to Donegal

    A travel blog entry by dabrowns on Oct 14, 2015

    1 comment, 10 photos

    ... experience we walked down to the Reel Inn (yes that was it's name) where they had a live Irish band playing. Great sound and atmosphere. We only stayed for a few songs, but Garry asked the band and sang 'Danny Boy' to the delight of the crowd (but perhaps not the kids, who have heard it one or two times before :)

    Tomorrow we head to Buncrana (where Garry was born) to meet up with his cousin Kevin. A very emotional destination.

    Stopping on the way back to Cork

    A travel blog entry by allison.wolf on Oct 13, 2015

    8 photos

    Today was our longest day of driving so far in one day so our plans were to stay on the road and not stop for sightseeing. We did find a few thing online that were intriguing so stops may happen. We had a relaxed morning and breakfast in the hotel and got on the road around 10:00. After an hour or so, we saw signs for ...

    Day 10

    A travel blog entry by cmcreech on Oct 10, 2015

    9 photos

    Gas is 1.34 Euros per liter, translates to 5.07 per gallon, $5.79 U.S. Killybegs is a remote fishing village. We had a delightful local expert to fill us in on the details. We had lunch here, for me puréed vegetable soup, and a delicious brown bread. Brown bread is the new soda bread. The cafe was famous for desserts so I tasted ...

    Almost two weeks here

    A travel blog entry by liiseke on Sep 21, 2015

    6 photos

    ... she does that all the time :D ) And we take care of neighbor's horses. it can be said that we are happy beans here. We laugh a lot. We cook a lot. We actually made ice-cream!

    Oh boy, yes, funny things going on all the time! We actually made a short three-minute video of our trip so far. Beautiful places and awesome people. You can find it on Facebook :)

    Have fun!

    A & L

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