Slieve Donard Resort and Spa
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... The British responded and in a week, 300 were killed; many more were arrested and taken to Kilmanhaim Gaol. The 16 ringleaders were executed summarily at the Gaol. These executions, without trial, became the rallying point for the Irish. The war of independence began in 1918 and over the next two years, at least a 1000 people were killed by way of street fighting, in the jails, by terrorist bombs and so on. The Black and Tans ...
... so it doesn't give the city too much to offer according to him! We went for a little walk in our neighbourhood, got some dinner which was very average and chilled back at the hostel for the evening. Next morning we were a little slow to get going but eventually we were up and about for breakfast. After chatting to some fellow backpackers we headed into town for a wander. We ended up at the weekend markets where they had amazing samples and tasty foods for lunch. We knew ...
We sat on top of Slieve Donard for about an hour eating our food, petting enthusiastic dogs and chatting with a group of Irish men. It always excites me to see how many groups of older men and women there are hiking along with me to the top of the earth. Most of them seem to be in better shape than I am! They may not know it, but they provide something for me to look up to.
In the distance I was able to see a dim dark haze spreading across ...
... life ending Tsunami attack, surviving 2 weeks in Gilligans, Ross' driving (sorry dude but it was pretty scary), Muay Thai boxing training in Thailand, motor-homing across the 2 islands of New Zealand, sky diving from 16,000 ft, ab-sailing into caves from 100ft, cave diving, river rafting down a 7m waterfall (highest allowed in the world), trekking on an actual Lord of the Rings horse, being in the sets of the actual Lord of the Rings films and Wolverine film, ...
... and behold I found another jacket (waterproof) on the backseat to put on over my sweatshirt (not waterproof) so I was feeling a bit braver with the elements. Now, mind you, this is not really a bad day at all compared to the ice and snow of just a few weeks back.
We ventured down to the river's edge, made a right into the Clement Wilson Park and walked the manicured way north coming out at the near the first bridge that crosses the Logan above Shaw's Bridge. Cross we did ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Slieve Donard Resort and Spa Newcastle
Excellent spring break
I have just returned from spending the weekend 8/9 April 05 in the Slieve Donard it was a super break the ambience was perfect huge homely fires in all the reception areas library and dining rooms. We had a newly refurbished room and the views were spectacular. I will certainly return to this hotel as I found the staff extremely helpful and welcoming and the food especially the gala buffet on the Saturday was excellent.
I recenty took my wife to the Slieve Donard for a suprise night away, it was our anniversary and the first night away without our baby daughter. So expectations were high, the impression from the web site and reviews looked good. The experience was not up to the expectations.
The hotel building is beautiful, and its location right on the Irish Sea is excellent. The views from the beach right in front of the hotel are striking.
I stayed at the Slieve Donard last weekend and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I attended a wedding there about 2 years ago, and whilst the service was very friendly and bedrooms very clean I felt it lacked something. On this ocassion it's like a new hotel and can only agree with the last number of comments. The standard of food was excellent, we dined at the Grand Buffet they serve on a Saturday night and the choice was amazing, and what's more the service has even improved on our last stay! To top it all, the location is possibly the most picturesque I have ever stayed in, so congrats to the management, they've obviously been working hard.
Having stayed in the Slieve Donard regularly over the last five or so years I must say that I have no qualms about recommending this hotel. On my most recent visit, my first time at a wedding there, I found the staff friendly, warm and efficient without any of the officiousness found at other similar sized hotels. With a mix of Irish charm and wit on reception, and the continental waiting staff who really knew their stuff in the restaurant, it was professional all the way.
I stayed here a few weeks back at a wedding and loved the place. Fantastic location and friendly staff. I stayed there on a golf weekend a few years back and the place seems to have improved a lot. Recommended.
This place needs to seriously improve the quality of it's customer service. Rooms are clean and comfortable and more or less quiet unless you happen to coincide with one of the countless weddings that are held there all year round. However the staff as with all in Hastings group are dry, unhelpful and need to improve. I struggled past three idle porters with a heavy case, no one offered any help, I was then told how to get to my room up several floors and through many corridors, again no help offered. I arrived at my room only to find that it was already occupied !! Thankfully the occupant wasn't actually there, but it could have been embarassing. They upgraded me to a new room , without mentioning the consequent hike in the already ridiculously expensive price & They tried to charge me the higher rate when I checked out !!
I have never read so much rubbish in my life about this hotel. I stay here several times a year and have never had any problems at all. The hotel is beautiful and the staff very helpful and friendly - if only some Scottish people would learn from their hospitality!! The food is great and Newcastle itself is a lovely town with fabulous beaches - thoroughly recommend it to anyone....
Hmmm...yes, nasty it is
Yes, the staff are clueless at this hotel which looks so nice from the outside. They seem hellbent on reaching the nadir of standards in all aspects. This hotel should ONLY be frequented by mad golfers [with early teetimes] looking for punishment at County Down. There are much nicer places to stay in/near Newcastle if you check the B+B's.
Newcastle nice - slieve dondard nasty
The Slieve Donard building is quite honestly beautiful, the mournes are breathtaking and newcastle a friendly and lively place, however I had problems with my stay. After standing outside my room for twenty minutes (the key failing to work!) my husband and I were confronted with, flies. The room was filled with flies, when I asked what had happened they just said to me that it had been a warm weekend and this happens!! Room 2, seemed fine but the heating broken. Room 3, just minor things this time, no towels waited 2hours for room service and our "DM" "Phillip" was arrogant and un-helpful. I would return to Newcastle but never again the Slieve Donard.