Slieve Donard Resort and Spa
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... hexagonal rocks. My brother was so frustrated by the Finn Mc Cool legend talk, when he just wanted to find out how they were formed.
Like the rope-bridge walk, the prospect of seeing the rocks is a great way to lead people on a ramble on Ireland’s coast. Sea foam glittered between the boulders and the towering columns of slowly cooled basalt were awe-inspiring. I can imagine how they would have impressed the Victorians who first saw them. A kid’s TV show ...
... and computer time. We popped into the Queen's university cafe and had some delicious soup with soda bread, yum! The Queen's University main building is very beautiful with a stunning quadrangle and Hall. It must be amazing to study in a University with such a history. End of July and we're about half way through our trip. Definitely missing people but really enjoying our fantastic opportunity for extended travel. Tomorrow we get the ferry ...
... a tour off, but besides that there really isn't much else to see within the city's centre. Going to Belfast, one thing Natalija and I were both really looking forward to was seeing the place where the infamous Titanic was built. However, we soon came to realize that everything that Belfast had to offer ( tours of the Harland and Wolff Shipyard-- birthplace of the titanic, parliament, and the Belfast castle) all required a car to reach.
So instead, after our tour ...
... so sat themselves down in splendour on a sofa with some beers and they were happy as sandboys. A bunch of guys on a stag outing arrived just after the start, and another couple came in a bit later so there was a reasonable amount of discussion going on amongst them all, rugby is a great leveller. I had the makings of a headache so bought a newspaper and magazine, got a cuppa from the nice barman, and settled down to read all about the ...
... so readily available in Ireland, it was the best and cheapest recourse they had to work with. When they built their walls, they didn't use cement, grass or even mud to hold them together. They simply stacked the rocks on top of one another. Therefore, the walls have lots of holes throughout them. This is actually advantageous for the walls longevity because Ireland has very strong winds and the holes within the walls allows that wind to pass through the ...
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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.