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Stunning location, great service, hotel showing signs of age.
Carlton Redcastle Hotel & C Spa (Donegal)
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Carlton Redcastle Hotel & C Spa (Donegal)
Advantages: Beautiful location and great service from all staff we encountered
Disadvantages: Hotel starting to look a bit tired
The Redcastle Hotel in Inishowen, Donegal is set in splendid, secluded surroundings amongst parkland and overlooking Lough Foyle. It's a four star establishment and offers a nine hole golf course, restaurant, function rooms, pool, gym and spa treatments.
We drove from Belfast, which took about two hours, but from Derry it's only about an hour away and is well signposted from the road. You'd really need a car to get here though, it's very remote and the area did not appear to be served by public transport.
On entering the hotel, I was lugging along a suitcase of emigration proportions, which was very difficult to force through the narrow revolving doors. As an attractive hotel, I think they could do some work on the lobby, at the moment it's all a bit 'Asda', which is a shame. Once I'd got all my belongings inside, we gave them to a very helpful porter who took them to our room. The interior of the reception looked pretty modern, but very slightly tired. There is free internet in the lobby which I was pleased to discover.
The room was really very pleasant and had everything you'd expect in a four star hotel. TV, Ironing board, nice lighting and everything was very clean. On a negative, things again were looking a bit shabby with multiple hair straightener burns on the dressing table and the odd bit of stained upholstery. The TV was the old 'box variety' and the signal was very poor on most channels. It didn't matter of course, and didn't spoil my stay. We were with a wedding party so had a room overlooking the lough. The view was beautiful as the hotel is on the very edge of the water. Lying on the bed, it feels a bit like you're on a boat!
On the website, they advertise free internet throughout the hotel, infact it only exists in reception. The rooms are served by the company 'bitbuzz' and is expensive for a limited number of minutes.
One evening we ate in the restaurant, which offers a simple menu of regional specialities. The service and the quality of food was superb and we were given a table overlooking the bay. Breakfast is a help-yourself affair with coffee bought to the table. They had everything you could ask for, including cooked breakfast, porridge, cereals and pastries.
Although we didn't try the golf course, or spa treatments, we did use the pool which was a lovely way to relax after a long day, and again the location made the most of the views. The water was also nice and warm which I liked. The spa area was clean and well maintained.
On one day we were at a wedding, held in a function room on the ground floor of the hotel, again positioned for good views, and although I won't review the wedding itself (but was fantastic), I thought I'd pass on a comment a lady made to me in the lift the next day. She said that she couldn't hear us at all upstairs, (despite us being pretty rowdy) which is a sign that hopefully you would not get disturbed by any event that might be hosted at the same time.
In recent months the management has changed hands, and has split away from the Carlton Group. Therefore I'd expect that they're working on sprucing the place up a bit. Overall we had a lovely restful stay there for four nights, and as well as the wedding were able to explore the area including a day out to Derry and Giant's causeway, via the ferry at Moville.
I'd recommend this hotel - room prices vary, but can be purchased for as little as 60 euro a night (room only)
Summary: Would certainly visit again
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