This welcoming little hotel sits snugly in the heart of Downings village and is right next the beach. In fact this is literally just yards away. There is plenty of parking and the amenities of this lovely little village are right on the doorstep. It's also a short stroll to the picturesque harbour and the great little cafe at McNutts. Baking here is done on the premises and the scones are not to be missed!
The Bay Hotel has all the comforts of grander establishments but none of the pretensions. Rooms are very spacious and attractively furnished. The decor throughout is bright, fresh, contemporary and clean. The restaurant is fairly priced with a good menu. Breakfast choice was very good with a buffet of cereals, juices and breads, then a cooked breakfast to order. This was lovely and portions were generous. The bar food was also great value and there was loads to choose from, including daily specials. Dishes were always attractively served and the service was fast and efficient even during busy spells. The wheaten bread is made on the premises and is very popular with guests. It has a distinctive flavour, due to its 'secret' ingredient - Guinness!!!!
While there is no pool/spa facility in the hotel there is a great facility within easy driving distance up the hill. This is complimentary to hotel guests. The pool here is enormous and all the one depth. There is also a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and gym.
The hotel staff were friendly and helpful, particularly the servers in the dining room and bar. This is a hotel with a very homely feel. We would definitely use it again.
In fact we can't wait to get back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the North West of Donegal on the beautiful Sheephaven Bay lies the thoroughly modern and luxurious Downings Bay Hotel with our award winning accommodation. The Sheephaven Suite is available for 20 – 350 people. JC’s Bar & the Haven Dining Room serve locally sourced fresh food daily. Magherabeg Leisure Centre & Kidz Kingdom are available complimentary to hotel guests. Local activities include golf, fishing, walking, horse riding & water sports. Within driving distance of Glenveagh National Park & Horn Head. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Downings Bay Hotel County Donegal