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Ballinalacken Castle Country House
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Doolin
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

What a lovely place in every regard. The food was terrific and the setting was something out of a movie. The location could not have been better . . .surrounded by the incredible, rugged beauty of the Burren, the Atlantic Ocean with the Aran Islands in the distance, the Cliffs of Moher. . . all overlooked by a 15c castle . . . and the famous music town of Doolin just minutes away. This was by far the most romantic lodging of our 17-day trip to Ireland and I'm glad we decided to stay 3 nights here. Wish it could have been more. Thank you, Cecilia and Declan, for putting the frosting on our cake. You are superb hosts and we enjoyed getting to know you!

Room Tip: I liked Room 16 . . . not the largest room and only a queen bed, but, oh, the view! Magnificent!
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Great food,location,and a highlight to our 10 day stay in Ireland.Declan took us to see the tower castle next to the country house. They were very accomodating when we arrived early on our first day and needed to sleep before seeing the sights. I would also recommend seeing the town of Doolin to hear the music in the pubs which I hear is some of the best around

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

While not as well known of a place to stay as say Kilarney or Dublin, County Clare is home to the Cliffs of Moher, and the Ballinalacken Castle and the Country House next to it are very close by. This is a romantic spot with incredible natural beauty - and it happens to be home to one of the best restaurants around. We ate there 2 nights in a row, and the lamb might have been the best I ever had!

Room Tip: Decide if you want a larger room or a view so you can advise them when making your reservation.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

Staying here was an experience! We loved the location- to the left you have a view of the distant Cliffs of Moher, to the right you can just see Galway bay. Overlooking the hotel is the remains of O'Brien tower, a 15th century castle! One of the highlights of our entire Ireland trip was when the proprietor allowed us to tour the castle. It was such a nice surprise! Although every room in the hotel is gorgeous, the green marble fireplace in the lobby, the beautiful sitting room and the dining room stand out to me. The hallway is lined withphotographs of the Burren. Breakfast is excellent!!! Our room was very clean and the bed was exceptionally comfortable. The room would please guests who prefer modern conveniences, yet it retains the charm of an antique-filled country home. Service is friendly and cheerful. A quick drive from town and attractions.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

We stayed at Ballinalacken Castle Country House during a recent family reunion. We had a fantastic experience from start to finish..we were greeted on arrival by Cecilia, our friendly and efficient hostess. The hotel has wonderful views over the Aran islands, Cliffs of Moher and even Connemara. We were blessed with fine weather and the views were truly magnificent. The hotel is located on the grounds of an old castle providing plenty of history and great photo opportunities. Our large room was well serviced and very clean, the bed was extra large and ultra comfortable. We ate dinner in the restaurant and it was one of the best meals we have eaten. The extensive menu was very impressive and my choices of crab dumpling and seafood special (prawn, scallop, monkfish, salmon and sea bass) were delicious. Great selection of good wines too and not overly priced!!The quiet bar nestled behind the restaurant is the perfect place to retreat for a night cap before bed.. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay at this hotel..thanks to Cecila, Declan and all the staff for making it a very memorable stay.

Room Tip: Request a sea view as the views are amazing!!!
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Additional Information about Ballinalacken Castle Country House

Address: Coast Road R-477, Doolin R477, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > The Burren > Doolin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Doolin
Price Range: ₹ 8,929 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballinalacken Castle Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ballinalacken Castle Hotel Doolin is one of the leading Castle Hotels Ireland with views of Cliffs of Moher. This Clare Hotel has an award winning restaurant and is the best place to eat in Doolin. It would be difficult to find a more beautiful place on the West Coast of Ireland in which to wake up. The Ballinalacken has been described in the press as one of the finest located houses in Europe. Our guest rooms offer spectacular panoramic views of the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay. A 15th Century Castle ruin of the O'Brien Clan stands imposingly beside the Ballinalacken Hotel. ... more   less 
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