Strandhill Lodge was everything we expected -- beautiful views of the ocean and Knocknarea mountains from a modern and comfortable hotel!
We had a balcony room at Strandhill and although it was a bit cold in mid-May to sit outside comfortably, we would highly recommend booking a similar room. Our room was large and clean, as was the bathroom. The bed was comfortable, and the hotel staff was helpful.
A few words about the area: Strandhill is outside Sligo. We made it our last stop before returning to Dublin so we could really take in the ocean view and visit Yeats' grave (also beautiful, not only for the view but also the cemetery grounds). But we found so much more in the area that we hope to return.
There were several restaurants and pubs within walking distance (less than five minutes). We ate at The Venue, right next door to Strandhill. What a stunning view! The Venue staff also were wonderful. We really enjoyed the experience.
Also, en route to Strandhill, we found Dunguaire Castle outside Galway. It was a welcome surprise, since we had avoided Blarney and Bunratty castles after hearing they were highly commercialized and touristy. Dunguaire is a small caste on the water, but it's three or stories are full of treasures. And it was quiet enough to really be able to explore and take it all in. We visited during the day, but there's also a banquet at night. And a local jewelry maker has a workshop in the upstairs gift shop. Beautiful work!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Strandhill Lodge and Suites is a new hotel accommodation that has 18 Large Double and Single Deluxe Rooms and 4 Luxurious Superior Suites; with magnificent views of the famed Knocknarea and Strandhill Bay. All rooms are bright and spacious with a King Sized Bed and all modern conveniences. Rooms are suitable for two – three people sharing. ... more less
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