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Downings Bay Hotel

Downings F92 H7WK Ireland
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#3 of 3 hotels in Downings
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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Fitness classes
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Secured parking
Heated pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Water sport equipment rentals
Nightclub / DJ
Kids club
Kids pool
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Steam room
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
ATM on site
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Marie M wrote a review Yesterday
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I could write an essay on how badly myself and my family were treated at this hotel. Long story short...we were charged for 5 items on the bill which we did not order from the bar/restaurant and which they refused to reimburse us for. They told me that there was no way that the bar maid would make a mistake like that and that they would look at the CCTV footage to confirm this. Elaine, the "manager"lied and said they saw us receiving the items on the footage and when I asked to view the so-called footage of myself and my family receiving the items (which I am within my right to see) she laughed and said that she can't just show the general public the cctv footage even though it was supposedly of myself! Most of the reception staff were extremely rude and just seemed to be awkward at every stage of our stay there. Myself and my family will never be back here. Worst experience we have had staying in a hotel ever.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Rolido wrote a review Jul 2021
Bangor42 contributions11 helpful votes
We have stayed at the Downings bay hotel before, and dined here many times with no issues. However I was that disappointed with the cleanliness of the rooms that I felt I needed to leave this review. When we first arrived to our room after check in I went to use the toilet to discover a rather large poo in the toilet. The poo would not flush and almost seemed stuck which would suggest it's been there for a while. This makes me think that the cleaner has either not bothered cleaning the toilet or seemed to ignore the problem which in my eyes is totally unacceptable especially given the times were in cleaning should be at its peak!!! We informed reception who apologiessd and kindly moved us into the next room and put our original room out of order. When we arrived to the new room, again the room was not very clean. Fresh bed linen and towels. However there were stains on the head board above the bed, there was something spilled on the table that had gone hard and there was crumbs all over the floor. Again the toilet was not clean not as bad as the previous room but you could see waste particles up the bowl which we had to clean. Given the current circumstances this is extremely unacceptable. A clean room is not much to ask for. On a positive note the reception, bar and waiting staff were very friendly and the food in the bar was delicious. The cleanliness of the rooms was just a total let down for us.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Lauren Mary wrote a review Jul 2021
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Having been in lockdown all year, my family and I were excited go to the downings for a ‘stay-cation’. Overall, this place is really nice, as are the people. However, as I tried to enter this hotel to withdraw money from the ATM, I was informed by the officious receptionist that I “must wear a mask”. I promptly and politely informed her that I am, in fact, medically exempt from having to wear one to which she replied “you can buy a mask here for a euro”To me this seems blatantly ignorant, an exemption should never be dismissed Avoid this place if you want respectful treatment and decent customer service
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Paul M wrote a review Jul 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Spent two nights with the family in two interconnecting rooms. Rooms to a very high standard. Reception helped us to plan our day and booking activities for us which was great. Breakfast was first class, evening food in the bar was good also. In terms of location, beech located just a few minutes walk to the rear of the hotel and the shop just outside the front door. Parking also available to the side of the hotel. What more would you ask for.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Ciaran M wrote a review Jul 2021
Dublin, Ireland181 contributions114 helpful votes
We had an excellent 3 night/4 day stay in the Downing's Bay Hotel. The staff were friendly & helpful. The value was excellent. We ate in the bar on 2 nights, & the food was really tasty & there was a very happy & jolly atmosphere. We would also say that our breakfasts every morning were really nice & tasty. In spite of Covid, we had a really enjoyable. All the precautions were taken, & everything was really clean & safe. We stayed on the second floor, & the room was newly decorated, & really bright , clean & comfortable. We would be delighted to recommend Downing's bay hotel to everybody, & would gladly stay there again ourselves
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: Room on the second floor was newly decorated, very bright, & clean
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US$85 - US$141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Downings Bay Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Downings Bay Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Art House Ireland Art Gallery (7.9 km), Doe Castle (6.8 km), and Marble Hill Strand (4.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Downings Bay Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Downings Bay Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Downings Bay Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Downings Bay Hotel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Downings Bay Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lizzie's Diner, Cove Restaurant, and The Singing Pub.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Downings Bay Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a heated pool, a sauna, and fitness classes during their stay.
Is Downings Bay Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Downings.
Does Downings Bay Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Downings Bay Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Doe Castle (6.8 km).
Is Downings Bay Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.