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Great National Hotel Ballina

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Hotel Ballina N 59 Dublin Road, Ballina F26 X5P3 Ireland
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#5 of 9 hotels in Ballina
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Great National Hotel Ballina is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Ballina, offering a charming environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay. You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer a flat screen TV, and you can stay connected during your stay as GN Hotel Ballina offers guests free wifi. The hotel features a 24 hour front desk and room service. Plus, GN Hotelse Ballina offers a pool and breakfast, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available. For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting Ballina, Great National Hotel Ballina is located a short distance from The Humbert Memorial (1.9 mi) and St. Muredach's Cathedral (1.9 mi). While in Ballina be sure to experience local surf and turf favorites at Brennan's Lane Bar & Restaurant. During your visit, be sure to check out a popular historic site like Rosserk Friary, which is a short distance from the hotel. Enjoy your stay in Ballina!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Taxi service
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Adult pool
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Salon
Steam room
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Desk
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Room service
Safe
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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Modern
Languages Spoken
English
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CheshireBasil wrote a review Nov 2022
Cork, Ireland43 contributions10 helpful votes
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Oh dear. This is their ham sandwich. Their website says 24hr room service but I was told on arrival at 9 that all food had finished. The room was dirty, carpet stains and ripped chair and broken drawers. Sellotaped buttons in the lift. Decor is dated and needs replacing. I was in a delux room so maybe there are worse.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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Responded 1 Dec 2022
Hi Basil, Thank you for rating us. Yes the sandwich is defiantly not up to the standards of food offerings that we serve here at the hotel. My apologies about this and I will highlight this with the relevant managers and our night team. We are currently in the planning phase for updating the rooms and the whole hotel in general to rectify these issues. The lifts company whom service our lifts are replacing those buttons but they need to be taped over in the short term till they are replaced.
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Wagtail. wrote a review Sep 2022
Dublin, Ireland11 contributions11 helpful votes
Attended a big wedding here recently. The aperitifs were so tasty, great atmosphere and buzz in the hotel. It was a very big wedding but the meal was served very promptly and hot. The turkey and ham was delicious as were the desert, staff worked hard but was very friendly. It was my first wedding here and credit has to be given to all involved.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Stephen Clarke, General Manager at Great National Hotel Ballina
Responded 26 Nov 2022
Hi Bartra, Thank you for taking the time to review your time with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed all we have to offer at the hotel. We look forward to welcoming you back to us in the future. Stephen Clarke GM
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markusTyrone wrote a review Sep 2022
Tyrone365 contributions213 helpful votes
I stayed for the weekend as part of a car club and was very impressed by this excellent hotel. On my arrival the room was ready and I had a lovely meal of vegetable tikka masala which arrived quickly and was super tasty. Rooms are big, clean and in a good state of repair. I did not get the chance to try the swimming pool but the bar and restaurant area were very good with music at night. Overall I would recommend this hotel. It is not centrally located but that does mean that it is quiet at night. You could walk or get a taxi to the town centre.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Stephen Clarke, General Manager at Great National Hotel Ballina
Responded 21 Sep 2022
Hi Markus, We are happy that you enjoyed your time with us. We were delighted to host the car club that you were part of and it was a great event. I will pass on your lovely comments to all the relevant departments.
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Mhen wrote a review Aug 2022
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
This was our second time to stay and it as equally as good as the first. Nice food, great size rooms, really nice spa but the best thing about this hotel is the staff. On both occasions small details and thoughtful touches made our family feel so special. David looked after us so well and remembered us from our trip there last year! He, as well as Michaela and Denise went above and beyond to look after us and we are so grateful. I would highly recommed for a family event or group get together as they are so willing to facilitate guests requests where possible.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Stephen Clarke, General Manager at Great National Hotel Ballina
Responded 25 Aug 2022
Hi Martha, Thank you for taking the time time to write a lovely review of your stay with us. It is a great testament when we have guests like yourself return to us and we were delighted to welcome you back to us. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your stay again and that all of our staff including our management team whom you mentioned made your stay with us special. We of course we look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit.
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Angela wrote a review Aug 2022
Cheshunt, United Kingdom2 contributions
What an excellent hotel and stay. We were visiting for a wedding and the staff throughout the day were outstanding. The food, service and attention to detail - fantastic. Roast beef and salmon delicious and seconds for all. Impressive throughout.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Stephen Clarke, General Manager at Great National Hotel Ballina
Responded 25 Aug 2022
Thank you foodgloriousfood for the fantastic review. We are all delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Your comments on our food and service will be appreciated by our food and beverage team. All the team play a vital part in ensuring all our events are memorable. We look forward to you staying with us again in the future.
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Teresa M wrote a review Aug 2022
12 contributions4 helpful votes
Nice place but asked for starter as main and the gave us double portion and charged us double they were nice but too much and too expensive. Place very empty with very few customers yet ad to keep finding staff to assist. Not sure what is going on
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Stephen Clarke, General Manager at Great National Hotel Ballina
Responded 25 Aug 2022
Hi Gteresam, Thank you for taking the time to review us. If the starter option you chose was not a course we normally sell as a main portion then it would be served and charged as twice the amount as it is the same as two courses. I don't understand why this would be classed expensive as it would amount to the same as most of our main courses options on the menu. We of course are always looking to looking to recruit new staff to the hotel and enhance our teams due to the volume in business.
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ghostchild2 wrote a review Jul 2022
Athlone, Ireland240 contributions134 helpful votes
Stayed here recently 2a and 2c. Check in was quick and efficient. The receptionist though wasn't a bit welcoming or friendly. She basically just gave me our key. I asked about the kids club and her reply was 6-9pm. I then had to ask where it does be on and again her only reply was Leisure centre. Not a good first impression of the hotel. Our room though was lovely and spacious and clean. Suited our needs fine. We had dinner in the hotel early so the kids could go to the club. The staff in the bar were all much more friendly and the food was nice. I will say though the bar area is set up more like a restaurant and in fact is part of the restaurant itself. While it's fine for eating it really doesn't make for a nice atmosphere to just sit and have a drink in. Both evenings we opted to sit in the lobby itself. One of the reasons I picked to stay here was because of the kids club. It says on their website that they cater for all kids up to young teens. Says they do arts and crafts, movies, discos etc. My kids are 9 and 11 so thought it would suit them. We arrived at the club just after 6pm to basically an empty room. There was a small dolls house and some gym style mats. One of the girls running it was gone to get some stuff so the kids said they'd stay. I went back 20min later and basically the girl had gotten some paints and paper. That was it. My kids who normally beg to stay in kids clubs, begged to leave. It was bar far the worst I'd ever seen. As a result even though there was loads of kids staying in the hotel only about 2 really young kids stayed in the club. That speaks volumes. We asked what the plan for the next day was and were told it was the same. Just painting. We didn't bother going near it again. Breakfast both mornings was just OK. Nothing special. Edible but not fantastic. At check out the receptionist just said thanks when I gave back the key. Didn't ask if we had a nice stay our anything. Overall the hotel was ok and I'd stay again if I needed too but wouldn't be rushing to do so. It needs some major investment in the kids club if they are going to keep advertising it and they should invest in the bar area and maybe add some music etc.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Ample parking,
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Response from Stephen Clarke, General Manager at Great National Hotel Ballina
Responded 9 Aug 2022
Thank you ghostchild2 for reviewing your stay. I will be taking on your comments about your stay with us especially the kids club. his is not what is advertised and it is defiantly not what we wish to offer. There is an itinerary in place for the whole week and I don't know why this was not adhered to. I will also look into your experience on check in as this is not of our normal standards. Thank you for highlighting these issues so we look into our service model and improve our standards.
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MisterUserName wrote a review Jul 2022
Atlanta, Georgia319 contributions63 helpful votes
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Enjoyed our stay here even though the hotel is a bit old. It did have everything we needed and breakfast was included for only 75 euros a night. Buffet breakfast was quite good. It’s only about two miles to city center and there are nice farms close by with lots of horses. The staff were very friendly and we were able to check out at 2 pm - we just asked. Gas station is a short walking distance and a few grocery stores and shops within 3 miles.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for late check out
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Responded 9 Aug 2022
Thank your for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and got to see some of the local amenities in the area.
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Rachel M wrote a review Jul 2022
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Great experience at the spa, relaxation room was lovely to unwind before and after our treatments. Sabrina and Niamh were very accommodating, friendly and knew what areas needed some extra attention to relieve tension. I feel the treatments are very well priced, midweek packages are very good value! We were delighted with the experience and will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Stephen Clarke, General Manager at Great National Hotel Ballina
Responded 9 Aug 2022
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed both your experience and treatments in The Eidin Spa. Yes both Sabrina and Niamh are fantastic and will most defiantly appreciate the high praise. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future
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Sinead N wrote a review Jul 2022
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There is nothing I could fault from our stay here. We travelled with 3 small children which can be testing in itself. Room had ample space for us all, comfortable cot also in the room with an additional mattress in it ( very thoughtful as the ones they come with can be quite hard) food is fantastic and caters for all age groups. All staff, reception, restaurant and leisure centre extremely helpful and friendly. And added bonus of a kids club where each time I checked our children were being engaged with and extremely happy. Will definitely return here and am so very happy we chose to stay here.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 9 Jul 2022
Thank you Sinead for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your break away with your family /and took advantage of all we have to offer at the hotel. We will look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
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US$85 - US$131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
IrelandWestern IrelandProvince of ConnachtCounty MayoBallina
NUMBER OF ROOMS
87
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Frequently Asked Questions about Great National Hotel Ballina
Which popular attractions are close to Great National Hotel Ballina?
Nearby attractions include Belleek Castle Museum (4.0 km), Jackie Clarke Collection (3.1 km), and Rouse's Bar (3.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Great National Hotel Ballina?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Great National Hotel Ballina?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Great National Hotel Ballina?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Great National Hotel Ballina?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Great National Hotel Ballina?
Conveniently located restaurants include Poacher Restaurant, Dillons Bar & Restaurant, and The Cot & Cobble.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Great National Hotel Ballina?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Great National Hotel Ballina?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Great National Hotel Ballina offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Great National Hotel Ballina?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ballina Town Centre (3.1 km).
Is Great National Hotel Ballina accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.