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Ballinalacken Castle Country House

Coast Road R-477, Doolin R477 Ireland
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#1 of 4 hotels in Doolin
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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Laundry service
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Shared lounge / TV area
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Soundproof rooms
Room service
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Bath / shower
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French
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twoodyt wrote a review Sep 2020
Dublin, Ireland16 contributions21 helpful votes
From the minute you arrive until you reluctantly leave this family run hotel, you will experience warmth, incredible food and amazing views over the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher. Cecilia and Declan make you feel very welcome to their hotel. The private tour of the castle by Declan was very interesting. The small bar was a great additional feature. This is a great base for travelling around County Clare whether you want to go by car or on foot. There is an amazing walk from immediately outside the gate to Ballyvaughan which takes a good five hours walking Up and down the Burren green paths. This is a very special place to stay for people who appreciate old world charm and service.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Finola L wrote a review Sep 2020
Galway, Ireland11 contributions14 helpful votes
This has to be my Number 1 on my list of hotel breaks. An absolute Gem of a hotel. From the minute we arrived until we left we were treated to absolutely wonderful Clare Hospitality by the O’Callaghan family. From Open fires in the drawing room, spacious bedrooms with stunning views, the quaintest bar for a cosy drink to the amazing food I couldn’t recommend Ballinalacken any higher. I cannot wait to go back
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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clj wrote a review Sep 2020
Cloughjordan, Ireland3 contributions2 helpful votes
We spent over a week in this warm, quiet, special hotel. Every staff member kind, friendly and helpful. Amazing silence and comfort. The simple presence of wonderful silence, sea, sky and countryside views. Central location to amazing walking on the glorious Burren, with nearby villages for crafts, music, and local history. Aillwee caves and birds of prey minutes away for unique experiences. Ferry to islands. Doolin cave for geographical discoveries. So much to see, and all from the comfort and security of this old, timeless hotel, which has everything that a holiday should have....rest, silence, comfort. Very grateful there was were no noisy pools, tv lounges, discos. Thank you. We will return.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: Highest number rooms are nearest to island view, and furtherest from main door, so quietest.
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seob66 wrote a review Sep 2020
County Monaghan, Ireland205 contributions187 helpful votes
We were looking at last minute for somewhere to stay in Doolin, looked up TripAdvisor and this stood out. And i can confirm previous reviews hit the spot. Its very clean, strict adherence to government policies on covid, staff very friendly, and food excellent. Its more of a country house with a castle on the property. The bar is small but has all you need, dinner was a treat. Great views, menu offers great variety, and we stayed in quite a few 4 and 5 star hotels in Ireland and Europe, but dinner here could match them. Flavours etc ,thoughtful menu to suit everyone. People with reduced mobility may note steps are common and access may be a little more difficult, but in general, a very pleasant experience,in a quiet location, excellent staff and food, clean rooms, no one will be disappointed.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bayside101 wrote a review Sep 2020
Dublin, Ireland103 contributions69 helpful votes
Great family run Hotel. The building has a nice mix of old world decor with a few modern touches. The family who run the place and the staff are so friendly. The rooms are really comfortable. The pièce de résistance of this hotel is it's food, outstanding. If you stay here make sure you book in for breakfast and dinner. The have a little residents bar out the back and the Guinness fantastic.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Room Tip: If you want a nice view of the Aran Islands from your room ask for the Inis Mor room
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US$199 - US$207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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IrelandProvince of MunsterCounty ClareThe BurrenDoolin
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ballinalacken Castle Country House
Which popular attractions are close to Ballinalacken Castle Country House?
Nearby attractions include Doolin Music House (3.6 km), Irish Crafts (4.4 km), and Clare Coastal Walk Project (4.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ballinalacken Castle Country House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Ballinalacken Castle Country House?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, extra long beds, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Ballinalacken Castle Country House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ballinalacken Castle Country House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ballinalacken Castle Country House?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Ivy Cottage, McGann's Pub & Restaurant, and McDermott's Pub.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ballinalacken Castle Country House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Ballinalacken Castle Country House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Poulnabrone Dolmen (13.2 km), Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations (13.4 km), and Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb (13.3 km).
Does Ballinalacken Castle Country House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.