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Arnolds Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dunfanaghy
Certificate of Excellence
Holywood, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“lock up your valuables”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2011

This hotel should provide personal safes in every room. We stayed 2 nights, and €200 that had been left hidden in a case in the wardrobe disappeared while out golfing. This was when the room was being cleaned. The incident was reported to the Garda (police). No apology from the manager / owner. Staff were not questioned as "all our cleaners are local & completely trustworthy". Internet is available in the lobby /lounge, but does not extend to the bedroom. Evening meal was tasty, but breakfast was very slow, and marmalade / ketchup & even sugar was only available on the buffet table - not on the individual tables. Bedroom was small & decor very dated. Bathrooms are very tired & shabby & hot water ran out in the shower. A trip to remember - for all the wrong reasons.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
7 Thank Doctor228
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Northern Ireland
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17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2011

My husband and I recently stayed in the hotel. Bedroom clean and a few "tweaks" could have left it a little more up to date and modern.
Food excellent in bar - had a little while to wait but tasty when it came.
Breakfast was excellent, good choice, variety and very helpful , caring and attentive staff.
Fire in reception area was very inviting and welcoming as were all of the staff we spoke or dealt with.
Would definitely visit again

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank oonagh a
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2011

This hotel has a lot going for it. A great location overlooking the bay and all staff pleasant and helpful. An open fire in the lobby is very welcoming. Our room at the back of the hotel was quiet. Breakfasts were outstanding with fresh fruit and freshly cooked Irish breakfasts. We enjoyed a quiz night in the bar where they were raising funds to restore the market house in the centre of the town. This followed our meal in the restaurant which was excellent. Our only complaint was the standard/service in the bar area for food. Neither meal we had there was quite up to standard. One of our meals on the first occasion was overcooked and on our second attempt we had to wait over 45 mins to get our order. The reason given for the delay was that another couple had earlier ordered the same choices as us and the chef thought our order was the one he had previously cooked and didn't realise ours was a different order! In their defence the manageresses on both occasions were apologetic and on the first occasion reduced our bill. Overall we very much enjoyed our stay and would go to Arnolds again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank EnergeticSeniors
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York, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2011

Arrival was not the warmest with the receptionist looking over the tops of her glasses, rather like miss Jean Brodie, and making me feel like I was at school again! Anyway got our key to room 6!
The room was large, odd shape but was ok! The furniture was very tired and is in serious need of renovation! Bathroom ok, with the exception of the large crack from top to bottom in the tiles near the door! Looked like there had been an earthquake!
I don't think they turn the hot water on until 8am as tried to get a shower before this time but no hot water, but seem to have plenty after 8!
Btw the showers not powerful at all, but there was a decent bath if you wanted a wallow!
As room 6 is at the front of the hotel, you do get traffic noise, but traffic is a lot less in the evenings! You do get a lovely view though
Would not recommend the restaurant as service was poor, and my food not good, but friends food was very good!
Breakfast was the highlight of the stay, which was freshly made!

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank gwallis1
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dublin
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28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2011

A friendly hotel to stay in. Good restaurant. Our room was a bit noisy because of passing traffic. Good location to tour the wonderful north Donegal coastline.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank LisDoonVarna
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Property: Arnolds Hotel
Address: Dunfanaghy | Co Donegal, Dunfanaghy, Ireland
Region: Ireland > County Donegal > Dunfanaghy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dunfanaghy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:3 star — Arnolds Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Embark on a journey of discovery at the Arnold Family Hotel, Dunfanaghy overlooking Sheephaven Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way. Explore the hidden gems of the local area steeped in History, Heritage, Culture and Music. Established in 1922 the Arnold Family hotel is renowned for excellence in food and hospitality using locally sourced produce. Indulge the senses and your passion for good food and wine in local Cafes and restaurants. Visit the local historic sites, explore miles of scenic walks, hidden coves and sandy beaches off the beaten track. Go Horse Riding, Golfing, Surfing and Fishing. Cycle the highways and byways, go island hopping to Tory and Arranmore. Visit the local Art Galleries, The Famine Heritage Centre and the Village Craft Shops. Donegal is simply paradise Local Attractions: Killahoey Beach, Horn Head Discovery Point 9 Mile scenic Drive and Walk overlooking Tory Island, the Errigal to Muckish Mountain Ranges. Glenveagh National Park, The Glebe Gallery, The Ards Peninsula, Ards Forest Park, Bloodyforeland, The Atlantic Drive. ... more   less 
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