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Dromoland Castle Hotel


    Dromoland Castle Hotel
 in County Clare
    Dromoland Castle Hotel
 in County Clare

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  • Very Enjoyable

    by AJeanneT on 2019-05-21 04:39 am

    We stayed here for two nights at the end of our first trip to Ireland and it was a wonderful place to end our vacation. Based on pre-trip YouTube videos I was a bit worried that Dromoland would be a bit worn-out but it was spectacular! The castle is beautiful, the rooms are absolutely luxurious and well-maintained and the staff is wonderful. Make sure to stay a couple of nights so that you can take advantage of the activities at the castle...the falconry is not to be missed! Proximity to Shannon Airport (and the airport's amenities, including pre-flight US Customs Clearance) makes this a great base for even a short trip to the west of Ireland.

  • EXCELLENCE AT DROMOLAND

    by James1117428 on 2019-05-21 04:39 am

    My wife and I stayed for three nights in May 2019. This was at least our 21st visit to Dromoland; perhaps even more. As always, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We have stayed in many luxury properties in Ireland including Adare Manor and Ashford Castle, however I truly believe that Dromoland Castle Hotel is the finest property in the country.

    Obviously, Dromoland Castle is a gorgeous hotel surrounded by 450 acres of sheer beauty. However, one of the best things about staying at Dromoland is the wonderful staff led by General Manager Mark Nolan. Upon arrival the porters (bellmen) are so welcoming and that really sets a very positive tone for the entire stay. They all possess wonderful personalities and their humor is always on full display. They also tell some delightful stories. Additionally, they are very helpful be it transporting your luggage or parking your car. The Reception staff is top notch all the way; always willing to assist in any way possible. All employees we have encountered during our many visits have been genuinely nice and extremely competent. There is nothing they would not do for their guests.

    You have many dining options at the Castle and whatever venue you choose all are fantastic. If you are looking for sheer elegance and formality one can dine at the Earl of Thomond Restaurant. The ambience and fare are truly wonderful. The Executive Chef is super talented. I would remind gentlemen that a jacket is required in the formal dining room. We opted to dine at the Fig Tree Restaurant located near the golf clubhouse this trip. We dined there twice and both meals were delicious. The wait staff were fabulous as well. It is less formal; however, the food is great. We ordered steaks, burgers, and roast beef that were delicious. One can also dine at The Gallery (pub) and eat right outside of the bar in the massive hallway. The food quality is awesome; not your traditional pub food. We always have high dining expectations and have never been disappointed in any of the venues. Breakfast is a great event that I look forward to every morning. The menu is quite diverse so finding something you like will definitely not be a problem. I generally go with the traditional Irish fare; however, my wife samples different items such as porridge or French toast, etc. The food is all excellent and is locally sourced. The breakfast area is led by a truly wonderful person named Pauline. She is extremely competent and genuinely nice. The wait staff are tremendous as well.

    On a side note it was our pleasure to see Tony Frisby, who was formerly the dining room manager. Tony recently retired after nearly 30-years of service. He now greets arriving guests on occasion. We look forward to seeing Tony on each visit. He is the consummate professional and genuinely nice.

    Another aside - Dromoland just opened a lovely woollen mills shop on the property. The merchandise is top of the line (of course) and the prices are quite reasonable.

    We always enjoy having a drink at The Gallery. The product offerings are top notch. I believe Frank is the manager and he is a wonderful engaging man. He even sings some old Sinatra songs every once in a while. The remaining staff are young lads; some of whom might require some enhanced training relative to their interpersonal skills. Live entertainment is provided most evenings and just adds to the overall great experience. The musicians are very talented.

    Our room was nice, equipped with all of the modern amenities (of course). General Manager Nolan always takes good care of us. Of course, all of the rooms are fabulous and each has their own uniqueness. Dromoland recently completed a multi-million euro renovation and the entire property is stunning.

    There is a myriad of outdoor activities one can avail themselves of including a professional golf course; fishing; clay shooting; falconry; and pony trap & ride; etc. I believe equestrian activities are near the estate and the proprietors will even come to the hotel and pick you up. If you prefer not to explore the expansive estate on foot bicycles and golf carts are available for your use.

    Dromoland is located strategically so one can explore the Burren; Cliffs of Moher; Aran Islands; visit Bunratty Castle and perhaps even participate in the really enjoyable Medieval Banquet. We have participated in all of the aforementioned and really enjoyed ourselves. Bunratty Woollen Mills is directly across from the Bunratty Castle and is a great place to pick up some quality merchandise. Durty Nelly's is also in the area and is a great place to have a pint of Guinness and partake in some lunch. The atmosphere is charming and is a lot of fun. When time permits we have also visited Lahinch; Lisdoonvarna; Kilkee; Kilrush; and Doonbeg; etc. The preceding places offer a myriad of fun activities.

    Dromoland also has a world-class Spa. My wife has participated in a few sessions with the professionals and loved every minute of it. If interested it is advisable to book well in advance.

    Dromoland is centrally located and is minutes from Shannon Airport, which certainly is convenient. Procuring a rental car is totally painless as well.

    To recap - we highly recommend a stay at Dromoland Castle. I assure you it will be an experience you will never forget. The property is truly exceptional. However, the wonderful staff really make the visit an unforgettable experience. We will be returning in October (hopefully) for a two-night stay and can't wait!

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    Date of stay: May 2019
    Trip type: Traveled as a couple

  • Fantastic Dromoland Castle

    by Wanderer38616739167 on 2019-05-21 04:38 am

    From arrival to departure we were treated like royalty. The staff was welcoming, friendly and eager to help make our stay memorable.
    The grounds and hotel were beautiful. Would not hesitate to return again. Highly recommend.

  • Wonât get better than this

    by Brian M on 2019-05-20 06:24 am

    We spent last weekend here and everything from arrival to departure was 6 star
    We drove from dublin ( only 2.5 hours) but if flying in only 20 minutes from Shannon airport
    The suite was perfect overlooking a recently done up courtyard with flowers and benches
    The restaurant ( we had bfast and dinner) was super and the cocktail bar in the evening nice with music and Craig
    The walled garden was wonderful and I am sure the many walks around the estate ( which we did not get time to do) would be wonderful
    We played 9 holes of golf which was quite challenging and hilly so not for the faint hearted
    It was a lovely course and we had a present lunch after at the golf club
    A special mention to ALL staff which were wonderful
    We stayed in ashford castle a few years ago - they have some catching up to meet the charm of Dromoland

  • Perfect Stay in a Perfect Castle

    by Linda C on 2019-05-20 01:54 am

    We were celebrating a special birthday and Dromoland Castle exceeded our expectations in making us feel very spoilt, we would thoroughly recommend anyone staying here, we will be returning again but will not wait for a special occasion this time!


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