Abbeyglen Castle Hotel

Sky Road,Clifden,Ireland

  • Experience World-class Service at Abbeyglen Castle Hotel

    Set in beautiful gardens in the heart of Connemara, the romantic Abbeyglen Castle Hotel has tennis courts, a spa bath and stunning views of Clifden and the Twelve Bens mountains. Abbeyglen Castle Hotel was built in 1832 and offers free afternoon tea, a new beauty and relaxation centre, and many indoor and outdoor facilities. Spacious rooms have a TV, DVD player and free Wi-Fi internet. The AA Rosette restaurant serves international cuisine and there are relaxing lounge areas to enjoy. The peaceful Abbeyglen has the Twelve Bens mountains as its backdrop, and is an ideal base for touring Connemara.


    • Fitness Facility
    • Internet
    • Parking
    • Pets Allowed
    • Restaurant
    • Laundry Services
    • Television
    • Non Smoking
    • Spa
    • Bar
    • Currency Exchange
    • Breakfast
  • reviews

    • Music in the bar in the evening!

      Reviewed 01 October 2019

      We had a hard time finding music in the evenings on our tour, so we were happy to find some here. It's kind of a corny place, but I mean that in a good way:) The welcoming champagne event was nice! The room was fine.

    • Great hotel

      Reviewed 30 September 2019

      A unique experience. 3 night stay. A former castle will be quirky. But good quirky. Our room awesome... large, comfortable bed, windows open to a soothing stream. Brian was great host - and most welcoming! Excellent Breakfast. Best lamb I ever had at dinner. Had an excellent, hot stone, massage in their spa thank you Mary Louise. Easy walk to Clifden. Front desk person a little chilly, but still rate this as a 5 star hotel. Would certainly return and also recommend to others.

    • Very nice indeed

      Reviewed 28 September 2019

      One of the nicer castle hotels. Very friendly staff; I can't stress this enough. The night we were there, they served complimentary champagne in the lounge (don't know if they do this every night). The room was very spacious and clean, with an extra bed and fireplace. We had a nice view of the lovely grounds as well. Dinner in the restaurant was a little disappointing.. I ordered the Orange Duck which had a strange flavor (I thought). It was edible but I wouldn't order it again. The kitchen seemed rather slow. Between each course, the waiter would walk by, see that we had no food on the table, shake his head and hurry to the kitchen. Oh and speaking of food, when we checked in, the clerk offered us a discount on dinner, but it wasn't clear to me that the discount was only on the entree, not the entire meal. As a result I ended up paying 8+ Euro for a trip to the dessert table from which I returned with a single spoon of bread pudding. Had I known I was being charged separately for the dessert I would have either skipped the course or eaten 8 Euro worth! And lastly, their parking facility is rather cramped. When we came out in the morning someone had backed into our car and scratched the bumper. Good thing we had full coverage on our insurance because the rental company took note. If you park there, make sure you have plenty of room around your vehicle.

    • Outstanding Hospitality

      Reviewed 27 September 2019

      Its always interesting to read others reviews. This establishment has 1,000 outstanding reviews and 55 terrible reviews. Its hard to reconcile those 55 with the 1,000 5-star reviews ... and now make that 1,001 5-star reviews. We had a remarkable 4-day stay and hated to leave. Some folks criticize Abbeyglen because it wasnt a real castle. Do those folks recognize that very few of the castle hotels were actually ever real castles. Most were built in the 1700s and 1800s to evoke the romanticism of the castle era. I suppose those same 55 folks would complain bitterly if they actually had to overnight in a true 1200AD castle with no windows, minimal lighting, dank surroundings, etc. We found Abbeyglen to be absolutely charming. Its well situated just outside the town center, overlooking a narrow bay. Super quiet, located on the Sky Road (a must do), with a trail down to the water. Hotel amenities are limited to a spa we didnt try, some tennis courts and the aforementioned trail. Free parking and pretty decent WiFi. Hospitality was impeccable. In this day and age of slapdash here it is, make do, Im busy service, we were highly impressed with how hard everyone from owners on down tried to make our visit pleasurable and memorable. The reception area is small but theres a nice fire burning and several leather easy chairs to enjoy. Theres also a large sitting room next door with another fireplace and plenty of seating. The bar area is cosy and gets crowded. Theres a large rec room behind the bar with a snooker table and game table. I suspect most folks never find it. There is definitely a wide range of room styles. The level of room you Spring for will certainly play into your evaluation of Abbeyglen. We had a Superior room and it was wonderful. Located in their tower wing, we had a king sized bed, a dining table seating 4 easily, a settee, several easy chairs, a desk, armoire and multiple smaller pieces of furniture. We had windows on three sides, all of which provided nice views. Even with all that, we had enough open space to freely dance. The bathroom was large with 2 sinks, a toilet, free standing tub, and separate shower. Large towels and the usual toiletries. The dining room was impeccable. The food and service were excellent. Dinner menu varies each night. Breakfast remains the same (a Buffett but I saw them cater several special orders). We were never rushed, even when the room was full. My advice - definitely stay. But more importantly, spring for a nicer room. I suspect some of the rooms on the top floor are where you find special rate rooms but theyre probably cramped. Also avoid rooms 2-6. Theyre over the reception and next to the dining room access probably a bit noisy. Youre going to experience the Irish castle thing. Pay the difference.

    • Great start to our holiday in Ireland

      Reviewed 26 September 2019

      We stayed two days in Clifden at the Abbeyglen and was a fantastic way to start our 10th Anniversary tour of Ireland. We had the Suite with a balcony on the front of the hotel, fireplace and the view over the sunset. It was magical. Nothing wrong to say about the room. Only hiccups we had, was at dinner the first night. We did our reservation a few months ahead of our visit and during the reservation process were told that no reservation was required for dinner and a table would be assign to us for dinner. We were little disappoint to find out that we had no table ready for us and that we were kinda fit between 3 large group. But the serving staff were able to get this corrected for the remainder of our stay which was great. Food was really good as well. Overall we had a real good time at Abbeyglen and have great memory to bring home


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