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Abbeyglen Castle Hotel

  • Fodor's Choice

Pros

  • Laid-back, easygoing atmosphere
  • Pleasantly homey for all its grandeur
  • Friendly hosts and staff

Cons

  • Uphill walk back from Clifden

Published 08/11/2015

Fodor's Review

Creeper covered, as if under a Sleeping Beauty spell, the gorgeous Victorian castle-manor of Abbeyglen sits framed by towering trees on a height above Clifden town—if time hasn't completely stopped here, it has certainly slowed down, but that's just the way the relaxed guests want it. Surrounded by gardens with waterfalls and streams, Abbeyglen was built in 1832 by John D'Arcy, the founder of Clifden. Inside, guest rooms vary in size and design, some with wooden floors, some with gas fireplaces, some with four-poster beds. Insist on a front room when booking if you enjoy great views. Even though it's a castle, it is also a fun place to stay, owned by the famously hospitable Hughes brothers, Paul and Brian. Complimentary afternoon tea is served in the bar, effortlessly giving way to evening drinks, as the piano player strikes up. Beware Gilbert the parrot, who has the run of reception: he wolf-whistles, but he also bites.

Hotel Information

Address:

Sky Rd., Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland

Phone:

095-21201

Website: www.abbeyglen.ie

Hotel Details:

  • Closed Jan. and Feb.
  • 33 rooms, 9 suites
  • Rate includes: Some meals

Published 08/11/2015

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