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County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Hotels

Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate

  • Luxurious Retreat
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Courtesy of Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate

  • Courtesy of Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate

  • Courtesy of Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate

  • Courtesy of Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate

  • Courtesy of Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate

  • Courtesy of Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate

  • Courtesy of Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate

  • Courtesy of Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate

  • Courtesy of Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate

  • Courtesy of Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate

2014 Hotel
Award Winner 2014

Pros

  • Old-fashioned luxury
  • Friendly, helpful staff
  • Some rooms have been recently refurbished
  • Beautiful grounds

Cons

  • Golfers can spoil the romantic idyll
  • You'll want to stay much longer than you can afford

Updated 04/09/2014

Fodor's Review

With structures that date back to the 11th and 16th centuries, and now one of Ireland's grandest hotels, Dromoland bristles with towers rising up over a picture-perfect lake like a storybook illustration from King Arthur. A massive neo-Gothic castle, it was, in fact, the ancestral home of the O'Briens, descendants of Brian Bórú, High King of Ireland. Inside, Dromoland provides all the creature comforts any king would expect: oak paneling, ancestral portraits, crystal

chandeliers, and Irish-Georgian antiques. Bedrooms (suites, in fact) in the main wing are the most elaborate, with four-poster beds and genuine Hepplewhite armoires. Guest rooms in the newer wings are more hotel-like, with Regency-style furniture. Rooms with a lake view are the most sought after. For dining, the Fig Tree Restaurant in the golf clubhouse offers a casual option while the neo-Gothic, oak-wainscoted Earl of Thomond Restaurant is the place for a chandeliered European feast. For activities, the 450-acre estate offers a golf course, tennis, fishing, spa, falconry, and woodlands perfect for jogging and cycling.

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Hotel Award Winner | 2012

Hotel Information

Address:

5 km (3 miles) west of Newmarket-on-Fergus, signposted from N18, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone:

061-368–144

Website: www.dromoland.ie

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 99 rooms

Updated 04/09/2014

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