Fodor's Expert Review Slieve Donard Resort & Spa
Downs Rd., Newcastle, Co. Down, BT33 0AH, Northern Ireland Fodor's Choice
A lavish redbrick monument to Victoriana, this turreted hotel, built in 1898, stands like a palace on green lawns at one end of Newcastle's 6½-km (4-mile) sandy beach; the traditional furnishings help make it feel like stepping back in time to the town's turn-of-the-20th-century heyday as an elegant seaside resort, though the bright guest rooms have modern comforts. Ask for a room overlooking the water; the views of the mountains and sea are striking. Amenities include a stylishly designed 16-room spa complete with saunas, amethyst steam rooms, and vitality pools. Dinner and Sunday lunch are served in the Oak Restaurant. Chaplin's Bar is named after a visit to the hotel by Charlie Chaplin, who enjoyed its comforts for a weekend in 1921. The Royal County Down Golf Club is next door.
- appealing mix of luxury, history, and style
- fireplaces in lobby welcome on chilly days
- housekeeping slow with requests
- occasional noise from wedding receptions
Rate Includes: Some meals