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Nothing, it was perfect. Ashford Castle isn’t the easiest place to get to, but it is among the best hotels I have ever stayed at. It is well worth the trip to experience Ashford. If I get back to Ireland, I would stay there again.
A really special place with amazing staff.
Ashford Castle embodies the fantasy of the Irish castle hotel, featuring a massive historic stone facade, complete with towers and turrets. The hotel also offers manicured grounds, and a stunning setting on a lake.
The castle received a $75 million overhaul in 2015. The 82 individually decorated rooms combine old-fashioned grandeur with modern tech amenities including electronic shades, touch controls for drapes and electricity, free Wi-Fi, and wall outlets for both U.S. and European plugs. Guests may choose from rooms, staterooms, and suites, plus a Hideaway Cottage on the grounds. All rooms feature a comfortable king-size bed, and suites include a sofa bed.
An impressive range of activities are available on the estate, such as falconry, boat tours on the lake, clay shooting, archery, fishing, cycling, kayaking, horseback riding, golfing, and even zip-lining. A free 32-seat movie theater with its own popcorn machine is available, where both family-friendly and mature movies are shown twice a day. A spa is available to guests with a small pool, relaxation room, and treatment room with lake views. Families will like the unique "Lego Butler" service, where a butler brings Lego for kids, and babysitting can be arranged for a fee.
George V Dining Room is a formal restaurant on-site with white tablecloths, crystal chandeliers, and a dress code. The restaurant is named for King George V, who visited the castle when he was Prince of Wales. The Dungeon is located on the lower ground floor of the castle and serves local pub food such as burgers, corned beef, black pudding, and seafood.
Ashford Castle is one of the most unique hotels, not only in Ireland but the world. It provides a magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience for all visitors.
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Policies vary by room type and provider.
You can celebrate your honeymoon in style at Ashford Castle by booking one of the hotel’s "Sense of Occasion" packages. Included in your luxury stay is a bottle of champagne, romantic five-course dinner, a 60m archery lesson, and a rose petal turndown service.
Pets are treated as VIP guests at Ashford Castle, and with so many acres of grounds to explore, your dog will be as excited about your stay as you are. Complimentary in-room amenities for pets include a cozy bed, towels, food and water bowls with mineral water, a turndown treat and a menu of floor mats, cushions and duvets to choose from. Other services can be arranged in advance and for an additional fee, such as toys and treats, leashes and litter boxes, dog walking and pet grooming services.
Guests may request to check in before the designated check-in time at Ashford Castle – simply contact the hotel to ask about availability and fees. Late checkout may also be arranged for a surcharge when possible.
The journey from Shannon Airport to Ashford Castle should take around 1h 30m by car – nine different rental car providers are represented at the airport - or you could choose to take a taxi. Pre-arranged services may well be cheaper than a standard fare, which will be around €150 ($168).
There are plenty of events at Ashford Castle, with the program regularly changing to reflect the season. Regular events include unique dining experiences, craft gin tasting classes, and fine wine dinners in the historic wine cellar.
Yes, the hotel has several lounges to choose from, several of which have a distinctive theme. The Billiards Room is an elegant space in which to enjoy a game of pool, read the newspaper or relax over inspired Irish and Cuban tapas. The Prince of Wales Bar has a lounge-like atmosphere thanks to its fireplaces and armchairs and offers a range of premium spirits and cocktails from 11:00 am until late. Finally, The Cigar Terrace is the perfect lounge if you want to treat your palate to limited edition cigars, brandies, whiskies and cognacs.
The Deluxe Queen Family Rooms at the hotel have been specifically designed with families in mind – featuring two queen beds and a relaxation area, there’s plenty of space for a family of four. Interconnecting rooms are also available, as well as special in-room touches like cookies, personalized storybooks, children’s DVDs and bathrobes, and an Xbox on request.
If you’d like to explore a wide range of high-quality Irish brands without leaving the castle, you can head over to Mrs. Tea’s Boutique and Bakery. This unique shopping experience offers something for everyone: from locally sourced food products to clothing, cosmetics, sports equipment, jewelry and homeware. (Prices checked 05/04/19).
Ashford Castle is located at Ashford Castle, 0.8 km from the centre of Cong. Ashford Castle Golf Club is the closest landmark to Ashford Castle.
Check-in time is 3:00 PM and check-out time is 12:00 PM at Ashford Castle.
Yes, Ashford Castle offers free Wi-Fi.
No, Ashford Castle does not offer free parking.
No, Ashford Castle does not offer free airport shuttle service.
Ashford Castle is 34.6 km from Galway. Ashford Castle is 51.8 km from Knock Intl.
No, Ashford Castle does not have a pool on-site.