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Ashford Castle, Cong

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Ashford Castle is a medieval and Victorian castle that has been expanded over the centuries and turned into a five star luxury hotel near Cong on the Mayo-Galway border, on the Galway side of Lough Corrib in Ireland. It is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World organisation and was previously owned by the Guinness family.
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  • This was fantastic the staff was exceptional from you enter the castle gate till I left. The castle itself still has the charm and character I would have expected. 
    This was fantastic the staff was exceptional from you enter the castle gate till I left. The castle itself still has the charm and character I would have expected.  more »
  • Ashford Castle was a truly wonderful place to stay over Halloween. The staff were helpful and friendly and made you feel so welcome and special. The food in the George V fine dining room was divine... 
    Ashford Castle was a truly wonderful place to stay over Halloween. The staff were helpful and friendly and made you feel so welcome and special. The food in the George V fine dining room was divine...  more »
  • Ashford Castle is nothing short of magical and exceeded our high expectations! We spent 3 nights there and would have loved to stay longer. You can easily spend a whole day exploring the castle and... 
    Ashford Castle is nothing short of magical and exceeded our high expectations! We spent 3 nights there and would have loved to stay longer. You can easily spend a whole day exploring the castle and...  more »
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  • This is probably the most amazing place I’ve ever stayed in my life. And what I loved most about it wasn’t even the incredible grounds, the immaculate rooms, the amazing food—it was the way the staff here treats you. Every person who walks in is treated like royalty. We only had the opportunity to stay one night, which is a CRIME. I highly recommend staying two or more nights if you can. It is an unforgettable place.
  • We stayed here a few years ago. What a magical place. Straight out of a fairytale... absolutely fantastic service , magnificent surroundings and wonderful food. Up there with some of the finest hotels and service we have received anywhere in the world. A must is the falcon walk. We can't wait to return to Ireland and stay here again...
  • Amazingly luxurious and staff that go above and beyond! My only critique is that the food was not as good as you'd expect from this level of hotel. The vegetarian lasagna in the Dungeon was inedible. Amazing desserts, though! Will be back.
  • Stayed in the castle at the weekend with the wife, really disappointed in the food both in the dungeon and the George V dining. Felt as if castle staff was only interested in the wedding groups. Trying have a conversation with wife or waitress and bagpiper playing on and on in such confined space was unpleasant, stayed in the lodge in the summer definitely a much better experience. The room in the castle was lovely, the room staff was amazing. The spa was nearly impossible to get a reservation although we got one on the day we where leaving just a check out time, although spa seemed empty when we where there.
  • Driving up to Ashford Castle is a magical experience and it is easy to imagine going back in time. The staff were uniformly attentive, informative, and helpful. We had a corner room with views of the lake on one side and the river on the other. The room was spacious with plenty of drawer space and a reasonably comfortable sofa/chaise. I strongly suggest making advance reservations for activities, especially those with inherent limited availability such as falconry. We did not and that was on us. We had a short, pleasant walk to the village of Cong and enjoyed the local pubs. We had spa,appointments, requesting massages. For this, we had to rely solely on the spa staff as we were unable to find ANY printed menu of services. What we got was massage of back, shoulders, and feet and a facial. Had we known our massage would be so limited and included facials, we would not have booked. The attempted sale of facial products at the end was a bit offputting. The massage portion was excellent and I wish it had been more compete. Breakfast in the main dining room was excellent. Jackets are required for dinner so we did not have dinner there. Dinners in the other restaurants were ordinary.

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