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Having just returned from a fantastic weekend at the beech hill i would thoroughly recommend it. having read the reviews i was unsure what to expect. my boyfriend and i booked the 'love is in the air' package - it was great value for money considering we got a fab junior suite (the senator suite) with a 4 poster bed overlooking the garden. having been told this is the only junior suite with a 4 poster i would put in a request as i did. yes, it has squeaky floorboards but its all part of the charm and character of the place. i was a little wary of costs as previous reviews had outlined they may charge you for hidden extras; however we were not charged for room service having had breakfast in bed twice, nor did we have to pay much extra for ordering from the tabe d'hote menu instead of the a la carte menu. i have no complaints about the restaurant service and the food was exacty what you'd expect of a 4 star hotel - perfection. we had a pleasant walk in the gardens which i'm sure would look spectacular in full bloom. if you want to get about take a car, if you want to see the city: a short and fairly cheap taxi ride (compared to belfast prices) will take you there. the staff were very friendly and informative, help was given with our bags and we were given directions to the fitness suite, restaurant and lounge. if you want for anything all you have to do is ask and they are more than obliging.
i would definitely stay again and recommend it to anyone.
An excellent hotel with a personal touch
The Beech Hill is set in beautiful grounds just on the edge of the city. The rooms are superb, the food is way better than you could,would or should expect and the staff attention right through from first welcome to departure is more personal than functional. One of the owners is very hands on and this leads to a wonderful warm but never intrusive service.
We'd stay at Beech Hill any time in the future and reccommend it unreservedly.
Stay here its just great!
I stayed here with my collegue last week after only seeing this on the internet so was not sure what to expect. What we got was excellent and our Junior Suites were very clean and well appointed.
Dinner was excellent. Staff could do no more to make our stay more enjoyable.
I will be staying here again without a doubt and would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a traditional and individual hotel in the Derry and not one of the pre-fab glorified Travel Lodges that are springing up now in Londonderry!
Nice, but could use a facelift
This hotel is spacious, and it is easy to see the grandeur that might have been... and might be again with some minor updating. The grounds are lovely and the hotel facade impressive, but the interrior hasn't been updated in a few years. The lobby is small and the maze of entry rooms is full of nostalgic pictures of former US presidents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton and Senator John Kerry. The antiques throughout the hotel are eye-catching and perfectly placed, but the carpets could be updated and the walls and ceiling could use a new coat of paint.
The staff is friendly and offered suggestions for local attractions. The room was spacious with two giant King sized beds, a sitting area, large mirrors and bureaus. The bathroom was clean and spacious, but they were none too generous with towels, and the fixtures were old and outdated. The room decor was clean but probably more at home in the 1980s than today. The sheets on the bed had small tears in them, leading us to believe that perhaps it is time to replace them! The breakfast was adequate, but nothing out of the ordinary, and none too generous with the tea (only one cup of tea was offered).
While we enjoyed our stay, it was a bit pricey for its run-down appearance, but with some simple updates, the grandeur could be restored and it would be worth every cent!
Loved our stay at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel
We had a wonderful stay at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel in February 2004. I am sorry that I didn't write sooner to rave about our stay. We have done a lot more traveling to Europe since our 2004 visit 2 years ago, and it has made me realize how fantastic this hotel is. We were visiting friends in Ireland, and wanted to go up to Northern Ireland and see some of the sites. I found this hotel on the internet, and couldn't believe how beautiful it looked. I called there, and Patsy was so friendly and nice. We booked 3 rooms, and when we arrived I was amazed that it was so much more gorgeous than it was on their website. It is like a country estate, the grounds are unbelievable and our room was exceptional. It had a lovely sitting room and a huge bedroom and bathroom. It was so elegant, beautifully decorated and very clean. We had dinner at their restaurant and it was absolutely delicious, as was the breakfast in the morning. I have never had such wonderful service anywhere. We just returned to Ireland, but were unable to go back up to Northern Ireland. We are planning to return next winter, and we would definitely go back to Northern Ireland just to stay at this charming hotel. Thank you again Patsy for such wonderful hospitality in such a gorgeous setting.
A real let down
As a birthday treat my partner & I decided upon this hotel after reading the positive reviews on Trip Advisor.
I am aware that the hotel is over 200 years old but that didn't excuse the fact that it needs a major facelift as at the moment it doesn't seem to deserve the 4 star status it has. The hotel smelt very musty, the bar was tiny & the few clientele there was were all over 50. My partner & I are in our twenties & we retired to our room after dinner to watch television (of which only 2 channels were working) as we were bored to death in the lounge. I was also disappointed that there was no sign of the owner as I was looking forward to meeting the 'Patsy' the reviews were raving about.
On the plus side was the food which was delicious & the service was exceptional. The room was large & clean with a good big bed & a great view of the beautiful grounds however I would not recommend this hotel for young singles/couples.
Great food and customer service
The hotel is set in lovely grounds and is very country house-ish - meaning not exactly gleaming and modern, but inviting and tastefully decorated. Our room was clean, pleasant, and decorated in a style appropriate to the hotel. We enjoyed the 'spa' facilities, though the gym and sauna area looked a little dated. Other guests seemed to be enjoying the tennis courts, but we spent our time exploring nearby Donegal.
Dinner was excellent, and the staff were very attentive. A wedding in the hotel meant that both dinner and breakfast were served in a smaller room rather than the main dining room, however this didn't seem to affect either the speed or quality of service.
The wedding did mean that our room was very loud in the evening - however when we phoned reception they offered to move us to a suite (we think it was the one next door to President Clinton's)!! It was amazing - 2 bathrooms, a HUGE bed, living room; bigger than many apartments! This really topped off our stay - the staff couldn't have been more helpful, and were very quick to offer the room change.
My husband and I had booked three nights at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel for our honeymoon, but after only two nights we couldn't escape fast enough. At first, our junior suite seemed fine. We were to discover that the room was extremely dark, so much so, that reading after sunset was virtually impossible. There were electrical outlets and cords in very odd places, a broken window pane, impractical and unusable furniture (aside from the bed), and the bathroom was a joke! The bathroom itself was spacious enough, however, the shower was so small anyone with mild claustrophobia would be in trouble and the pedestal sink was truly miniature. A string hanging from the ceiling was used to turn on and off the lights. There was so much creaking, cracking, clanging, hissing and banging going on, from what I don't know, that a sound night's sleep was impossible. Yes it was built in 1622, but there comes a point at which restoration and/or refurbishment becomes imperative in order to continue operating sucessfully. The lounge was smoked filled, and as a non-smoker very unpleasant to walk through in order to gain access to the dining room. Our dinner in the Ardmore Restaurant was pleasant, but unremarkable. The hotel staff seemed troubled by any request of assistance and had great difficulty making even one restaurant recommendation in nearby Derry. The rates for the hotel are outrageously high for what they offer. We stayed at vastly superior hotels for the same price or less during our three weeks in Ireland. After two nights at Beech Hill, we made arrangements to stay at another hotel and would definitely not ever return.
Romance at Beech Hill - you must be joking!
We booked a special package called "Romance at Beech Hill" which promised champagne and chocolates on arrival to set the atmosphere. The website stated "by candle light dine on the finest food in the land" - 5 course gourmet evening meal. Breakfast in bed both mornings. Even fizzy bath bombs! .......the hotel was described as an "elegant rural manor house"........... they really set the scene for our perfect romantic weekend.......WRONG.....
We arrived to a small bottle of Cava. Once poured into the glasses, we got half a glass each, there were 2 chocolates. There was no point in the fizzy bath bomb as the bath was very shallow and we both could not fit in at once. Our dreams of a romantic bath together sipping champagne and eating chocolates was shattered. Still, we had our gourmet meal to look forward to.......WRONG......
We were presented with a Christmas Menu. When we told the staff we were expecting a 5 cource gourmet meal we were told that was the only menu and that they would be adding a sorbet to it! Soup, turkey and christmas pudding is what I had, oh, and not forgetting the sorbet!!!!
We were taken through to a small room (not the main dining room pictured on the website). Reason being...........they were having a Christmas party! The hotel had been taken over by rowdy Christmas party go-ers.
I couldn't believe it, the romantic break was now a very bitter dissappointment. The food was very, very average, wine not chilled properly. The christmas tape on a loop was beginning to really get on my nerves. I couldn't wait to get out of the dining room and back to our room for an early night .........WRONG.....
Waterloo......blasted out of the singers mike etc etc. Not much sleep was had.
There was no breakfast in bed but by then, the romantic break was not happening anyway. We wanted the weekend over quickly as the mood was gone. However, Saturday night was even lounder than Friday. We couldn't get to sleep. We couldn't use the hotel bar as the place was packed and very noisy. We couldn't hear what each other was saying.
In the morning we complained to the owner and were told that there was nothing she could do. "What did we expect 2 weekends before Christmas" that she was "sorry" and "have a nice Christmas".
Well, we expected an elegant rural manor house, a five course gourmet evening meal by candle light, a romantic break. Exactly what it said on the tin. We didn't expect a crowded and noisy hotel, christmas menu, tiny bottle of Cava etc etc.
Irish hospitality........I don't think so. And yes, I appreciate it was 2 weekends before Christmas but why advertise Romantic Weekend breaks if you can't deliver?
To add insult to injury, when my partner and I got home and I unpacked our bags I found a diamond ring tucked away. He was going to propose to me on our romantic weekend. Needless to say, he didn't.............Still, I know were we won't be going on honeymoon!!!!!!!
We stayed at the hotel 5th & 6th January to recharge the batteries after the chaos of Christmas & New Year. The hotel is a beautiful old house which dates back to the 1700s apparently. We were give an upgrade to a junior suite (room 31 - Bill Clinton stayed in this room) in the old part of the house. The room was beautiful, very clean and had a nice view of the gardens. The staff we're very friendly and polite, everyone tried to go make our stay as comfortable as possible. We ate in the hotel once, the main restaurant was closed for maintenance, so we ate in the hotels banqueting hall which was just as nice. The food was excellent and the service top notch. We ate in town on our second night, the hotel organised taxis for us and it took about 5 minutes to get to the city centre. Overall our stay at Beech Hill was just what we needed, I'll definitely be back!
Derry Petrtol Bomber
John (Jackie) Duddy
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