Downings Bay Hotel

Co. DonegalDowningsIreland

About Downings Bay Hotel

A traditional family-run hotel situated next to Sheephaven Bay in County Donegal, Downings Bay Hotel features event facilities for conferences and weddings. Rosapenna Golf Pavilion is roughly five minutes' drive away.

There are a total of 40 rooms here, available in single, twin, double, and family configurations. Tea and coffee making facilities, a flat-screen TV, and ironing equipment come as standard. En-suite bathrooms feature luxury toiletries and a hairdryer.

Guests can enjoy free access to a nearby leisure centre, complete with swimming pool and gym, while staying here. Free Wi-Fi and car parking are also provided.

The Haven Restaurant specialises in fine Irish cuisine, while J.C.’s Bar serves class pub fare including pie and mash, seafood, and burgers. The Wee Bar is stocked with a wide range of beers and spirits, while the Empire Club is a nightclub open late.

St Patrick's Links golf course is roughly six kilometres from Downings Bay Hotel, and Glen Valley Adventure Centre is around seven kilometres away.


Co. Donegal, Downings, Ireland
Telephone: +353(74)9155586 | Fax: +353(74)9154716 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Car park
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Wellness / Spa

  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Whirlpool / Hot tub


  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby cot

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 12:00

Positive Reviews

Spacious and well-presented rooms.

The rooms have been described as tastefully decorated with quality pieces of furniture and upholstery as well as modern bathrooms featuring up-to-date fixtures and fittings. Guests were pleased with the size of their accommodation stating that they had plenty of room to move around and also ample storage space meaning that they could easily stow away all their belongings.

Quality dining experiences.

The food at both the formal restaurant and the bar has been described as being well prepared using high quality ingredients. Guests were pleased to find that the menus were quite extensive and catered for various tastes and dietary requirements. If you enjoy good food served in a pleasant ambiance then you certainly won't be disappointed.

Walking distance to beach and local attractions.

Guests were pleased to find that they were a short stroll away from the local beach as well as some of the town's attractions including the popular golf courses. Those who wanted to sample the local bars and restaurants appreciated being able to reach many of the amenities on foot.

Negative Reviews

Noisy evenings.

Guests whose rooms were situated close to the on-site bar objected to being kept awake by loud music which often lasted until late in the evening.  If you are a light sleeper it's advisable to ask for a room at the back of the building.

Internet connection issues.

The Wi-Fi  connection was said to be rather slow with quite a few guests stating that they had to log on several times.  In order to access the Internet a password is needed for every device which many found quite cumbersome.

Leisure facilities not on-site.

Some guests were disappointed to find that the hotel's fitness centre wasn't on-site but a short drive away from the premises.

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Rating Overview

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8.6 out of 10 based on 204 reviews