So initially we were booked in to the Clonea Strand but were told via email right before our trip to Ireland that they did not have enough bookings and that they were moving us to their other property down the road, the Gold Coast Hotel. Ok.... look, the hotel is in need of updating, it's seriously stuck back in the 70's! I was ok with it. Beds are stiff as a board. Seriously thought I was sleeping on a board. Room was sufficient for our family of 3 and they gave us a room with a sea view, made me happy!! I could literally throw a rock out my window and it would drop into the sea.
I really loved the open times for the pool for families! Huge pool and great little kids pool. Staff were fantastic, friendly and there is a little pub upstairs that serves ok pub food if you don't feel like going into the town of Dungarvan which is close but still a 5-10 minute drive from the hotel. We sat in the pub one evening and had pizza and beer. There is a playground outside of the hotel (useful when not raining and wet). Overall, we paid about $65 a night for our room, or 52euro, great deal for us anyways. We enjoyed our 2 night stay in Dungarvan, very pretty area. Be sure to drive the gold coast and visit all of the coves and beaches while the tide is out!
The only negative to the hotel is all of the doors in which you have to go through to get to the pool. The hotel is so crazy and chopped up, it's weird. I think I counted 7 doors we had to go through from the time we left the room, down the elevator and through more doors to get to the pool or bar. Really old school.
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