I am extremely proud and honoured to introduce the new Waterfront Hotel, Dungloe.
The hotel, formerly known as the Óstan na Rossan, holds many dear memories for me and my family. I was first introduced to the Óstan in the late 1960's during my first trip to Ireland with my father, Patrick. We would stay with his father, Micky Dan, and brother, Eddie, just up the road or with his sister, Brigid McGinley in Burtonport. At the Óstan, we enjoyed great meals, storytelling in the lounge, gatherings with our many cousins and my dad's childhood friends. Through the years, the hotel served as a central meeting spot for our extended family during regular trips to the region.
Before my dad's passing in 2007, we spoke of investing in the area and in the people who helped shape the values and beliefs he lived his life by. He was very proud of his Donegal roots.
The Óstan closed during the economic downturn and, except for a brief attempt to restart, remained shuttered until we acquired it in the summer of 2015.
The hotel was renamed the Waterfront Hotel as a tribute to the lovely sea views and close proximity to Dungloe Bay. We chose the anchor as our logo to honour the importance of fishing and seafaring that is in the DNA of the people in the region. The anchor also symbolizes a steadfast belief in our values and strength.
A renovation team was assembled led by the same design studio that recently completed the 5 star Lough Eske Castle Hotel. With the help of dozens of local tradesmen, the electrical, plumbing, heating, floors, windows and plastering were all replaced. A walk out garden was added to the function room. The lobby will be filled with natural light from new skylights. All rooms will feature flat panel TV'S, the finest Irish sourced beds and linens and elegant showers with hand-sprays are just a few of the many changes you will find at the Waterfront.
The lounge will feature a bistro with fine fresh locally sourced ingredients and authentic thin crust pizzas. A brand new bar with beautiful brass detail will be warm and inviting. The beer and refrigeration systems are brand new as well. As a matter of fact, we chose the same beer system you will find in the taproom at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.
So, please consider the Waterfront Hotel as your home base when exploring the Rosses, one of Irelands most scenic regions, or just stop by for meal or a pint and enjoy the hospitality of the Waterfront.
Our General Manager, Joseph McColgan, Executive Chef, Brendan Conmy, will make sure your stay or visit will exceed all expectations.
Kevin M. Boyle
Managing Director, Waterfront Hotel