Although its blocky 1970s’ architectural style may not be to today’s taste, Ostan Gweedore was built to make the most of the location - and this it does exceptionally well.
Spacious public areas, including the aptly named Ocean Restaurant and the Library Bar (“the most westerly reading room on the Atlantic seaboard”) have superb views over the shoreline and Mount Errigal - as does the Sundowner Wine & Tapas Bar, which offers a wide range of wines by the glass and a menu of small tapas-style dishes to nibble while you watch the sun sinking in the west.
The hotel takes pride in the restaurant - extensive menus offer a wide range of dishes based mainly on local produce, especially seafood and Donegal mountain lamb - and it has a local following.
Most of the bedrooms have panoramic sea views and, although dated, they are comfortable. It’s a very relaxing place and in high season is ideal for families, with its wonderful beach and outdoor activities, including tennis, pitch & putt and day visits to nearby islands Tory, Gola and Arranmore.
If you enjoy fresh air and exercise, ask at reception for the booklet Walks in the Bunbeg Area, which was specially commissioned by the hotel and details a variety of planned walks and cycle paths in the locality.
Wet days are looked after too, with indoor leisure facilities that include a 19-metre swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym, supervised by qualified staff.
This romantic setting is predictably popular for weddings.
*Donegal Airport, Carrickfin is nearby.