Some interiors are dated and many rooms overlook the car park
No spa or health facilities
Some complaints of thin walls between rooms
Wi-Fi can be spotty
The Royal Court Hotel is an unpretentious, mid-range property set just
back from cliffs overlooking Northern Ireland's north Atlantic coast.
Its location makes it perfect for exploring the picturesque Causeway Coastal
Route and there's golf just next door. The 18 rooms are spacious and
bright, with some offering sea-view balconies -- though others overlook
parking. While popular with locals, food in the restaurant gets mixed reviews and there're no health or spa facilities. Overall, however, the hotel
delivers with gorgeous coastal views and the lively atmosphere of a popular
social hub. For a more character-filled coastal escape in County Antrim, the Ballygally Castle offers -- you guessed it -- the chance to sleep in a castle for rates that are only marginally higher than the Royal Court.
Slightly dated cliff-top
hotel popular with locals and wedding parties
This cliff-top property, with its rather grand name, was originally built as a private residence before becoming a retreat center in the mid-20th century and then a hotel. Stepping
inside, the lobby -- along with other communal areas -- is characterized by
busy patterned carpets and mismatched wallpaper giving it all a rather dated
feel. Display cabinets filled with whiskey bottles from the nearby Bushmills
Distillery are dotted throughout the hotel, together with antique reproduction paintings and modern seascapes adding further to the jumbled feel of some of the interiors.
large, bright dining room looks out over the North Antrim coast while a cozier bar provides snug, booth seating area (and on warmer days meals are
eaten on an outdoor terrace overlooking the sea). Clientele are mainly senior
travelers, families, and golfers who come for the easy access to the picturesque
offerings of the Causeway Coastal Route or for the nearby golfing facilities. The hotel is also very popular with locals, as well
as being a regular -- almost weekly -- venue for weddings.
Overlooking Portrush Harbour, 10-minute drive from the Giant’s Causeway
With its cliff-top setting overlooking Portrush Harbour and the
beautiful White Rocks Beach, the setting is about as scenic as it gets. The hotel is in an excellent location for exploring Northern Ireland’s coastline on the
Causeway Coastal Route, with the famous Giant’s Causeway a 10-minute drive and
Dunluce Castle just three minutes away. Golfers can reach the Royal Portrush
Golf Club in three minutes by car. The hotel is accessed via the Portrush to Ballymoney Road, meaning Belfast and its airport can be reached in just over an hour by car.
Many rooms with sea views, others overlook the car park
The hotel has just 14 rooms and four suites, all of which are fairly spacious, clean, and individually styled with a mix of modern and traditional decor. Color palettes include grays, purples, and aqua among others, and while the look isn't remarkable, decorative elements like oversized brown velvet headboards in the Family Room that we visited do make a nice impression. Standard
amenities include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, electric kettles, irons and ironing boards, and hairdryers.
Executive Rooms have balconies with sea views stretching as far as
the Scottish Isles, but some Standard Rooms overlook the car park. The largest
option is the Bushmills Suite, with its four-poster bed, spa bath, separate
lounge and dining area with spectacular views over the sea, plus a bathroom
with second tub and separate shower. Standard bathrooms are clean and fairly spacious with Taylor of London toiletries, gray tile flooring, and shower/tub combos with clear glass doors. Guests have noted thin walls between some rooms, meaning that noise can be an issue.
Free cooked breakfast and Sunday roasts overlooking the sea
A full cooked breakfast is included in the room rates and is served in the
airy restaurant overlooking the sea. Lunch and dinner are also served, while the
carvery (roast buffet) is the restaurant's specialty and is popular with locals as well
as guest, particularly on Sundays. Food does get inconsistent marks from previous guests. There's ample free parking and
free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, but the signal can be weak in
spots. The large function room with stunning sea views is also popular with
weddings parties, though there are no spa or health facilities on-site.
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