Talk about an encompassing stay at Kaikoura. The Donegal House is a 29 room Irish hotel that has it all, from conference facilities to camping space available (at least for camp vans).
A stay at the Donegal House is a recipe for memorable times for years to come. The rooms are equipped with bathrooms that are ensuite to the chambers. Staying at the Donegal House will give you the pleasure of having a kingly breakfast layout with croissants freshly baked, fruits, cereals, and yoghurt, all laid out for your consumption. There is enough space for camping vans to park in the area too.
With distinct Irish hospitality, Donegal House serves substantially delicious meals which are made from locally sourced produce and can be washed down with a nice bottle of Marlborough wine. The best thing is that you can choose where you want to eat. You can opt to eat out on the deck which is especially memorable on a summer for lunch or dinner. During the winter months, the warm and homey ambiance inside will have you feeling all fuzzy and welcomed.
Donegal House prides itself in its Irish bar which stocks drinks synonymously identified with Ireland such as Kilkenny, Guinness, Scottish whiskeys, and Irish whiskeys. The comradeship that ensues when locals, foreigners and Irish visitors converge at this hotel is one for the history books.
One other function of the hotel is holding events. They offer facilities for conferences, weddings and other events which are usually held at one of the stone cottages in the grounds.
The Donegal House surroundings are comprised of two lakes that fed by a spring, sprawling lawns dotted with statues of the Boyd family who settled in Kaikoura in the 1860s, and the magnificently domineering backdrop of Mount Fyffe.
The Irish Hotel is welcoming, friendly and has very good food and service, do yourself a favour and visit when in Kaikoura.