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Tourism NI awards Dobbins Inn Hotel three star grading

From L to R: Cathy McCormick (Quality & Standards Schemes Coordinator at Tourism NI) and Kirsty Fallis (Hotel Manager, Dobbins Inn Hotel)

The Dobbins Inn Hotel, located in the heart of Carrickfergus has been awarded a three star grading by Tourism NI under its Accommodation Grading Scheme.

Tourism NI’s Quality Grading Scheme for premises offering tourist accommodation is designed to give visitors a clear idea of the standards of hospitality, service, cleanliness, comfort and food which they can expect during their stay.

The Dobbins Inn is a family-run hotel, centrally located in the historic town of Carrickfergus, close to the Castle and Marina, and at the beginning of the Causeway Coastal Route.  It is a popular establishment and a listed building with many period features.  The hotel restaurant is a hidden gem, attractively finished with good quality furniture, décor and lighting and the bedrooms are finished to a very good standard, with all modern conveniences.

Commenting on the award of a three star grading, Kirsty Fallis, daughter of Maureen and Derek Fallis who have owned the hotel since 1978 and Hotel Manager commented “The Dobbins Inn Hotel is steeped in history and folklore and our family are particularly proud to be a part of that.

First built in the early 13th Century by the Norman Knight Reginald D’Aubin, historic renovations began in February of this year to investigate how much of a 14th century remains behind the now modern exterior of the hotel.

As a family, we have worked hard to bring the proud history of this hotel back to life and to secure its place as part of the built heritage of Carrickfergus. We look forward to welcoming many more visitors to the Dobbins Inn Hotel in the months and years to come and hope they enjoy their stay with us.”

Cathy McCormick, Quality & Standards Schemes Coordinator at Tourism NI commented “Dobbins Inn Hotel is central to the tourism offering in Carrickfergus and is perfectly situated along the Causeway Coastal Route.

I commend Kirsty and the Fallis family for investing so much time and effort in continuing to deliver high standards for the visitor and wish them well with their ongoing refurbishment programme at the hotel”

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