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Adequate - barely- but good location for us
We went to this hotel expecting it to be mediocre (I read the postings) and it surely was. It needs about $10 million in renovations - the rooms are shabby and worn, and the whole place feels tired. Even the pool needs to be drained and sandblasted.
However, it was in a very convenient location - we went to the Bunratty folk park, which is a very short walk around the corner, and to the ceili that night (the dinner with Irish dancing in the barn - not the banquet in the castle as we had a five year old with us, the ceili is more suitable ) We had an excellent time and it was a nice end to our trip to Ireland. The airport is just a short drive away.
So, stay for the location but don't expect much. To be honest, I don't think we paid very much, either, so I'm not complaining about that. The front desk was trying but they didn't have much to work with, still they were helpful and pleasant, as was the pool staff . This area could use a nice hotel.
The hotel is in a good position to castle and shops. Its an average style hotel with a good bar and restaurant area. We didn't have any problems like other reviewers but what I can remember is our room was a long way down a very long corridor. It seemed to takes ages to walk to reception etc.etc. seeing we only stayed one night it was reasonable. The hotel across the road looked much better. For us travelling with a car it was an okay experience. Looking at other reviews I would suggest stay away. If there is one bad review in any hotel that can be excused but so many bad experiences here show that this hotel needs to lift its act. Customers are paying for a good experience not to have a nightmare.
Staff great... and that's about it !
Yep, as the title suggests, the staff were very helpful and nice here, the room was brutal though. Won't be staying here again. It needs major work. Demolition might be the answer ! But keep the staff.
The hotel has a good location because it is so convenient to Bunratty Castle and Blarney Woolen Mills. The rooms were large with a small sitting area which is always nice. The hotel is large which isn't such a good thing when you are in one of the last rooms like we were, but other than that, it was acceptable accomodations. The staff was very friendly.
Stayed here for three nights with my girlfriend (katie) as it was our one year anniversary. We had planned just to stay for two nights but in the end we stayed for three nights because it was really good we thought and it was really cheap. From reading the reveiws on this site i was a little bit putt off staying here because of all the bad reports,but i dont know what they are on about. The bar was really nice and cosy. The staff were lovely, the pool and gym were really good and quite. Went for dinner here and it was nice and the breacfast was super i thought. You could have as much as you wanted and there was a wide selection. It was all for a really reasonable price too. All in all i had a great stay here and would have no hesitation in coming back here especially with the girl of my dreams.xxxxx
worst place i've ever been too
We booked for 2nighs, after driving 3hours to this place talk about a disappointment.after seeing our room we asked for an upgrade straight away,the room was smelly,dark,wall paper coming off walls over all disgusting.got upgraded to "a suite", for a better discription of it-bigger awful room with a suite of furniture in it.still smelly and it was a very long walk to it.We booked in for a meal in the hotel's restaurant which leaves alot to be desired.Ordered the stake, it looked like a pork chop cooked on george foreman, veg was all off coloured and pototoes were re-heated.Complained to waitress,was only offered an alternative meal but naturally declined.She was by no means apologitic.Service was appauling.The following morning at 8am we checked out of the place. it was the biggest let down.I dont know how they can run that sort of business. Its a disgrace!!
Visit from 3 March 2006
I was a little apprehensive when I read the reviews on this page prior to visiting the hotel. However I must totally disagree with the comments presented on 27 February. I found the hotel very comfortable. The room did have a few minor defects which were easily overlooked. Staff were always available and I found them to be helpful and courteous at all times. The food in the restraurant was well cooked and presented and there was a reasonable choice on the menu. The bar might be considered dark but this was primarily due to the wood panalling on the walls. I would certainly consider revisitng this hotel.
There may be some nice rooms at this hotel, but we didn't get one. Our room was small and dark, the bed was lumpy and the pillows were flat. Worst was the bathroom door which wouldn't stay closed unless you put the trash can up against it. Also, the hotel is very spread out, with no convenient place to load or unload luggage for most of the rooms. The bar was very nice, but understaffed. I would recommend the Bunratty Castle Hotel, right across the street, where we also stayed.
Ireland Trip December 27, 2008-January 2, 2008
We spent two days in Dublin before venturing into Northern Ireland. Dublin was great I could've spent an entire week just here. We stayed in the Temple Bar Hotel which was economical and in an absolutely great location. It even had a hotel bar which stayed open late each evening. We were here in the winter and the Temple Bar area was wild! I can't even imagine how it must be in the summer. Pub after pub dots Dublin and I liked each and every one I had a pint in! No need to rent a car as public transportation is a breeze.
After leaving Dublin we rented a car and drove north to Belfast. We spent a day in Belfast and a day in Derry (Londonderry). It was neat to see but I'd have much rather spent those two days in Ireland. Belfast was very, very cosmopolitan, I wasn't expecting that at all. However, there were areas of Belfast that I would feel a bit uneasy about entering wearing the wrong colors. Stay away from talking about politics and religion and you'll be fine. Be prepared to "dress to the nines" as people in Belfast looked like Manhattanites! Derry was a very cool looking town. I highly recommend the restaurant "Flamin' Jacks", a bit upscale but great. People here were quite unfriendly probably since it wasn't tourist season. Take a walk around the walls of the city, its really cool.
"Limerick, Galway and Shannon"
We ended our trip by driving south into Ireland to our final two stops: Galway and Shannon. We stopped for lunch in Limerick. Limerick seemed a bit depressed as far as Ireland goes. We were in Galway for New Year's Eve and it was fantastic! Galway is such a young, fun and exciting town. It was incredible and I can't wait to visit it again. New Year's Eve in Galway was like being in NYC but safer, younger and more fun. Galway seems like Ireland's party central. On New Year's Day we drove to Shannon and stayed in the Bunratty Shannon Hotel. It was a nice, economical hotel with a restaurant and pub. We ate next door at Gallagher's of Bunratty (seafood). This restaurant was an experience I'll never forget. Gourmet, fresh seafood in a centruies old building with a family like atmosphere...INCREDIBLE. A little pricey for my tastes but worth each and every penny.