Cashel Palace Hotel

Main Street, Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland
#9 of 9 hotels in Cashel
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 6 reviews
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Rock of cashel

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 17, 2010

Hi!
We stayed at the Cashel Palace Hotel and loved it. It's a short walk up to Cashel right next to the hotel. Have fun!

Unique Quality: Did you know that it is the former Bishop's residence, and that Guinness was first brewed here for the bishop? They even have hops bushes that are either descendants of the originals or the originals themselves--I forget the story. They have an amazing pub in the hotel, which over the years has been visited by countless celebrities from all over the world for many many years, and who have autographed the walls on their visits. It's really fun to see who has been there. It's a short walk up to Cashel right next to the hotel. Have fun!

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Does not deserve its four stars

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 22, 2010

Stayed a long weekend in February 2010. Three of us in two adjoining rooms in the old coach house which has a total of ten rooms. Rates are slightly lower than the main hotel becasue they claim the view is of the gardens, not the Rock of Cashel. Actually, the views were of the carpark and an alleyway. Complimentary mineral water was not to be seen and had to be asked for. It was then never replenished. The brochure boasts about their bathrobes; once again these had to be asked for. There was no facility for making hot drinks in the rooms ("We just don't do that here" was their explanation). One of our party needed hot water for a hot water bottle for medical reasons. They were utterly uninterested in coming up with a solution. We had one vegetarian and one vegan in the group and we'd warned them in advance at which point they said there'd be no problem, they could deal with it. On the first night, they had no options at all for our vegan (suggested fish!) and she ended up with some stir-fried mixed vegetables. This is extremely poor in a major four-star hotel; it was the lack of any interest in being helpful and that disgusted us the most. teh bathrooms were nice but toilet paper was in short supply. Room service seemed to happen about 5pm, which i'd think is unusually late in a hotel's day. The bedrooms were nice but very old fashioned; perhasp this was to fit the period vibe of the hotel but it just seemed all a bit cheap to us. There were no minibars.

Unique Quality: The restaurant is a very attarctive room with plenty of natural light.

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Cashel's Best Hotel

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 9, 2008

The Cashel Palace Hotel is probably the best quality hotel in town. While I have never actually stayed here as I grew up here and my family still live here, it would be recognised by locals as the best hotle in town with a very historic past. Here's an piece from their own website on the history of the Hotel from their own website.

Unique Quality: The Cashel Palace Hotel was built in 1730 by Archbishop Theophilus Bolton. It was designed by Sir Edward Lovett Pearce who was also the Architect of the Old Parliament House in Dublin, which isnow the Bank of Ireland, College Green.

In style, it can be placed between Queen Anne and Early Georgian. The Cashel Palace is faced with red brick to the front and with limestone at the rear, making it a very rare and unusual feature for the period.

The entrance hall retains its original wood panelling, with two Corinthian columns. The magnificent staircase off the entrance hall is of Red Pine, in an early Georgian style with an intricate foliate design and superb examples of ‘barley sugar’ banisters. This staircase leads to the upper floors where a selection of elegant, individually decorated bedrooms are offered.

Some of these rooms were damaged during the Wolf Tone Rebellion of 1798. They were remodelled after 1800 in the Regency Style by the 1st Earl of Normanton, the then Archbishop of Cashel.

Following a decision by Archbishop Richard Lawrence to transfer the Diocesan headquarters to Waterford in 1833 the Palace was divided for use by the Dean of Cashel and a Canon of the Church of Ireland. The decision was made by the Church to sell the property in 1959 and in May 1962 it was first opened as a Luxury Hotel by Lord Brockett, who also owned the Wicklow Hotel in Dublin.

To the rear of the Palace are beautiful gardens, which include two ancient Mulberry Trees planted in 1702 to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Anne. The gardens also contain the descendants of the original hop plants used by Richard Guinis, an agent for Archbishop Price of Cashel in the 1740’s to brew the first “Wine of Ireland”.

Mr. Guinness and his son Arthur went on to brew this beer in Dublin and to found the famous Guinness Brewery at St. James’ Gate. The garden also contains a private walk (The Bishops Walk) to the Rock of Cashel, the 13th Century Cathedral and the ancient seat of the Kings of Munster.

Directions: Centre of Cashel town near the Town Square.

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best

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 1, 2007

the cashel palace hotel is located in a beautiful palladian home that was built for the archbishop of cashel in the 1730's. many famous people have stayed in this luxurious hotel. if you want first class accommodations when in cashel this is the place. expensive.

Directions: county tipperary, central cashel.

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Wedding heaven

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 22, 2006

This hotel in the old Bishops palace in Cashel is sumptuous and a great stopover on your way to or from Cork/Limerick and Dublin. Its expensive so if you want to save a few bucks stay in the mews rather than the main house (though if you're worried about cost, this isn't really the place for you). Its understandably popular for weddings and has a heli pad in the garden (always handy when you have millionaires dropping in!) and of course the wonderful backdrop of the Rock of Cashel.

In the bar downstairs in the main house, they have a wall with the names of all the famous people who've stayed in the house (lots of film stars, sportspeople and a few oddities!). Of course as the night goes on the lettering tends to get a bit blurry . . . . ;)

Unique Quality: Comfortably and laid back (except for breakfast, where they make you wait for your table so get down early)

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Luxurious old Bishops palace

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 22, 2006

Cashel Palace was once the home of the Bishop of Cashel, an important figure in the town and surrounding area as reflected in his magnificent house, which has been beautifully restored and turned into a hotel. Rooms and service are excellent and the staff are skilled at spinning a yarn about the many famous people who have stayed at the hotel and indeed its history (a little known fact is that Guinness, Irelands iconic beer, was actually invented in the 1740s in this house by the then estate manager who was experimenting with different brews! Go to the Guinness bar in the basement of the hotel and the staff will tell you all about it :-)

While its a great place to stay its also a good place to stop for a bite to eat on your way from Dublin to Cork/Limerick or vice versa. After a bite in the cozy guiness bar you can stroll up to the Rock of Cashel along the bishops path, which meanders through the fields.

Unique Quality: History and the staff!

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