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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had a stag party last week at the Rafter Dempsey, Great time had by all 23 of us. Olive served us our Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and drinks during the day. The shower in our room was excellent. I would suggest the Steak on the Stone. It was very good. I would recommend the Rafter Dempsey's to groups planning a...

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Thanking you for your review. MUCH appreciated, and hopefully we will look after you again in The Rafter Dempsey,s

Blackrock, Louth, Ireland
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Perfect for a stag weekend, rooms are basic but comfortable. Staff are friendly and well used to dealing with Stag parties. Breakfast each morning was excellent, bar is reasonably priced for both food and drink. Location can't be faulted right in the heart of Kilkenny.

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Brantford, Canada
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Room was clean but very basic. Also bring over a pub we expected noise, but there was none from the pub however a great deal for other guests, noise that was totally unnecessary. No coffee or tea maker in the room as advertised. Internet was not connecting.

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Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Had 2 great nights in here the beer was fairly priced for the area met a few locals and a gang of Welsh lads in town for the scooter rally they had a band on the Saturday 17th think called the ambassadors they were Fantastic highly recommend seeing them would definitely visit again if in town

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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 29 August 2016

This was a very quaint Pub B&B, right in the middle of town, in a great location. Breakfast was included in the price; the room was quite large, very clean. It was within walking distance of everything. We arrived early, but checking in early was not a problem.

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Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Stayed here as part of a Stag. €65 a night with a small steak dinner and much needed Fry up the morning after. Two big screens for the sports and not far from centre of town. Staff very friendly. Rooms are various in size. Was very warm at night. Recommended all the same.

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Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Lovely food, nice place, pity the boss is so rude. Old fashioned pub atmosphere. Central. Highly recommend steak on a stone. Staff is lovely. Try to avoid when the boss is around. Popular with hens and stags. Near all amenities.

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Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

My friend and I stayed here in June when she was home from NY, it was very nice, the staff were wonderful and breakfast was famtastic , I definitely recommend staying here. It's close proximity to the centre of town whilst still being quiet was a great advantage. The room was spotless and comfortable and the price was great.

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michael1960Ireland, Owner at The 'Rafter' Dempsey's, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us and for your kind comments.

Kenmare
Reviewed 20 June 2016

This place is in a great location. Nice and friendly staff. Only downfall was tv wasn't working in the room and bathroom door wouldn't close. The room and bathroom was basic but clean. Very loud stag party staying at the same time which mean't it was hard to sleep but not the fault of establishment.

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Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 20 June 2016

The staff here are great. Very friendly and helpful. The Rafter Dempseys is in a great location. It was very reasonably priced too. Tracy was very helpful to us in anything we needed. Breakfast was included in out room rate

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
a great city centre hotel/guesthouse for anyone who wants to stay in the centre of all the shopping and nitelife attraction's that Kilkenny has to offer. A warm welcome and friendly staff await all guests, whether they want to wine or dine, or just unwind.Has won many awards for it's fantastic shopfront flower display's. ... more   less 

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Address: 4 Friary Street | Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kilkenny > Kilkenny
Price Range: £65 - £135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The 'Rafter' Dempsey's 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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“Bring earplugs”
 of 5 bubbles AlayneS, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Choose a room on the top floor, due to wooden floors transmitting noise below”
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“This joint JUMPS That's it.”
 of 5 bubbles davidbyrne001, 29 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Top of house as then you wont have people dancing over your head all night”
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