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Kinnitty Castle Hotel
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Maynooth, Ireland
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27 reviews
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“Romantic, enchanting and old worldly. Best hotel we've been to.”
Reviewed 26 March 2011

This hotel was really wonderful. The room we were in was breath-taking, beautiful four poster bed and lovely bathroom with a free standing bath. I got everything that I could have wanted, thank you so much to the staff for making this anniversary one to remember. The dinner we had was great, and we opted for breakfast in bed which was also delightful.

The building is amazing, we had fun exploring it. The Library bar was lovely too. Overall, this hotel was fantastic, and we had the most romantic and enjoyable time there. I was sorry to leave, but I have no doubt I will be back again, hopefully soon.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 21 March 2011

We loved our break in Kinnitty Castle food rooms setting all fab.Only negative the bikes could be replaced,

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Sunbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2011

Had my wedding here on Friday! Had the Castle to ourselves for whole weekend as booked out all rooms for family and friends. Was an amazing wedding! The food was great, the staff were extremely helpful, the decor was romantic and candle-lit, everyone was so helpful - I really cannot fault a thing. I was worried that the place would be cold but all the fires were roaring and the heating was on so it was lovely and warm. Everyone loved the authentic rooms and 4-poster beds (a couple had an issue with a shower not working but I believe this was sorted out quickly). I felt like a princess here and loved every second! We were all still drinking in the dungeon bat at 4am and nobody seemed bothered to still be up at that time at all! A great weekend!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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dublin
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Reviewed 21 February 2011

Just back from a 2 night stay in this beautiful castle.If you want a lovely relaxing break this is the place to go.A lovely warm welcome from very friendly staff,absolutely delicious food in the dining room,a very comfortable library to sit and relax in,facilities to bring along your pet dog,wonderful bedrooms with terrific beds (ours was a magnificent wooden boat shaped bed!), a red carpet on arrival with candles lighting either side of the entrance hall! A truly beautiful romantic place! Okay, mobile phones don't work and no tvs in the bedroom- what peace! Great to switch off and relax totally! Will definitely be back!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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County Wicklow, Ireland
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Reviewed 15 February 2011

Anyone who is looking to stay in an identakit plush, luxurious hotel chain ...stop reading now!!

Because what you get at Kinnitty Castle is the real deal - a big generous slice of traditional old world Irish Hospitality - sadly somewhat of a dying art, to say the least.

Yes, everything isn't polished to an inch of its life, some of the old floors creak, some of the antique lamps are cracked and yes, someone has gouged out the glass eye of one of the (poor) magnificent deer whose mounted heads decorate the wall over the staircase.

...but this is genuine Ireland - authentic Irish charm, not like the show we might try to put on for American tourists, but honest to God Ireland, like it was before the country was taken over by Celtic Tigers, Non-English Speaking Hotel Staff and 200 euro Ugg boots for every tween and teenager.

We drove up the long impressive drive to the castle and were more than impressed by it as it stoood in icy spendour in the frosty fields of its grounds.

Pushing open the huge old wooden door we saw they had laid out the red carpet for us ...literally!

Ahead of us were a flight of stone steps, with red carpet and huge burning candles on stands either side - atmospheric or what!

We received a fantastically warm welcome and were ushered to our not room ... but suite! The de la Poer Suite.

The room was huge with a lovely pointed door and huge bathroom with rocking chair and free standing atique bath in the middle of the room.

We absolutely loved it!!!

For those chain hotel fans - yes it could have been a bit warmer, but it was a freezing night, no there was no tv but yes there was free wi-fi!

Our bathroom had a wonderful view to the great hall and the courtyard and we really enjoyed reading up on the history of the castle.

Location wise it is great for a short tour to Tullamore then back through Birr to see a bit of the surrounding countryside.

We had booked the castle as one of the amazing value breaks from woodieshotelbreaks.com so we had one dinner included as well - so really unbelievable value on top of a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Breakfast was really top rate, served in the hotel restaurant with plenty of choice and variety. The staff were all local so as well as providing excellent service, they also had handy tips about exploring the area.

Having your breakfast in your room was only about 3.50 euros so that was also a nice option to have.

The dungeon bar was a great place to have drink or snack and apparently a big favourite with the locals.

Dinner was a revelation as the set menus you get on a weekend deal can so often be very limited and sometimes more of a school dinner offereing than gourmet cuisine. Not so Kinnitty Castle!

We both had our socks blown off by the interesting menu and superb quality of the food. "He who must be obeyed" is a really tough task master when it comes to cooking - and very hard to please especially with traditional Irish cooking (as our tastes lean more towards ethnic/exotic cuisine) - but sure enough he sent him compliments to the chef - which I have never ever heard him do before!!!

So absolutely full marks for dinner - we have never enjoyed a hotel dinner so much ...ever!

We also asked for a tour (as mentioned on the website) before we left and got to see a few of the other wonderful rooms including the bridal suite with its amazing huge ornate bed and other rooms with the incredible "boat beds" and four posterbeds.
So when booking it is worth asking which rooms are available as all are unique and uniquely furnished.

For those looking for an atmospheric experience I would visit the castle all year round, but for those comfort seeking creatures who must realise an authentic castle may sometimes be a little draughty or dimly lit, I would suggest they visit in summer time!

Please don't be put off by previous bad reviews this hotel is a real gem and a slice of Irish history and hospitality treat yourself to a romantic weekend but remember it is a real castle not a Carlton Hotel, so pack an extra sweater and prepare for a unique experience with great food, old world charm and authentic Irish hospitality ... priceless!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 29 January 2011

Im sorry but i cant believe how many good reviews this hotel got!I stayed here for only 1 night(thank god)and never would i darken its door again.It was absolutly filthy,glasses were covered in marks,really bad musty smell and food was terrible.The staff did their best to help but id say most of them are only brought in occasionally and really werent trained properly.I know its an old castle but even old buildings can be kept clean,there was cobwebs all over our room.A good face lift on this hotel would go along way but since the bank owns it,i doubt this will happen!!!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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donegal
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Reviewed 7 January 2011

I stayed a few nights at Kinnitty Castle over the christmas holidays and i would highly recommend it. The staff are excellent and very professional and they make it their duty to make sure all your needs are met. The food is brilliant and very enjoyable. The crack appears to be endless in the bar with traditional music proivded on most nights. When its time to recover there is nothing better than taking a walk through its guided walkway in the woodalnds. This is a great hotel to go if its with the significant other or even if its a friend's weekend away together. its very easy to forget yourself amd unwind in the unique setting of kinnity castle.
Highly enjoyed my stay can't wait to get back another time soon.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled on business
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KinnittyManager, Director of Sales at Kinnitty Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 11 January 2011
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for taking the time to review your recent visit to us here at Kinnitty Castle Hotel. It is always great to hear such positive comments about the Castle, the team and the atmosphere alike! We had a very successful Christmas period here at the Castle and are delighted that you had such an enjoyable time during your stay. I have just passed your comments on to my fellow colleagues and they are delighted to hear also.

Looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future,

Kind regards,

Gillian
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Property: Kinnitty Castle Hotel
Address: Kinnitty, Kinnitty, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Offaly > Kinnitty
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Kinnitty
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Kinnitty Castle Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kinnitty Castle, is close to the picturesque village of Kinnitty, Co. Offaly set beautifully against a backdrop of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. The Castle has a long and turbulent history. Dating originally from 1209, Kinnitty was destroyed and rebuilt not once but twice and yet it retains character and oozes charm. Kinnity is in a great location only 90 minutes from Dublin and is a great stop off point for journeys west or southwards. It is an exceptional place for lovers of good food and the great outdoors. ... more   less 
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