First, Barry Guilfoyle is a friendly inn keeper, very helpful on tips and advice for getting around Cork. We only stayed for one night, however, we were shocked and appalled by the over all appearance of Barry & Goretti Guilfoyle's B&B operation the moment we drove up in front of the house. I have read and interpreted all Trip Advisor reviews on Mariaville House and I've concluded that the (4) AVERAGE, (4) POOR and (4) TERRIBLE reviews are 98% accurate, true or very close to the truth about the physical condition of this B&B and it's operation. My review assessment is.... "there is simply no separation between you and the family. The guest rooms are all intermixed with the Guilfoyle family's bedrooms. (We stayed right next door to Barry's teenage daughter). You are simply renting a spare bedroom in this house as this is an economical opportunity and situation for the Guilfoyles to supplement their family income by disguising as a three star Breakfast & Bed Accommodation. It became very obvious to us that Barry & Goretti do not operate a charming traditional Irish B&B with nice amenities or modern décor, they simply have a few spare bedrooms for rent".
My findings are.... the room and carpet could do with a good ol' fashion Irish cleaning, both bed mattress were worn, dated and in need of replacing. A small TV sat on top of the tall wardrobe that was plugged into a overused power strip with many other electrical plugs. My thoughts were a "possible electrical fire situation?" The room smoke detector had the 9 volt battery disconnected and was laying on top of the bathroom door ledge. The bath room was clean, the shower head had broken parts falling off, but was serviceable. Towels were clean, however, old, worn and rough on the skin. Overall, very depressing room dull and dreary, my thoughts were "this room looks like something you rent from a 1960's eastern Soviet block country".
Around 1130pm at night, my wife asked if the door was locked, due to the heavy foot traffic coming and going in the stairway and his daughter's bedroom. I tried to lock the door with the assigned skeleton key five times, it locked from the outside, but not from inside the room, (this is not rocket science), so I used more torque strength to lock it and the skeleton key broke off! That was the final straw. It was late, we were tired, so we piled our backpacks in front of the door and went to sleep. The next morning we packed up, we didn’t even stay for breakfast and drove away as fast as we could. Barry emailed me informing us that the skeleton key was broken and a 20 euro charge would be added to our credit card. Whatever, in the end, I believe I paid for the replacement of a faulty door lock that should have be repaired or replaced long ago.
In conclusion, the Mariaville House Breakfast & Bed Accommodation falls short in all aspects as a reputable, professionally inspected and enforcement of high quality standards. I couldn't found the Mariaville House Breakfast & Bed Accommodation on the "Approved by the Irish and Northern Irish Tourist Boards" website as a approved B&B in the Cork area . Never less, the Trip Advisor reviews reflect the truth in it's headliners: “Poor excuse for a B&B...more like a room for rent, “All I can say is: Buyer Beware!!”,
“Avoid at all cost!” ...... “Disappointed”...... “TERRIBLE..”...... “Stay away its horrible”
My review is..... This B&B is WORSE in person!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Bed and Breakfast is a small, family run business. We can assure you of a warm welcome and a lovely and relaxing holiday while staying with us.We have lived in the area most of our lives so we can give you expert and local advice of what to do and see while you are with us.Our breakfast in the morning is not to be missed as this will set you up for the day.We look forward to seeing you at Mariaville house quite soonYour hosts.Barry and Goretti. ... more less
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