It has been a few years since I stayed here so when I was informed I was being booked out of my tours hotel to here I was disappointed to say the least.My memory of The Earl was that of an annex to the side of the hotel were coach drivers were placed for the duration of their stay...a cold,damp room,a decorated portocabin...needless to say my anxiety was confounded by this one memory.
On arrival I was greeted by two super staff on reception,very friendly with great humour and banter.I was handed my room key then directed down the ground floor corridor to my room.On entering the room I was very pleasantly surprised by the bright,spacious,spotlessly clean room and immaculate ensuite.
After a wash and a rest I headed for dinner.The hotel caters for a huge amount of coach groups,in fact on the two nights I was there six coaches where in residence,so the dinner experience is on an industrial scale which in fairness is the only way it can be done so no point expecting it any other way.The food was ok..so don't expect Egon Ronay.The dining room staff are excellent...friendly,polite,helpful and efficient.
Later that evening I went for a beer to the huge and spacious bar.Pricey enough for a captive audience considering its so far out of town.A bit of live music pepped the place up a bit.The one thing that bugged me was at 11pm as punters began to leave the bar an over zealous barman began to clean the place down,which is ok...but began to spray industrial grade cleaner on tables and bar counter while some people where still sitting with a pint...the smell was dreadful.
As a coach driver the Earl has ample safe parking which is always a plus.Overall the Earl has upped its game considerably,a pleasure to stay in.The staff are its biggest credit...from front of house to barmen to dining room to guest services...all good people.
I don't think i'll have an issue staying here again...well done the Earl.
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- Earl Of Desmond Tralee
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