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The 'Rafter' Dempsey's
Ranked #41 of 73 Kilkenny B&B and Inns
Tullamore
1 review
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“Rooms were damp & smelly”
Reviewed 13 September 2011

The manager/owner was very ignorant, didn't want to give us extra towels. Rooms were too expensive @ €50 per person, as it was more like a hostel. Breakfast and service was terrible.
Next time I visit Kilkenny I won't be staying in the Rafter Dempsey's.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Kildare
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

Rooms okay, small & basic...Stayed here, pub very good nice staff manager poor though, not willing to have a conversation with the customer when not happy pawns it off on the bar staff. Poor customer relations, the manager/owner is very poor...

  • Stayed August 2011
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Oslo, Norway
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2011

Cosy b&b room with a good location even though the town is fairly small. The cinema is in the same street. We stayed on the 2nd floor and didn't hear any noise from the pub.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

Part of a hens wkd. Stayed in a quad room. Very small window so we were all sweltering in there. Room was in need of decorating and could do with full length mirror. Great location. Overall I'd have been happy if we'd paid much less than 200 eur for the room. It was more like a hostel. We could have stayed in the 4 star Ormonde hotel for 30 eur more.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

We stayed in a family room with 4 beds. Rooms are basic and a little worn, same for the bathroom. The pub downstairs is a friendly place, suitable for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or evening drinks. The proprietor Jerry Rafter works hard to please his guests.

Location is great for walking around Kilkenny, as it's right in the center, on a small side street. The only downside is the lack of parking, which is recommended in a garage about a block away, for 5 euro per day.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Denver, CO
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

The 'Rafter' Dempsey's had a great location in the city. We originally considered the "Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel" right around the corner, which looked quite nice in the bar and lobby area, but was not as economical as The 'Rafter' Dempsey's. We had a friend traveling with us who was staying by himself, and the 'Rafter' Dempsey's per person rate was cheaper than paying the Hibernian's room rate. Finding parking in Kilkenny was more challenging for us than anywhere else in Ireland, and the 'Rafter' Dempsey's does not have a parking lot. They have an arrangement whereby you get a slightly discounted parking rate in a garage around the corner. The garage closed while we were out at the pubs and we had to find (and pay) at another lot. The gentlemen from the bar at 'Rafter' Dempsey's, who showed us to our rooms, was a friendly guy. On the way up to the rooms, there was a pretty strong smell of cigarette smoke, but we didn't smell it in the rooms. Overall, a basic B&B with friendly service and reasonable rates. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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ILKESTON
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 5 May 2011

Three of us stayed at "The Rafter Dempsey's" during the "Kilkenny Roots Music Fest" and we couldn't have made a better choice for the price. Upon our arrival the staff made us very welcome and the craic started from there. The 3 bed room(2 singles & 1 double) was spacious, clean and had everything you would need for a short break. It had an iron & ironing board, plenty of coat hangers & hair dryer, although because this was 3 blokes on the razz, these were not put to good use. The en suite bathroom was clean and the shower was good with plenty of hot water & clean towels. The location of "Rafters" is perfect for the local sights & bars & it's also just around the corner from the Patrick Street bus stop. The rooms are secure from the pub and access at night is by way of ringing the doorbell and being allowed in by the porter. The Irish breakfast is excellent and sets you up for the day. The pub Landlord is a real gent and very knowledgeable about the area, he even cooked us breakfast early on our last day as we had to make an early start. So unless you was born with a silver spoon in your mouth, I don't think there's any need for hesitation when looking for somewhere to stay in Kilkenny. Choose "The Rafter Dempsey's".

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: The 'Rafter' Dempsey's
Address: 4 Friary Street | Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kilkenny > Kilkenny
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 73 B&Bs / Inns in Kilkenny
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The 'Rafter' Dempsey's 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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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