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“Fantastic Friendly Guesthouse.”

The 'Rafter' Dempsey's
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The 'Rafter' Dempsey's
Ranked #35 of 73 Kilkenny B&B and Inns
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“Fantastic Friendly Guesthouse.”
Reviewed 6 May 2013 via mobile

Just back from Rafter Demspeys where we stayed for my hen party.From the minute we walked in the Manager Gerry made us all feel so welcome..Of all the hotels ive stayed in without a doubt the staff were the most friendly and most helpful ive ever come across.Everybody was commenting on nice they were.The food was beautiful and there was a brilliant band on that night.To stay in such a lovely place makes all the difference to the weekend.The beer garden was great,we even got our first sunburn of the year.So to Gerry and all the staff thanks so much and i know the 26 will be all back but thankfully says you at different times.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Limerick, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

A gang of 20 of us stayed here for a stag weekend, and we had a great time. The manager Josephine was very easy to deal with and provided great communication and help with planing of the weekend. The bar and food service were excellent a big thanks to mick!! Excellent location in the centre of Kilkenny, could not ask for any more. Highly recommended and I will use again.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

Stayed here for a stag weekend, had a great time.Would highly recommend ''The Rafter Dempseys'' service and food was excellent. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. Food was really nice. Josephine was very helpful.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 April 2013 via mobile

We booked a room here and ended up so disappointed that there was only heat for an hour a day and it barely worked we left. The lady was so rude and said to us "are you cold" as she wore a ski jacket and layers under that. Great location. Not so great parking but if it is cold outside do not stay here. Her comment was it was set to come on at seven pm and go off at 8 pm. It was 1 centigrade outside. I asked her about this and she said it was expensive to heat. You want $110.00 from me. I expect heat. The only bad experience in 15 days in Ireland

  • Stayed February 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

I recently went to Rafter Dempsey's on a Stag. We paid €200 for a room with broken heating! To be honest it is in an excellent location but the manager/owner (not sure which he was, the guy in the white shirt & tie) was the guy who annoyed me.

First of all we arranged to meet for dinner in Rafters at 7pm. We were 10 minutes late and he had given our table away (a table for 12). We had to eat somewhere else.
Secondly on the Sunday morning the stag missed breakfast by an hour. I noticed when he got down that they were still serving breakfast and asked could I get one for the stag (he paid for his B&B after all). Manager/Owner said no, but he could have one if he paid €11.

The Manager/Owner guy was totally within his right with both incidents above but he could have shown a small bit of common courtesy. The barman was a nice guy but couldn't do anything as it wasn't his place.

I would not go back and would not recommend the place to friends. Atmosphere and service count for a lot & the Manager/Owner of Rafter Dempsey's is oblivious to that!

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

We stayed here for one night as we were traveling around Ireland. We loved the location- we could walk around to everywhere. We had to find our own parking on the street, but happened to find a spot about a block away. The included breakfast was delicious and very filling. The staff were friendly but we didn't have a lot of interactions.

The room was good sized, but a little dated. Our room had a double and single bed. I'm not sure if any of the rooms had queen-sized bed. The bathroom was a little small, but had a nice hot shower. The only socket that we were able to find was the one that the TV was plugged into, so we were swapping things frequently. All in all, we had a nice time and would likely stay again.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tipperary
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Reviewed 12 February 2013

didnt stay in bnb but went for a pint with friends on a pub crawl- 1st pub we went to- lovely pint and sports on tv. goos stmosphere , hubby and i going for a few here when we revisit kilkenny in october

  • Stayed September 2012, 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 #35 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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