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The 'Rafter' Dempsey's
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

We stayed there in the beginning of August, no air conditioning and the people isn't friendly either, especially the older barman (bald guy). When asked for advice on where to park the car he simply gave us a snotty response and never greeted back whenever we greeted him.

They gave us a room that was situated between the laundry room and smoking area. So on the one side you have the sound of washing machines and on the other side the stench of smoke and people, and to top it off, the room window opens up on the smoking area. This in the middle of summer with no air conditioning! Only after we complained did they give us a street facing room, this room wasn't even cleaned properly.

After everything we experienced there, the only nice thing was breakfast. This place is surely a proper rip off. Do not stay there.

Room Tip: Ask for a room as far from the smoking lounge as possible.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Joemanvdw V
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

I chose this place for 3 reasons. 1: The location, right in the center of Kilkenny, 2: I wanted to try a night in a pub and compare it to a hotel and 3: I needed to make an economical choice since I was traveling on an 8 day trip around Ireland with my Father retracing our ancestry. Boy did I get this one wrong! For 80 Euros we got a tiny sweat box of a twin room with no air con during a surprising heatwave and there was no 'craic' to speak off in the downstairs bar at night as it was almost completely empty. The breakfast in the morning was excellent however, and the barman was a nice enough bloke who seemed genuinely embarrassed when I told him of our terrible night's sleep (or lack off) in the torture box upstairs (room 10). The fact that the bedroom window could only open 1 inch due to the outside conservatory roof blocking it was not only frustrating in the heat but I'm sure it's not strictly legal and a fire hazard surely? All in all, I should have paid the extra and stayed at a better place. Lesson learned. My advice. Avoid this place and treat yourself to one of the other places around Kilkenny.

Room Tip: Just don't even think of this place.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Richard C
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

I will start with a positive....great location!!!

I appreciate that most hotels put their prices up when there is a big event on but to charge €240 for a triple room is an absolute disgrace (weekend of Bruce Springsteen concert). To charge €240 and then go around at 10am the next morning waking everybody up for breakfast and room cleaning is a joke. Why do hotels in Ireland continue to rip people off??? I am more the fool for paying it......next time will sleep in the car!!!

Room Tip: Look at other hotels.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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4  Thank The_Showstopper79
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

firstly i stayed in rafter dempsey's accomadation a couple of years ago, & what a service,
the breakfast was to die for, a wholesome meal to set anyone up for the entire day, perhaps, that was just me, a lightweight with a small appetite, but the menus are really very versatile, to suit everyone's taste.
they have very good entertainment here, with local & very well reviewed bands here each weekend, for all events, hens, stags, a weekend break etc, you are truly going to enjoy rafter dempseys and kilkenny city!
there is so much to see, including kilkenny castle, & the various number of attractions in kilkenny city, too many to list here, each weekend you are sure to find something of interest here!
rafter dempseys is very central and really worth a visit, if only for a hearty meal, friendly service, great atmosphere & good entertainment, you wont be sorry you stopped by!

Room Tip: very central for all local amenities & events in kilkenny city!
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank carolann r
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Reviewed 22 May 2013 via mobile

A group of us stayed here last weekend.... Great friendly service welcomed us and this carried through the whole weekend. Yes some rooms could do with a few touch ups but they were spotless and well worth the money we paid. A little noisy at night but what do you expect staying over a pub!! Cocktail Demo with Mick is a must.... Kilkenny's very own Tom Cruise!! He was great!

Breakfast was gorgeous, as was lunch.

Overall.... A great place to stay if you are looking to have some fun.

Thanks Gerry & Mick for your hospitality... We will be back!

  • Stayed: May 2013
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1  Thank Samuisummer
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