Decent hotel. This was our 2nd to last stop on a week trip around Ireland and had just stayed in Dingle at a lovely B+B so this disappointed us. We had been paying 80 euros for nice places with breakfast and this was 180 with no breakfast. I think The River Court had availability and a review or 2 may have deterred me but when I saw it I wished I had booked it instead. The Newpark is a big generic, hotel. I think I chose it because other B+Bs with good reviews were booked. There was a wedding happening so it was dressed up and had a nice atmosphere and beautiful set up for that. We were given a room on the 'lower level' which was at the back and down a flight of stairs (no elevator -- fine for us, but take note if it wouldn't be for you). They might have put us there to be away from the wedding party, but the room was depressing -- dated, dark, no artwork, but comfortable enough bed etc. The bathroom looked very '80s. The hall smelled of smoke but our room didn't. My fiance kept joking about going to our business meeting soon. It's also a 5-8 minute drive into Kilkenny, which was surprisingly busy with Bachelorette (hen) parties and big groups. So if you don't want to be in the center of that maybe don't stay in town. However, the River Park Hotel is set back and in the center so seemed quiet (but maybe a little stuffy so it depends on what you're looking for). The Newpark does have a nice gym and spa / pool / sauna so we did use the gym. That helped us feel we got our money's worth. The staff and service was good but we had very little interaction because our stay at the hotel was quick. If this type of hotel is what you're looking for it's perfectly nice but it wasn't right for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amind 20 acres of parkland yet only a short stroll from the the historic city with its rambling streets and beautiful castle. State of the art conference and event facilities with wonderful gardens and natural day light. Scrumptious dining in Gullivers restaurant and delicious bar food in the popular Scotts Bar. Step inside our Escape Health club and spa which is sanctuary of pure indulgence, where time is left at the door of the Aveda health club and spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Newpark Hotel Kilkenny