We stayed in sevral hotels in Kilkenny in the past all of which have been good, I would never have thought of the Newpark until a family member gave us a voucher to stay.
I must say, the hotel has been given a massive overhaul and is nothing like it was! I was very impressed with the new decor and the Flynn group that has taken over have not only poured money into the hotel but obviously have spent time getting the rite staff.... everyone from our check in to check out that we came across was so friendly and attentive. We had our 2 young children with us and the staff were excellent with them too.
Our room was lovely and spacious and very clean.
The food was great, we ate in the hotel on both days, the breakfeast was fantastic we were warmly greeted by a manager, Tom on both mornings who remembered our names and the childrens names too!
We spent our mornings in the Health Club, given the choice we would have stayed there all day! the Staff in the Club were excellent and very helpful, Sinead, Donal, Grace and Andrew made our visits a pure pleasure! they even gave the children some floats and toys to play with in the pool. The pool has been given a complete overhaul, they even have an underwater sound system (the kids thought it was the best thing ever) there is an outdoor infinity pool (adults only) which was amazing, the sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and plunge pool were fantastic too. We had use of the spa relaxation room also but make full use of it as it's adults only too but it was amazing.
I booked in for a facial on the last day in the Spa, they have an organic product range that was fab (sorry can't think of the name of it) from start to finish the spa was excellent, I was floating on a cloud after my treatment, the therapist Joan was excellent and I will be booking another treatment on our next stay.
The bar man Eddie was great, service with a smile every time and so attentive. The chef's at the bar food counter were lovely, I think AnneMarie was one of them, and had no problem will all the extra request we had for them!
The staff totaly made our stay, the facilities and new decor were only the cherry on top!
There is a great Shopping centre - MacDonagh Junction, only a 5-10 min walk from the hotel, it's got all the usual shops, TK max, HMV, Dunnes etc and even have a free kids play area and they had free kids face painting the day we were there too! It's an old famine workhouse and has been restored. The castle in the City centre is a must too and tours of the castle are on a regular basis, the kids loved running around the grounds and lovely big playground for them to play in too.
We will be back for longer the next time, and will be telling all our friends about it too. If you havn't been to Kilkenny before or stayed in the Newpark I can highly recommend both!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located only a short stroll from the historic city of Kilkenny with its rambling streets and beautiful castle. Our hotel boasts 129 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites, many rooms offer views over the luscious green gardens which extend onto the urban Fen walk, Newpark adventure trail, and wildlife farm all positioned within our 40 acres of peaceful parkland. Within each room category guests are provided with a multi-channel flat screen V, tea/coffee making facilities, bottled water and complimentary WI-FI access. Scrumptious dining facilities await you in our fine dining Gulliver’s restaurant or choose from our casual dining options in the popular Scott’s Bar & Brasserie or our newly opened Terrace bar & outdoor restaurant. Step inside our Escape Health club and Aveda spa to unwind, take time out in the hands of our therapists or recharge your batteries in our 17m swimming pool, outdoor infinity pool or our relaxation and thermal suites. A warm welcome awaits you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Newpark Hotel Kilkenny