This was one of our hotels on an 8-day trip to Ireland with eleven family members. The trip was marvelously arranged through Maloney and Kelly Travel. All of the accommodations were much more luxurious than we would usually choose, but given the group price each was a very worthwhile splurge. We travelled in a 12 person coach with our private driver and guide Donal Scannell (firstname.lastname@example.org), who was a wonderful guide and a lovely and charming person. It was truly a trip of a lifetime.
The entry into the hotel "courtyard" is either through a small path along the river or a small gateway from the street. The courtyard has very limited parking, however, which means that our van and many other cars had to use the parking area at the rear of the building. The signage directing cars to the correct spots was poor and the ability to get in and out seemed to depend at least for departures, to spend on the availability of hotel staff to work the arms that block incoming and exiting traffic.
The entry into the lobby is warm and inviting and the staff were friendly and helpful. The renovated lobby and breakfast area is bright with lots of glass and there is pleasant outdoor seating for drinks, dinners or functions. Everything is well cared for.
The hotel has a potentially lovely location set on the river across from the castle and a lovely walking path. However, the decks on the side toward the river are tiny and we were specifically asked not to open the door to the deck because bugs would get in the room. This was actually a bit of a problem, since the temperatures were warm, the humidity high and there was no AC unit. We were able to open a small window about 30 degrees and then blow that cooler air into the room with a small, noisy fan. 3 out of 6 rooms from members in our party had no fan, and essentially all had "heat" issues especially if they were off the river since they then had no door and some were unable to open the smaller window. The decks were also a security issue since all the decks on the 1st floor, where we were staying, were linked and accessible to one another across an external deck surface. The room itself was pleasantly large, with one nondescript painting of flowers and 2 mirrors for wall decoration. The walls were clean and nicely painted in a light tan. There were 2 side tables on each side of the comfortable king bed with soft linens, a comforter and 4 large pillows. The WiFi was free but had no password, which I prefer for security reasons. In addition the WiFi signal was very weak and did not work at all in rooms from 111 to 117. It seemed to work better in the lobby if needed. The room lights were adequate but the lights on the side tables by the bed were very dim and suboptimal for reading. Clothing storage space was adequate in a low dresser with 2 drawers. There was also a good size wood armoire with wooden hangers. The bathroom was small with nice products, including shampoo, gel and lotion, but very limited vanity surface space for "ditty" bags and contents. There were large but not so soft towels but a good supply of all size towels including face cloths. There was a hair dryer available and also tissues. Our biggest problem, however, was the party noise until 3 AM from the pubs just across the river in the town. According to hotel staff and town people, the party crowd comes out here from Dublin to drink and carouse on a regular basis on most Friday nights and pretty much every Saturday night during reasonable weather. Having an AC unit and being able to close the window would have helped most of us get a little better sleep. Breakfast was in a pretty area with adequate cold and hot selections but not exceptional quality.
I would avoid this place in warm weather, and avoid any rooms facing toward the town or river on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Award winning Kilkenny River Court Hotel, superbly located on the bank of the River Nore in the heart of the medieval city of Kilkenny. Nestled in a private courtyard, secluded from the bustling and winding city streets, the Hotel is overlooked by Kilkenny's majestic 12th century castle. On arrival you will feel a sense of belonging as our experienced team welcomes you to Kilkenny's finest four star hotel. The Hotel is the ideal setting for corporate events, weddings or special family events. Our prime city centre location also includes ample secure on site parking facilities. Dining outlets at the Hotel include the AA Rosette winning Riverside Restaurant and Terrace Kitchen at the Riverview Bar complete with its own 'al fresco' terrace dining experience. ... more less
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