Hi, overall I would highly rate Langtons and will not only stay there again, but will be buying vouchers for loved ones to stay here.
We had a great stay and the shortcomings were some dishes in the restaurant, but the hotel staff did everything possible to keep us happy.
We were recommended the top three hotels listed on tripadvisor by a friend who visits Kilkenny and was there for last month's Kilkenny Arts Festival.
I liked the look of the pub when we walked through town, before getting lunch, then looked up reviews and availability online during lunch at a nearby pub (a great place with a review to come soon).
Langton's has had some deals recently on their website, so when we visited the hotel I asked about the deals and they were sold out of all rooms bar one. This was for a Monday and Tuesday night, on 'back to school week', so may have been full due to families going on long weekend breaks. We took the last available room, a first-floor superior garden suite, for $85/night including breakfast.
Great room! Huge and supremely comfortable King bed, very nicely done. The helpful woman at the front desk noted it was a twin room but during our booking she had Housekeeping re-furnish the bed as a King/double.
The bathroom is quite large and includes a bath/shower and usual facilities - plus a bidet, for some reason.
Aussies and other non-Irish might like the rainshower head on the shower. Note that with the rainshower head, there is very little water pressure. Simply use the other shower head, on the bath since it is much smaller and has much stronger pressure.
Room was in a nice quiet spot, behind the hotel. Close to carpark, which was handy for checkin/checkout (which is a nice, late 12PM). Beware the nightclub/disco (you will likely be warned by the checkin staff) - zero noise heard from the rooms, but you will get drunk, loud talking patrons returning to the rooms after 2AM. Now I feel OLD!
Speaking of age, the majority of patrons seemed to be the older crowd 50+, but there will be families and younger couples too, as well as some here for hen's nights or the nightclub.
The rooms, staff, facilities, convenience, parking and ambience at Langtons are top-class for a four-star hotel.
The only disappointment for us (a couple, early 40s, feeling old about the nightclub crowd at 2.15AM!) was the quality of some dishes at dinner and at breakfast.
The Irish Stew at dinner had no substance, missing vegetable ingredients, mutton was fatty but also overcooked/not tender, the worst my wife has ever had.
The omelette which she ordered for breakfast was also the worst she has ever had, with very poor quality Irish bacon (ham).
We were disappointed at this since every other aspect of the hotel was terrific. I wonder if the chef was not properly trained with western / Irish dishes, since they seemed to botch the Irish stew so much and it seemed to be ordered by a number of people around us at the time.
To his credit, the restaurant manager asked us how we liked the meal, my wife explained the detail of what was missing or botched on the Irish stew and he was very sorry and immediately removed it from our tab and apologised for it.
I hope that the hotel management act on our advice, since we noted the issues with the food both to the restaurant manager and upon checkout.
If Langtons had cooks able to cook quality ingredients to the required standard of a 4-star hotel, they would lilkely get a perfect score from us. Since we had two meals with disappointing food, I can only give this place 80% but would score it 100% if the food was recitified to the same standard as the staff and the hotel facilities.
We will return and try again some time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 4 star hotel located in the heart of Kilkenny.Langton House Hotel Kilkenny boasts 30 premium standard suites. Incorporating our Penthouse suites, Superior Garden Suites, Executive Rooms and Triple Suites. Langtons Hotel Kilkenny, Langtons Restaurant Kilkenny and Langtons Pubs Kilkenny have won numerous awards including the Black & White Pub of the Year (Four Times), the Black & White Super Pub of the Year and the National Bar Food awards to mention but a few. ... more less
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