Stayed here last weekend with my brother when visiting family. Having read previous visitor reviews I thought that this would be a great place to stay. WHAT A MISTAKE! Arrived in the afternoon and staff were generally rude and unwelcoming. We were brought upstairs by the owner who seemed disinterested in talking to us and were shown our room which was in desparate need of a good clean. In fact the whole place smelt of stale cigarrette smoke even though it is now illegal to smoke in pubs and hotels in Ireland. The owners here have obviously appeared to have ignored this new law.
This guesthouse is more suitable if you are part of a stag or hen party which unfortunately can take over much of Kilkenny at the weekends. We were woken up a number of times after 2am with drunken lads coming back after their night out. Then some time later they managed to set off a fire alarm which was then rather bizarrely blamed on us! No apology was given for this mistake.
Like most guesthouses and b&bs in Ireland, this is run by a husband and wife team who seem to have learnt how to run a hotel based on watching every episode of Fawlty Towers. While Kilkenny is such a beautiful town its just a shame that guesthouses like these are allowed to operate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lawlors Guesthouse offers ten beautifully furnished ensuite bedrooms with 3* classification. Each room boasts a unique style of comfort and warmth. Guestrooms accommodate 2 to 4 persons. Those lucky enough to acquire rooms to the rear of the building can experience the wonderful view of the beautifully maintained lawns of St. Johns Catholic Church and the magnificent architecture of the church itself. Lawlors Guesthouse is situated on John Street which boasts numerous pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants. ... more less