I initially chose the Castle because it seemed like an idyllic and perfect place to propose. I was not wrong!
We arrived early in a taxi (which from the city centre cost about €13) which took us right up to the main door. Despite being nearly 50 minutes early we were met by a friendly receptionist (Denise) who allowed us to go up to our room immediately. I had only booked a standard room and so the room size itself was not massive, but more than suited to a 2 night stay and the bathroom was magnificent. Everything was clean and well presented and finished to a great standard. We then went on a walk and I popped the question in a lovely area of the Island.
We had dinner that night and we were not found wanting. We were seated in the main room and were treated respectfully and attentively by some very courteous staff. Afterwards we wanted pictures and the same staff were very helpful in taking those for us, making us laugh and really getting some great shots of our special day.
The next day we had breakfast in the conservatory, which on a sunny day is magnificent. The food again was brilliant and made to order. We then went for a walk on the Island before hoping into town, this time catching a taxi from the other side of the ferry (cost - €10).
Waterford itself is beautiful and the people in it are much like the hotel staff and cannot be more helpful. The town is only a 5 minute taxi ride away, but you will need a taxi, however the taxi drivers are always lovely and will help you find places to know, go, or eat. (Geoff's bar is a must!). We returned back late at night and the ferry driver took us two foot passengers over the river on our own so that we didn't have to wait.
On our final day, again we had a magnificent breakfast and we left the hotel reluctantly. All in all a marvellous stay.
Our stay was magical and we lacked for nothing. Small things like writing congratulations on our dessert plate are the sorts of attention to detail that made an unforgettable trip. People like Denise, Francisco (Barman) and our Maitre D' could not have been more attentive and relaxed towards us. Thank you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on its own private Island on the River Suir, Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort offers 4 Star Luxury Castle Accommodation nestled in the suburbs of Waterford City.Feel yourself travel through time as you make the magical journey by our complimentary Car Ferry to the 310 acre Island Resort.With an amazing history stretching back to the 6th century, wake up in Waterford Castle Hotel Ireland after a peaceful night’s sleep to the picturesque and enchanting scenes and sounds the island has to offer. Enjoy gourmet food served in our award winning Munster room restaurant and Fitzgerald Bar or simply relax by the large open fire in 16th Century surroundings.For family, group or self catering in Waterford our Island Garden Lodges are the perfect place to experience the South East.Island Activities include our 18 hole Championship Golf Course, our fantastic tennis courts, clay Pigeon Shooting or croquet on the Castle lawns.Waterford Castle also provides a stunning Irish castle wedding venue for an unforgettable Wedding Day. Imagine… A legendary Castle, on an Island Haven; exclusively yours. All in all Waterford Castle Hotel and golf resort provides a luxury destination to escape from life itself. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Waterford Castle