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Review of Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort

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Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Waterford
Certificate of Excellence
Oologah, Oklahoma
2 reviews
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“Could live here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

What an outstanding experience! As a family of four we stayed in the lodge, which could easily have slept 6 to 8 people. The lodge was roomy, clean, very comfortable beds. Each bedroom had a balcony. We only stayed 1 night and on my next trip will ensure we have more time here.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Derek C, General Manager at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, responded to this review, 24 May 2014
Dear Reviewer
Thank you for finding the time to share your views with us. I was delighted to read of your findings with our lodges and indeed to hear it classed as an outstanding experience brings a broad smile to my face.
What a pleasure it is to hear that you intend to return and spend more time on the next occasion.
We look forward to seeing you on your next trip and we will be privileged to have you as our guest once again.
Kind Regards
Derek
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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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125 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

Located on an island, you take a ferry over to the castle. Oppulance abounds not only in the lobby and common areas, but in the guest rooms as well. Dinner here was served in many courses and was deliciously to die for. Breathtaking views all around. Makes one feel like royalty.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank j s
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Derek C, General Manager at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, responded to this review, 24 May 2014
Dear Reviewer
Thank you for such wonderful feedback. Your review is most inspiring and to hear that Waterford Castle made you feel like royalty is of the highest reward.
We are most appreciative of your compliments and it will be our pleasure to welcome you back for more of the same sometime in the future.
Kind Regards
Derek
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Long Beach, California
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299 reviews
51 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

Located above the city centre, the castle approach is impressive with a ferry ride to the island. My husband and I arrived and were excited to drive through the greenery and past a field with several deer unfazed by the golf balls from the driving range. We entered the castle and were welcomed by an impressive large foyer with a fireplace and seating area. Our room wasn’t quite ready so we had a light but delicious lunch in the small bar area. We were assigned the Ormonde room in the older part of the castle on the second floor. The room was estate sized with a non-working fireplace, poster queen bed and older furnishings. The bathroom was also quite ample with an old fashioned claw foot tub and pull chain toilet with a wooden seat (not fond of wood because of sanitation and cosmetics). All the windows had antique pane windows, one of them was broken but there was a nice breeze from the fields outside. The toiletries were from the Handmade Soap co. with lavender and rosemary shampoo, lotion and milled soap with a heating rack for the towels. Unfortunately, one of the handles fell off the hot water faucet and then a large bumble bee chased us around the bathroom until we were rescued by a nice male staff so we closed the windows. Apparently, there is no air conditioning in the rooms although we were able to request a small fan since we didn’t want any more bumble bees. It was throughout the night with exception of the singing of birds from the surrounding gardens.

After returning from the city centre, we decided to go for a scenic walk around the grounds and along the river before sunset. We also inspected the golf course and lamented that we could not play a round. Breakfast was included with our reservations and we chose to have the Irish Breakfast delivered to our room the next morning. All the food was delicious with castle brew coffee, eggs, blood sausages, bacon, local fresh fish, mushrooms, tomato, irish soda bread and butter, bowl of fruit with clotted cream. The stay was lovely and a wonderful option for those who don’t mind the wear and tear of antiquities. We noticed that dinner was served in the main dining area for 45 euros per person and that would have added another romantic element to our castle visit.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sherrieseg
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Derek C, General Manager at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, responded to this review, 24 May 2014
Dear Reviewer
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am most pleased to read of your experience at Waterford Castle and it was indeed our pleasure to have you stay with us. Your comments will be conveyed to all concerned whom I am sure will be most proud. I am delighted to hear mention of delicious food and that you had a lovely stay.
Thank you for choosing The Castle and we do hope to welcome you back in the very near future.
Kind Regards
Derek
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

As a former frequent visitor to Waterford city I was amazed when GrabOne advertised Waterford Castle & Lodges since I had never heard of the hotel previously. I bought the GrabOne voucher as I was very taken with the idea of staying on a private island. I stayed in a lodge with my partner and another couple. Having just returned home last evening I think I know why management have kept it a closely guarded secret - it is an incredibly unique place. We arrived last Friday in blazing sunshine to 310 acres of beautifully kept lush terrain. The lodges are beautiful and spacious, with all mod cons and 3 huge double bedrooms, 2 ensuite, as well as 2 more stand alone bathrooms. All the appliances are top of the range and beds & linen are top quality. While the 2 men in our party just had to eat/drink in the city I would have just loved to stay on the island for the whole weekend! Getting into the city was only a short hop in a taxi. The taxi drivers could not have been more friendly or helpful. The staff were extremely helpful from the initial telephone call to make the reservation right up to check out.

I cannot recommend this venue enough. If you are on a tight budget, even at full price if 3 couples make up one party it is very affordable. With the large fridge/freezer and full size cooker, you could easily self cater and with parking right outside your front door, carrying the provisions in is no hassle!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Margaret S
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Derek C, General Manager at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, responded to this review, 24 May 2014
Dear Reviewer
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I was delighted to read your review and I am most pleased that our secret is out. It will be my pleasure to pass on your complimentary remarks to all my colleagues.
We sincerely appreciate your recommendation and greatly look forward to welcoming you back.
Kind Regards
Derek
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Belmont, Australia
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27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Planning a trip to Ireland for the first time and really wanted to stay in a castle. Waterford looked fabulous and I had read reviews. We were not disappointed. Travelling with 5 in the group we booked two rooms. Both were beautifully appointed. We had lovely big bathrooms with the deepest bath I have ever seen. Bedroom was spacious and the kingside bed very comfortable. Our experience from checking, dinner and breakfast was faultless. Denise and Antonio on the desk and Fiona in the restaurant and Roisin at breakfast were all amazing. I cannot recommend this place enough.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Alison W
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Derek C, General Manager at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, responded to this review, 17 May 2014
Dear Reviewer
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I could not agree more with your caption " Because everyone should stay in a castle". What a perfect statement and one we would be proud to use. I am sure our Sales and Marketing would concur on this!
I was delighted to read of your findings and to learn of amazing staff and faultless food is of great reward. I assure you that I will pass your compliments to the staff that you have deservedly highlighted.
Thank you for your endorsement and we do hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back again in the future.
Kind Regards
Derek
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Red Deer, Canada
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37 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

Incredible hotel. We were looking for a castle to stay in sometime on our vacation and stumbled upon this one in an internet search. Some nights were very expensive, we found the lowest rate within a week for the president's suite and booked it. There is a small ferry across the river to the island where the castle is, the grounds are beautiful. Checking in was simply a pleasure, the clerk was friendly and helpful. The room is everything advertised and more. We didn't eat in the restaurant, the menu was a bit too out there for us. Based on breakfast which was great, dinner probably would have been good but we already spent our budget on the room. Which was worth it.
I would say this is a 4.5 star hotel, there are just some tiny things keeping it from being 5 star. However do not let that stop you from staying here.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank gearman666
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Derek C, General Manager at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, responded to this review, 17 May 2014
Dear Reviewer
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Waterford Castle. The first two words of your review "Incredible Hotel" brings such satisfaction to us all and indeed is very humbling. I am delighted that you had such a positive experience with us and it was our pleasure to have you with us. We greatly appreciate your rating of 4.5 stars and as we are officially graded as a 4 star, this is most rewarding.
Thank you for choosing Waterford Castle and we do hope that you will return on a future visit to Ireland.
Kind Regards
Derek
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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

I stayed in the lodges as part of a hen party (not a rowdy hen!) and all 18 ladies agreed the lodges were the ideal destination for such a trip. The lodges were beautiful and spacious, with all mod cons and 3 huge double bedrooms, 2 ensuite, as well as 2 more stand alone bathrooms. We held all the activities in one lodge and all 18 girls were easily accommodated (though we did temporarily move some chairs and wine glasses from our other lodges).
The major plus side to holding a hen in the lodges was that there was no need to worry about taxis, coordinating large numbers of women, or what to bring in your handbag when heading into town or to far-off venues for hen-related activities! We just strolled from one lodge to the next depending on where each activity was taking place.
The staff were extremely helpful from the initial reservations onwards, though we didn't need anything else from the hotel (barring a few extra rolls of toilet paper) after we had checked in as the lodges were self catering.
We asked for late-check out and the hotel had no problem accommodating us (a necessity when the group consists of 18 ladies!) and there was no issue with getting to and from the island as the ferry operates 24 hours a day, so you rarely have to wait more than 15 minutes to cross back onto the mainland.
I'll definitely recommend Waterford Castle lodges to anyone for hens, family holidays and couples get-aways.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pete-Schamprish
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Derek C, General Manager at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, responded to this review, 17 May 2014
Dear Reviewer
Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Your review was a pleasure to read and we sincerely appreciate your compliments. I am delighted to learn that the lodges were well received and lived up to the billing. I look forward to conveying your recognition to the staff.
Our very best wishes to all of the hen party and in particular to the bride to be.
We thank you for your recommendation and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Kind Regards
Derek
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Property: Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort
Address: The Island | Ballinakill, Waterford X91 Y722, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Waterford > Waterford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Waterford
#2 Family Hotel in Waterford
#2 Romantic Hotel in Waterford
#7 Business Hotel in Waterford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 67
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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