This hotel did not live up to my expectations. The house itself is lovely and in a nice position in a residential area. Taxi to/from city a reasonable ~€8 each way. We stayed in room 315 which was the last room down the corridor facing the garden at the back of the hotel one floor up from reception so it was nice and quiet. The corridor smelt of a cleaning product - unpleasant and stuffy on a hot day. The walls in the room are grotty and could do with a good clean - the room hasn't had a deep clean in a long time. The skirting board was dirty with probably drips of tea or coffee near the table. The furniture in the rooms do not match the period features of the house. They are cheap veneered type and show a lot of wear and tear. Antique furniture (even with wear and tear) would make the rooms more in keeping with the house. The TV was tiny and hard to see from the bed which was only a few feet away and the remote control did not work. There were fingerprints on the bedside lamps. The double bed was two singles sagging into the middle. The bath has a shower curtain which with the window open on a hot day means it sticks to you while showering. Toiletries not the sort you want to put in your bag to bring home. Breakfast was OK with good choices however even at 9am on a Sunday morning all the buffet were pretty empty and not replaced (breads, yoghurts, fruit salad, etc.). I ordered pancakes and they were a very strange goo-ey and gluey texture in the middle - one expects either crepe or american style - they were just weird and inedible. My vegetarian husband ordered mushroom & cheese omelette but it arrived with ham which was remedied quickly. All staff we met were very pleasant & friendly. At €96 which included a 20% O2 Priority Discount for Manor Hotels I feel I did not get my money's worth and if I had found a nice B&B within/close to the city (I couldn't!) I would prefer to have spent my money on that.
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- Athenaeum Hotel Waterford