We only ended up staying in Carlow and the Talbot because we were looking for some nice for a short break for myself, my sister, and my niece (who is 8) , and we happened upon a good deal in the Talbot with the the Supervalu breaks. We're really glad we did - we had a wonderful 3 days in Carlow and would highly recommend the Talbot.
Our room was lovely - very clean, a good size, tea and coffee making facilities, iron, hair dryer. There was also a TV but for the first time ever we never actually turned it on during the 3 nights we stayed - because there's so much to do in the area we never had time.
We ate at Corries Bistro on two evenings (because we liked it so much the first evening). Everything we ordered was delicious and our waitress was absolutely lovely and couldn't do enough for us. I would recommend getting there early though as it's very popular. Breakfast was a buffet in the Liberty Tree restaurant with wonderful views of the barley fields.
This is always a worry for me as I have a fear of multi-storey car parks. Wasn't a problem here though as there's plenty of parking (although again, it's popular so it was busy). There's ground level parking and a split level car park. The split Level has underground parking but it also a ramp to above ground parking which even I could cope with so was grand. There's also parking at the Dome next door.
Thins to do
There are lots of things to do within driving (or even walking )distance of the Talbot. Our favourites were
The Dome - right next door - bowling , air hockey, slot machines
Delta sensory gardens - just a couple of Kilometres away - 20 tiny beautiful gardens - highly recommended
Rancho Reillys - 10 minutes drive - very friendly Pet farm with a good play area and obstacle course
And Dunnes is right across the road for shopping!
The most important aspect of any hotel for me is it's staff - i can overlook a lot of things as long as the staff are nice. And the staff of the Talbot are actually quite exceptional. Every single member of staff went out of their way to be helpful - from the receptionist offering to look after our bags while we were waiting for our room (we arrived early), to the waitress at breakfast taking us straight to a window table because she spotted me admiring the view, to the waiter at the bar good to a lot of trouble to find the stuff that made the Frog (a child's cocktail) green. He had already explained to us that he had run out, and we hadn't minded at all and had just paid him. We thought he had gone for change but when he came back he not only had the change but the necessary 'green stuff'. Those wonderful little things happened to us with many different members of staff at the Talbot - it's really a credit to them and the hotel management and is why I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Talbot to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Talbot Hotel is Carlow town's only four star hotel located 5 minutes drive from the town centre with easy access to motorways and only one hour from Dublin. All 84 spacious guest rooms including two spectacular suites and well appointed interconnecting family rooms are designed, furnished and decorated with the ultimate of guest comfort and convenience in mind. A range of dining options are available at the Talbot Hotel Carlow. Corries Bar & Bistro serves delicious food throughout the day including Morning Coffee, Carvery Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Light Bites & Bistro Favorites. The 4th floor Liberty Tree Restaurant offers scenic views of the surrounding rolling countryside and is open daily for Breakfast and Dinner. The award wining Inspirit Health & Leisure Club boasts a 20m Deck Level Pool, Kids Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Steam Room and Extensive Gym. Indigo Hair & Beauty gives guests the opportunity to relax and be pampered without leaving the hotel. A range of entertainment options are available to hotel residents including the Talbot Tiger's Kids Club at weekends & holiday periods; Live Music & Table Quiz in Corries Bar & Bistro and the DOME Family Entertainment Centre on site offering Bowling, Arcade and Kidzmania Playzone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carlow Talbot Hotel