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Blue Haven Hotel
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Kinsale
Certificate of Excellence
Limerick
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Impressed with this Hotel & Place ... but”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2012

I recently attended a wedding in Kinsale and stayed in Room 20 (Single Room) of the Blue Haven Hotel Kinsale. On first impressions of the hotel and accommodation I was impressed. The service and the attitude of the staff was impressive as was all the facilities in the hotel, breakfast, comfort and hospitality. However, I don't know whether the worse rooms are reserved for single people (who have less of a voice than 2 people), as I discovered that in Room 20 the shower was luke warm at the most, the kettle didn't work and cold air came in through a window that wouldn't close. This made what should have been a comfortable stay uncomfortable and I was highly disappointed as it wasn't what I was expecting at all. It's fair to say that friends (couples) who were staying in other rooms in this hotel had a fabulous experience without any of the draw backs I experienced. To be honest my experience would make me think twice about staying here again as unfortunately it appeared to me that the worse rooms are being offered out to single people and to experience this being followed through into the quality of accommodation offered is very disappointing. I certainly wouldn't hesitate by saying it is worthwhile place to stay & visit but whatever you do, if you are a single person don't stay in Room 20 of this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank ladyp69
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin
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118 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2012

This was a December visit to Kinsale when the town was rather quiet. Relative to other places in town, the Blue Haven was nicely busy at night. On a cold night it was cosy and comfortable and the restaurant was reasonably busy, not like other restaurants in town. The evening meal was nice quality and the service was friendly and helpful. The bedroom was small and old fashioned but had the basic facilities. Floor board noise from above comes through, without it being a major problem. It is basically very dated upstairs. Breakfast was poor overall. The diningroom was cold, the layout of the cereals and other starters was quite poor. The cooked breakfast was unattractive in taste and presentation. Clonakilty black pudding was not served. We had got a special deal which made this hotel stay reasonably good value. However,it did not live up to our expectations, particularly breakfast.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Ashlawnguest
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2012 via mobile

Even though the Christmas party season was in full flow we lived this ace hotel. Exceptionally helpful friendly staff, good food, fab breakfasts and brilliant live music! The sons of Steve McQueen rock!
I'd love to go back to kinsale and would not think twice about staying here again(and again)

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank DerbyDave
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Hawaii
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30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2012

We had a long hard day on the road and ended up in Kinsale later than we wished we had. Too many evenings on small narrow winding roads in the dark where they drive 80mph finally got to us! At first my husband said "This town is a dump!" We were so tired! It was a little bit of an effort as there is no elevator. Our room was good sized and the bathroom was nice. We ended up staying in the room that night. We couldn't gather up enough energy to do down to the bar to hear the music! After a good night's sleep we awoke to a quaint and charming village! It had beautiful little shops. The breakfast was really good. It was the first relief from all of the same breakfasts we had while we were in Ireland. We had Eggs Benedict and wonderful raspberry pancakes. The staff were very friendly and helpful! What seemed to start out as something not so good turned into something very nice!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 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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1 Thank kahaluu
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Dublin, Ireland
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20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2012

. We stayed here last May and again in November and were not disappointed. The staff were brilliant, always helpful and friendly. Breakfast was great, fresh and cooked to order, plenty of choice. We also dined in the Bistro and the Bar and found the food excellent. The hotel collection also have lovely cafe and coffee shop, just the thing to have a mid morning of afternoon break and relax. We stayed 2 nights but relaxation wise felt as good as a week break. Entertainment in bar in evenings was good. Kinsale is great place to visit and to eat out, but really The Blue Haven Collection has it all, you would not need to go any place else. I'm planning my next visit already.
Liz

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank moloney_liz
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2012

Even though a few little things weren't quite perfect the staff at this hotel couldn't do more to put things right. Endlessly patient and cheerful. Lovely room, comfy bed and all very clean. We had a room at the back of the hotel which was very quiet. Bar with live music while we ate a nice meal. Only one place to stay on a break to Kinsale and that's here.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jakelly04
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Northwest Corner, Connecticut
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172 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2012

First, let me say that the staff were simply fabulous--real hospitality. The hike to the top floor was something you might want to avoid if sufficiently out of shape or with mobility issues. Our room was right over the street, which meant a bit of noise, but not enough to make us uncomfortable. The door lock was a a little tricky--very old-fashioned lock and key, but o.k. once we got the knack. The room was sort of Victorian (Sorry, I guess I shouldn't use that phrase about something Irish, should I?), but the bathroom was pretty up-dated. We enjoyed the music in the bar at night, and the breakfast in the morning. We also had lunch in the bistro one day and in the coffee shop another. Superb chowder! Breakfast cooked to order. Oh, and, since we had originally made our reservation for their other property, The Old Bank House, but were moved because we would have been the only guests there, I also had coffee and a scone at the coffee shop attached to that hotel. The scone was to die for.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank RevL05
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Property: Blue Haven Hotel
Address: 3/4 Pearse Street, Kinsale, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Kinsale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Kinsale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Haven Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A boutique style property in the heart of Kinsale, the Blue Haven graciously combines the charm of old Kinsale with the modern luxuries of today. Each room is individually furnished with exquisite furniture, luxury pocket sprung beds, plasma tvs and finer touches to make each room unique. With a reputation as excellent food, friendly personal service and meticulous attention to detail, each visit is a special one. ... more   less 
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