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“Weekend Away in Kinsale”

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Trident Hotel Kinsale
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Kinsale
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Navan, Ireland
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“Weekend Away in Kinsale”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

Booked a weekend stay package at the Trident which included 2 nights accommodation B&B with 1 evening meal.

We arrived and parked in the car park, went to check in and were told our room wasn't yet ready, and that we were being upgraded to a junior suite, so with that we walked into the Town. Only a 5-10 minute walk along the Quay into the heart of Kinsale. We used the opportunity to get our bearings. After stopping at Fishy Fishy for lunch, we came back to the hotel to check in.

We got one of the junior suites, which had a great view of the water and the nearby yacht club. Pros of the suite, were the size, the view, large bathroom with both shower and bath, well stocked mini bar and fridge. However we found the beds a little too firm and the pillows as well. Apart from that the room was lovely.

We made reservations for dinner in the restaurant, on our first night, we enjoyed the starters, and desert, however were a little underwhelmed by the main courses.

One of the highlights for the stay was the bar, there was a great buzz in there during the day and the staff were very friendly and giving lots of tips of places to go and see while we stayed. The bar does be a little quiet in the evening, but that is probably due to most people would walk into the town for the various pubs / restaurant options with music. Which we did ourselves. We also ate in the bar on the Second Day while watching the Rugby, there was a lot of people in eating, i'd a fantastic portion of mussels, and my wife had a great lasagne special offer which included an alcoholic drink. Very good idea guys! Again the banter with the staff was great.

All in all we enjoyed our stay at the Trident and would stay there again. Look forward to seeing you in the future.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the junior suites on the 3rd floor, great views of the marina. Also furthest away fro...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

Stayed with a large family group. Were directed to the residents bar after dinner (was ok) and from 10.30 on the drunken hotel guest from hell came into the room and set out to ruin the evening for everyone else there. He succeeded. The hotel staff didn't want to know and numerous complaints about this individual's behavious got nowhere. Stay ruined for all concerned, including children and we were forced to leave. Even the next day the staff didn't want to know.

Weird hotel. If you are on the ground floor you roopm stands a chance of being between a car park and a main road. Had to park on the road as the small car park was full.

Room Tip: Much better hotels in Kinsale. Doesn't have a good reputation and best avoided.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

We stayed one night at the Trident Hotel. We got into Kinsale late in the evening so we really couldn't see much of the town. It was a Sunday night and I suspect many things were closed.

Our room was just ok. The furnishings are somewhat dated and not at all inviting the bed was hard as a rock and the pillows were even worse. The bathroom was huge and we were surprised that there was both a shower and a gigantic tub. While it was clean, it was very blah and cold.

The front desk was friendly but not entirely helpful. We needed to get some dinner so we asked at the front desk. She suggested we eat the the hotel restaurant but since Kinsale is listed as a "gourmet" city, we wanted to give one of the restaurants a try. She recommended that we head to the White Lady just up the street. This was a restaurant at another hotel. It was the worst meal we had on the entire trip. The folks at the pub were pleasant but the food was really awful. When we returned, a gentleman had taken over the front desk. I asked how I could connect to the Internet and he had no idea. I additionally asked where we could get a few bottles of water and he instead suggested we just drink from the tap!

Breakfast was nothing spectacular but the staff at the restaurant were pleasant.

I am sure Kinsale is lovely under different circumstances but I would recommend staying elsewhere.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dublin Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

We stayed in the Trident as a family, 3 adults, a baby and a 7 year old. We all enjoyed our stay, the staff are lovely - couldn't do enough for us. We used the pool in the hotel next door, a great option when they don't have their own pool.
We went on a daytrip to the model village in Clonakilty and Inchydoney - while the hotel at the beach was beautiful the service in the restaurant was atrocius and put us off ever staying there. The Trident wouldn't be as luxurious as the Inchydoney - but the staff and general athmosphere would beat them hands down!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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GHCMcE, General Manager at Trident Hotel Kinsale, responded to this review, 13 February 2012
Dear MAKH77,

Thank you for taking the time to review the Trident Hotel.

I'm delighted that you all enjoyed your stay and particularly that you found the staff helpful. Having met you all at breakfast there was a nice positive 'vibe' coming from you which usually makes interaction with staff easier and more pleasant.

Thank you for your kind comments and I hope that we will be able to welcome you back to the Trident Hotel before too long.

Kind regards,

Hal McElroy
Managing Director
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Tipperary, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

Was on a stag weekend from 27th to 29th of jan. Had a brilliant weekend, the hotel was fabulous and the food was superb. The staff were very friendly and more than helpfull. this hotel made our weekend epic and one to remember.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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GHCMcE, General Manager at Trident Hotel Kinsale, responded to this review, 6 February 2012
Dear Stevie 1983,

Thank you for taking the time to review the Trident Hotel.

I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the Trident for the stag weekend. Your praise for the hotel, food and staff are very welcome.

The mention of a stag sometimes rings alarm bells but your group enjoyed themselves and still there was a very positive 'vibe' back from our staff, proving that a stag can still enjoy themselves without upsetting others - thank you for that!

Hopefully we will be able to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards,

Hal McElroy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2012

Went to the Trident in Kinsale recently and it does what it's suppose to do.... supplies you with B&B which were both fine, well single beds but clean and tidy and really was grand but no bit of luxury about it, I wouldn't consider it 4 star. It's a great base in Kinsale which is a gorgeous town and so nice for one town to have such good seafood! we ate in the hotel bar on arrival which was surprisingly lovely, fishy fishy - devine and the Spainard such a great pub. Our package included one evening meal in the hotel which was quite disappointing, considering how nice the food was in the bar was.... I would recommend for the location in Kinsale which is such a great town.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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GHCMcE, General Manager at Trident Hotel Kinsale, responded to this review, 4 February 2012
Dear IrishGirlAdvisor,

Thank you for your review of the Trident Hotel.

I'm sorry that the Trident didn't tick all the boxes for you, but maybe we could offer you another type of room if you chose to stay with us again. I gather that you may have got a Twin room instead of a Double which would normally be no trouble to change.

I'm glad that you enjoyed Kinsale and found the Trident to be satisfactory and hopefully you will decide to stay with us again.

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Hal McElroy
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Limerick
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

Stayed here with my wife from 16th to 20th Jan 2012. Room was perfect , overlooking the sea. Spotlessly clean. Had Breakfast and dinner, food superb and service excellent. Very friendly staff. Will stay there again

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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GHCMcE, General Manager at Trident Hotel Kinsale, responded to this review, 4 February 2012
Dear LimerickDh2008,

Thank you for your review of the Trident Hotel.

We very much appreciate your accolade of "Fantastic Hotel"! You obviously enjoyed yourselves and found our rooms, food, service and staff to be of a high standard for which we are delighted.

I hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you back again soon.

Kind regards,

Hal McElroy
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Property: Trident Hotel Kinsale
Address: World's End, Kinsale, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Kinsale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Kinsale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Trident Hotel Kinsale 4*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A four star hotel, spectacularly perched on the water's edge overlooking Kinsale Harbour. The hotel has 75 bedrooms including an Executive Wing comprising 30 rooms and 9 luxury suites, all with beautiful sea views. Only five minutes’ walk from the centre of Kinsale, the Trident Hotel is an excellent base to explore the winding streets and many shops, cafes, galleries and restaurants for which Kinsale is famous for. While you’re here, why not delve into the town’s fascinating historic past with a guided walking tour to famous sights including Charles Fort or engage in the wide variety of activities available from deep-sea fishing to scenic harbour cruising. Or use Kinsale as your base for exploring the wider West Cork region, renowned for its rugged landscape, unspoiled coastline and bustling towns. For shopaholics, Cork City is just a 30-minute drive from Kinsale. With a host of attractions and leisure activities on the doorstep – including the world-renowned Old Head Golf Links – the Trident Hotel Kinsale is certainly an ideal venue for both business and pleasure! ... more   less 
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