Went here on the Aug bank holiday weekend and had an enjoyable stay. Check-in was efficient and pleasant. Our party over the weekend occupied 3 rooms all excellent since the refurbishment as 2 of our party was there pre-furbishment(still decent btw!). My room and another persons room was a single room but each room furnished with a double and single bed!. The beds are hard but comfortable. Good speed in-room wifi i speedtested at 10MB+ was an excellent feature. LG tv came with 2 hdmi ports so if you were that way inclined there is nothing stopping you bringing your appletv or xbmc device to stream your movies from!.
The power shower was awesome, real fast jets and a secondary showerhead directly above your head!. Bathroom came with plenty of towels of varying sizes and plenty if shower wash, conditioner and shampoo miniature bottles. Deep fresh carpet to add to the sense of luxury.
The only negative and im sure this is reflected on the price was that we had backward facing rooms which back onto a street(O'Connel St.) that creates a terrifically loud echo!. So noise is a problem if you want to leave your window open at night as the revelers walk by. Even an ordinary conversation by a pair walking by creates a racket because its more like a lane and has that natural echo. The hotel not only has the window but also a sliding patio type window to double up and sound proof the street to a good degree. My problem was that my stay was over 2 hot nights so it was quite the dilemma, no street noise and sweating or street noise and some cooler air!. Its really not a problem if its not a hot night though so you just shut the double windows. So by virtue of the weather an no air conditioner my sleep quality was lessened but im sure i would have had a sound nights sleep otherwise. One other slight pain was the slamming bedroom doors. I cant really blame the residents at first as when you let the door go it releases on a very soft spring loaded but on the last foot it releases or speeds up and slams!. So you need to keep your hand on the door all the way to make sure it doesn't take off on you over the last few inches!.
I must say every member of staff i encountered incl cleaning staff was pleasant and i got the feeling that staff were generally relaxed and happy in their jobs. Now breakfast needs to get a mention!. You can usually expect a buffet breakfast but this was a semi-buffet made all the more excellent that only juices, fruit , yogurts and cereals were on the communal table. Anything that is hot ie tea/coffee/toast and hot breakfasts of which there was a wide selection on offer including kippers,eggs Benedict, Full irish, etc are ordered at your table so your breakfast is essentially made freshly and not part of a buffet and prepared and delivered in quite a quick time.
By the by i witnessed a nasty type accident on checkout. They have brown glass automatic sliding entrance/exit doors and its kinds hard to guess which panel is the sliding one!. Well a young woman came walking at speed from the adjoining bar/lounge towards the exit and hit the glass(non auto sliding pane) face first before hitting the deck. One of the desk staff was quickly at hand to comfort and console the woman back in the bar in a very professional manner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Actons of Kinsale is situated in the heart Kinsale with its maze of narrow winding streets, interesting craft shops, cosy pubs and art galleries, many reflecting the influences of the French, Spanish and British who all played a part in the town’s chequered history. In Kinsale, you can golf, sail, fish, clay-pigeon shoot, walk, explore historic sites, visit local museums.Known for its wonderful friendly atmosphere, Actons of Kinsale is a period building of great character, splendidly overlooking Kinsale’s beautiful harbour.Actons of Kinsale have 74 en-suite bedrooms, many enjoy superb harbour views. Each room has multi-channel tv, radio, telephone, hair dryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Sidney's Bar & Brasserie serves food daily.The Health&Fitness Club boasts a 15 meter indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool spa, techno gym and reflexology/massage facilities. A kiddie pool keeps the younger members happy while massage jets are perfect for after a round of golf!Afull range of beauty and holistic treatments are offered by our trained therapists. ... more less
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