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Tierneys Guesthouse
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

This small, friendly old-town property couldn't be better placed if, like us, you want to be in the heart of Kinsale. There was not much on offer in this price range when booking so my rating must reflect this; I'd have given a 2-rating otherwise as the accommodation and room equipment is barely adequate (especially the shower rooms) and the central location does mean noise issues.

We received a warm welcome and service throughout was helpful and efficient. The guesthouse is attached to the Lemon Leaf cafe which provided good tasty breakfast options - my sausage was included in the price of my Irish breakfast!!! Kinsale is a beautiful town with enough to see and do for a day or 2 and for lovers of fresh seafood - heaven! We especially enjoyed the seafood platter at Jim Edwards on Market Street - 50 or so yards away.

Location comes at a price - Main Street is a narrow one-way street with restricted parking and the main route in from Cork brought us in at a point where direct access to the hotel is unavailable so we had to drive round again to a car park and haul our luggage 300 yards through the streets in the rain! It's also surrounded by pubs & restaurants - meaning early morning deliveries - and the local night club (open Thursday-Sunday "till late") is just a few properties away. Ill-fitting windows offered little protection.

So choice of room is key and the option is basically size versus noise levels! Rooms come in 3 sizes - a) modest (at the front and containing a double and a single bed); b) tiny - quieter rear rooms with the double bed pushed up against the wall and c) small - I saw 2 rooms at the rear which were large enough for the double bed to be away from the wall. All en suite shower rooms were extremely small. In fairness, on Tuesday and Wednesday when the nightclub was not open, nighttime noise was not bad - just the occasional passers-by chatting but the noise of beer barrels being moved at 6 a.m. on Wednesday certainly woke us!

Apart from location & size, rooms were reasonably clean and comfortable although the shelves and other equipment were not good quality or well fitted. My worst comments must be reserved for our shower room which was inadequate and needed completely refitting. We had a very dodgy sloping glass shelf over the toilet; 2 nasty plastic soap/shampoo holders placed too high for shorter persons; as a minimum, the shower surround needed re-sealing and the ill-fitting shower door made the miniscule shower even smaller. There was no shaving point so electric razor/toothbrush owners should bring an adaptor. It didn't look as though a lot of money would be required to improve the appearance of rooms and shower significantly but this is an old building.

Room Tip: Arrive early or ring in advance for a chance of getting the larger rear rooms. Avoid roadside rooms, if possible, at weekends.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Roger V
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

What a fantastic place to stay , we will definitely be back. The staff went above and beyond , breakfast was yummy , rooms were very clean and cosy , would definitely pick over the big hotels , perfect location :-)

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank OrlaandIan
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

We stayed one night at Tierneys over the Bank Holiday weekend. The staff could not have been more helpful with everything including the best place to park where to eat best night music places and what to do. The was small but is what we expected. The location could not be better. We had a back room and had no real problem with noise but a front room could be a problem because of its great location. The breakfast was a bit confusing with the continental or cooked only option. We would recommend this to anyone visiting Kinsale.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ian H
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We stayed here for two nights with friends. The lady who booked us in was brilliant, very polite and helpful. We arrived when it was very hot and the rooms were quite stuffy. The bedrooms are small but adequate and were clean. They have a small bathroom with shower but are very acceptable. Our friends' room faced the road which has some very good pubs etc. on it but it can be quite noisey late at night, especially if you have to leave the windows open due to the heat. On the whole the B&B was o.k. The only negative was breakfast. On the first morning the non-Irish staff, although forgetful, were pleasant and efficient, but on the second morning the Irish staff were less hospitable. I asked for a basic breakfast but requested a sausage. I was told by the waitress, whose customer skills had gone out with the tide, that I could not have one unless I paid a supplement. I decided to have a full Irish breakfast with black and white pudding but there was no offer of a rebate!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank ArtyOxford
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

After a recent stay we were met a friendly lady who was happy to show us to our room we were pleasantly surprised at our room as it was a budget break. The location is fantastic right in the center of town of town,, The breakfast was a real treat LOVELY,
All in all it was a very surprising and lovely time

Gary & Sylvia

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Gary F
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