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“It has its good points, and it has its bad points”
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Adare Manor
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Adare
Certificate of Excellence
UK
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614 reviews
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“It has its good points, and it has its bad points”
Reviewed 25 July 2008

I have to rate this hotel "above average" because it really is "above average". Its a Victorian Castle in the middle of enormous grounds.

Having read others reviews, I would say most are fair with good and the bad points.

It sticks in the Irish throat the over Americanisation, its really the American owners idea of an Irish castle hotel.So it may well appeal to Americans.

My room was one of the better corner suites. I stayed there out of season and got a deal with a cheap upgrade. The room was large, but "impersonal" and the decor was not well thought out. The room was reached along miles of soulless corridors, with drab lighting.

The restaurant for both breakfast and dinner was fine. You need one of the tables in the outer part with daylight and views. I thought the inner tables were drab. The cooked breakfast was particularly good.

The bar is positively baronial, but with bad lighting at night. You can get a very good afternoon tea here, but I doubt you could manage dinner as well.

The staff were very helpful. The receptionist gave me a "tour" when I arrived. The staff were mainly non-Irish. The only Irishman I came across was the doorman, a very pleasant , cheerly and helpful man. It was rather strange to be given the history of the manor by European staff who had no real idea what it was all about.

Over commercialised, a bit drab in places, American, yes all of those apply. However it was an experience that I enjoyed to stay at Adare Manor, and I would stay again (OK as long as there was an out of season offer!)

  • Stayed March 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 July 2008

Myself and Hubby stayed here for 2 nights a short while ago as part of a special celebration, and unfortunately we were a bit disappointed.

True, the hotel is spectacular from the outside, and its grounds contain beautiful well-described trees - although the formal gardens are quite unimaginative; lovely shape etc. but containing only one type of flower (red rose) - a bit more colour and different varieties would be much more attractive and interesting. There are large areas of the grounds which are untended and quite a mess really - compared to the likes of Mount Juliet in Kilkenny (also a golf resort, and an amazing hotel) who's gardens are magnificent. The Walled Gardens at Adare Manor are a disgrace - totally untended.

The castle itself is an amazing structure, with fantastic features, such as the original lettering built into the turrets - it really does appear to have been lovingly and carefully built. Unfortunately, the interior has not been so lovingly maintained. It does appear that originally it was restored and converted to a hotel with fantastic care, but the detail now is lost in many areas, and FAR TOO over-commercialised. It truly is not like being in Ireland at all, once you enter its doors. Some of the staff are so TWEE it's unbelievable - one or too could even be likened to giant leprechauns in the way they act! It really does seem to be aimed entirely at the American tourist market, which is certainly dismaying for visitors to the hotel from other parts of its own country and possibly from other countries. Take, for example, a visit to the Dungeon Bar one night, where a pianist was entertaining the mostly american audience, and on discovering that we are from Dublin (Ireland), he proceeded to play (and sing) the typically Dublin folk song entitled "Molly Malone/Cockles and Mussels". This unofficial anthem of Dublin City, a rather mawkish ditty, was just NOT what you want on holiday in your own country! We couldn't get out of there fast enough!

There is an over-sized monument in front of the formal gardens, which commemorates Irish U.S. soldiers who were killed in the Vietnam War - again this is an American monument, really - Ireland had nothing to do with the Vietnam War. The American owner of Adare Manor commissioned this monument along with 2 others, perhaps on a three for the price of two deal, and placed this one in a location for American tourists to oooh and aaah over, (the other two are erected somewhere in the U.S.). Whilst a very good monument, and very meaningful to the Americans, I'm sure, it is totally out of place in Adare Manor.

The golf clubhouse includes a very standard bar area and standard restaurant area - all very modern - you could be anywhere at all, and the raucous clientele really take away from any enjoyment. The food was good, but not a pleasant place to be really.

The GOOD POINTS:
Our room was amazing. We had booked a Dunraven Stateroom and were very lucky to be upgraded to the Presidential Suite, which contains Lady Caroline's bedroom (she built the castle back in 1840), which is currently furnished as a sitting/dining room. Also, a dressing room, 2 bathrooms and a bedroom. Lady Caroline's room is out of this world - the original features are outstanding. We truly wished, though, that this room was retained as the bedroom, rather than the sitting area, as to wake up looking at the beautifully decorated ceilings etc. would be a fantastic experience, and the vista from the windows with their stunning drapes is gorgeous. The current bedroom, by contrast, is like an ordinary period-styled hotel bedroom - very much in the shadow of Lady Caroline's room. I suppose if you are going to spend much of your day in the sitting room, it would be suitable. The bathrooms are marble and spacious, but the shower-room has no shelving for your toiletries. Both are very modern and not really in keeping with the style of the hotel. Not much thought has been put into this. This is one of the criticisms that we have about most of the recent modifications to the hotel in general. Lack of thought and effort in keeping the style of the hotel close to the period in which it was built.

The restaurant is beautiful, and we found the service and the food very good.

The lounge/library area is also beautiful and comfortable, but the friendliness of the staff was a bit erratic - some staff very helpful and friendly, and others most grumpy in their demeanour. What was disappointing in these areas was the lack of enforcement of the stipulated dress code for evening wear - we, and most of the other guests had made special efforts to dress-up, as specifically requested in the hotel's literature, whereas there were others sitting at the bar at 9pm, dressed in extremely casual and dirty-looking blue jeans and t-shirts. I have plenty of this kind of attire in my wardrobe, but would not wear it in such an establishment in the evenings, especially when requested not to. This rule should be enforced by senior staff and not ignored.
Also in this area, one afternoon as we were trying to enjoy a quiet coffee and a read, there was a very loud business meeting being conducted by two ladies at one of the larger couch areas, about the arrangements for a forth-coming reception at the hotel. One of these ladies was in uniform and obviously the reception was going to be held at the hotel. Why could they not use an office or the boardroom for such a meeting instead of ruining other customers' peace and quiet and enjoyment of this area?

Unfortunately, my "Good Points" seem to be all the while drifting into "Bad Points". This was our experience of this hotel - as soon as you start enjoying the period and ambience of the castle, something happens or you notice something coarsely out of place that ruins it all. For yet another example - enjoying a walk just beyond the formal gardens, you come across a modern cheap-looking hut, presumably for the golfers to have a break in or shelter from rain. This could be so much nicer if it was a structure at least a lttle bit in keeping with a castle's grounds. But what was EVEN WORSE was the extremely crass portacabin structure next to it, housing a male and a female toilet. This is like something you would find either on a building site or at a music festival. WHERE IS THE CLASS??

That really sums up my (ridiculously long, I know) review of this hotel - IT LACKS CLASS. Not a 5 star. Go to Mount Juliet or The K Club for beauty, elegance, class, or experience Rathsallagh House in Co. Wicklow for real Irish country living and amazing food (all of these have excellent golf courses too) or Tinakilly House for real period style.

To quote one of the recent comments written in the Visitor's Book in the lobby of Adare Manor: "Not a 5 Star, Dude"!

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 8 June 2008

Just returned from a driving tour of southern Ireland, and booked the Adare Manor toward the end of my journey because it looked spectacular. It was spectacular .....except for the room. I booked a upgraded room because it said it was larger than a regular room (and it was because I saw a regular room, and they were closets). It looked like my grandmother decorated it. It was dowdy - the furnishings were worn, the carpet was old, etc.....and it cost $700/night. It did, however, have a huge marble bath with a bidet, but the room was faded elegance, at best.
Now, don't get me wrong, the property is spectacular - the drive up from the gate to the house is grand, and the manor house itself is spectacular - grand spaces, a 2 story entry with a very medieval atmosphere. It's not as old as it appears. It was built in 1840, but still appears medieval.
The restaurant was excellent, and the service was great, but not 5 stars
If you're a golfer, it's the place to stay. The Irish Open had just been held there the week before we stayed there, but I'd say save your money unless you can afford to stay in one of the manor suites (starting at $1,200/night).

  • Liked — grand setting
  • Disliked — room was not up to my standards for the price
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with friends
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2 Thank WmCT
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Falls Church, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2008

Spectacular. Absolutely would return and am happy this was the final hotel of the vacation since it was the cherry on the sundae. The service was top-notch beginning with the greeting from John G. at the entrance. The room was spacious for a European hotel and very comfortable. Any and every need is attended to with speed and grace. Breakfast in the morning was of the highest quality. We had tea in the lounge/bar area (I never remember the names of them in these hotels) and the sandwiches and pastries were delicious. Again we chose to eat more casually and had dinner twice in the Carriage House (where the villas are) and the food was very good (housekeeping in the ladies' room less so, but just be quick about it and avert your eyes). The grounds were large, and walking around there and into town was a treat. If only we'd had time for a round of golf!

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with friends
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Queenstown, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2008

My husband and I were really looking forward to our stay at Adare Manor after reading all the good things about it, but found ourselves strangely disappointed.

The outside of the manor is truly lovely and the grounds are spectacular. My husband played golf and found the course to be fantastic.

The staff were friendly and helpful, no complaints there. I guess one issue we had is that it did not feel like we were in Ireland. The hotel had a strangely American feel about it. Our room was quite barren, it felt like it needed more decoration or something, as did some parts of the lodge as well. We did have lovely views over the golf course.

The rooms were also not very soundproof as we were forced to listen to a lady with a voice like a corncrake holding forth with some people in the hall just behind us. They were all in a group attending a wedding so it was a VERY LONG CONVERSATION that lasted well into the night.

We found the meals to be just a bit bland as well, not bad, just not up to the standard that the place deserves as a "grand hotel."

While my husband was playing golf I did have a massage. The treatment was very nice but the facility was a little weird, sort of felt like it was stuffed into a former outbuilding.

We did have a wonderful wander around the grounds and really enjoyed the gardens and woods. The village is also really nice and quaint, with some excellent pubs.

All in all, our visit was pleasant but lacking in the real wow factor that I know the place is capable of. It certainly has the bones with such a lovely building and grounds to work with. It could just use some local feel, and the rooms warmed up a bit.

  • Liked — Building, grounds, golf course
  • Disliked — Bare, noisy rooms, bland food
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank bluegoldhighlander
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Iowa
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2008

A beautiful country estate lost. Adare Manor is a beautiful structure with a rich history. After a tour of the manor and grounds I can say that I would not stay here. This place is for the average tourist with new money to enjoy or has simple taste. Adare has the feeling of a very nice roadside Best Western. I was very dissatisfied with the lack of decor in such a over rated and highly priced manor house with a polyester feel. From it's very bad paintings, cheap carpets on the wall to give the appearance of tapestry. Not to mention all the wrinkled fabric covered chairs and tables placed on cheap carpets. New management might save this place or bring it up to what it's trying to be.

  • Liked — A Beautiful Structure
  • Disliked — It's lack of details for the price.
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled solo
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4 Thank tbfairfield
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2008

Our first visit to Ireland, and it was truly the 'luck of the Irish' that the Aer Lingus package we (2 adults, 2 teens) booked included a week-long stay at Adare Manor. We had a 3-bedroom villa that was to die for. We had a hard time getting the teens out of the villa to see the rest of Ireland! The grounds are a mix of woods, formal gardens, ruins and golf course that invite leisurely walks even if you don't golf. We had tea at the manor one day, and it was amazing. Do not miss it! A bit pricey by US standards, but the quality and value for the money are top notch. The staff was extremely accommodating, even offering to open the gift shop especially for us. Internet access 24/7. A car is a must, and is included with most packages.

  • Liked — The size and luxury of our villa
  • Disliked — There was absolutely nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
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4 Thank Pamela G
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Property: Adare Manor
Address: Adare, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Limerick > Adare
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Adare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the lush heartlands of County Limerick, Adare Manor is one of Ireland's most evocative and spellbinding castle hotels. Steeped in exotic history and surrounded by medieval ruins, its 840-acre demesne is home to beautiful parklands, superb trout fishing on the river Maigue, and a renowned 18 hole championship golf course. Unique and individual accommodation, the best of contemporary Irish food in an incomparable setting, and the highest standards of modern hospitality are hallmarks of the Manor experience. Adare Manor is a 25 minute drive from Shannon International Airport. ... more   less 
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