We chose to end our family trip to Ireland with a stay at the fabulous Adare Manor - wow were we disappointed!! We were all suitably impressed by the majestic facade of the hotel, but upon entering the lobby we stood around and waited while several staff completely ignored us - for several minutes (and as a family of 6 we are not easily ignored...) The gentleman who did eventually welcome us and show us to our rooms was very pleasant and helpful in showing us around, but we had to laugh at another very haughty-looking gentleman working there who seemed to pick up the phone any time we walked through the lobby - such a coincidence! Our rooms were recently renovated and they were certainly pretty, and it was fun to walk through the hotel to see our accommodations; however the rooms were not as clean as I feel they should have been - there were cobwebs hanging above the bed and from the chandeliers, and the bathroom sink wasn't clean )-: Also our shower was merely a trickle, and with a fixed panel glass door you had to really reach far in to turn on the two taps (that meant I had to get wet with either hot or cold water - great choice) No sprayer either so to rinse a smaller child's hair you're out of luck-we checked our other room's shower to see if we could shower there but it was the same measly spray which alternated between scalding and cold during the morning shower. We walked the expansive grounds which were lovely (btw not enough hotel umbrellas to borrow and no one told us there were some in our rooms although I asked at the front desk and it was pouring), but the fairy houses we'd come to explore were damaged in a storm and hadn't been put back - disappointing. Afternoon tea was fabulous and very much enjoyed - the service at tea was top notch and we all wished we'd come just for tea and stayed elsewhere. My husband went down to get a couple of beers before our room service dinner as we were told they could only bring wine with room svce. He went to the tap room at 9pm and was told they couldn't serve him because the computers weren't on and the facility didn't open until 9:30pm, disappointing but he did eventually get the beers from someone who recognized how silly that response was in a hotel like Adare Manor. Room service that night was pretty grim - the cheese platter was delicious, but we rcvd only four crackers and four thin slices of pear (or apple, it was so thinly sliced it was hard to tell) with lots of cheese. Inedible rubbery grilled cheese for our daughter. Thankfully the wine was good! Breakfast buffet the next morning was a complete disappointment. Granted, it was included in our astronomical room charge, but it consisted of dried out scones and bread, a small assortment of fruit which had little bugs flitting about and cereals. Two of us chose to order eggs off the menu for an upcharge. Given the price of our accommodations and the reputation of the hotel we expected far more than we received, and my husband and I both decided it wouldn't have been any better if it was just the two of us for a golf weekend. Definitely save your money and stay elsewhere, there's not much here to recommend beyond a quick tour of the grounds which you can accomplish by coming for afternoon tea.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adare Manor is a neo-Gothic architectural masterpiece, once the family seat of the Earls of Dunraven. Today it is cherished as a warm and welcoming 5 star luxury resort, defined by its spectacular setting, authentic historic character, and the impeccable service of its world-class staff. Situated in the beautiful village of Adare and just 25 minutes from Shannon airport. The 104 guest rooms are air conditioned and lavishly appointed with original art, Georgian-style furnishings, luscious textiles and marble bathrooms. Guests may design a bespoke itinerary of activities in and around the sweeping 840 acre estate of formal gardens, peaceful forests and rolling parklands. Golf, falconry, archery, fishing, La Mer spa treatments and more are all conducted on site, with further adventures such as horseback riding and shooting available within a short drive. Fine dining and world-class libations across the resort’s many restaurants, lounges and bars offer something to tempt every palate. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Adare
- Adare Manor Hotel And Golf Resort
- Adare Manor Resort
- Adare Manor Ireland