We had left the last 2 nights of our trip to Ireland unplanned so we had some flexibility in our itinerary. Before we left the U.S., we read reviews of this hotel on Tripadvisor and were not impressed. We weren't impressed with other reviews of nearby hotels either. We decided last minute to book it the night before we left Ireland because of the convenience to the airport.
Per the advice of another Tripadvisor reviewer we specifically asked for a renovated room. The receptionist could not guarantee that we would get one. We booked it anyway. We then called back to clarify that if the room was not acceptable, we expected to be able to refuse it without our credit card being charged. We informed the booking person of the bad reviews we had read on Tripadvisor, and she said she was aware of these. No apologies or explanations. She agreed in the end that if we arrived within the specified time and did not want the room we would not be charged.
The place is old and run down, however, our room was clean. The sheets, towels, and floors were clean which was a big relief. Since we had read some awful reviews, this was our most pressing concern.
The curtain liner with the drapes had a burn hole through it from a cigarette, the radiator was old but working and provided plenty of heat (note, you may have to turn this on yourself). Bath is very small but fine for one night. Shower worked great, plenty of hot water. This was a renovated room. (We had asked again when we checked in).
The bar was cozy and had a roaring fire going in the giant fireplace. It felt kind of like a lodge which was nice. Food was overpriced and fair, not bad, not great. This was the nicest room in the hotel.
We had stayed in B&B's in Kenmare and Dingle that were wonderful (see my reviews for Sallyport House and Castlewood House) so this place is quite a step down and should be priced accordingly but isn't.
It's the convenience that made it worth it for us. It was nice to be able to turn the rental car in the night before and have the agency drive us back to our hotel. We could unwind, have some dinner and a final Guinness before heading back to the U.S. knowing that we did not have to get up early. The airport is literally in the parking lot adjacent to the hotel so it's just a matter of walking less than 5 minutes to the terminal after checking out.
There is an elevator so I don't know why some reviewers say there isn't one. After check in, if you walk PAST the stairway, it's there on your left. Parking is free for the first 20 minutes. That's enough time to check in, dump your bags and get your rental car back without having to pay.
So, it depends on what you're willing to pay for convenience and what time of year you plan your trip . For us it was worth it. I would advise asking for a renovated room when booking and having a backup hotel in case you can't get one. Thanks to the Tripadvisor reviewer earlier that suggested this.
Since we went in low season, I'm sure it was easy for us to get a renovated room. I don't know how this would be in the summer. Being optimistic, I imagine that the goal would be that at some point all the rooms will be renovated. We did not ask what percentage of rooms were so impossible to predict what is available.
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