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“Good value but not over friendly” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of O'Dwyers The Villa

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O'Dwyers The Villa
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Waterville
Brighton, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Good value but not over friendly”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013 via mobile

Stopped in Waterville for one night and booked this B&B by phone the day before. We asked for a sea view room but you couldn't really call it that! You could just about see the sea blocked off mostly by other buildings. The room was decent enough and the B&B is along the sea front. Not that friendly in the pub downstairs. Not really an Irish welcome that you hear so much about! Not rude or anything like that just stand-offish polite. We had breaded plaice and chips for dinner which wasn't that great. I wish there was a 'good' category as this place wasn't 'very good' but probably better than average if you just focused on the B&B side of things. Breakfast good/average.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hobart, Australia
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143 reviews
91 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

Our room was large and looked out over the ocean. Bathroom was big with both a bath and a separate shower. No parking so had to park on the road, this was okay. Wifi extremely poor, just timed out all the time. Breakfast was good quality. Being in the middle of the village it is well located. Would stay again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Boston
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29 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013

We stopped here for lunch while driving the Ring of Kerry on a rainy day. Warm, inviting, popular with the locals. Had the best Sticky Toffee Pudding of our entire trip [in fact, we spent the rest of our vacation ordering it at every chance, but none came even close]. And the food was delicious too. We'd come back here again.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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31 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

I stayed at the B&B recently and will split this review into plus and room for improvment aspects of staying here. On the plus side 1. At 35 Euro a night it's good value. 2. Well cooked Full Irish breakfast. 3. Well located in the village close to facilities. 4. Good TV reception in rooms . 5 Friendly staff. 6. Bar downstairs is very handy for late in the evening. 7. The room was clean.
On the room for improvement. 1 Although the premises were refurbished some time ago they have not been maintained with cracks in some ceilings and walls. 2. Some Hall and Bedside lights were not working. 3. I found it quite cold but it was winter. 4. What I assume was a water pump made noise at various times. 5. No extractor vents in bathrrooms and mirrors were too low to shave standing up.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2013

If in this neck of the woods then the sea side village of Waterville is definitely worth a visit. After an embracing walk with the dog along the sea front me and the wife were ready for a few pints of the black stuff and some traditional Irish food. We ventured into O'Dwyers to be greeted with a raging open fire and the smell of burning turf. The wife secured a table by the glowing embers whilst I called up a couple of pints of the black stuff. In Ireland be prepared to wait for your porter as pouring the perfect pint takes time and provides an opportunity to talk to the locals and have the 'Craic'. A friendly lady behind the bar provided menus and directed that I take a seat and that she would bring the Guinness and take our orders.This allowed for the opportunity to explore this traditional quaint Irish pub. Nothing pretentious, no blaring music or television but the back ground noise of locals chatting and laughing all adding to the friendly atmosphere. The Guinness arrived, jet black with a creamy smooth head, definitely hitting the spot and was to be the first of several that day! Whilst our intentions was to sample Irish fayre the couple next to us had opted for the chicken curry and we did the same and was not disappointed. Ample portions of curry and rice were accompanied by a huge basket of fries that would satisfy the most hungry of patrons.The curry was tasty with large chunks of chicken and of moderate heat cooked and infused using an array of spices. Having had some soakage we shouted up another two pints as it would have been rude not to. With liquid desert on order with both sat back and enjoyed the fire, the ambiance and of course the Guinness. All in all good service, food, drink and value for money. Until we return again don't change a thing!!! (Oh & two pints please...) Note: Unable to comment on B&B.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ValentiaBM1013
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Rose Bay, Australia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2013

Although I didn't stay at the hotel, I spent an evening in the classic Irish pub. It was my first trip to Ireland and my first solo trip anywhere, and I stopped in Waterville on my trip through the ring of Kerry for dinner and some coffee. Originally, I was looking for a place that I could take food with me since it was already later than I'd hoped. But, I decided to sit at the bar and have some fish and chips. Not only was that delicious, but the company was wonderful. I was very nervous at first to talk with strangers, especially in another country, but there's no time to be nervous around the Irish, for they are as welcoming as could be and always up for chatting. I ended up spending over two hours talking with locals, a charming Irishman and a hilarious Englishman along with the bubbly and entertaining bartender. We talked on everything from sheep and various farm animals to politics and I could have kept on if I hadn't had to get back to my cottage which was a good 4 hours away. This was such an adventure for me (a novice young traveler) and I'll never forget it! Great food, great company - and that's what it's all about. That right there is why I started traveling.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Katya9279
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cork
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2012

Called here saturday afternoon for a pint and a snack, found the owner and the few locals at bar
friendly,bar is very clean, free wifi but a bit slow, owner told us to check out utube- wooden spoons which we did, very funny.We were staying in the smugglers but from the warm welcome would recommend you call here can't comment on b&b.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank smilercork
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Property: O'Dwyers The Villa
Address: Waterville, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Waterville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Waterville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12

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