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Barberstown Castle
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Straffan
Reviewed 30 July 2014

I had stayed in Barberstown many times in the past and always had a great time. Indeed, we actually had our wedding there 5 years ago and so have always had fond memories. However, we stayed there a couple of weeks ago to celebrate our 5 year anniversary and from beginng to end, our stay was incredibly disappointing. The lift was broken and the decor in our bedroom needed a definite facelift. We ate in the Barton restaurant where the service was completely disinterested and the food overdone and flavourless. My husband asked for fries with his steak and was told that even though they were served in the tearooms, they could not be served in the restaurant. The only side he got with his overdone steak was a bowl of lukewarm mashed potato. At beakfast the next day, the food and service was again poor. We tried to have showers before leaving but 5 minutes into my husband's shower, the water ran freezing cold and despite contacting reception and wating 20 minutes, repeatedly running the shower to see would hot water return, it never did. However, the most disappointing part of our stay was the reaction to our complaints. We were told that no manager was available to talk to us and that we would be contacted by phone as soon as possible. We paid in full (over 300 euro) and followed up by phone and email. We got a response this morning, acknowledging our complaints, thanking us for sharing our experience but doing and saying absolutely nothing else! It's obvious that management really do not care about repeat business or about providing any sort of customer service. Avoid at all costs!

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Stayed there for a night with a few friends. Rooms were beautiful with a bit of character. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and got good value too. The only fault I had was the noise in the morning of breakfast trolleys passing our room as we were beside the stairs but apparently that was only because the lift was currently out of action and staff were carrying trolleys up stairs, hence the racket. But I'm assured once the lift is back in action, that shouldn't be a problem. Would definitely recommend.

Stayed: July 2014
1  Thank Aedamair
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Reviewed 18 July 2014 via mobile

This is a beautiful venue, rooms are spacious and comfortable and food is excellent.

However service is slow and staff unwilling to accomodate children, i.e there is no children's menu so you have to order from main menu and there are no baby changing facilities. I did ask if the chef could make a simple chicken fillet and chips or sausages and chips dinner for my toddler but was vehemently told no as the chicken was prepared stuffed and the sausages were in another kitchen. Nobody seemed to be able to go and get sausages from the other kitchen!

This venue is suitable for weddings and couples but definitely not for families of young children.

Stayed: July 2014
3  Thank AylaIreland
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

We had in the past regularly ate at the tearooms and we were on the whole satisfied with the service and would have recommended the tearooms previously.

We ate here last night and we were appalled by the service and attitude of the management.

We had ordered an evening meal in the tearooms and we were in the middle of our main course when both ourselves and another couple spotted two mice running around the tearoom.
I was immediately put off of eating dinner as I felt uncomfortable that such a venue would have mice running around the tearooms.
I sat for the remainder of my meal with my feet off the floor.

Both the other couple and ourselves brought it to the attention of the staff, the presence of the vermin in the tearoom.

When we were asked if we would like desserts we said no and asked for the bill. We were put off by the sight and had lost our appetites.

Our bill was presented to us in full. We asked to speak to the manager regarding the bill, we were shocked that as a courteous gesture at least the glass of wine and coke would be taken off the bill. It wasn't.
The Manager / owner of the hotel told us that the venue is set within an agricultural area and they had the doors opened all day. Thus he was justifying that it is perfectly excepted and therefore acceptable for mice to run around the premises. He was not apologetic in the slightest.

We pointed out that we in fact lived adjacent to farms but we would not find it acceptable to have vermin in our house, and we are not in the blue book.

In whole we thought the manager's attitude was poor, belligerent and completely dismissive. We would not visit here again and our opinion of the establishment and its management has without doubt been lowered.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
10  Thank Emer K
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

We stayed here before heading back to the States. Check in was smooth and the front desk staff was extremely helpful. The room was very large and nicely appointed. The restaurant was a bit pricey, but the food was good, and service was great. The only thing this hotel lacks is a bar area. I was highly impressed with the staff, very attentive and friendly. I would stay here again, and recommend it to friends and family.

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We have had many a night here and have never been disappointed, the standard is always the same from the fabulous food to the friendly and efficient staff. The rooms are spacious with beautiful 4 poster beds

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Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for our friends' wedding. Beautiful venue. The food was gorgeous - dinner, bbq, breakfast. Our room was lovely - 4 poster bed. We wished we could've stayed longer. Looks like a nice place to visit for dinner / afternoon tea as well.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Address: Straffan, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kildare > Straffan
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Straffan
Price Range: £170 - £217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Barberstown Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 36
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