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The K Club
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Straffan
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Wedding at The K Club”
Reviewed 16 May 2013

We had our wedding at The K Club at the end of April and could not have imagined it anywhere else. We also could not recommend it enough to anyone else planning their special day. One of the reasons we chose the venue apart from the beautiful grounds and excellent choice of packages on offer, was Susie, the co-ordinator who was flawless from the first initial meeting until the end of the day. She accomodated every detail and every request without pause or hesitation and even last minute hicuups and changes were never an issue. Her approachability and flexibility were one of the biggest selling points. I must also commend Lisa and the rest of the staff for their professionalism on the day. You all took any ounce of stress out of the planning and made the day flow wonderfully.

In terms of the venue the setting of the grounds and the hotel itself were idyllic. I played golf, had a beautiful 3 course dinner and stayed the night before thanks to an excellent rate given to me when booking which was a great way to enjoy the most from the hotel. The pool, spa and fitness facilities were also outstanding as everyone commented on them the next day. The bridal suite was also breath taking.

We had a civil ceremony of 42 guests in the hotel and the intimacy, feel and layout were all outstanding. We went with an all inclusive package which was excellent value and meant we didn't have to worry about organising anything else. The whole day was perfect and we could not have asked for a more special place to have the happiest day of our lives,

Thanks again to everybody at The K Club and we hope to see you again very soon!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mark R
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TheKClub, General Manager at The K Club, responded to this review, 1 August 2013
Dear Mark R,

I was so delighted to read your absolutely fantastic review following your recent wedding with us here at The K Club! We were so delighted to have been your venue of choice and we hope you had the most memorable day.

Susie truly is an incredible asset and I will be sure to pass on your very kind words to both Susie and the team.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kindest Regards,
Audrey Brophy
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

Arrived too early on a very cold wet January morning, as we were going to play golf,  but received warm welcome from the lovely Mairead and Brendan.   Mairead immediately contacted housekeeping to see if our request for early check in could be accommodated. So by 10.15am we were in our beautiful suite despite normal check in being 3pm!!  The room was immaculate with huge bathroom. Hand painted landscape murals on the walls really added to the ambience. 

Gorgeous four poster bed, lovely seating area in rotunda with 7 tall georgian windows overlooking manicured gardens, babbling river Liffey, and 16th tee of Ryder Cup course  was just heavenly.  By now the heavy sleety rain had persuaded us to postpone our golf but we could observe the braver golfers from the cosy comfort of our room.

Just walking around the hotel is spectacular. The older parts of the house are restored to perfection, the serious art on the walls is stunning, all complemented by the cosy warmth of the log fires.

Pool and thermal area nice but after busy holiday period some maintenance needed to be done. It is a good walk from hotel so no walking around in robes and slippers. Also they only give you towels - no robes and slippers unless you are having a spa treatment. 

Dinner on both nights was in drawing room as Byerly Turk closed midweek. The menu was lovely, plenty of choice and a great chef produced delicious seasonal food. Drawing room is a very pretty room with hand painted wallpaper and roaring log fire. Perfect on frosty Jan night. 

Breakfast wow what a selection. Eggs benedict on day 2 not good but we were hideously late for breakfast so grateful to be fed at all! 

Remy in the bar!! What a great guy. Personable and professional. 

Every staff member that we met was welcoming and very professional. Despite having just survived a hectic Christmas and New Year period they could have not been warmer and more hospitable. Thanks to all.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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TheKClub, General Manager at The K Club, responded to this review, 1 August 2013
Dear DonnybrookDiner,

Many thanks for the lovely review posted recently and for taking the time to share your experience with us. I was delighted to read your kind comments about the service and facilities here at the Hotel.

I was particularly happy to read your comments about our restoration efforts which we have been working on continuously. I will be sure to pass on your comments to Remy, Mairead, Brendan and the entire team.

I hope your next stay is as enjoyable as this one was.

Kindest Regards,
Audrey Brophy
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Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

I had been meaning to stay here for a long time but I feel I missed the hotel at it's best! Whilst the room was wonderful & airy, it had a large bathroom but this was badly lit ( for female purposes!). Towels were dull, frayed and had seen better days.
We went to the bar asking for 2 glasses of red wine, no choice of grape was given & even when served we had to ask what it was, staff just didn't seem interested. I did have a lovely massage in the Spa but the ( unavoidable because of the location ) long walk back to the hotel in the rain killed the relaxing effect.
Of the 3 dining choices we decided to try the Clubhouse. At the Clubhouse reception a special Caribbean menu was advertised, we were not even offered that option on being seated and our first choice of wine ( one of the house selection) was not available. Surrounded by golfers, as 2 females we felt we had wandered into a boys club and after splitting a bottle of wine we were asked did we need a taxi as we couldn't drive with alcohol taken - would they have dared say that to a male customer. ( Readers note - the hotel is a walkable 1/2 km away from the clubhouse.)
I have no doubt this establishment deserved its glowing reports after hosting the Ryder Cup in 2006, 7 years later they need an upgrade, not only in decor but in customer service. I can't help but wonder did paying a rack rate in advance mean they felt didn't have to try too hard or maybe it was because it was a party of 2 females as other reviews seem quite positive.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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TheKClub, Food & Beverage Manager at The K Club, responded to this review, 13 May 2013
Dear Bellefast,

I was sorry to hear you did not receive the high standards experience that you should have received in The Hotel Bar and The Legends Bar and Restaurant that so many others that visit with us in The K Club have enjoyed. I completely apologise to you for your feeling that our staff were uninterested and I assure you we are investigating both instances with the wine and menus. We have a large number of ladies using the resort to “get away” and while I’m sorry to hear you felt overshadowed I assure you that would not be reflective of the hospitality we aspire to provide.

All of our guests are important to us and we would of course like all our guest to leave with the same pampered feeling and a warm wish to return. If you would be so kind as to contact me through 01 6017200 or david.russell@kclub.ie and I will call you back to speak to you about your stay and hopefully restore the faith in the warmth and high standards that we have set ourselves here for our guests to enjoy

Kind Regards
David
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Bristol
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

My wife and I got married in the K Club in April and it was the most amazing wedding we could of dreamt of. From 18 months out, we were treated like VIPs and Susie the wedding co-ordinator is incredible. Everything runs so smoothly and nothing and I mean nothing is too much trouble! The wedding team are so professional, always respond with queries and deliver everything and more.

The day itself was magical, every one of our guests says how amazing the day went. There were no issues and all the staff are so professional and know exactly what is required. In addition they couldn't be more reassuring and friendly. Everything far exceeded our high expectations.

The rooms are superb, spa facilities excellent and the food is by far the best I have ever tasted at a wedding (even if I am a little biased!).

In all, we had looked at many different similarly rated hotels and for sheer quality, service throughout and overall location - we are thrilled we made the K Club our choice. We will be back at some point to relive some magical memories from our special day

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank traveller1983Bristol
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TheKClub, General Manager at The K Club, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
Dear traveller1983Bristol,

Thank you most sincerely for reviewing The K Club on Tripadvisor and thank you for having chosen The K Club as the venue for your wedding. Everyone here is delighted by your most positive comments about your experience of our wonderful hotel & staff. Susie our dedicated wedding coordinator along with our weddings team always strive to ensure each couple & their guests receive the ultimate 5 star experience for their special day!

I do hope that we shall have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the near future.

Thank you for recommending The K Club on Tripadvisor.

Kindest Regards,
Audrey Brophy
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 9 May 2013

just spent 3 days at the K club with 28 guys.Played the Palmer and the Smurfit both were in superb condition.Stayed in the garden apartments which were excellent value and more than adequate.The thai restaurant serves quality food and should not be missed.All staff were very helpful and could not be faulted.We all look forward to a return trip to a great tour venue.
many thx to all at the k club from the Big Dog Tour.
Big Dog.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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TheKClub, General Manager at The K Club, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
Dear alan b,

Thank you for choosing The K Club as your venue of choice for your Big Dog Tour. We appreciate you providing such a great review to all our followers on tripadvisor.com and the team and I are delighted you enjoyed your stay so thoroughly. It is a pleasure to read how impressed you were with our dining & golf course.

Thank you again for your review and we hope you will choose to return to The K Club again in the future.

Kindest Regards,
Audrey Brophy
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

Just returned from a golf break at the K Club. The hotel is truly 5 star. Rooms are luxurious and the food superb. Both golf courses were in great condition and I would recommend this as a stay and play venue ............. or just stay!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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TheKClub, General Manager at The K Club, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
Dear Dedebopper,

Thank you for taking the time to review The K Club on Tripadvisor. We really appreciate your kind words about our 5 star resort, golf courses & dining. We work very hard as a team to ensure that all our guests receive that 5 star K Club treatment.

We look forward to the privilege of welcoming you back to stay with us again very soon.

Kindest Regards,
Audrey Brophy
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
330 reviews
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Reviewed 4 May 2013 via mobile

Had a great stay in the K Club. Staff / Food / Rooms all top class and the golf course is in great condition. It is a real treat to go there and hope to be back again soon. Great food in Legends and the breakfast in the hotel is superb.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Thank SimonJRex
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TheKClub, General Manager at The K Club, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
Dear Deaglan O,

Many thanks for the wonderful review posted recently and for taking the time to share your experience with us. I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your dining experience in both our Legends restaurant and for your breakfast in the main hotel.

I hope it is not too long before we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again.
Kindest Regards,
Audrey Brophy
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Property: The K Club
Address: Straffan, Ireland (Formerly The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club)
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kildare > Straffan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Straffan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — The K Club 5*
Number of rooms: 137
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The K Club, Ireland's First AA 5 Red Star Hotel, is located in the heart of the idyllic Irish countryside on the banks of the River Liffey in Straffan, Co.Kildare This long standing member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts offers the very best of pampering, leisure and golf facilities and is only 30 minutes from Dublin. Built in 1832, on the banks of the River Liffey, the original house was modelled on a French Chateau and still retains many of its original architectural features, art work and antiques. It opened as a luxury hotel in 1991 and was Ireland's first AA Five Red Star Property. To this day it continues to deliver the very highest levels of service and standards in terms of its food and beverage offerings, golf, leisure and spa treatments. The mature estate covers an impressive 550 acres and also features a stunning Victorian walled garden and fishing on the River Liffey which runs through the resort. The resident ghillees offer fly fishing on the river and horse riding and clay pigeon shooting are also available along with a range of different country pursuits. The K Club is home to two Championship Golf Courses- The Palmer Ryder Cup Course and the Palmer Designed Smurfit Course. Hailed among the world's finest golf resorts, The K Club was the chosen venue for the 2006 Ryder Cup and host to the European Open from 1995 to 2007. The K Spa, at The K Club, offers a wide variety of treatments for both men and women. The K Spa is an oasis of calm. The minimalist and contemporary decor sets the scene for pure indulgence and mind and body relaxation. The K Spa also features a secluded outdoor hot tub, aromatic herb garden, seven luxurious treatment rooms, two private suites, a Hamam, a Hydrobath, a Vichey Shower and an exotic Rasul Chamber. One of the spa products used at the spa includes, Voya which is made from organically certified seaweed, hand picked from the west coast of Ireland. A range of award winning dining facilities are available to choose from and include both fine dining and informal options. Our Accommodation is sumptuous and truly luxurious, each bedroom has been individually designed, no two rooms are alike and feature original paintings and antiques, meanwhile the bathrooms incorporate hand painted murals. Culture enthusiasts can enjoy regular art talks and tours of The K Clubs extensive private art and antiques collection with the resident art expert. The K Club is home to many important Irish works and even has a room dedicated to the Irish Expressionist painter, J. B Yeats. The Yeats Room features many of Yeats' important paintings and is a riot of colour and texture. Wine cellar tours are also available with our resident sommelier. Families are well catered for and children will love the kids club which offers arts and crafts, nature walks and games. Children will also enjoy using the swimming pool and junior golf clinics which run during the summer. A baby sitting service is also available upon request. The K Club is the ideal country venue for business and leisure travellers, families, weddings and honey mooners, incentive groups, executive retreats and of course, golfers. ... more   less 
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