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“Pleasantly Surprised !” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Walter Raleigh Hotel

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Walter Raleigh Hotel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Youghal
Certificate of Excellence
Ireland
Level Contributor
87 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Pleasantly Surprised !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

Attended here during a weekend for a family wedding celebration. I was never in this hotel & I must say I was impressed. The interior of the hotel is all newly re-vamped, bright & fresh. The ballroom was beautiful with the tables and chairs dressed rather tastefully. The food was faultless and so tasty & the service was prompt and efficient but by the end of the meal the service dwindled badly with guests left waiting 20+ minutes after dinner service was cleared away for their deserts, teas & coffee's and we had to ask several times before we finally got served. This was disappointing after such a faultless service up to that. However, this has not put me off returning or recommending this hotel

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Sunshine978
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BarbaraWRH, Manager at Walter Raleigh Hotel, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your honest review of your experience here with us.

I was working for that event and I do apologise that you feel that dessert was delayed but unfortunately the dessert that they chose to be served was their cake which needed to be cut by the chefs. Before whisking the cake away to be served the anniversary couple needed to take photos with the cake as you would at a wedding and this process seemed to take time. Just as you would see during a wedding most guests like to get a 'cake shot' with their own cameras...

I do hope that you may be able visit us again in the future and we are delighted that you were pleased with everything else.

Warm Wishes & Kind Regards,
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
42 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

I have just returned from a weekend stay at this hotel. We were greeted with a very warm welcome, great first impression. Double room was small, comfortable, with fantastic sea view. Weather so nice window remained opened during the night and we could enjoy sound of lapping waves !! Bar food was very good and reasonably priced. Staff were very friendly. Location of hotel is well placed for a nice facing the beach with a nice walk to the heart of Youghal. I believe this hotel to be recently opened by the new owners, I wish them the best of luck for the future.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank fioname
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BarbaraWRH, Manager at Walter Raleigh Hotel, responded to this review, 9 July 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us, your kind comments are truly appreciated by all the team here.
We hope that you may get the chance to stay with us again soon, please feel free to request a larger room, we would gladly arrange that if available.

Warm Wishes & Kind Regards,
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Kilkenny, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2013

Firstly must say that the staff were excellent and very friendly. The restaurant was very good value for the quality. I got an older room, very clean and lovely view of the bay. Youghal is a beautiful town and this hotel is max. 10 minutes walking to the town centre.

I wish the new owners the best of luck with their enterprise - they were both very friendly. The standard and style of the interior is very tasteful. I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Liam K
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BarbaraWRH, Manager at Walter Raleigh Hotel, responded to this review, 9 July 2013
Thank you so much for your wonderful review of your stay here at the Walter Raleigh Hotel.

Hopefully if you return to us again, you will be rewarded with a stay in one of our newly refurbished bedrooms, do please mention this request when booking.

The owners of this hotel designed the interior themselves and are delighted that you find it to be so tasteful and suitable.

We hope to get the chance to welcome you back in the near future,

Warm Wishes & Kind Regards,
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2013

Just back from what I can say enjoyable night at the Walter from arriving yesterday we were met with the receptionist Laura who had a smile on face from the greeting still we left this morning such a pleasant person breakfast was perfect staff was pleasant and couldn't do more thanks to Marie and the rest of the staff who made our stay most enjoyable have to say we were there a year go my total different place thanks again and we will be back

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Coco123434
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BarbaraWRH, Manager at Walter Raleigh Hotel, responded to this review, 9 July 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent stay with us, you will be pleased to know that Laura’s smile is even brighter now from your kind comments!
We truly appreciate your kind words as we are very proud of our hard working team here and love when their efforts are acknowledged.

We hope that you may get the chance to return to us again soon,

Warm Wishes & Kind Regards,
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013

My partner and I stayed here for two nights for a short break. When we drove up to it, we didn't really think much of it as there was scaffolding outside and it looked shabby. Once you get inside it is a completely different story! the lobby area was bright and fresh, and the bar was lovely! There is also ample parking. Our room was on the third floor and we were pointed to the lift to go up, and that was the first and last time we used it, as it was very old, very slow and didn't feel one bit safe! Our room was gorgeous with an amazing view of the sea right across the road! Unfortunately the renovations on the hotel started very early (8am or before) and woke us up, and was so noisy it was giving us headaches! Staff were very friendly, and I would recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank 100125
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BarbaraWRH, Manager at Walter Raleigh Hotel, responded to this review, 23 June 2013
Dear Reviewer,

I am delighted to be able to say that the scaffolding has been taken down! I hope that you appreciate that it was necessary in order to facilitate the extensive ongoing renovations throughout the last 6 months.

I feel I must assure you that the lift is perfectly safe and has to undergo regular safety inspections and maintenance; it is simply slower than many newer elevators.

I am delighted that you we pleased with your room and the panoramic views it offered and I can only apologise for the noise disturbance from the onsite workers. They normally do not start as early when guests are asleep and had we been notified that you were awoken from the noise we would have contacted them to stop immediately.

We are very proud of our hard working team here and are delighted that you acknowledged their efforts.

We hope that you may stay with us again,

Warm Wishes & Kind Regards,
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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

Clearly this is a work in progress, lobby and bar very good. yes the lift need to be upgraded. room very clean but basic. But what ever you do keep the chef, food excellent. Good breakfast not a buffet, I dont mind waiting a few minutes. Staff lovely. Very good value

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Stephen M
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BarbaraWRH, Manager at Walter Raleigh Hotel, responded to this review, 23 June 2013
Dear Reviwer,

Thank you kindly for taking the time to review your recent stay with us.

Your kind comments have been passed to the kitchen, a new chef has indeed only recently joined our team and we will most definitely be holding onto him, proudly showcasing more of what he has to offer!

I am glad that you appreciate the value in your stay with us; we hope to welcome you back again very soon.

Warm Wishes & Kind Regards,
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Bunclody, Ireland
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40 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

The rooms and the bar area is fine. They are doing a lot of work on the hotel and from my last visit it is alot brighter and clean looking, but they need to get in a new lift.
The only thing you must watch out for is, they take out €150 from your card, in case you smoke in the room. I am sure they are meant to tell you, but we were not. We do not smoke and have not for at least 15 years. The only other thing is that Breakfast was abit slow, but as the number of people ringing looking for work, this should improve.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank noddy1971
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BarbaraWRH, Manager at Walter Raleigh Hotel, responded to this review, 30 May 2013
Dear Guest thank you for taking the time to submit your review. We only pre-authorise your card on arrival for €150.00 we do not take any money. If you use a credit card on check-in it does not affect your balance on your card account but if you use a debit card your bank will hold the pre-authorised amount. We only receive payment when you check out and we complete the transaction. It is our policy to inform our guests and provide them with a copy of the card receipt, please accept my apologies if this did not happen. We cook all breakfasts to order, which we think is far superior to the buffet option, we note your comments and will monitor the service time. We too would love a new lift but you will be happy to know that it has recently passed its independent safety inspection.
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Additional Information about Walter Raleigh Hotel

Property: Walter Raleigh Hotel
Address: O'Brien's Place, Youghal, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Youghal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Youghal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Walter Raleigh Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 200 year old building, well kept to a high standard. Set on the outskirts of Youghal town, nestled perfectly on the edge of the Atlantic ocean. Beautiful sandy beaches at our front door, with miles of walk way along sandy beaches & country settings. A perfect, peaceful, relaxing setting, enjoy fishing, canoeing, boating, shopping, hunting, clay pigeon shooting, cycling, at The Walter Raleigh we have it all covered. ... more   less 
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