We just returned from a stay at Bunratty Castle Gardens Townhouses arranged through Sceptre Tours. The price was good and the accomodation was clean and that is it for any positives about this particular accomodation. The host, Joan, was rather brusque when we arrived tired from an overnight flight and the place is veyr difficult to find within the welter of lodgings near the Castle. There is no adequate signage for the reception building for Castle Gardens and we learned after finally finding it and moving in that the posted hours for the staff are subject to change with no notice.
This is the only place I have stayed in 30 years of travel where we had to go to the reception office and request a hair dryer as Joan 'checks them out' we were told. We shared the dryer among us in the 3 BR/3 Bath cottage.
If you stay here, bring your own tools as the coffee maker and t.v. did not work and we finally had to transfer a fuse from the microwave to the coffee maker plug to get that working. Although fewer than half the townhouses were occupied we were told when we requested two ooffee makers for our group to accomodate those who can only drink decaf, that it is strictly one maker per unit. We were also frustrated by the fact that there were no clocks of any sort in the townhouse.
There was adequate hot water and the location is very good, near Shannon airport and within walking distance of the Castle, good shopping and three pubs with good food. Staff were friendly at all the surrounding establishments.
- Also Known As:
- Castle Gardens Holiday Homes Hotel Bunratty