We had stayed here before in it's previous incarnation as the Setanta and weren't impressed. However the location is very handy for visiting family so we were very happy to hear it had reopened. It is much nicer than it was. The building is better cared for and it has a much more welcoming atmosphere. I guess the staff and the management attitude are to thank for that.
I cannot give it 5 stars because it wasn't perfect but it was amazing value for money. I am going to list the pros and cons and hope it will be accepted as constructive criticism. I think the most important thing is I would definitely stay here again.
Very clean, much cleaner than very expensive 5 star hotels I have used.
The staff are all very friendly. They may not be technically perfect but their sincere charm smooths over many issues.
We had breakfast, snacks and one dinner. All seemed to be freshly cooked.
The breakfast buffet choice was excellent considering the relatively small clientele.
On most mornings fresh decaf coffee and fat free milk were available, something lacking in many 5 star hotels. This was inconsistent and seemed to depend on the waitress on duty,
Wi-fi in rooms was as speedy as in public areas, a very rare treat.
The wine available by the glass in the bar was excellent with lots of choice.
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The central heating in the rooms seems to be geared to business travellers. We were on a holiday and so were unhappy to be woken up at 6.00am because the radiators were red hot. Then they were freezing at 8.30 am when we wanted to get up.
The bah towels were too small. I am 60 cm tall and weigh about 9 stone and the towel just about met around my middle. If I am staying somewhere so gorgeous the experience would be better matched by more generous towels.
The bar staff are amazing. Friendly, knowledgable and efficient. On the downside some of the male staff need to improve their personal freshness. It became a running joke in our group that we could smell them approaching even when we couldn't see them. This was so out of synch with their professional attitude I wonder if the problem is they don't get enough uniform shirts to wash them daily?
I was in a room with two beds. Neither of us found the beds comfortable. This could be personal taste.
We got a lot of disturbing noise from adjoining rooms.
The telly was small for the size of the room.
The communal rooms are beautiful but would have been improved by open fires. Some nights we walked into Celbridge to enjoy sitting by a blazing turf fire.
I will return and hope it will be even nicer next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Celbridge Manor Hotel is a magnificent Georgian hotel situated in the historic town of Celbridge in Co. Kildare, birthplace of Arthur Guinness. The hotel is a short journey from both Dublin's city centre and airport and is located near some of Ireland's best golf courses. The hotel has 66 bedrooms and suites, all en suite with stand-alone bath and separate shower. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Setanta Hotel Celbridge