We stayed here one night while traveling though. We were pleasantly surprised to find how nice the hotel was after seeing how rough the community looked. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. We were glad that there was a restaurant/pub in the hotel because it was an easy solution for supper. The fish and chips were very good and generous.
The rooms in the hotel were good, not fancy but nicely appointed with comfortable beds and nice bathroom. I had a very good sleep! There were no problems with the WiFi which was a pleasant change from some of the locations we stayed in.
Breakfast was a little confusing. We went to the pub area and it seemed to be almost deserted. Apparently breakfast is only set up in one area of the pub. Once staff found us and moved us over everything went smoothly and we had a pleasant breakfast. It was nice to be offered an omelette as a breakfast option.
The town of Rathkeale itself does not appear to have much for attractions. I wouldn't plan this as a destination but it was a great place to stop in our journey.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in an old orchard well recessed from the Main Street, with ample parking for 200 cars and coach bays. Rathkeale House oozes the charm and character of an old world hotel. However this purpose-built hotel only opened in 1997. Large, spacious public areas high ceilings, earthy colour decor, open fires and the use of wood create a unique atmosphere. The hotel has 26 tastefully-decorated bedrooms, all en-suite, with direct-dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities and multi-channel TV. Relax in the foyer where you may enjoy a leisurely drink by the warm glow of an open log fire. Be it that special treat, evening meal, wedding function or conference it is without doubt an ideal central venue. Newly Re-opened The Hotel was reopened in September 2011 under the ownership of Damien & Brenda O’Grady. Damien, Australian born has returned to his roots as his father was born just outside Rathkeale. Family-Run The hotel is family-run so you can be assured of personal attention at all times. It is our aim to ensure that your stay will be a truly memorable experience and we look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Ideally Located The Hotel is ideally located for business travel & holiday makers with Shannon, Cork & Farranfore Airports all within easy reach. ... more less
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