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The 'Rafter' Dempsey's

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Friary Street | Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland
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Ranked #37 of 95 Kilkenny B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

All I can say is, Great staff and Central Location. This is a homely pub-Guesthouse and it surpassed our expectations. Upon arrival the check in for such a large party was seamless and we dined in the lounge minutes later and the food was very nice. Service was superb. We also opted for the cocktail classes which were a roaring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stayed here for 2 nights with 4 of my friends. Staff were friendly and welcoming. Food was good and Full Irish Breakfast was tasty. Drink / beer prices were little lower than average. Rooms were clean and tidy, only minuses were that our tv was broken and some of the wall power sockets didn't work. But you really don't need... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A basic room with a decent shower and too many beds was ok. Used booking.com to book and was told there would be free 'or discounted' parking, there was not. We were given a stamp to use the nearby carpark at a 'discounted' 5 euro over night. Upon asking at the car park this was actually the price anyway. The... More 

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Deventer, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very basic room, the bathroom was sober and moisty and looked dirty. The bed wasn't comfortable and just 1.80m. Too short for us. No feeling of hospitality by the staff, apart form the owners. Choice of breakfast very poor.

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Dublin, Ireland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Had the misfortune of spending a night in Rafter Dempseys this June with a small group of friends .The group I traveled with was relatively quiet,just a few quiet beers, and certainly not enough loud behavior to disturb any other guests or customers in Dempsey's. The rooms are fine, basic, but fine. The Location in excellent, very central. It all... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We stayed here midweek when we visited Kilkenny, perfect location right in the middle of High Street which meant we didn't have to drive anywhere which is a plus! The rooms themselves were very basic, clean but basic. No tea and coffee facilities in the room but was available on request. Bar was quiet because it was midweek so we... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Overpriced for a very simple Room and a very Poor breakfast. The breakfast consists of a horrible cheap orange juice, milk and some cereals. Moreover you can choose between some hot dishes. I had eggs with mushrooms and tomatoes. It was totally greasy and not tasty at all. The wifi was for free but didn't work properly. At least The... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Stayed here recently on a stags (12 of us) We couldn't of been looked after any better. From the minute we got there on the Saturday afternoon to when we left Monday morning Josephine and all the staff where brilliant. The food was really nice as well. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who is thinking about a... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Recently stayed at Rafters as part of a group for a weekend. Jerry and his staff are great hosts and cannot do enough for you. Our room was poor but the service, food, beer and friendliness outweighed this. We will return but for a better room next time. The steak stone meal is worth the visit alone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Highly recommend the accommodation was very comfortable and clean with all u need in rooms and plenty of space. The food was fabulous and the breakfast was out on it's own. The staff were very friendly, helpful and just really nice people good not meet nicer people. I would recommend for a meal, drink and a great session could not... More 

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