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Desmond House Kinsale

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42 Cork St., Kinsale, Ireland
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
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6 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Michael (the proprietor) was by and large the best aspect of Desmond House. We arrived in Kinsale after an arduous drive from Dublin, famished and flummoxed by bad Google Maps directions. After finally finding the B&B, we were greeted (by name, no less) by the warmest man (Michael) we'd experienced yet on our tour of Ireland. While showing us to... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a wonderful experience. We parked nearby in a church parking lot and Michael helped us with our luggage up the stairs to our spacious and very warm and friendly room. He was an encyclopedia of knowledge and couldn't wait to get us informed and up to speed on what we should know and where we could find what... More 

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University Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Desmond house is just down the hill from the castle on a quiet street. Michael your host takes good care of you, he will orient you, and see to your every need. The rooms are large and very comfortable. The breakfast is made to order and delicious. Kinsale is seeped in history, has great food, and great energy so if... More 

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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We traveled throughout Ireland for 10 days staying in hotels, a castle and guest houses and Desmond House was by far my favorite stay. Our room was inviting and spacious and breakfast was just delicious. The owner Michael is a great conversationalist and possesses a wealth of historic knowledge for the area. Although we only stayed one night we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daugher and I had the extreme fortune to stay at the Desmond house during our recent trip to Ireland. My only regret is that we did not make our stay here longer. While Kinsale itself is such a charming village, Michael has to be the best host I have ever met. He has a great knowledge of the history... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staying at Desmond House, with all of its history and wonderful location in the heart of Kinsale, was our first B&B experience in Ireland, and what a joy it was. Owner, Michael, could not have been more welcoming, and as we dragged bags up the stairs, shared both the history of the house and Kinsale in a way that made... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at Desmond House at the start of a wonderful vacation in Ireland. Michael was a fabulous host. He helped with reservations and made a wonderful breakfast that was waiting each morning. We had a large group that took up every room, but felt like we were right at home. I would absolutely recommend Desmond House to anyone traveling... More 

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Cork
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This a lovely guest house. Very central. The room was very big and airy equipped with everything. Breakfast was great and cranberries were added to the white scones for 5th July. Brown scones had almonds in them and were delicious. Thanks Michael.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved everything about the Desmond House. The host was charming, the room was absolutely beautiful, and the breakfasts were outstanding. We were within walking distance of everything and just off the major tourist street, so there was little traffic noise. Our host provided us with excellent recommendations for activities and meals.

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

My wife and I loved our 2 night stay with Michael at Desmond House. He an outstanding host. He helped us find our way around town and made us feel welcome at his place. The sausages for breakfast, which he says he imports from Dublin, were divine - the best we had in 3 weeks in Ireland. Unfortunately, Desmond house... More 

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