This is one of these odd hotels I have occasionally encountered. Firstly it is advertised as a budged Hotel and I found it on one of the hotel booking sites. I doubted the keen rate quoted on line so I rang the hotel as the website showed only one room left. It was as quoted €35 per night with breakfast extra.
I have chided many a Trip Advisor reviewer who have sought out the cheapest price but expected five star standard. For this hotel my expectations were low but as I discovered were misdirected.
First I will start with the bedroom because this was really the reason I stayed here. It was number 14 and it was clean and modern with a TV that I could not find a remote for. It had a good sized bathroom with clean towels. It even had two sachets of shampoo which I was not expecting. The bed was comfortable so I had no complaints about my Saturday night's stay.
The hotel is located in a kind of car park just off a one way street in the town centre. There are no signs that indicate its location. In a strange arrangement of one way streets it is difficult to find. There is a supermarket next door at the rear of this car park. The location is a planning authority mortal sin who ever allowed development of this poor architectural worth in the curtilage of a medieval castle ruin.
The issues that I have with the hotel are; as another reviewer remarked, a dimly lit dreary reception area which was unattended except for a notice of a number to ring beside a telephone. The foyer, if that is what to call the entrance, was pleasant with light, seating and plants. The stairs are designed to be lit by a sizeable chandelier but all it had in its sockets were two small low energy bulbs, the rest were missing. The landing is quite OK but reliant on a light sensor to illuminate your way to your room via low wattage lighting.
Breakfast I can also describe as equally strange. The breakfast room is off the reception area and while attractive in its own way it was the small table with the 'continental' breakfast that took me by surprise. It contained a modest array of cereals, milk and some juices and a tray of a most uninviting sliced ham and little else. Tea or coffee was served by the receptionist from behind a small counter in the corner as was the toast. Again I refer to price as it was quite cheap and one could have gone next door to a bar that had obviously been part of the 'development' and had the so called 'full Irish breakfast' (or heart attack on a plate as I prefer to refer to it) for €7.95.
Access to the hotel out of hours was via a keypad lock. I returned to the hotel at about 5p.m on the Sunday and gained access this way. I was half way up the spooky stairs when a woman silently appeared at the foot of the stairs. Too Bates Motel-esque for me but she only wanted my room number as there were only two guest booked for the night. The hot water had been turned off so there was no shower and I contented myself with a visit to some local hostelries and a local eatery.
At 5.45 am the racket began as pallet truck after pallet truck was rolled along the concrete outside my room, delivering supplies to the supermarket. This continued intermittently until 8 o'clock when I quit and got up. I did not bother to either shave or shower so I do not know if there was hot water. I packed my bag and left.
The reception had a note with a mobile/cell phone number on it, the front door was locked and the place seemed deserted. I visited the pub next door and had the 'full Irish' as the hotel had a ‘help yourself’ arrangement that made me uncomfortable.
I am unsure if this is a hotel that is finding it hard to make ends meet but in either event it appears to be managed in a fashion that is not designed to attract customers except those looking for a bed for the night at B&B prices. However it does seem to garner good reviews from other Trip Advisor reviewers. This, nonetheless, is my experience and of equal value.