This little bed and breakfast was charming. It is right on University Street, a close walk to Botanic Ave and the Botanical Gardens. I had made my reservation over the phone about a month prior to my visit. When we arrived at around 6 pm, we were told she had given the room we requested away because we had shown up so late, which was unavoidable because we had driven up from Dublin (and gotten lost in the many roundabouts along the way!) This could have probably been avoided had I called though, but I didnt since I did not bring my cell phone to Europe, and being American, am used to having late check ins at all the hotels in the states, and didn't realize that is not always the case at small b&b's in Europe. So if you are going to be late, make sure you call and tell her!
That being said, she did accomodate us and gave us a room with a sink and shower and we had a shared bathroom instead of a private one that we had booked. This was not a big deal at all. We didnt see anyone at all other than ourselves even using the bathroom. It was actually preferable because the room cost a bit less, and there was no inconvience for having shared toilets.
The place was adorably decorated, with cute bedspreads and decorations. The breakfast room was enchanting and you can see everything in my pics. Kate made us a traditional "fry-up" for breakfast every day which consisted of toast, soda bread, eggs, sausage, and bacon along with juice and coffee. It was so filling that we often went out sightseeing and did not eat again until dinner!
Kate was very friendly, and gave us tips on what to see and do while we were there. The whole visit looked and felt like true Irish hospitality.
One thing I must mention is that smoking was allowed. I am not sure if specific rooms are non-smoking are not, but when we walked in you could tell people had been smoking. However, we do not smoke and our room did not smell smokey and as non-smokers, it was not bothersome to us.
Yes, there was a Best Western across the street, but I would come back to Kate's again, because it truly is a gem. Why stay in a generic chain place that I could stay in in the states? To me, when you visit a new place, you should experience it in all its glory, and a chain hotel takes away from that in my opinion.
This was a good deal too, it cost 25 pounds per person per night, which was GREAT, especially when the pound is worth double what the dollar is worth!
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