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“Great local pub with Irish Character and fantastic food” 4 of 5 stars
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Blarney Castle Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   The Square, Blarney, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Blarney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sarasota, Florida
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13 hotel reviews
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“Great local pub with Irish Character and fantastic food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We were visiting Blarney on our way to Kerry airport and stopped in Blarney for a break.
Looking for somewhere to eat, we asked a local shopkeeper who instantly recommended the Hotel.
We were not disappointed. To begin with we ordered starters and my wife's chowder was full of meat. My bacon and Brie tartlet was wonderful. So fulling was the Guinness and starters we decided to stay a while and enjoy the local banter rather than any more items from their extensive menu.
I would describe the place as 'quaint' and a good old Irish pub with people playing cards and it was obviously a place where the locals meet.
The staff were extremely helpful and service was their objective rather than the money -making for a very pleasant experience.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Visalia, CA, USA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I have traveled all over Ireland and go every year. I always like to take the time to come to Blarney Castle Hotel to go to their restaurant. This is the best food! I highly recommend the rib eye steak with pepper sauce. This is, honestly, the best food I have eaten in Ireland. The place is quaint, the staff is friendly, and the pints are cold! I will be back again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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blarneycastlehotel, Manager at Blarney Castle Hotel, responded to this review, October 27, 2012
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to come and visit our establishment again while on holidays. I am delighted that are standards are consistent and that your rib eye steak pleased you. We hope you call again and thank you so much for the compliments. Regards Una Forrest
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Cork, Ireland
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

They say kissing the Blarney Stone gives you the gift of the gab but next door in the Castle Hotel they have mastered the gift of the grub with outstanding wholesome fare. Ian and the team dish up excellent food and real service. ....oh the Beer is great as well.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We arrived at Blarney Castle Hotel after a wet drive down from Dublin, and were quickly accommodated in a lovely room. Thanks to the reception staff and also the girls in the cafe. The lunch at the cafe/restaurant hit the spot before we went to visit the castle and "kiss" the Blarney stone. The bar area was atmospheric and the dinner at the restaurant delicious. Large comfortable bed and modern bathroom made for a good stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Can't rate this place highly enough - hosts Ian and Una and their wonderful staff made the start of our honeymoon a fabulous one. We still talk about the wonderful breakfasts and fun times in the front bar! My husband and I were married in Blarney in September and stayed at the hotel and had our reception there also. All of our guests were impressed by the charm, cleanliness and quaintness of the hotel and we could not have asked for better handling of our reception. Ear plugs are enough to drown out the little noise that comes up to the rooms from the front bar. We didn't want to leave! Look no further if you want cosy, comfortable, great customer service and a great night's sleep!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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blarneycastlehotel, Public Relations Manager at Blarney Castle Hotel, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Dear Guest. Thank you so much. Ian and I were only too delighted to assist you both in your wedding plans. I am delighted that you and your guests all enjoyed the food, company and most of all your special day. We are always willing to help out all our guests no matter what it is to make their stay special and for them to take home special memories of their stay in Blarney Castle Hotel. Regards Una Forrest
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Lilburn, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

The Hotel was very clean and the staff was very inviting.
The free Breakfast was grand with a wonderful omlet.
Beds were very comfortable. When my room teapot would not work, they quickly replaced it.
I would highly recommend.
It is across the street from the Blarney Castle.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Exactly what the doctor ordered. A nice country inn style hotel, great food, great pub, freindly staff, and clean rooms. This is an older hotel so if you're looking for luxury, this isn't the place for you. But if you're looking for charm and character, look no further. A five minute walk to the Castle to kiss the stone, a garden square across the street, and shopping nearby(it is not a huge shopping area, but remember this is not a huge town. Felt safe where ever we went. Would come back with no hesitation!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: The Square, Blarney, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Blarney
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Blarney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Blarney Castle Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blarney Castle Hotel was established in 1837 and is still run by the Forrest Family. Blarney Castle Hotel is ideally located on the village square of the picturesque village. We offer excellent guest accommodation. Our restaurant The Lemon Tree Restaurant is opened daily from 7.30 Am till 9.30Pm daily, 7 days a week. Breakfast is served to guests and is also opened to the public. We offer a superior breakfast in the area all of which is cooked to order with a simply delicious choice. All of our produce is sourced locally and we pride ourselves in offering good value for money on our excellent quality of food. Lunch is served daily both in the Main Bar and The Lemon Tree Restaurant from 12 noon onwards till 9.30Pm daily. Our main bar is known locally as "Johnny's" is an unspoilt bar in the village and offers an excellent selection of beers, wines and ales. We have Traditional Music playing every Tuesday from 9.30Pm. On Wednesday(Summer Months only) at 8pm we also have Set Dancing together with Margaret Mccarthy and Music to entertain our guests and locals alike. We also have music on Saturday and Sunday. We also have a function room called the "Killowen Room" which can cater for small parties and family occasions. Free wifi accessibility throughout the hotel. Blarney Castle Hotel continues to be the focal point in Blarney for the locals and also with guests passing through to visit the Blarney Castle or to visit the Blarney Woollen Mills . ... more   less 
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