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42/43 John Street, Kilkenny, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #80 of 95 Kilkenny B&B and Inns
Ireland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“fantastic place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2007

This is a beautiful place to stay. The bar is fantastic, sitting there drinking a pint by the fire is like being taken back in time. The rooms were equally as nice with beautiful decor and furnishings. lovely girls working in the bar and it was also nice to see the owner taking the time to welcome us and have a chat. An altogether wonderful stay.

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2007

Had a wonderful stay in Lawlors. Stayed there for a weekend with my fiance. Bar food is excellent along with friendly staff. Fantastic oldstyle bar . Bedrooms are beautifully decorated with fab furniture.lawlors is in a perfect location near all pubs, clubs and shops. Fantastic place!!!

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  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2007

Stayed here last weekend with my brother when visiting family. Having read previous visitor reviews I thought that this would be a great place to stay. WHAT A MISTAKE! Arrived in the afternoon and staff were generally rude and unwelcoming. We were brought upstairs by the owner who seemed disinterested in talking to us and were shown our room which was in desparate need of a good clean. In fact the whole place smelt of stale cigarrette smoke even though it is now illegal to smoke in pubs and hotels in Ireland. The owners here have obviously appeared to have ignored this new law.

This guesthouse is more suitable if you are part of a stag or hen party which unfortunately can take over much of Kilkenny at the weekends. We were woken up a number of times after 2am with drunken lads coming back after their night out. Then some time later they managed to set off a fire alarm which was then rather bizarrely blamed on us! No apology was given for this mistake.

Like most guesthouses and b&bs in Ireland, this is run by a husband and wife team who seem to have learnt how to run a hotel based on watching every episode of Fawlty Towers. While Kilkenny is such a beautiful town its just a shame that guesthouses like these are allowed to operate.

  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Dublin, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2006

Great place to stay for a short break. Bedrooms are large, clean, very well decorated and comfortable.
Bathroom was large, spotless and even included huge bath (on request)
Breakfast was excellent, Irish brekkie was included and cereal etc provided. It was also nice to eat downstairs in the bar part as this gave us plenty of room.

The Guesthouse itself is lovely and old-style, no outside noise to worry about. The bar downstairs is large and bright, great food too at great prices. The owners and staff are extremely nice and helpful and looked after us very well.

2 minute walk from the city centre/castle/shopping etc.

The only two gripes are only 4 TV channels on the tv and you have to park around the corner in the trainstation, other than that, highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2006

On a recent visit to kilkenny we had the good fortune of choosing Lawlors as a place to stay. On arrival we were shown to our rooms which are tastefully furnished well servised and clean. The following day we decided to have lunch in lawlors which was a real treat. Menu is extensive and food is excellent. I would certainly recommend a visit to this charming and inviting guesthouse. This family run guesthouse has a welcoming atmosphere and very friendly staff.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2006

We arrived and shown to our room straight away. Room was lovely. Newly renovated. Friends of ours had no where to stay so i rang down and asked for another triple room which they said they had available. So our friends arrived ten mins later and they were told they had no where available. I rang down to double check and they said it was sold. Our friends came up to our room for a couple of mins just so we could sort out dinner arrangements and five mins later we had the owner knocking at our door abusing us for having people up in our room. I told him that they were gone!

We went out and had a really good night. Our frinds who found a place about ten minutes outside the town called up to us the next morning before our drive home and when we went to check out and pay for our room we got abused by the owner again for having our friends back to the place. Again for which it was only a couple of mins. All we wanted to do was pay for our room and got shouted and abused by the owner. We were told we were not welcome back into their accomadation and that she had video cameras showing our friends around the accomadation which she was going to show to the other locals. I would of understood if there was trouble caused but to be treated like that for having our friends in our room for a maximum time of ten mins I thought was very bad hospitality on the part of the management. If your staying here keep well out of the way of the owner. But otherwise kilkenny is a lovely town and the majority of the people are lovely!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2006

this was my third time to stay in this fantastic guest house the experience just gets better each time.i landed on friday night with some friends one of the reasons the came with me was because never stopped talking about my previous experience and the wanted to see for themselves one of my friends said i know now what you mean. again like the other occasions it was heaven i only the manager as john and all as i can say he knows his stuff what i liked about him he realy cares and that is hard to find these days. the food was great the service was fantastic the staff were well trained and friendly.i could say this is one of the best places i have stayed in for some time. well done to lawlors bar & guest house keep this standard up and you wont have any problems.
regards
mick rogers.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 42/43 John Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kilkenny > Kilkenny
Hotel Style:
Ranked #80 of 95 B&Bs / Inns in Kilkenny
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lawlors Guesthouse offers ten beautifully furnished ensuite bedrooms with 3* classification. Each room boasts a unique style of comfort and warmth. Guestrooms accommodate 2 to 4 persons. Those lucky enough to acquire rooms to the rear of the building can experience the wonderful view of the beautifully maintained lawns of St. Johns Catholic Church and the magnificent architecture of the church itself. Lawlors Guesthouse is situated on John Street which boasts numerous pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants. ... more   less 

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