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“Old world Charm” 4 of 5 stars
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Woodford Dolmen Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kilkenny Road, Carlow, Ireland   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Carlow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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1 review
“Old world Charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2008

My best friend and I stayed in the Dolmen hotel a couple of weeks ago at a wedding and i just have to say, the staff, the food, the rooms and the service was fab. The Location of the Hotel was perfect and you didn't have to worry about parking. So we decided to stay an extra night and they gave it to us at the discounted price, which was brilliant. We ate in there the restaurant and the menu was lovely with a very good selection of dishes, the waitress that served us was really efficent and she couldn't have being any nicer. After dinner we went to the bar, where the drinks were reasonabley priced for a hotel. The next morning we went for a stroll around the magnificent gardens which is perfect and Ideal for a wedding. All in all we had a fabulous stay at the Dolmen Hotel and we would strongly recommend it to all our friends.

  • Liked — spacios rooms with views
  • Disliked — wasn't enough tv channels
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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dublin, ireland
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89 reviews 89 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2008

Stayed here recently - rooms are depressing and dark and in serious need of upgrade. Beds and covers curtains and general furnishings are terrible - especially towels. An unpleasant smell in the bedroom area and also our room smelled of smoke. Staff are pleasant - breakfast is good and reception area and location very good but I would not recommend anybody stay here unless they upgrade the rooms.

Stayed October 2008
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Dublin,Ireland
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9 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2008

I stayed there with my boyfriend in March. The Hotel is located just outside the town.It is a nice hotel with an old charm about it. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were quite big and very clean. The bathroom was spotless. The food in the restaurant was good but slightly overpiced. Breakfast was good also. The bar was nice for a quiet drink. I would definitely recommend ths hotel for a romantic, relaxing break in Carlow.

  • Liked — staff, rooms, bar
  • Disliked — overpriced food
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tralee, Ireland
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2008

Stayed on business for a few days.
Looks ok from the outside and the reception staff are pleasant.
Rooms are worn, dirty and in need of refurbishment. on some days there was a strong smell of dampness, the radiators did not work and the water in the tap was just hot. the walls are paper thin and on a number of nights the noise from revellers at weddings and functions went on until around 4 or 5 in the morning.Two days in a row the room was not made up and the towels were not changed and on the day the room was cleaned, the door was left unlocked afterwards.The breakfast is good and the food in the bar is of good quality, but very over priced, the head waiter hovers around the place as if everyone is trying to steal the knives and forks and would need a few weeks at charm school.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2008

I'm back from a recent stay in the Dolmen Hotel and am a bit disappointed. Was attending a wedding and the 1st thing that surprised me was that you could actually pass the hotel without knowing it was there. Serious sign posts needed when heading from Carlow town!

The main foyer of the hotel is lovely with a staircase leading straight up from when you walk into the place. The staff were friendly and bar service was quick

But, the reception room was so dated. The walls painted a sickly orange, the chair covers were a mustard colour. The curtains were completely unsuited. But they did have some nice chandeliers!!

The bedroom continued with a horrible orange theme. The room could have been out of an 80s tv programme. Serious painting needed on the door frames and the main hallways to the bedroom. I would have been disappointed if I was staying there for more than a night as even the shower wasn't up to standard.

We had bar food on Sun afternoon and this was lovely. Location of hotel is fine if you do not want to explore Carlow town.

I wouldn't be in a rush back to this hotel. Have another wedding to attend there in December but will stay in a B & B instead

  • Liked — Resident's bar staying open late
  • Disliked — Dirty walls and door frames!
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carlow
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2008

Hello,

My new wife and I had our wedding reception at the Dolmen Hotel. We are both living in Carlow but had never ate or stayed there before so were unsure of what to expect. We considered 3 hotels for our reception all within a few minutes of the town. The Dolmen was the cheapest but there was not a lot of differences in the facilities offered. There is no Gym or pool facilities at the hotel. The grounds are really well kept and the views of the river barrow are cool.

The Dolmen is not as modern as other Hotels in Carlow but it really makes up for it in it's warmth and charm. The decoration is old fashioned but personally i liked the character and atmosphere. Some of the furniture in the rooms were in need of a little repair. Other than that there was only good complements about the rooms. Our room suite 301 was absolutely fantastic loads of space and the bed really comfortable. I have seen our wedding photos and the backgrounds look great. The photographer told us he likes working there as there are so many different locations indoor and out for great pictures. The management are very good as they let us use rooms which had already been prepared for use the next day. The reception room we had was the Killeshin room. It was made up very well and great effort was taken in the set up.

I have to say myself and my wife had an absolutely fabulous day and were very pleased with the Hotel. We asked most of our guests about their experience and all but one had nothing but praise. ( she complained about our pictures delaying her dinner) There's always one!

I have to say the food served was excellent and very well presented. We had choice of the rib eye beef or the Salmon fillet. The beef was nice and tender everyone who had the salmon said it was one of the best they ever tasted. There was more choice but we wanted to keep it simple and keep the cost down. The breakfast was done as a buffet the choice was good and you could have as much or as little as you pleased. We had ours in bed which arrived at the time we wanted and we also got a complimentary mini bottle of champagne



I would absolutely recommend the hotel for anyone thinking of having their wedding reception.

  • Liked — The food in the reception and in the restaurant both tasted and were presently excellently
  • Disliked — No Gym
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Cork, Ireland
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2008

I recently stayed at the Dolmen with two friends for one night. We got a very good deal as we booked it through an internet reservations site. The room, although spacious with two single and one double bed, was rather dated. On our way to breakfast, we noticed that other rooms nearby seemed to be decorated to a higher standard as some doors were open while being cleaned. we reasoned that we had been allocated a more dated room as we were on a 'cheap deal'.

The main foyer would benefit from some re-decoration as it was quite dark and drab. That said, the hotel was clean, quiet at night, the staff friendly and the breakfast acceptable.

  • Liked — Reasonable price
  • Disliked — Dated decor
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Woodford Dolmen Hotel

Address: Kilkenny Road, Carlow, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Carlow > Carlow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Carlow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Woodford Dolmen Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 83
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