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“Excellent Stay!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Virginia's Guesthouse Kenmare

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Virginia's Guesthouse Kenmare
36 Henry Street, Kenmare, Ireland   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #6 of 62 Kenmare B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hopewell Junction, New York
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent Stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

My husband and I traveled to Ireland for our first time this past August. We only had the pleasure of staying here for 1 night but would have loved to stay longer! Noreen was very pleasant, rooms were spotless and very comfortable...we would definitely stay again! Thanks for everything!

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Cork, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

this place is a little treasure ,will stay there again neil and Noreen were lovely could not do enough for you its like having yr own house . the rooms were spotless and warm ,the breakfast was excellent ,just letting you know Neil and Noreen you have not seen the last of us, thanks again for everything.xxxx.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Perth, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

This place was a little gem. Beautiful decor, very welcoming,friendly and obliging hosts Neil and Noreen. Room was huge (our double) and our daughters very comfortable. Breakfast was a selection of some quite different courses to a normal " Irish" but included that. Also value for money was high on the list as we have paid more and had less value.

Room Tip: our room was 21 I think?????
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Ginny83, Owner at Virginia's Guesthouse Kenmare, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Thank you Gypsy-Su for your very kind review. It was a great start to the New Year to have you and your family stay with us. Meeting such nice, fun people is why we keep on doing what we do. (Su - I found your gloves - please contact me with an address where I can send them to you). Happy Travelling... :)
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Wales
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The reviews gave us high hopes of a really good experience, but for us Virgina's fell far short of expectations.
We were 2 couples travelling together. Both rooms were very small and the decor lacklustre and uniteresting. The bathrooms too were tiny. Little things spoilt the accommodation - bedside lights not bright enough to read by, lights over the shower not working (in both rooms), the nice cushions and throws on the bed, that livened the room up, removed after day 1.
Tea and coffee was only available in a sitting room on the floor below our rooms, so no tea in bed in the morning.
The breakfasts were certainly unusual, if not quirky, but it was irritating to have to order our juice, starters etc the night before, as well as the main course, and to have to choose between brown bread and white toast (brown toast or white bread not available, which seemed a little bizarre). We also had to decide the night before what time we wanted to have our breakfast. The menu sounded very attractive, but there was virtually no fresh fruit available other than as garnish on a couple of the starters and portions were small. The food wasnt as good as it sounded. The atmosphere in the dining room very subdued and I didnt get the sense that many people were enjoying their meals.

This was just not the place for us and so, although we had booked for 3 nights we decided to move on after only 2. My husband explained very politely to Neil and we paid the full price for our 2 nights, even though we had booked a reduced price for the original 3. The worst was to come:

Unfortunately, in our hurry to leave, we left one of our bags behind. When we realised and I rang to ask for it to be put aside for us so we could return and collect it, Noreen subjected me to a torrent of abuse down the phone - apparently no-one had ever been dissatisfied before and she was outraged - she accused my husband of dreadful behaviour and made no attempt to apologise or get feedback as to why we had not enjoyed her hospitality. The following day I received a lengthy and even more abusive e-mail from her, containing threats of some undefined action against us. However, she did explain the lack of light in the showers - apparently it is only possible to change the bulbs at the end of the season when there are no guests in the hotel.
Having been to Virginia's I really do find it hard to reconcile our experience with that of most other reviewers.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front are noisy because of traffic and people coming out of bars/restaurants - its on t...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ginny83, Owner at Virginia's Guesthouse Kenmare, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
We'll try to make this short & sweet, first with a brief explanation to a couple of the more misleading statements. We are very proud of our breakfast and to say that white bread and brown toast were unavailable is incorrect. Fresh fruit is in abundance and any special requests are always catered for. The lights in the showers are not just a simple bulb replacement. They are full units embedded in the ceilings and will be replaced during our refurbishment period this winter. We never advertise our guesthouse as luxurious, just clean, comfortable and welcoming. However, it was obvious from the beginning that these people were looking for opulence. They showed no willingness to engage in any way with us and we found them to be dismissive when we attempted friendliness. In fact, it was quite upsetting and left us feeling rather bewildered. This reviewers husband was anything but polite on the morning that they checked out and threatened us with serious consequences if we attempted to charge them for the third night, even though they were clearly ignoring our cancellation policy. The email which was written to his wife the following day clearly stated that we do not take blackmail lightly and I informed her of our dissatisfaction at the behaviour of her husband. I have no regrets whatsoever for sending the email in question. We fully understand that not everybody will enjoy what we have to offer, but disrespectful behaviour cannot be tolerated.
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

It is no wonder that Noreen and Neil have won a "Host of the Year" award for 2011. Their hospitality ranks with the best that we have experienced over the years. Rooms were spacious and well appointed, but breakfasts were simply to die for. All of this at exceptional value for money. Unfortunately we only stayed for 2 nights, but we will definitely be going back again in 2013.

There is also the small matter that its location, in Kenmare, is an ideal place from which to explore the Beara Pensinsula and the Ring of Kerry.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Cary, North Carolina
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
78 hotel reviews
Reviews in 110 cities Reviews in 110 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We are just back from 6 weeks traveling in the UK and Ireland and this B&B stands out way above anywhere else that we stayed Friendly welcoming owners, Noreen and Neil, a great room and a welcoming cup of tea had us off to a great start. Water was hot, the room temperature perfect and we had a WONDERFUL and creative breakfast made in a TINY kitchen. They offer oatmeal (porridge) with an optional serving of Baileys (don't knock it until you try it!) and a wonderful creation with poached pears, blue cheese Brie on home made toast with a pear and tomato chutney. All this for the same price that we paid at several other B&Bs but way ahead of the rest in the overall experience. Truly outstanding.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

What a lovely welcoming friendly Guest house, Neil went the extra mile finding out information for us trying to trace long lost relations. Noreen's breakfasts were out of this world so be prepared to gain a few extra pounds. Room was large clean and very comfortable. We loved Kenmare and wished we,d been able to stay longer will definitely have to go back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 36 Henry Street, Kenmare, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Kenmare
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 62 B&Bs / Inns in Kenmare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Winner of the prestigious Georgina Campbell's "Hosts of the Year" award in 2011, Virginia's Guesthouse is a friendly, small, unpretentious, family-run guesthouse in the town centre of Kenmare. When you stay at Virginia's, you are guaranteed a warm welcome, a clean, comfortable en-suite room and a lovely varied breakfast menu featuring organic local produce, freshly baked breads and home-produced recipes. Virginia's is proud to be recommended by Rick Steves, The Lonely Planet, Alistair Sawday, The Good Hotel Guide, Guide De Routard, Pauline Frommers, Ireland for Dummies, By The Water's Edge, Georgina Campbell's Guide to Ireland & The Rough Guide. ... more   less 
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