Upon arriving at the hotel i was a little disappointed. Firstly its a 10 minute drive outside Kinsale and secondly the vast reception area seemed lacking in atmosphere, albeit with nice views. However the room was excellent (if a little hot) and the staff and service were excellent. The food (breakfast, bar and restaurant) was really good. The service was great and this is clearly a place used to dealing with kids. Special mention to Rafal in the bar who went out of his way to help us. The pool is brilliant for families with a baby pool, kids pool and lane swimming for adults. There is a jacuzzi, steam room and gym. Shane greeted us most mornings and, again, he was incredibly helpful and friendly. Between 7am and 9am the pool is really quiet if u are up with small ones. This place grew on us and, couple of little things apart (rooms are warm, they mucked up our check in which resulted in us getting a few calls throughout the week to see if we "were checking in") we loved it and would definitely return. If, unlike us, you are able to go out partying in kinsale there is a shuttle bus running from the Hotel regularly. They also have a kids club which seemed to be popular (15 bucks per day i think)
One final point to note is that there were 3 weddings on in the 6 days we were there. If you are booking in summer be prepared for this. We didnt mind as we like the atmosphere this creates but we knew a couple who were put off by this.
Anyway - five out of five for the place as its great despite a few wee things. Would definitely return
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carlton Hotel Kinsale is set on 90 acres of mature wooded parkland with panoramic views overlooking Oysterhaven Bay, this luxury Kinsale hotel are committed to providing the highest standards and take pride in their tranquil surroundings. ... more less
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- Carlton Kinsale Hotel And Spa
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