We selected the Dunraven Arms after reading about it in Frommers and doing research here on TA and thought it sounded like a good deal, especially getting the kind of off season rates that were available. After arriving in Ireland in the dark and driving on the wrong side of the road for 45 minutes through Limerick and surrounding countryside, we came on Adare and the Arms bleary eyed and desperately seeking a comfortable bed. However, this was Europe. We walked into the reception area wondering if anyone was alive and were presented with a sharped dressed Brian Murphy, one of the owners, who taking pity on us, upgraded our room and had us graciously ushered into a remarkably large, comfortable room with the most amazing king size bed. Although we did not avail ourselves of most of the hotel's services, I can say that the breakfast was excellent with a broad number of choices - from pure continental to a traditional Irish breakfast. The hotel also offers a gym for those who want aren't doing the 50 mile tourist treks at the local sites. Across the street are three excellent restaurants, The Blue Door, The White Sage and a third that I can't remember, but was still really good. It is a short, pleasant walk to the center of Adare and the various shops that are there. Also across the street is Adare Manor, the other big "hotel" in town. Nice to visit, but I'd rather stay at Dunraven Arms. If you decide to stay there, look for the pictures of Brian Murphy and Gwenyth Paltrow, the Queen, Mary Robinson and other "notable" artifacts. And if you are adventurous, you can participate in the foxhunts arranged by Brian and his brother. All in all, an excellent stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Dunraven Arms Adare
- Hotel Dunraven Arms