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“Pleasant night away in May” 3 of 5 stars
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Cliff House Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Middle Road | Ardmore Bay, Ardmore, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ardmore
Dublin, Ireland
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“Pleasant night away in May”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here for one night in May. We received a warm welcome from reception and were shown to our stunning room. Our room was huge with a beautiful view and gorgeous bathroom complete with a huge luxurious bathtub. The only downfall was that it was a bit of a pilgrimage to get from our room to the reception and other facilities (two lift journeys and a 3 or 4 corridors laters). Another downfall is the 'gym' which is a tiny room with one treadmill one crosstrainer and one bike with no windows. We had a lovely stay but were let down by the restaurant. The menu is somewhat limited and the portions were tiny. We had spent the day travelling to get here and were starving by the time we went down to dinner. The salmon starter was gorgeous but I would recommend ordering a side salad if you are in anyway hungry as the portion is so tiny and you'll be waiting a long time for your main course. The duck for my main course was nice, but I've had better, it was a bit too chewy and again very small portion. The chocolate desert was divine as was the bread. We were left waiting at least 10-15 minutes for our plates to be cleared after each course and then a further 20-25 minutes for the next course to actually be served. We arrived at 8pm and didn't leave until 10.45pm (note we didn't have any cocktails before or teas/coffees after) by the time the desert arrived we were willing ourselves from falling asleep. Our bill was over €150 with no wine or soft drinks, just one bottle of Heineken. Being a constant traveller myself and dining in other Michelin star restaurants abroad I really felt the food was over priced for the minuscule portions received, for us this out shined the other positive aspects of the meal and we felt really left down and quite frankly ripped off. All in all we had a lovely night away but all the little problems we encountered made us feel this hotel was not worthy of a five star rating, it would be very average if not for the amazing location and view I will recommend it to family and friends but will advise them to dine in the local village instead.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adriaan_Bartels_13, General Manager at Cliff House Hotel, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
Dear Gale_1982

Thanks for your review. I am glad that for the most part you enjoyed your stay with us.

Perhaps the next time you might like to try our Bar Restaurant as an alternative to the House Restaurant.

Kindest regards
Adriaan Bartels
General Manager
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We stayed here in March and had a wonderful time. The weather was awful so we didn't get to enjoy the cliff walk or some of the other amenities around Ardmore but there is more than enough to keep you entertained in the hotel.

We stayed in the Terrace Suite, lots of room, great shower and great views of the bay. We were disappointed that the weather was so bad but in hindsight this added to the intimacy. Plenty of books available in the room and armchairs positioned ideally to make the most of the ocean views. The hotel is a bit of a maze but again this adds to the privacy and gives the building a unique feel.

The stay coincided with a special event and the staff made a lovely gesture to mark the occasion. We shall be back.

We chose to eat in the House Restaurant which was sublime and deserves a review of its own.

Room Tip: If you are opting for the Tasting menu in the House Restaurant I would recommend making the reservat...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adriaan_Bartels_13, General Manager at Cliff House Hotel, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
Dear LolaAnMadra

Thank you for your lovely review - really appreciate it.

We look forward to welcoming you back again.

Kindest regards
Adriaan Bartels
General Manager
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Could not and will not fault this place! From the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty, staff were so friendly and could not do enough for us!! Room was outstanding!! Spa was out of this world!! But our meal my something to remember forever, an experience! Thank you, we shall definitely be back and for a longer period this time!!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adriaan_Bartels_13, General Manager at Cliff House Hotel, responded to this review, May 18, 2013
Dear Saschef24

Thank you for your great review - really delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you for longer the next time.

Kind regards
Adriaan Bartels
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Spent one night here with my significant other and loved it. The hotel's location is stunning, right overlooking the sea and the hotels design centers around it.

The rooms are large with a king sized bed, flat screen tv, cdplayer, etc. the hotel has lots of lovely touches, such as a selection of books in the rooms to choose from. The bathroom for me was fabulous, large with a shower and freestanding bath and huge waterfall sink, all decorated in sparkly purple tiles.

The spa is lovely with a 15m infinity pool again overlooking the sea. Theres an outdoor jacuzzi and rock pool too.

We had dinner in the Michelin started restaurant, which was out of this world. Every course was a visual and sensory treat, perfectly executed and delicious! Would return for the food alone.

The hotel is perfect for a relaxing indulgent break. It's expensive relative to other hotels, but well worth the trip for the restaurant alone. It has a small charming library on the top floor, which is a lovely escape from the bustle of the bar area.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adriaan_Bartels_13, General Manager at Cliff House Hotel, responded to this review, May 18, 2013
Dear whisper_6

Thanks for your superb review.

Glad you really enjoyed yourselves and we hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back some day soon.

Kind regards
Adriaan Bartels
General Manager
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Dublin, Ireland
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

We stayed here on the DB&B package for a special occasion and enjoyed it. The good points are it's in a nice village with nice walks over the cliff and the staff are excellent. All rooms have good views overlooking the sea with a lovely bathroom. Dinner in the restaurant was excellent and well worth it's Michelin star rating. Lovely amuse bouche to start and great flavours throughout. The negatives were breakfast was very poor after such a great dinner, the rooms are nice but for the price you pay definitely not worth it. The pool area is fine but you could find similar in most hotels but the outdoor hot tub is cool. Overall for me the hotel is nothing too special so not worth the huge price you pay. Yes I would go back for dinner but not stay here again.

Room Tip: Stay in the village and have dinner in the hotel
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adriaan_Bartels_13, General Manager at Cliff House Hotel, responded to this review, May 18, 2013
Dear nryan33

Thanks for your review.

Best wishes

Adriaan Bartels
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Waited 30mins for a seat in the bar, even though I counted 8 free tables (16+ seats) eventually got fed up and just sat down! Ordered a drink, totally wrong order! ! Staff appeared not to know what they were doing, nervous and afraid to speak with customers!very unsatisfactory for a 5*Hotel, views gorgeous though!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Adriaan_Bartels_13, General Manager at Cliff House Hotel, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Dear d-host

Thanks for your review - would love a bit more detail about when exactly this happened - please email me directly......abartels@thecliffhousehotel.com and I would be happy to discuss it with you.

Yours sincerely

Adriaan Bartels
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Co Kildare
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

What a relaxing treat. This hotel is stunning from the minute you enter into reception, the glass windows overlooking Ardmore Bay are amazing. I could not fault anything, the meal, the room, the spa & the staff were fantastic. I would highly recommend this hotel for that special treat !

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Adriaan_Bartels_13, General Manager at Cliff House Hotel, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Dear DeirdreBarry

Thanks for your lovely review - really glad that you were well looked after and hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards

Adriaan Bartels
General Manager
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Address: Middle Road | Ardmore Bay, Ardmore, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Waterford > Ardmore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ardmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Cliff House Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cliff House Hotel.A Hotel For Seaside Luxury Regarded as one of the finest small luxury five-star hotels in Ireland, The Cliff House Hotel is a 39-room Irish seaside boutique hotel in the traditional fishing village of Ardmore. Our privately owned hotel also features an intimate Irish destination spa as well as the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Ireland outside Dublin. The building seems to defy gravity, clinging to a cliff on the south side of Ardmore Bay where there has long been a fishing village. From sun-drenched terraces and private balconies it is possible to see Ardmore’s golden sands, lobster pots and dolphins that play out on the water. All our luxury rooms and suites are sea facing while many are interconnected to provide family-friendly configurations. Our intimate destination spa, The Well, is a key attraction. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Cliff Hotel Ardmore
Cliff House Hotel Ardmore, Ireland - County Waterford

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