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.
- 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