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Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort

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The Island Ballinakill, Waterford X91 Y722 Ireland
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Individually wrapped toiletries
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#3 of 12 hotels in Waterford
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4.5
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Situated on its own private Island on the River Suir, Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort offers 4 Star Luxury Castle Accommodation nestled in the suburbs of Waterford City.Feel yourself travel through time as you make the magical journey by our complimentary Car Ferry to the 310 acre Island Resort.With an amazing history stretching back to the 6th century, wake up in Waterford Castle Hotel Ireland after a peaceful night’s sleep to the picturesque and enchanting scenes and sounds the island has to offer. Enjoy gourmet food served in our award winning Munster room restaurant and Fitzgerald Bar or simply relax by the large open fire in 16th Century surroundings.For family, group or self catering in Waterford our Island Garden Lodges are the perfect place to experience the South East.Island Activities include our 18 hole Championship Golf Course, our fantastic tennis courts, clay Pigeon Shooting or croquet on the Castle lawns.Waterford Castle also provides a stunning Irish castle wedding venue for an unforgettable Wedding Day. Imagine… A legendary Castle, on an Island Haven; exclusively yours. All in all Waterford Castle Hotel and golf resort provides a luxury destination to escape from life itself.
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Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Golf course
Tennis court
Babysitting
Books, DVDs, music for children
Banquet room
Parking garage
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Children's playground
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
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Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
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Bathrobes
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Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
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Bottled water
Iron
Private bathrooms
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mark k wrote a review Sep 20
112 contributions76 helpful votes
We stayed one night as part of a two week Ireland road trip. Hands down the most fantastic and memorable stay. Usually we pick middle of the road accomodations for comfort and convenience, but this was a totally worthwhile splurge - and honestly not even too large of a splurge - the spacious room, the lovely and private grounds, excellent food (we had tea, dinner and breakfast), attentive staff, terrific bar. And really, when do you have the chance to stay in a castle. Just do it.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Amy wrote a review Sep 18
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From the moment we stepped through the doors of Waterford Castle we knew this was the place for us to host our wedding! Beginning with the relaxing, short, ferry ride over to the island, travelling up through colourful, beautiful woodland and lawns surrounding the Castle, to then stepping foot inside the most breathtaking building. I love how the history has been kept encapsulated through every facet of the place, from the reception, to the dining hall, the bar, the rooms.. It truly is an absolute historic wonder of Munster. The staff however at Waterford Castle is where it shines through as a winner of an experience. Gillian, our wedding coordinator was a dream to work with from day one. Professional, enthusiastic, dedicated and nothing was ever an issue. And if it was, it was rectified asap and ironed out. The day would not have gone so smoothly without her unwavering work ethic. Marie and Noel in the Restaurant / Banquet Hall were also an absolute dream to meet. They, along with their hard working staff, created the most brilliant atmosphere and performed their duties as servers to the highest of standards on our day. My husband and I would highly recommend Waterford Castle as a wedding venue. You simply cannot get better in our opinion. Even if you are just booking for an overnight stay in the Castle rooms, you will not be disappointed. Our guests are still raving about the beautiful, ornate rooms.. as well as the food, location and staff! The attention to detail is out of this world.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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LAURIE P wrote a review Sep 11
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Whether you are from Ireland, Canada, United States or any where around the world - this is the wedding destination for you! I helped to organize my daughter's wedding which took place at the Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort. It was truly the most special wedding that I have been a part of or attended. Gillian O'Dea, Wedding & Events Manager and her team of Theo, Michael and Noel truly were professional and customer service experts. All of the wedding party and guests truly felt with royalty. We had the Castle to ourselves so it was a very intimate wedding. Gillian and her team made sure that every detail was met and expectations were exceeded. Gillian was wonderful to work with - she was very patient, professional and truly an expert in her field.. This venue is highly recommended.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Megan B wrote a review Sep 4
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We visited Waterford Castle in October and were blown away by the beauty of the grounds and the care and attention from the staff. Highly recommend this to anyone looking for a relaxing experience straight out of a hallmark movie! We stayed in the Kildare room in the castle, the bed was so comfortable the shower was spacious with excellent water pressure. The windows overlooked a beautiful field where we could see deer from our window! The food in the Muenster room for dinner was excellent and we could not have asked for better service from the waitstaff. The Fitzgerald room is one of the most charming bars we’ve been to and it truly feels like you’re grabbing a drink at a friends house- the room is beautiful with nice lounge spaces to enjoy conversation and drinks. Breakfast in the morning was equally as impressive with one of the best eggs Benedict’s I’ve ever had! We also got to try out trap and skeet shooting on the grounds with an instructor- highly recommend! We didn’t have time to explore the golf course or do the nature walks but we loved our time on the island and downtown Waterford is just a short drive from the castle! We enjoyed our stay so much we decided to host our wedding here as well- I will write a separate review for that experience!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Brian G wrote a review Sep 1
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IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT THIS LOCATION AS YOUR VENUE REST ASSURED THIS IS THE WEDDING LOCATION OF YOUR DREAMS. My wife and I began our search for a wedding venue in January 2020 and were fortunate enough to secure Waterford Castle for a wedding in late July of 2022. To say that we and our guests experienced the wedding of a lifetime would be a gross understatement. From the initial video calls/walk throughs all the up to the day we left after our wedding the entire experience was nothing short of magnificent. The Castle and Golf Course is truly gorgeous. We had 124 guests travel over from American for our wedding and all of the accommodations, from the castle rooms to the lodges, were perfect. It is worth noting that we were able to host this event for roughly the same cost, if not slightly less, than many of the other venues we were exploring in the United States. The privacy that is afforded to those on the island make this location feel like its own world. The absolutely stunning beauty of this venue can only be topped by the service of those who we had the pleasure of interacting with during our time here. Gillian O'Dea may be the single best event coordinator on the planet and that is not an exaggeration. She was friendly, accommodating, detail oriented, and a pleasure to work with. A true professional. Gillian's services alone would have been enough to warrant a 5 star review. But she is surrounded by others who only elevated this already magical experience. Noel and his dining staff made the serving of the 4 course meal seem like a breeze. Not to mention the food itself was incredible. Cillian and the lads in the Fitzgerald Room and Clubhouse made sure there wasn't a dry glass in the house. Michael made sure that =none of our guests were left wanting for anything and that everything ran smoothly. If you're engaged this should be your wedding venue. If you're already married this should be where you renew your vows. If you're just in Waterford for one night or even just the day it would be mistake to not visit Waterford Castle! I look forward to reliving the best day of my life every time we visit.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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EilsC wrote a review Aug 2022
Dublin, Ireland106 contributions77 helpful votes
Lovely setting, very good food and staff . Stayed 2 nights , had lovely walks on the grounds and the ferry over was an experience. Though nowhere can ever rival my beloved Ashford Castle, I would recommend here. Really super for a family gathering as well. X Ps mind the wasps .
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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bridies703 wrote a review Aug 2022
Ballinasloe, Ireland14 contributions
Played both days while staying at hotel. Golf course gorgeous, both members of staff I dealt with were so helpful and polite. I will be back and will recommend the course to my friends. Next time I will try lunch at course also
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Cbosser1 wrote a review Aug 2022
Dublin, Ireland4 contributions2 helpful votes
Back in 2018 my husband and I were looking for a wedding venue that would facilitate a small wedding by Irish standards. We were having great difficulty till we discovered Waterford Castle. After entering the doors we knew immediately this was the place! They were extremely accommodating and paid every attention to detail. I cannot speak highly enough of our wedding coordinator Gillian! At the time my husband and I resided in Germany and had guests coming in from all over the world, so there was tons to coordinate from a distance. I also want to give praise to management and all of the wonderful staff! The castle is a magical and intimate setting. Because the castle was ours for the night and the night before the wedding, it gave the feeling of being married in your own castle. We had plenty of time to spend with friends and family. We were married the Fall before COVID hit and all of my guests still say it was one of the best weddings they have ever attended. Sadly we were not able to return for our 1st anniversary because of COVID, however have booked our return for this Fall. Now they we have returned to live in Ireland, we hope to become regular guests.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Because of limited rooms and weddings you should book in advance.
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Busy Mom wrote a review Aug 2022
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We recently stayed at the castle for a wedding, and I highly recommend this venue for large gatherings. Between the cottages (which have tons of space) and the castle bedrooms, all guests found accommodations to meet their needs. The staff was friendly and quite helpful. I personally ate at the castle and the golf clubhouse. Both were delicious, but I particularly appreciated the breakfast spread (and my children were thrilled with the pancakes.) The wedding itself was beautiful and dinner was amazing.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Tom M wrote a review Aug 2022
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Having grown up in Waterford, The Castle was the only venue we wanted! Although you are only 10 minutes from the City, once you board the ferry, you could anywhere in the world! Covid put a halt on our original wedding plans but we were fortunate enough to keep our June Bank Holiday date for the 2022. From our initial meeting with Gillian O’Dea, we knew we were in good hands. Nothing was a problem with her, and nothing was ever too much of an ask! Gillian is an expert in wedding co-ordination, and although I am a bit of a perfectionist, Gillian’s experience shone through with recommendations, advise, and the went right into the finer details. The whole planning experience was a breeze, we met Gillian in person only a couple of times, most of our communication was done through email, text, and phone call. Gillian’s response time with any concerns was unbelievable considering the number of weddings that were taking place after Covid re-scheduling. Our idea of the June Bank Holiday wedding was one full of sun, drinking prosecco outside, and admiring the beautiful grounds surrounding the castle; but unfortunately, on the day, it rained – a lot! After panicking all morning about how the weather would ruin our day, once we arrived at the front of the castle, Gillian was standing on the soaked red carpet, greeting us with a big smile, and assured us everything was in-hand. She was right! I’m still not sure how she was able to pull it off, but the last-minute switch from an outdoor reception to an indoor one was perfect. As Gillian had told us from the beginning; ‘Don’t worry about the Weather, after all you are getting married in a Castle!’ It was the perfect day from start to finish, the accommodation, the food, the service, the setting, and especially the exclusivity of having an entire castle to ourselves! We were made to feel like royalty. We decided to get all of the speeches out of the was before dinner, another brilliant idea by Gillian. It was great for all the wedding party to be able to relax and enjoy the fantastic meal. The feedback from our guests was amazing, many saying they had never been to a wedding with food they loved as much! A special mention to Noel, the restaurant manager, a nicer man you will not meet! We can’t thank the entire team enough, everything was amazing, we had the most perfect day! My one piece of advice to anyone thinking of picking Waterford Castle as the venue for their wedding – DO IT !! You will not regret it! Just make sure to listen to Gillian’s advice! She knows what she’s doing! Two months later, I’m still getting friends and family talking about how good the pints of Guinness were in the bar. They were out of this world! Catherine & Tom Mullally – 4th June 2022
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Date of stay: June 2022
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$226 - $364 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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IrelandProvince of MunsterCounty WaterfordWaterford
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Nearby attractions include Waterford Greenway (2.7 miles), King of the Vikings (2.1 miles), and Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum (2.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Grattan bar-bistro, Everett's, and Emiliano's.
Are any cleaning services offered at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Bishop's Palace (2.1 miles), Ballyhack Castle (3.9 miles), and St Olaf's Church (2.2 miles).
Does Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.