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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Single-use or sanitized menus
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Updated 10/05/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 10/05/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
The Trident is a 4* hotel on the waterfront in the historic town of Kinsale. The Wharf Tavern is our popular casual dining area with internal and external sitting areas, specialising in locally sourced produce from land and sea and also local breweries and distilleries. Breakfast is served in our waterside Pier One restaurant which is also available for private dining.
PRICE RANGE
$12 - $47
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Irish, Bar, European, International
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed August 10, 2020

Booked this hotel in Jan a junior suite for 2 nights back in jan for May. Was contacted as per covid and rebooked for July. A couple of weeks before our arrival I needed to change my dates only to be told by Peter I...had to have an executive room with sea view even though one of my nights was one of my junior suite. On the saturday I rang the hotel to say we were only up the road in the Kinsale Hotel & Spa. I said no you cant guarantee early check but would you makea note. I rang sun around 10.00 am to see what the story was only to get Tracey a very ignorant lady. When we arrived at 12.00 was told in no uncertain way 1and a half wait. So we went down the town. Asked Peter a simple question and said I don't no what you talkin about with head down Next morning door was knocked on at 9.15 to see did we want our room serviced. I was still in my p.js and was waitin to go down to breakfast which was a plate of grease. Next mornin we decided breakfast in room .it arrived 1 tea 1 coffee 1 slice of toast. Young lad had to run for more toast Buttered 1 slice with teaspoon, realised there was no knife no milk or sugar. Bar food and staff excellent When I was leavin I said to the girl on the desk this place was bad 15 years ago just as bad still. She didnt seem to care. More like faulty towers ro me.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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GHCMcE, General Manager at Trident Hotel Kinsale, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2020

Dear mooney63, I'm sorry that you did not enjoy your stay. I understand that you were rude to at least two members of our staff during your stay. The room that you occupied had to be taken out of service for an extra day as...More

Reviewed August 8, 2020 via mobile

We picked here because it is close to the water with views of the harbour. We reserved ahead of time because of Covid. I am so disappointed with our experience and wish we’d picked somewhere, ANYWHERE, else. I got the steak sandwich which was meant...to come with bearnaise sauce. It didn’t. I wasn’t asked how I’d like it done. It came cremated, but cold. My girlfriend got the duck special. She asked for fries instead of veg. Both fries and veg came, we were charged for both. The veg had been sitting out for hours I’d say. We should have known what was to come once we’d arrived. Initially, 3 or 4 staff members passed us as we waited at the door and never acknowledged us. Kinsale is renowned for its hospitality and dining experiences. Not here! We asked to sit outside, by the water, but there were no tables available. We asked the waiter if he’d let us know when a table became available so we could relocate. He said that was no problem, he’d make a note of it and discuss it with the other staff. As the food landed on our table, I looked over and about half the tables by the water were empty. Thanks for nothing, I guess. We weren’t asked if we wanted dessert or coffee or even if everything was OK with the meal. We just paid the bill and got the hell out of there. Don’t make the same mistake we did!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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GHCMcE, General Manager at Trident Hotel Kinsale, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2020

Dear IrelandsIslandHopper, Thank you for letting us know of your recent dining experience in the Trident Hotel. I am sorry that you feel that you had a horrible experience. You ordered the Seared Minute Sirloin Steak Baguette, Cooked Medium, Crispy Onions, Béarnaise Sauce, Served with...More

Reviewed August 8, 2020

Seafood Pie was below average- the potatoes on top were a few days old. The Diet Coke was flat and undrnkable. The table beside me sent back two dishes. Overly priced for poor quality food.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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GHCMcE, General Manager at Trident Hotel Kinsale, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2020

Dear IrelandIrishcailini, I am sorry that your didn't enjoy your experience in the Trident Hotel. I am also disappointed to read that you felt the seafood pie was below average as it is one of our most popular dishes. The potato would not have been...More

Reviewed July 23, 2020 via mobile

Made a reservation at The Wharf Tavern yesterday evening at short notice thankfully we got a table. All safety measures were in place to look after customers and staff. Definitely make a booking in advance of arrival it’s a busy place. Food was absolutely gorgeous...Fish Pie, Scampi all get a thumbs up kids had Award wining sausages , chicken goujons and chips. We even treated ourselves to desserts, blackberry and apple crumble was gorgeous, ice cream jelly and pancakes in chocolate sauce with ice cream was a big hit with our son. Definitely try to get back before we leave. Staff were very friendly and engaged with the kids.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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GHCMcE, General Manager at Trident Hotel Kinsale, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2020

Dear Yvonnexpectation, Thank you for posting a lovely review of your recent meal with us in our Wharf Tavern. I am delighted that everybody enjoyed their meal and the desserts seem to have been a particular hit! These are strange and difficult time and I...More

Reviewed March 29, 2020

We had breakfast here several times during our stay. Top rate full Irish breakfast with additional cold items. Wonderful view of the Kinsale harbor! Service was quick and efficient.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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GHCMcE, General Manager at Trident Hotel Kinsale, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2020

Dear mugro, Thank you for letting us know that you enjoyed you breakfast each morning during your recent stay with us. The breakfast and the view are a great combination and I know that you also enjoyed you bedroom and the rest of the hotel....More

Reviewed January 12, 2020 via mobile

In Kinsale Today.. and looked up Trip Advisor for Lunches & The Trident was well up the list... Arrived at 1.15p.m. to a very busy bar.. Got a lovely Table near the window ... last Table left! .. We were served by a very efficent...and nice waiter.. Great choice on Menu (& Carvery lunch also) .. I had a Sandwich of hot Turkey & Stuffing from the Carvery. My husband had Mussels & Open Half & Half Sandwich ( 1 Prawn & 1 Smoked Salmon) .. Everything was 5 Star !! Will be back .. sooner rather than later... ❤More

Date of visit: January 2020
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GHCMcE, General Manager at Trident Hotel Kinsale, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2020

Dear berw2014, I'm delighted that you enjoyed your lunch with us yesterday. Thankfully we do have a busy lunch trade with a great number of regulars returning - some on a daily basis. I am pleased that both you and your husband enjoyed different options....More

Reviewed January 6, 2020 via mobile

Lovely hotel with amazing view of the harbour, I don't think I have ever stayed so close to the sea. The chef definitely knows how to cook fish, melt in your mouth, delish. Will be back

Date of visit: January 2020
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GHCMcE, General Manager at Trident Hotel Kinsale, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2020

Dear John, Thank you for such a positive review of your recent stay with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your brief visit and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards, Hal McElroy

Reviewed October 20, 2019

I've eaten at the Trident many times and it never fails to disappoint. The staff are friendly, the food is exceptional and the views out of the windows are wonderful, whatever time of year.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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GHCMcE, General Manager at Trident Hotel Kinsale, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2019

Dear Mike, Thank you for your review. I am delighted that you are a regular diner with us in the Trident and that you are never disappointed. We do have a great and friendly staff and we also have a great and friendly regular clientele....More

Reviewed October 10, 2019 via mobile

We chose to stay in the Trident Hotel last year, 2018, as we had Tesco club card vouchers to use. We also had them this year, enough for 1 night but as it was my 50th birthday we decided to stay for 3 nights. There...was a greetings card and chocolates in the room to wish me happy birthday and they also upgraded us to an executive room! The hi otel is beautiful, from the staff to the rooms, down to details such as toilets near to the restaurant so you don't have to go back to your room. Everything in the room is perfect with any information you need in the book, as well as separate information on eating out. I would definitely recommend the Trident Hotel, and we will be back. Thank you xMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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GHCMcE, General Manager at Trident Hotel Kinsale, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2019

Dear Julie, Happy Birthday again!! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your stay and equally delighted that you chose to come back to the Trident to celebrate you important birthday. Thank you for such lovely comments and we look forward to seeing you back here again...More

Reviewed October 8, 2019

Good food. Good service. Great waterfront views. Very good value overall. would highly recommend as one of the top 10 in Kinsale.

Date of visit: September 2019
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GHCMcE, General Manager at Trident Hotel Kinsale, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2019

Dear rich v, Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your recent visit to the Trident Hotel. I am delighted that you had a good experience and rated us highly. Hopefully you will return soon. Kind regards, Hal McElroy

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marion4boys
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Response from P6395CNjackieg | Reviewed this property |
Sorry only got this message now. Yes it's a small harbour village and you can walk everywhere. Their is live music both in the hotel and most pubs hotels around the village as well. You will be spoiled for choice. Enjoy!
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Jenny H
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no but there is a swimming pool in actons hotel down the road. guests can use their facilities i think
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