Four Of us arrived, check in was very fast and the room key cards were handed over well within 2 minutes. Our room had a double and single bed, TV (which may need replacing soon because of digital changeover) decent storage space, table, a few lamps, iron, ironing board etc. The bedrooms are built away from the main hotel, we were rooms 115 & 116. Our son's room had 2 double beds. It was a good 2 minutes walk to reception and the bar. We had afternoon tea including champagne, one round of sandwiches between 2 with 2 very good giant fruit scones, cream, butter and strawberry jam and 4 different mini cakes including carrot cake, chocolate cake, and 2 strawberry types. A giant pot of tea (could have had real coffee - not the instant rubbish). The afternoon tea was served on a black cast iron 3 plate tower wide at the base tapering in at the top - the waitress brought 2 lots and each must have weighed over a kilo! The bar is quaint, lots of wood, 2 tv's 2 friendly bar staff reasonably priced drinks with a pint of guiness 3:95 euro. Breakfast was good to excellent - our son and partner had the cooks Irish breakfast which the said was ok to good, I had excellent salty porridge and kippers with a properly poached egg real coffee (instant was available for those who don't know better) my wife had scrambled egg with salmon again excellent and a good portion. All the usual fruit juices, cereals, yoghurts, they seemed to have an orange juice based smoothie which was excellent too. A special mention for the mini croissants chocolate croissants and Danish - bloody superb taste and those great scones again. Now a few other facts - the place has a giant car park! While the water supply to the room was really powerful and great hot water very fast the pipes made weird loud noises ok in day time but noticeably noisy at night. Despite the place being very clean there was a noticeable but only mildly unpleasant smell at the hotel entrance from the car park and generally the hotel was dimly lit. None of these things are off putting its just our observations. Great wifi in hotel lobby area. All staff very friendly and great location to explore the area with rivers castles right down to Newbridge - just wonderful and we will be back.
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