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The 'Rafter' Dempsey's
Ranked #43 of 72 Kilkenny B&B and Inns
Miami Beach, Florida
2 reviews
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“the real thing”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

My wife and I were looking for the perfect day's drive from Dublin to take our two young ladies for an authentic neighborhood over-the-pub experience and found it at the Rafter Dempsey in Kilkenny for a one-night stay. Our hosts were attentive to all our needs. We were first directed to a parking garage run by his friend around the corner and it was hassle free. We were then shown our two rooms upstairs which were modest but very clean. The shower ran strong and hot. We were then treated to a table next to the wood-burning fireplace that our host took time to clean up fresh and light up, just for us. The Guinness was the perfect pint and the steak on brick just to our liking. Breakfast next morning was ideal. Our whole family loved our "day in the life" with the locals who came in regular for their pints, and only regret we missed the live music our particular night. Strong marks for the Rafter Dempsey!

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

Kilkenny was one of my favorite stops on our 10 day journey around Ireland and The Rafter Dempseys contributed to our experience! We only stayed one night but it was great! We wondered in last minute and were immediately given a room. Breakfast was personal and delicious and location was perfect! Right in the middle of the AMAZING village. Everyone was friendly and attentive, couldnt have asked for more!

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Sulphur, Louisiana, United States
1 review
Reviewed November 4, 2013

Clean room, good food, and friendly people! We really enjoyed the authentic atmosphere, and felt very welcomed. Would highly recommend to all travelers. This is a great place, and although we arrived too late for dinner, the owner and staff gave us excellent recommendations within a short walk. We were highly satisfied with all aspects of our stay. This is a good value, and we enjoyed every minute of our stay...."..................................."..........................................................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

I recall staying here some years ago and as far as I can remember it was quite pleasant. This time I returned for a bite to eat and I wont be returning a 3rd time. There were 2 of us and when we entered the bar there were only a small number of people there. The lady behind the bar was quite friendly and quickly took our order of supreme of chicken kiev X 2. Literally 2 minutes later she arrived back with 2 plates with chicken kiev, 3 scoops of mash, turnip and cabbage. Looked just like a pub dinner but that was kinda what we expected, we were just too hungry to search for anywhere else. Firstly I was shocked at how fast our dinner arrived, it had to have been microwaved because there was no way anything was cooked that fast. Mine was warm on the inside but cold on the outside. My boyfriends was hot but mine wasn't. It was ok, €23 euro for the 2 and it was plenty expensive for what it was. Its ok I suppose for pub grub but Ill be going somewhere else in future.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in rafter dempseys for two nights In June . There was four of us staying in one room, the room was spacious and clean. It's very near the centre of Kilkenny, about a two/three minute walk. The staff are excellent , we had great fun in the pub on the Saturday night there was a good band playing and a great atmosphere. The two bar men are a credit to the bar . The manager we were dealing with was also a lovely man and if I was to go back to Kilkenny I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Cork, Ireland
1 review
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

Avoid this place at all costs. We paid €120 a night for a twin room that was little more than a utility closet. Probably the worst and least value place I have ever stayed in Ireland. The room smelt and was very dated, I don't think it was even cleaned properly. Oh and it was like a sauna as there was no air con. The only good point was the breakfast and bar man who was there on both mornings we stayed, he was very nice and accommodating. Will never again stay here and will make a point of telling people travelling to Kilkenny to avaoid it at all costs. They should be ashamed of the prices they're charging!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

We just returned from a weeks stay at the b&b. we have good and bad feedback. I will start with the bad: the b&b is expensive for what you are getting. The rooms are youth hostel like, the carpet is old, the television didn't work properly, I had no hairdryer, the water took 5-10 minutes to heat up and the water pressure was so low, that it took me forever to wash my hair. The room we had was facing the front. As I say, it depends what you are looking for. So if you want to party all night and you can fall asleep to a band playing under your bed and also in the pub next door, then that us fine. You must know that you will not get much sleep here. You will hear the constant noise of the beeping signal at the traffic lights to assist the blind. But I am sure the whole area has this problem. The corridors were unbearably warm due to the washing machine and dryers located there and running a lot during our stay.
The positive about the place: great and very fast breakfast, super friendly staff and the food was good.
All over: we would go back for a good night out there but would rather stay in a place with a good shower and were you can get some sleep. I recommend to stay a bit further away from the constant bleeping noise from the main intersection at the Left Bank pub.

Room Tip: Great for Party animals. You will not get much sleep.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: The 'Rafter' Dempsey's
Address: 4 Friary Street | Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kilkenny > Kilkenny
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #43 of 72 B&Bs / Inns in Kilkenny
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The 'Rafter' Dempsey's 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
a great city centre hotel/guesthouse for anyone who wants to stay in the centre of all the shopping and nitelife attraction's that Kilkenny has to offer. A warm welcome and friendly staff await all guests, whether they want to wine or dine, or just unwind.Has won many awards for it's fantastic shopfront flower display's. ... more   less 
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