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“this B & B has been given short shrift by many”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Celtic House B&B

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Celtic House B&B
Ranked #25 of 78 Kilkenny B&B and Inns
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“this B & B has been given short shrift by many”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2010

We just returned from our fourth trip to Ireland. We have stayed in pretty much everything to be offered-from minute B&Bs not en-suite to the Ritz Powerscourt, Adare, etc. but predominately nicer B & Bs per recommendations or reviews. We had some concerns given the reviews of Celtic House, but given that we had never been to Kilkenny City and wanted to spend some time there, we chose this due to location-which is absolutely perfect. There is so much to see and do and within walking distance, and superb restaurants and pubs from which to choose. There is secured parking there, which is also a plus.

The physical property is lovely, with one of the nicer breakfast areas we have seen-spacious, lovely leaded glass, fascinating art pieces, as well as Angela's quite lovely oils. The breakfasts were more than ample and luscious. We were also offered a later breakfast time than many places, which we deeply appreciate, even though it is not to be expected.

Our room was large by most standards in Ireland, indeed much of Europe. The same would be said of the bathroom-which did have rather lovely tile. Yes, there was a bit of wear in the bath, but the carpet looked new, and everything was clean and the bed was more than comfortable.

Now, some of the critical comments of other reviews. First, we had absolutely no noise problem. (We also stayed at Dromoland Castle on this visit, and had to be moved due to extremely disruptive noise and we were in an upgraded suite.) Also, the comment about the hosts asking for vouchers on check in-that is only routine and expected, although I know some places do not until check out. But I have stayed very few places anywhere that do not ask for a credit card before or at check in, regardless of payment method. How is this any different?

The family was lovely and helpful with suggestions in town. They were professional and warm. We appreciated the freedom to come and go without feeling we were causing discomfort as can happen in some situations.

There is no "lounge" or "living room" apart from the breakfast area, but I only mention that if it is very important to someone. There are so many, many places within a very short distance, that would be a shame to miss. So the balance of spaciousness, thoughtfulness, and great food more than surpassed what I thought might be things that had to be compromised for the location. Far from it!

As to the "cold"-other than standard hotels or castles, almost all places we have ever stayed are perhaps chilly by States standards (we travel in the spring or fall to Ireland to avoid the crowds/tour buses, etc and get to be more with the local people, which is one of the biggest draws of the country.) Ireland is a rich experience and openness to things and cultural differences and if you let it happen, you won't be disappointed. Celtic House is a lovely place to stay, and I would most certainly recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2009

Myself and my friend (we're both young singles) stayed here last night. On entry, the vibe was very unfriendly. We were given one key between us. I booked a double room with a single bed in it. However, on arrival the room just head three single beds. This didn't really matter seeing I was there witha friend, but the hosts did not know that we weren't a couple that booked the room, therefore we would not have been happ with a single bed. They were basically just really rude and unfriendly people. Good location though.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2009

Stayed at this bed and breakfast as it was recommended in a Lonely Planet book. It was a great place and was extremely comfortable. The host and hostess (Angela and John) were exceptionally friendly and went out of their way to make us feel at home. As always, the food was great! Definitely recommend staying here if you get the chance!

Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2009

We landed in Kilkenny without a reservation. The Celtic House had great reviews and I agree with them and do recommend it as a good and well-kept B&B situated near everything. Angela and John had no other guests and made us feel at home. They are very welcoming and attentive. B&B rooms tend to be small and that was the case with the room we were given, but then, we really only needed to sleep there. The bathroom was fine - had all that we needed for an overnight stay. Our bed was a tight fit for my tall spouse, so I ended up in a twin in the same room, but we slept well. The price was right! Breakfast, cooked by John, was hearty. We were glad to have access to a private car park, and since they own several buildings, there are plenty of places to park. Kilkenny has so much to see and we were glad to be in the center of it. Our room had a castle view! WOW! The streets in Kilkenny are narrow and not all of them have street signs, so be prepared to get lost in your 1st pass through the town. It is a dynamic and charming historic town. Angela and John are great, knowledgeable hosts!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Redlands, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2009

We were greeted warmly, and I appreciated our host's help guiding me as I parked our rental car in their very "snug", secure parking area. We settled into our room at the top of the stairs. Our room was clean. Our hostess recommended Langton's for dinner. We took her recommendation and had the best meal of our whole trip there. We (2 older women) felt safe walking back to the B & B after dark. Because of the wooden floor and I suppose because of our location at the top of the stairs, we heard EVERYONE who came and went late at night and early in the morning. It was pretty darn loud. Breakfast was good. Our host helped me plan our driving route for the day and gave me helpful landmarks to look for. His advice and tips proved to be really valuable in making the drive smooth and problem-free. We weren't leaving right away, so once again, the host guided me out of the secure parking area and showed me where I could park on the street for the day.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2009

Good location (just a couple of minutes walk from the center) but that's just about it.
Small room, very uncomfortable bed, basic breakfast.
Definitely the description in the Lonely Planet is not deserved

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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New Braunfels, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2009

While well situated for walking about town Celtic House has little else to offer in the way of charm, comfort, or hospitality. The owners demanded our voucher payment the moment we walked in. ( This did not happen at any other B & B we stayed at). We were told that parking in the "compound" was a privelage - even though this is touted in their description as an amenity. Mattresses were uncofortable and the pillows were agreed by all in our group as being best compared to an uncured bag of sacrete.

I will say that breakfast was good, hot, and plentiful.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Celtic House B&B
Address: Celtic House 18 Michael Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kilkenny > Kilkenny
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #25 of 78 B&Bs / Inns in Kilkenny
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Hotel Class:3 star — Celtic House B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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