Kilkenny was at the end of our three week trip to Ireland and we were getting a little worn down. We had looked forward to Kilkenny so much and I was worried that we would be let down after having seen so much beautiful countryside, castles, pubs etc.
We checked into the Hibernian on a Monday. The lady at reception was wonderful. She was new to the job and couldn't do enough for us. The room was great and we were on the third floor so if it was noisy we sure didn't hear it.
The pub was great. We ate there on our first night and I would have to say the food was just OK. The bar staff were extremely friendly and they had Kilkenny beer which was important to me. I had promised everyone at home in Canada that I would have a Kilkenny for them in Kilkenny and it was a little hard to find around Ireland.
Our last night there was Tuesday and we enjoyed the traditional music in the pub. We had caught a little earlier in other places and it was a wee bit boring. Someone had told us that it wouldn't take long for us to tire of it. The musicians at the Hibernian were not boring. They started with a couple and then four and then six. They sang a little but mostly played and it was fantastic. This was our second last night in Ireland and what a send off we had.
The only criticism I have for the Hibernian is the parking. It is pretty chintzy. The car park is just down the street but the hotel only pays for parking from 6:00 p.m. in the evening to 12:00 p.m. the next day and the parking is not cheap. The last night we put the car in the park at 5:50 and took it out at 8:00 in the morning and we still had to pay for a Euro or two for the extra 10 minutes. I think if you have a car they could charge an extra 10 Euros and cover it for the entire time that you are there.
We didn't let that bother us. Would we stay there again? In a minute. Would we recommend it to our best friends? Highly.
It is in a great location, close to the castle and in the centre of town.
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