My girlfriend and I went to Kilkenny for a friend's birthday party, and stayed in the Lyrath hotel for one night. I was initially impressed by the modern decor and efficient service, and found the room to be stylish and well appointed.
However, the bar was a disappointment - bad lighting, faded carpet, light fittings filled with flies; and the hot whiskey I ordered was horribly sweet and barely lukewarm. The staff were good enough to take it away and reheat it, but the microwaved result was simply undrinkable.
When we came back from the city centre late that night, we were pleased to find a decent 24-hour room service menu; but when we called to order, we were told that only sandwiches were available; and when our toasted sandwich arrived, it turned out to be a cold salad sandwich made with toasted bread - not nice.
Now all this may sound like nit-picking, so I'd like to stress that the facilities were mostly excellent, and the staff friendly; but if you charge over 190 euros for a room in the middle of a recession, your hotel should be clean, your drinks should be drinkable, and your food should be as advertised.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on 170 acres of parkland, Lyrath Estate Hotel is only 5 minutes from Kilkenny City. It offers luxurious air-conditioned rooms, an award winning spa, an outdoor infinity pool, and a selection of bars and restaurants. Guests can enjoy a peaceful night's sleep at Lyrath Estate Hotel as rooms are soundproofed with each having beautiful views overlooking the estate with not a car in sight. Each guest bedroom includes complimentary Wi-Fi and a 43 inch flat screen television. The Oasis Health Club boasts a gym, steam room, swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The Oasis Spa offers a thermal suite, sauna and steam room with a range of indulgent treatments, with advance booking recommended. Contemporary Irish cuisine is on the menu at La Perla restaurant using the finest local ingredients. Tupper's is a traditional Irish bar located at the heart of the hotel where you can enjoy a quiet drink & delicious bar food. Yindee's serves authentic oriental food whilst there is a range of beverages available at the sophisticated X Bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lyrath Estate Hotel, Spa & Convention Centre Hotel Kilkenny
- Lyrath Estate Hotel, Spa And Convention Centre
- Lyrath Hotel Kilkenny
- Lyrath Estate Kilkenny
- Lyrath Estate Hotel Convention Centre