I was actually born in Ferrybank where the hotel is located, so I know the area well. I was actually born in Ferrybank where the hotel is located, so it feels a little strange to be writing a review about a hotel in my home place. This is a very pleasant well maintained hotel outside of the city. We received a warm welcome and found the service good. The hotel has recently been painted and has a fresh feel to it. The excellent restaurant has a very good value table d'hote menu of €25. The large glass dining area gives an old-world ambience which we liked especially.
Decor throughout is a bit mixed. Our bedroom was an excellent size and spotless but the furniture had a prefabricated IKEA feel to it. However given the reasonable price this was a small issue and more authentic antique furniture would doubtlessly increase the price considerably. Less acceptable were the matrasses which were distinctly average - not what one would expect nowadays in a hotel of this quality. The beds also come with blankets without a duvet option. Nonetheless we slept well as we were very tired after our journey. Overall, given the reasonable price of €80.00 for B&B for two people I have decided on an excellent rating in spite of some of the weaknesses.
The main issue in relation to the hotel comes down to location. For peace and quiet in a semi-rural location it is a very good choice. It is only suitable for a Waterford city stay if travelling by car as it is quite a distance to the city. If you are interested in a city centre location the Tower, Granville or Dooley’s are good choices in Waterford but do look up my review of the Tower for tips on room choice if considering staying there.
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