I've just got back to England from a trip to Wicklow to scatter my Mother's ashes. We stayed at The Woodenbridge and thank goodness we did. The trip was organised at quite short notice, but the hotel bent over backwards to accommodate our ever-changing requests. Sandwiches for our late arrival, a picnic for the climb up Croghan and a party in the evening for 30 guests: the e-mails flew back and forth and the staff were always positive.
We stayed in the Lodge and found it clean and very quiet - very surprised by some of the negative comments here about these two items. It was great to be able to leave the jolly, heaving bar - both nights we staying they were hosting weddings - and retreat to perfect calm.
They also did us proud for our party, setting up a projector so that I could show slides of my mother's life, slipping in extra places when my counting proved defective! - and the food was very good. I notice some complaints here about the dinners and breakfasts, but I think these people are being over-picky. The Woodenbridge is not a 5 star Dublin hotel, it's a great place that serves the community as well as a lot of visitors. I was amazed at the efficiency of the kitchen, feeding us promptly at the same time as the wedding party of 100. My meal was very tasty and a 'cut above' traditional.
As I'm sure the owners of The Woodenbridge will read this, I'd like to thank them here for everything they did for us this weekend. They certainly went the extra mile for us!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the vale of Avoca, one of Ireland’s most beautiful locations, and established in 1608, Woodenbridge hotel is the oldest hotel in Ireland and one of the few remaining family-run hotels. The hotel itself overlooks the vale of Avoca and the amazing Woodenbridge golf club, while Woodenbridge lodge is adjacent to the main hotel and is surrounded by peaceful gardens on the banks of the Aughrim River. All of the rooms are en-suite and with complimentary wireless access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Woodenbridge Hotel And Lodge
- Woodenbridge Hotel Arklow
- Best Western Woodenbridge Hotel
- Best Western Arklow
- Arklow Best Western