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Woodford Dolmen Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Carlow
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 14, 2013

We got married here in the Dolmen hotel on the 25.01.2013 and we really could not have have a more fitting or fantastic venue for it. From the day we booked our wedding and all throughout the process we have to say that all the members of staff we dealt with were an absolute pleasure. Whilst you can never say that planning a wedding is not stressful, all the staff and in particular the wedding co-ordinator ( Clare Kavanagh) did their utmost to help us and guide us to ensure that we got the most out of the day with what we believe to be the minimal amount of stress. Every request we made was catered for with the utmost professionalism. Top tip their Wedding Planning site Moposa is a fantastic tool to help keep you on track in preparation for your big day. We had people from abroad attend our wedding ( most of whom were staying for three nights and had children as well) and they were all extremely satisfied with the price, the quality and variety of the food, the appearance and decor of the hotel, the friendliness and efficiency of all the staff they dealt with throughout their stay. All of the quests that attended on the day of the wedding were singing the praises of all and every aspect of the wedding. As it was a civil ceremony, our wedding was also held in the hotel and the fluidity of the transition between the ceremony, the photographs, the meal and the disco was totally seamless.
We had awful weather on the day which meant that our original plans to get the Photos taken outside the hotel were dashed, again this wasn't seen by the staff as even a blip and they ensured that we were able to get every picture we wanted around the entrance and stairwell area.
We genuinely feel that we got every aspect of our day, exactly as we wanted and would find it hard to believe that we could have got any better anywhere else, and all this for a price that other couples we know, who have recently had, or are currently planning their own weddings could not believe.
Fantastic Quality, Standards, Service, Food and Value from a team that were totally beyond reproach in all that they did, we really were made to feel like the most important people in the world on our day.
We would thoroughly recommend anyone planning a wedding around the Carlow area to give this venue some very serious consideration and are sure you will be very impressed. Some reviews (largely from businessmen) state that the hotel is 'dated' and maybe it could be viewed that way, If you are looking for somewhere cold, clinical and ultra modern then this is not the place for you.... If however you want to be somewhere warm and welcoming, with traditional style and character, family friendly with a homely welcome then this will more than meet your expectations.
Be it a wedding, birthday, communion or any other event including a relaxing weekend away then the proximity to Carlow town (approx 1 mile) surely makes it an ideal location.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Louise K
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DolmenManager, General Manager at Woodford Dolmen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2013

Hi Louise K,

Thank you for this review & for your lovely comments around our staff & wedding service. Clare & our wedding team pride themselves on making every wedding day a very special & memorable day for the couple & their families so it's great to hear you say this is what you experienced. It's also good to hear you found our Moposa wedding planning tools helpful & that it helped relieve some of the wedding planning stress. Unfortunately there is that one element of every wedding day that we have no control over & that's the weather but as you say we have plenty of locations inside around the hotel for photo opportunities & based on the few you have attached it looks like you'll have a fabulous wedding album.

Thanks again for taking the time to write this review & for your recommendation of us to other couples looking for thier perfect wedding venue.
Wishing you a wonderful long & happy married life & looking forward to welcoming you back to Dolmen Hotel again soon.

Colin Duggan - General Manager

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

We were extremely impressed with this hotel. The night we stayed there was a wedding taking place but you really wouldnt have known only for been told. We had a meal in the bar/restaurant which was devine-our steaks were cooked to perfection. All staff that we encountered were very friendly but noteably the receptionist (Mary) who could'nt have been more helpful from the time i booked our stay to the time we checked out!! Outstanding customer service!!
We will definately stay in The Dolmen again!!

Room Tip: For something a little more special choose a suite
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

Was very impressed walking into the hotel. There was a lovely grand staircase. Unfortunately the rooms didn't live up to my expectations. Rooms were dated and a bit shabby. Room was too warm and couldn't find control to lower the temp.
The staff were very helpful and provide water to de-ice our car the following morning.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Thank Henstew
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Went to stay here with a group of friend's. Was very impressed with appearances at first. Staff were very nice and obliging. Rooms where lovely and clean too. Bar food was gorgeous. They have a platter for two that would feed four amazing. Unfortunately it all went downhill when we were in bed that night. Heat in room was unbearable and a group staying in a room 5 doors up decided to play loud music and party till 6 in the morn!! Even though staff had called to the room.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Thank tadar78
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

first time in the Dolmen but wont be my last
my husband and i had a fabulous time from the time we arrived till we sadly had to leve
from the reception to the housekeepers the staff are so friendly and the food is not to be missed

Room Tip: our room was on the first floor and it was great
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

I have stayed several times in the Dolmen - the rooms are spotless, beds are comfortable, need a bit of updating. The breakfast is excellent and the bar food is fabulous. Good variety on the menu do try the fish it is excellent!! Great value for money - staff lovely and very helpful. Great location and good carparking.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Stayed here for a weekend away, Easy to get to and just outside Carlow town, The staff are super friendly and room was clean and fresh, we had dinner in the hotel on our first night and it was fantastic. Breakfast was fine except for the coffee.
If we were visiting Carlow again we would stay here for sure.

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Address: Kilkenny Road, Carlow, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Carlow > Carlow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Carlow
Price Range: $71 - $180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Woodford Dolmen Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 83
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