I stayed at The Blue Haven Hotel recently and adored it, I had been to Kinsale on a few occasions and stayed in some of the larger hotels but this time I was on my own and apprehensive as a result - I needn't have been. The hotel is brillantly located for pottering around the town, the entrance lobby and stair area is definitely not plush or large but it's an old building and it's absolutely charming - my room was small but I was told this from the outset and I had absolutely no issue with it at all, it was spotlessly clean, the view wasn't amazing but again I wasn't planning on sitting in the room for any length of time so it was fine. My bed was amazingly comfortable and I was loathe to get out of it - even for Breakfast next day!
The bar area is lovely and comfortable with the Bistro off of that, I relaxed for an hour or so with a glass of wine, there was plenty of coming and going with both tourists and locals in for food - the Bar menu looked brillant and I was really tempted to eat there but I also wanted to potter to some of the other bars and restaurants in the "foodie capital of Ireland"! After dinner I went back to the Bar to have a drink, it was busy - again with both tourists and locals - a great sign of a good establishment if the locals frequent I find. There was live music which usually doesn't interest me but these were very good.
Breakfast next morning was lovely with everything hot made to order, the way it should be :)
Madeline the receptionist is a huge asset to the hotel and she was really friendly throughout my stay. All in all, I thoroughly recommend The Blue Haven and I'm really looking forward to going back soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A boutique style property in the heart of Kinsale, the Blue Haven graciously combines the charm of old Kinsale with the modern luxuries of today. Each room is individually furnished with exquisite furniture, luxury pocket sprung beds, plasma tvs and finer touches to make each room unique. With a reputation as excellent food, friendly personal service and meticulous attention to detail, each visit is a special one. ... more less
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- Hotel Blue Haven