Just returned from a driving tour of southern Ireland, and booked the Adare Manor toward the end of my journey because it looked spectacular. It was spectacular .....except for the room. I booked a upgraded room because it said it was larger than a regular room (and it was because I saw a regular room, and they were closets). It looked like my grandmother decorated it. It was dowdy - the furnishings were worn, the carpet was old, etc.....and it cost $700/night. It did, however, have a huge marble bath with a bidet, but the room was faded elegance, at best.
Now, don't get me wrong, the property is spectacular - the drive up from the gate to the house is grand, and the manor house itself is spectacular - grand spaces, a 2 story entry with a very medieval atmosphere. It's not as old as it appears. It was built in 1840, but still appears medieval.
The restaurant was excellent, and the service was great, but not 5 stars
If you're a golfer, it's the place to stay. The Irish Open had just been held there the week before we stayed there, but I'd say save your money unless you can afford to stay in one of the manor suites (starting at $1,200/night).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the lush heartlands of County Limerick, Adare Manor is one of Ireland's most evocative and spellbinding castle hotels. Steeped in exotic history and surrounded by medieval ruins, its 840-acre demesne is home to beautiful parklands, superb trout fishing on the river Maigue, and a renowned 18 hole championship golf course. Unique and individual accommodation, the best of contemporary Irish food in an incomparable setting, and the highest standards of modern hospitality are hallmarks of the Manor experience. Adare Manor is a 25 minute drive from Shannon International Airport. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Adare Manor Hotel And Golf Resort
- Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Adare
- Adare Manor Resort
- Adare Manor Ireland