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Dunraven Arms Hotel
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Adare
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 15, 2014

We stayed in the Dunraven on Friday night with our baby. On arrival, I had to switch rooms as we were given a room on the 2nd floor with no lift and a buggy so had to change to a ground floor one. Staff couldn't have been more accommodating. We also hired a babysitter (Geraldine) and went out for dinner. This is the first time we have ever done this so were understandably very nervous but again the staff were great. We had drinks in the bar also and the staff were all outstanding. The only fault I can think of is that there is no tea/coffee making facilities in the room and we would have loved a cup of tea the next morning. Breakfast was another bonus and the attention to detail was excellent. All around, I would recommend this hotel and come back here again.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

Returned here again recently just for 1 night, always a trip to look foward to and not disappointed.A nice easy going hotel with good staff and one of the most fantastic breakfasts anywhere. Well done to all concerned.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

My husband and I stayed two nights at the Dunraven in a freshly renovated part of the hotel. We loved it! The hotel is over 100 years old and retains its old character—with updated rooms that are very quiet. We walked across the street to a marvelous little restaurant and enjoyed the small town. The customer service was excellent. We recommend the place highly. Great, large breakfasts. Good value for price.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

We stay at the Dunraven Arms every two years. I go off to work and my husband stays with the kids for Week 1, then we travel around Ireland for Week 2. The kids spend most of their time in the (large) pool with their dad. The hotel offers assorted pool toys and a Jacuzzi-like area inside the pool, both of which occupy a good deal of time. I arrange in advance some swimming lessons, which have easily been accommodated. I've also seen folks just doing laps--I believe there are dedicated times for certain activities.

The key word with this hotel is "accommodating." They've set up bicycle riding adventures and they let us know of a kids' "fun" park nearby. I've been able to use small conference rooms for meetings. My team also meets in the pub, which has wifi access. I know the hotel is busy with a lot of functions, particularly weddings (beautiful outdoor scenery), but I can't speak to that except to say that they've had at least one wedding during every visit we've had and they have little impact on our stay.

The rooms are large. Our kids at last visit were 7 and 9. We had two double beds and a cot in a Junior Suite, plus there is a desk, coffee table, couch, and flat screen TV. The bathrooms are immaculate and there's a dressing/walk-in closet area that has an extra sink. And a nice, deep tub. And towel warmers.

The main restaurant serves up typical Irish fare for breakfast, plus some extras. The room is inviting and the staff relaxed. I usually dine with my colleagues early (and order poached eggs, which are, of course, accommodated). My family troops down later and the kids order hot chocolate.

Dinners are memorable--the food is really quite good; I always look forward to dinner at the hotel at least twice each visit. The picky-eater kids are, of course, accommodated. Our large party is always accommodated.

There are a bunch of glassed-in rooms that are available for folks to convene, with couches and chairs and a computer as well. You will always see staff around the hotel, usually cleaning and polishing. It makes you feel as though everything is buttoned up and running smoothly. You can ask any staff member for anything and they will make it happen. The front desk is well-managed and they can also make anything happen. (Though shipping out via FedEx to the States is difficult--at least it was the last time I tried, 3 years ago).)

Adare is just lovely, with a park containing a brook and beautiful plantings. There's a pharmacy, grocery store, a couple of pubs (the one at the top of the street on the left corner is my preferred). There are some quaint shops (at least one with a thatched roof!). There's an excellent tourist building with great souvenir shopping, and the prices are pretty good. There's a kiosk where you can order your heraldic shield--I had a bunch of these made for my husband's family for Christmas one year.

Remember, any jam or other food items that you buy should be packed into your suitcase rather than a carry-on bag, or you may risk confiscation at the airport. (You may want to bring some plastic bags for this purpose as each plastic shopping bag in Ireland costs money.)

You can buy lots of great stuff at Shannon Airport for less in the duty-free shops anyway. The shopping at the Airport is excellent--just give yourself plenty of time, as when they start boarding the planes, takeoff is not far off. There's also excellent shopping at the Blarney Woolen Mills (there are a bunch around Ireland). They will pleasantly ship anything you want--it's a great way to accomplish a lot of holiday shopping. The lace linen pillowcases are often on sale! Blarney Woolen Mills is located close by Bunratty Castle, which is also a great place to visit, especially with kids, but even without. Bunratty Castle is close to the airport, so depending on your departure time, you could squeeze in some shopping before you leave. But it's definitely better to do this in a more relaxed state of mind.

There are a few good restaurant choices for all meals right across the street from The Dunraven.

Two restaurants to mention that are within easy driving distance:
Upscale: The Mustard Seed is about 15 minutes away (you'll need a GPS or someone with an excellent sense of direction). Pricey but the food is very good. There is a large garden in the back and beautiful dining rooms and "waiting" rooms.
Informal: Neville's Crossing, maybe 8 minutes away. A local place that is easy to get to and the food is very good.

We always trek up to the Adare Manor for a drink once per stay--it's an old, striking mansion where the president of our company stays. Last time we went there, there was a wedding party replete with kilted bridegroom and groomsmen. Do be careful of the beautiful plant that looks a lot like Queen Anne's Lace. It's called Hog Weed and it can be very irritating to the skin. It is plentiful in the area. It is easy to stay away from, but sending this warning in case you're thinking of clipping some for a posy.

One last accommodation: The staff graciously came to our room to remove a spider at 12:00 AM.

There's a parking lot in the back (free parking). The hotel is about 30 minutes from Limerick proper--maybe a little less with the highway now. It's really worth a stay!

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms facing the inside garden are quietest. Also less likely to attract garden spiders.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

Right in the heart of Adare on mainstreet. Great café across the street called The Good Café. Is convenient to the hotel with lots of atmosphere. Hotel staff was very helpful and their breakfast was terrific and included in the price of the room. Would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

Although a bit on the pricey side, we stayed here on our last night in Ireland. We loved the ambiance of the hotel & great service. Our room was very spacious & clean & bathroom was large with two separate sinks. Breakfast was plentiful & very high quality. Nice location to take a walk.. Would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

Great spot to stay, good atmosphere, friendly staff, good food and plenty of other options for food and drink close by. Rooms are good size, comfortable and clean. In easy driving distance to Limerick also if you don't want to stay in the city....

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled on business
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Address: Dunraven Arms Hotel Main Street, Adare, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Limerick > Adare
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Adare
Price Range: $145 - $215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dunraven Arms Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 86
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