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Review of County Arms Hotel & Leisure Club

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County Arms Hotel & Leisure Club
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Birr
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent value break”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

Just spent three nights in the County Arms Hotel in Birr. Excellent and friendly service - everyone was nice from reception to gym staff to the gardener (they grow their own vegetables and flowers and have a fabulous old-fashioned greenhouse for their tomatoes). The food was of excellent quality and really good prices - 12 euro for a main course for dinner in the bar. Birr is a beautiful 18th century town with lots to do - horse riding, biking, walking, coffee shops, the castle and telescope - and is perfect for a short break. I was very happy with my stay in the County Arms. I work in international sales and travel to Europe every week, staying in brand name 4 /5 star hotels. This was essentially a four star + boutique experience for very reasonable rates. And only 90 minutes from Dublin!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Bally H
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  • Location
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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offaly
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

I only live 30 min away from this hotel and i love it that much iv booked to stay several times. The food is fabulous the hotel and gardens are beautiful and the staff are lovely. I had my wedding reception here in 2009 they couldn't of been more helpful and welcoming they attended to all our needs at a fabulous cost.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ange17
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Cork
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44 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

Spa is lovely, our room was large. stayed for 3 nights mid week and really the Staff souldnt have been more helpful or pleasant................................................................................

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WestCorkTraveller
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Birr, Ireland
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28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

Management shovelling chicken curry and beef strogonoff in pitta bread while his tie dips into the wok. This is my lasting image of The County Arms Hotel. Good thing there is a nice garden because this place is a dive. Embarrassed to bring family and friends here. Never ever again. Avoid at all costs!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank smiley e
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O'Brien's Bridge, Ireland
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60 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

I stayed here with my family recently for a wedding. We had a very spacious family room, with double bed, single bed & a set of bunk beds. Rooms are very clean & well appointed (but NO wifi). Staff were very helpful & friendly and even organised a babysitter for us at short notice (€10 per hour) so we were able to enjoy the late night festivities of the wedding party.
The food at the reception was beautiful, and such huge portions we couldnt finish everything. Food for the evening reception was amazing, not a single cocktail sausage in sight! Roast suckling pig, chicken curry / beef stroganof in warm pittas, ice cream cones, pancakes, marshmallows in hot chocolate sauce - just amazing! We didnt get the chance to use the swimming pool but did have a look and the facilities looked really good. I would highly reccommend this hotel for any couple planning a wedding.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MicheleH72
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Co Offaly
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

Stayed in this hotel with my husband for a family party, the rooms were nice, spacious and clean. We went to the bar for a drink before our party and obviously sat at the wrong end of the bar as we were left there for 10 minutes before the barman ventured down to asked us did we want a drink. The bar toilets need to be checked more often, there was a lovely bunch of flowers when you walk in to the hallway of the toilets but they are there to try and mask the stinking smell of the bins. Breakfast the next morning was a big disappointment, we arrived for breakfast at 9.15 and the jugs of juice were almost empty, there was a small amount of brown bread, smoked salmon, cheese and other pastries on a side table with bowls of cereal, when these plates and jugs were emptied they were not refilled even though breakfast did not finish until 10am. We ordered a full Irish breakfast, this consisted of 1 rasher 1 sausage 1 white and 1 black pudding, half a tomato a teaspoon of beans and at teaspoon of mushrooms certainly not a four star breakfast. The staff serving breakfast seemed to be very laid back as there was no hurry to clear dirty tables even though there was a queue of guests at the door waiting to sit for breakfast. This hotel has great potential but if it claims to be a 4 star hotel more attention needs to be paid to breakfast and staff training. It was my first time to stay in this hotel and I really wanted to be able to recommend it to friends but unless things improve I won’t be recommending a stay at The County Arms Hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Sydney126
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Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

We stayed at this hotel as part of a coach holiday and I must sy it was amazing the rooms were hugh - we had a double bed and a single bed the bathroom was a good size and there was plenty of storage - the room felt roomy. The leisure facilities was fanastic the pool big enough to swim although you had to wear these silly caps but I suppose everyone had to so we all looked stupid three euro mind you - but the jacuzzi and steam room were lovely to use. The food was the best food I had tasted in a hotel in a long time and if you wanted to change from a dessert to just ice cream it was no issue - the breakfast was also lovely a good choice. And lastly the staff they were amazing - it was my husbands birthday and I had taken a cake with me - it was arranged that the cake would be brought out after dinner - their were so helpful, polite, friendly and were a joy to talk to - I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Michele P
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Property: County Arms Hotel & Leisure Club
Address: Moorpark Street, Birr, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Offaly > Birr
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Birr
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — County Arms Hotel & Leisure Club 4*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of Ireland's finest family-run Hotels since 1962. Unwind at the Springs Leisure Club & Wellness suites with luxurious spa treatments. Stay in spacious bedrooms including family rooms with bunk beds. Meet in modern conference facilities, enhanced by our central location within 90 minutes of Dublin, Galway & Limerick. Enjoy our award-winning Restaurant, pretty gardens, lively bar and relaxing foyer. Special offers include Murder Mystery, Walking, Golf, Spa. 6 bedrooms adapted for wheelchair users. ... more   less 
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