Stayed for 2 nights during the glorious sunny weather in July. The bedroom was spacious and well decorated but a little dark. We stayed on a coupon deal which was excellent value and included a bottle of Prosecco, which the receptionist did point out to us. We viewed one of the superior rooms with French doors opening onto a tiny balcony with standing room only. we felt the cost of upgrading was not justified as you could not sit on the balcony or see the picturesque harbour from within the room.
We travel a lot and in my view the bar food was very expensive and the choice and price were more dining room type than bar, soup of the day €7, 3 different steaks at over €21, fish €18/€20. There were only 4 bottles of wine under €30 and a glass of wine €6.50 was expensive. The wine menu stated that there were a number of wines available by the glass but on our first evening there were only three, and two the second evening but no Chardonnay which a number of people requested. We were in the bar at various times between 3pm and 9pm and the were a lot of crumbs under a number of tables following lunch probably because the tables are so low. I asked the head bar man would no one give a quick hoover and was told that was the night porters job (he starts work at 11pm). Service in the bar and on the terrace was generally slow even though there were 2 staff and it was not particularly busy, this is probably because the staff were all students on holiday work rather than proper bar staff. Another complaint was that our bedroom was not cleaned until 3.30pm even though the hotel only has about 35 bedrooms.
To end on a positive the dining room is attractive, the tables are well spaced and I had one of the best freshly cooked full Irish breakfasts that I have ever had.
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