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“OK but not great” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Shirley Arms Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carrickmacross
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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“OK but not great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2009

On paper, the Shirley Arms is a great place to stay: it's well located in Carrickmacross, clean, modern, full of facilities. But it's always the little things that make a difference.

What was good:
- Dinner in the bar
- Decor in common areas & rooms
- Concierge staff & Bar staff
- Car park

What wasn't
- Lighting in the rooms: very very dim, which was a problem when trying to view maps, write notes etc.
- No iron
- No milk on tea/coffee set-up
- No suitcase stands or other furniture suitable for resting suitcases
- Bathroom in disabled/accessible room was not very user friendly - no shelves in shower or vanity benches for storing toiletries etc
- Restaurant staff were apathetic and surly.
- Noise from other rooms: wooden flooring and uncushioned door frames meant a lot of noise on Sat night/early Sun morning

If I had to visit again, I'd investigate other options in Carrickmacross and surrounding areas.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Property: Shirley Arms Hotel
Address: Main Street, Carrickmacross, Ireland
Location: Ireland > County Monaghan > Carrickmacross
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carrickmacross
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Shirley Arms Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Shirley Arms Hotel is just an hour's drive from Dublin and Belfast, centrally located in the busy market town of Carrickmacross famous for its lace and where Patrick Kavanagh penned his famous poetry. If you are touring or on business, fancy a game of golf or just seeking a place to relax, the 4* Shirley Arms Hotel provides the perfect haven for lesiure or business traveller. The Shirley Arms offers something for everyone throughout the day and evening. From early morning we serve freshly brewed coffee, baked scones, pastries and traditional Full Irish Breakfast. Roast Carvery is served daily. In the afternoons the popular Shirley Grill Menu offers a wide and varied menu in luxurious surroundings, it is the perfect place to relax, wind down, meet friends and soak in the atmosphere. ... more   less 
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